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Firm News
14 June 2018
Mayer Brown represented Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) on a $1.2 billion offering of green bonds led by CIBC World Markets Inc. and RBC. This is the first green bond sold by a pension fund globally.
Firm News
7 June 2018
Mayer Brown announced today that Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mike Lennon (Houston) was named a 2018 “ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Champion” by The National Law Journal (NLJ). The list recognizes those who have shown a deep passion and perseverance in the practice of ADR, “having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”
Legal Update
1 June 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Last month, Senator Dolores Padierna Luna of the Workers’ Party (PT)—part of the Morena coalition that supports left-leaning presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador—submitted a bill to the Mexican Senate proposing to amend the current Hydrocarbons Revenues Law.
Firm News
25 May 2018
Mayer Brown announced today that five partners were named to Legal 500’s “Private Practice Powerlist: The leading US attorneys with a focus on Mexico.” The second annual list honors individual practitioners with outstanding expertise in, and knowledge of, the Mexican market today.
Media Coverage
24 May 2018
Inframation (subscription required)
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) was quoted in this article.
Legal Update
23 May 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Passed on May 18, 2018, Presidential Decree No. 7/18 is the first law (with the exception of the special legal and tax framework of the Angola LNG Project) aimed to specifically regulate the exploration and production of natural gas in Angola.
Legal Update
17 May 2018
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On May 11, 2018, the National Energy Policy Council ("CNPE") published Resolution No. 4/2018 ("Resolution"), which establishes the technical and economic parameters for the 5th Pre-Salt Bid Round under the Production Sharing Regime (“5th Pre-Salt Round”), as well as formally authorizes the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ("ANP") to carry out the bidding process.

Firm News
15 May 2018
Mayer Brown announced today that Raúl Fernández-Briseño, a leading transactional lawyer with deep experience in infrastructure, M&A, finance and restructuring transactions, has joined the firm as a partner in Mexico City, together with two associates. Mr. Fernández and his team join from the Mexico City office of White & Case.
Legal Update
20 April 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Yesterday, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking stakeholder comments on whether, and if so how, it should adjust its current policy on certifying new natural gas transportation facilities.
Media Coverage
12 April 2018
A Word About Wind, Finance Quarterly

Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is featured in this Q&A.

Reproduced with permission from A Word About Wind, Finance Quarterly Q2 2018. (www.awordaboutwind.com)

Firm News
9 April 2018
Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that a three-lawyer team has joined the firm’s new office in Tokyo, including Shri Maski and Gordon Palmquist, who join as partners in the firm’s Banking & Finance and Corporate & Securities practices, respectively, and Tomo Adachi, who joins as a senior associate in the firm’s Banking & Finance practice. Mr. Maski and Mr. Adachi were previously at Ashurst, while Mr. Palmquist rejoins the firm from Shearman and Sterling.
Media Coverage
6 April 2018
Newsletter
3 April 2018
Media Coverage
March 2018
Energy Law Report
Bylined article by Energy partner Ariel Ramos, counsel Lilia Alonzo and associate Aldo A. Jáuregui (all Mexico City).
In Brief
28 March 2018
Mayer Brown In Brief
Following the successful precedent of the Green Bond Principles, on March 21, 2018, the Loan Market Association and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association released their Green Loan Principles.
In Brief
22 March 2018
Mayer Brown In Brief
As noted in our earlier In Brief, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in United Airlines held that the 2005 Policy Statement on Income Tax Allowances of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had not been adequately supported and was arbitrary and capricious. In late 2016, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on how to address any double recovery resulting from the 2005 Policy Statement.
Article
20 March 2018
Mayer Brown Article
Earlier this month, we published an article on (High Yield) Bonds – A Growing Trend in the European Energy Sector?, in which we highlighted a steady stream of high yield bond offerings by a diverse range of issuers across the European energy sector, including oil and natural gas companies, refiners, service / engineering companies as well as utilities / power companies. Over the last week, two additional European oil and gas companies completed successful high yield bond offerings.
Legal Update
12 March 2018
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On February 28, 2018, SONANGOL, the Angola Concessionaire for Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Activities, held a press conference in Luanda to describe the actions and decisions taken by the new Administration since assuming power in late 2017. They also outlined the main priorities for the future of upstream, midstream and downstream activities in Angola.
Article
March 2018
Mayer Brown Article
In this article, we want to highlight a steady stream of high yield bond offerings by a diverse range of issuers across the European energy sector, including oil and natural gas companies, refiners, service / engineering companies as well as utilities/power companies.
Firm News
2 March 2018
Mayer Brown JSM picked up the “Asia Pacific Power Deal of the Year” at the 2017 PFI Awards and the “Project Finance Deal of the Year” award at the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Asia Awards 2018 for advising the lenders to Sembcorp in the development of the US$300 million Myingyan 225MW gas-fired power project.
Legal Update
27 February 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is tendering a high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line with an approximate investment of USD 1.7 billion, which will transport the clean energy generated from the wind farms and cogeneration plants in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (Istmo de Tehuantepec), in the state of Oaxaca, to central Mexico. The project intends to take advantage of the massive generation capacity of the isthmus. This Legal Update provides the details of the project, the bidding process and the contract.
Media Coverage
23 February 2018
Jeune Afrique
For the second consecutive year, Paris partner Olivier Mélédo has been named to Jeune Afrique’s list of the top 50 business lawyers who advised on large deals in French-speaking countries in Africa in 2017. Dany Khayat is also named on that list this year.
Firm News
16 February 2018
Mayer Brown advised on the transaction that was named “Project Finance Deal of the Year” at GFC Media Group’s Bonds & Loans Latin America Deals of the Year awards, which “recognizes outstanding deals from across Latin American credit markets in 2017.”
Legal Update
31 January 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On December 22, 2017, the bill known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Tax Act”) became law. This Legal Update focuses on the provisions of the Tax Act that may apply to securitization and other financing transactions and analyzes its likely impact on a number of different business lines.
Legal Update
26 January 2018
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
ICMS Convention No. 03/2018 (“Convention”), published on January 17, 2018, authorizes Brazilian states and the Federal District to grant ICMS exemption and reduction of its calculation base on transactions with goods and merchandises destined to research activities, exploration or production of oil and gas under the REPETRO-SPED regime.
Legal Update
23 January 2018
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On December 18, 2018, Decree No. 17/2018 of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (“Decree”) was published in the Federal Official Gazette, establishing the Program for the Revitalization of Onshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Activities (“REATE”), with the purpose of proposing and monitoring actions, projects and policies aimed at increasing onshore activities.
Legal Update
9 January 2018
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On January 2, 2018, Normative Ruling of the Federal Revenue Office (RFB) No. 1,781 (“NR 1,781/2017”) was published in the Federal Official Gazette, providing for rules applied to the special customs regime of economic use of goods in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas ("Repetro-Sped").
Legal Update
5 January 2018
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On December 27, 2017, Law No. 13.576/2017 was published in the Official Gazette , establishing the National Biofuel Policy (“RenovaBio”), given the strategic role played by biofuels in the national energy mix and its contribution to the security of the national fuel supply.
Firm News
5 January 2018
Mayer Brown announced today that trial lawyer Robert Harrell has joined the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice as a partner in Houston. Previously, he was a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston, where he led that firm’s financial institutions and insurance litigation practice in the US.
Legal Update
4 January 2018
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update

On January 2, 2018, Normative Rulings RFB No. 1,778 and 1,780 (“NR 1,778” and “NR 1,780”) were published in the Federal Official Gazette, both related to Law No. 13,586/2017 (“Law 13,586”), resulting from the conversion into law of Provisional Measure No. 795/2017.

NR 1,778 provides for the tax treatment of expenses on exploration and development activities, production of oil and natural gas and their respective records, as well as the criteria for exhaustion and depreciation of the assets used in these activities.

Legal Update
29 December 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On December 29, 2017, Law No. 13,586/2017 (“Law”) was published in the Official Gazette rendering effective, with some slight modifications, the Provisional Measure No. 795/2017 (“PM 795”), which created a new tax treatment for oil and gas activities in Brazil.
Legal Update
29 December 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” makes several changes affecting the deductibility of settlement payments to governments and certain non-government entities. These changes affect how taxpayers should approach settlement negotiations with the government. This Legal Update discusses the effect of these changes on a few key settlement deductibility questions, issues these changes raise for taxpayers and best practices to minimize those risks.
Legal Update
28 December 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On December 22, 2017, Provisional Measure No. 811/2017 (“Provisional Measure”) was published in the Official Gazette, authorizing the Brazilian government-owned company Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A. (“PPSA”) to directly market the Federal Government’s share of oil and natural gas in relation to production sharing agreements.
Legal Update
27 December 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On December 22, 2017, after some degree of uncertainty as to timing, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Tax Act”), into law. The Tax Act is an amalgam of the tax bills passed by each chamber of Congress and marks the most sweeping changes to the US tax system in 30 years, touching virtually every area of the US tax rules.
Legal Update
22 December 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On December 14, 2017, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. ("Petrobras") formally expressed to the National Energy Policy Council ("CNPE") its interest in being the operator of three areas that will be offered in the 4th Pre-Salt Bid Round under the Production Sharing Regime ("4th Pre-Salt Bid Round") scheduled for the first semester of 2018, following the procedure mentioned in our Legal Update on Decree No. 9.041/2017.
Legal Update
21 December 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
For the first time, the Mexican Ministry of Energy will tender a private transmission line, with an approximate investment of US$1.1 billion, that will connect the isolated system of Baja California with the National Interconnected System.
Legal Update
8 December 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On December 7, 2017, Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”), published the tender protocols draft for the 15th Bid Round for exploratory onshore and offshore blocks under the concession regime, as well as the concession contract draft, the preliminary schedule and information regarding the offered areas.
Legal Update
7 December 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Following intense last-minute negotiations, on December 2, 2017, the US Senate voted 51-49 to pass its amended tax reform bill, which would represent a sweeping overhaul of the US Tax Code. In this Legal Update, we discuss the bill’s implications for (i) business generally, (ii) international taxation, (iii) financial institutions, (iv) compensation taxation, (v) individuals, (vi) partnerships, (vii) real estate, (viii) tax-exempt organizations, (ix) insurance and (x) the life settlement industry.
Legal Update
5 December 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update

In this Legal Update, we describe the five differences from the House bill that are of greatest significance to the renewable energy tax equity market.

 

Media Coverage
1 December 2017
POWER
In a bylined article, Banking & Finance counsel Sean Prior and Projects partner Benjamin Thompson (both Singapore) discuss renewable power in Southeast Asia.
Legal Update
22 November 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On November 16, 2017, the Fourth Panel of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) recognized, by unanimous decision, the validity of a ship mortgage in Brazil, constituted and registered in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Liberia.
Legal Update
20 November 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 16, 2017, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as its version of fundamental tax reform legislation. The Bill has undergone some major changes since we prepared our Legal Update on the earlier version released by the Ways & Means Committee.
Legal Update
17 November 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On November 9, 2017, during the 2nd extraordinary meeting held in 2017, the National Energy Policy Council ("CNPE") approved the percentage increase of the mandatory biodiesel addition to traditional diesel from 8% to 10%, effective as of March 1, 2018.
Legal Update
14 November 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Calls to increase scrutiny of foreign investment in the United States have gained strength in the US Congress, and now there are several proposals for changes to the multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). The CFIUS reviews foreign acquisitions of US businesses for threats to national security. This Legal Update discusses these proposals, which would have important consequences for foreign investors and US businesses alike.
Legal Update
13 November 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 9, 2017, the Joint Committee on Taxation released a 247-page description of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” tax reform legislation proposed by the Senate Finance Committee (Senate Tax Reform Proposals). The Senate “conceptual mark” follows the House Ways & Means bill and would implement a sweeping revision of the US Tax Code. While there are many similarities to the Ways & Means bill, the Senate proposals present many new and different changes. The attached Mayer Brown Legal Update discusses how the Senate’s proposed legislation would affect (i) business generally, (ii) international taxation, (iii) financial institutions, (iv) compensation taxation, (v) individuals, (vi) partnerships, (vii) real estate, (viii) tax exempt organizations, (ix) insurance and (x) the life settlement industry.
Media Coverage
10 November 2017
The New York Times
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Legal Update
10 November 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On November 9, 2017, during the 2nd extraordinary meeting held in 2017, the National Energy Policy Council ("CNPE") approved the 4th Pre-Salt Bid Round under the Production Sharing Regime (“4th Pre-Salt Bid Round”) and the 15th Bid Round under the Concession Regime (“15th Concession Bid Round”), which are expected to occur on June 7 and March 29, 2018, respectively.
Media Coverage
7 November 2017
Natural Gas World (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
6 November 2017
Inframation News (subscription required)
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is quoted in this article regarding the impact of the House Republicans’ tax proposal on the renewable energy industry.
Legal Update
3 November 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 2, Republicans in the US House of Representatives released their proposed tax reform legislation, providing for massive alterations to tax law.
Media Coverage
12 October 2017
POWER
Energy partner Jose Valera and Corporate & Securities partner Kristen Ford (both Houston) are featured in this podcast.
Media Coverage
11 October 2017
Latinvex
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
10 October 2017
Bloomberg BNA
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Timothy Bishop (Chicago) is featured in this article.
Media Coverage
6 October 2017
Petroleum Review
Bylined article by Houston's Litigation and Dispute Resolution partners Jessica Crutcher and Michael Lennon on a possible rise in disputes which will trigger for force majeure following Hurricane Harvey.
Newsletter
3 October 2017
Media Coverage
21 September 2017
Bloomberg
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
13 September 2017
Law360
Bylined article by Litigation & Dispute Resolution partners Jessica Crutcher, Michael Lennon and Charles Kelley (all Houston).
Legal Update
13 September 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On September 8, 2017, the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ("ANP") published Resolution No. 698 (“Resolution”) for the purpose of establishing rules on the unitization procedures for oil and natural gas production in the event that the deposits extend beyond a block under the concession regime, production sharing regime or transfer of rights areas.
Media Coverage
12 September 2017
Resource Global Network
London Banking & Finance partner Tom Eldridge is quoted in an article on the significant reduction in the strike price of electricity from offshore wind generation.
Firm News
11 September 2017
Mayer Brown announced today that it represented the noteholders on the private placement of approximately $135.8 million in investment-grade rated project bonds issued to partially re-finance the 70-megawatt Campo Palomas wind energy project in Uruguay. 
Legal Update
6 September 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
This Legal Update discusses the force majeure and similar considerations for the energy industry in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Media Coverage
6 September 2017
AsianPower
In a bylined article, Corporate & Securities partner David Harrison and associate Van Hai Nguyen (both Ho Chi Minh City) discuss Vietnam's Decision 11. 
Legal Update
28 August 2017
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Following the issuance of the Prime Minister's Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg ("Decision 11") on the development of solar power in April 2017, which we reported in "Vietnam Goes Green with New Guidance on Solar Power Projects", the Ministry of Industry and Trade ("MOIT") has proposed a draft circular that, once issued, will guide the implementation of Decision 11.
Legal Update
24 August 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On August 23, 2017, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ("ANP"), published the tender protocols for the 2nd and 3rd Bid Rounds for exploratory blocks under the production sharing regime, as well as made available the production sharing contract models.
Newsletter
22 August 2017
Legal Update
18 August 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On August 18, 2017, Provisional Measure No. 795 (“MP 795/2017”) was published, providing for alterations concerning the tax treatment applicable to oil and natural gas exploration and development activities, as well establishing a special tax regime for the oil and gas industry.
Newsletter
19 July 2017
Media Coverage
12 July 2017
Offshore
In a bylined article, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown Corporate & Securities partner Bruno Belchoir and associate Leandro Duarte (both Rio de Janeiro) discuss reforming the oil and gas sector in Brazil.
Legal Update
5 July 2017
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On July 5, 2017, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ("ANP"), published the tender protocol drafts for the 2nd and 3rd Bid Rounds for exploratory blocks under the production sharing regime, with the objective of establishing the procedures and rules for participating in the bids, as well as making available the production sharing contract drafts, the preliminary schedules, and the information regarding the offered areas.
Firm News
22 June 2017
Mayer Brown announced today that it represented Ecopetrol S.A., Colombia’s state-owned oil company, in its successful bids for securing production sharing contracts for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons in two shallow water oil and gas blocks in Mexico in connection with the Bid Round 2.1 conducted by the National Hydrocarbons Commission of Mexico (CNH-R02-L01/2016).
Media Coverage
19 June 2017
Law360
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Firm News
16 June 2017
Mayer Brown advised on the transaction that was named “Energy Deal of the Year (Over $1B)” at The M&A Advisor’s 2017 International M&A Awards, which recognize the “top international deals, dealmakers and firms conducting important transactions” around the globe.
Firm News
15 June 2017
Mayer Brown JSM has been recognised by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia-Pacific 2017 in two categories for excellence in business of law and legal expertise.
Firm News
8 June 2017
Mayer Brown Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Michael Kimberly (Washington DC) was named a 2017 “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, which honors those who “continue to make their mark in various aspects of legal work in the areas of energy and environmental law.”
Media Coverage
1 June 2017
Brasil Energia
In a bylined article, Tauil & Chequer Advogados partner Carolina Bottino and associate Diana Castro (both Rio de Janeiro) discuss the Fluminense oil industry
Media Coverage
May 2017
Energy Law Advisor - Vol. 11, No. 1
Bylined article by Banking & Finance partner Bill Hart Jr. (Houston) and Corporate & Securities partner John Berkery (New York).
Legal Update
May 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
We hear consistently about the existence of a "funding gap" for infrastructure in the UK and elsewhere. This shortfall exists against the backdrop of a number of high profile political statements from a variety of world leaders, perhaps most notably Donald Trump, about the need for increased investment in infrastructure.
Media Coverage
23 May 2017
Renewable Energy World
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis and associate Isaac Maron (both Washington DC) examine incentives for wind farm development.
Legal Update
May 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
We hear consistently about the existence of a "funding gap" for infrastructure of many kinds in the UK and elsewhere. This shortfall exists against the backdrop of a number of high profile political statements from a variety of world leaders, perhaps most notably Donald Trump, about the need for increased investment in infrastructure.
Media Coverage
17 May 2017
Asian Venture Capital Journal
Coroporate & Securities partner David Harrison discusses latest development in Vietnam's solar project regulations in this news article.
Media Coverage
10 May 2017
O Globo
Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
8 May 2017
Energywire (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
5 May 2017
O Globo
Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
5 May 2017
Valor Econômico
Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
20 April 2017
Windpower Monthly
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is quoted in this article.
Legal Update
20 April 2017
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 11 April 2017, Vietnam's Prime Minister issued a long-awaited decision approving the mechanism on the development of solar power projects, Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg ("Decision 11").
Media Coverage
April 2017
Petroleum Review
Bylined article by London Construction & Engineering partner Tom Duncan and associate Charles Pacey on the legal issues which arise from energy projects.
Article
5 April 2017
Mayer Brown JSM Article
A part of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is one of six economic corridors along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The flagship initiative consists of a range of developmental projects connecting Kashgar in Xinjiang, China to Gwadar in Balochistan, Pakistan. In addition, it also aims to increase cooperation between the two countries in other areas such as science and technology, agriculture, tourism and culture.
Article
28 March 2017
Mayer Brown JSM Article
Southeast Asia is a patchwork of economies and the independent power sectors in each country are at very different stages with each of these markets progressing at varying speeds. This article outlines government guarantees or government support schemes in different countries across Southeast Asia and how these government guarantees are impacting the major investments in the host countries.
Media Coverage
21 March 2017
Jeune Afrique
Halfway between arbitration and conciliation, Dispute Adjudication Boards (DAB) are increasingly prevalent in Africa, especially in large-value contracts involving infrastructure and public works projects, including Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects. 
Article
21 March 2017
Mayer Brown JSM Article
Myanmar, a strategic country neighbouring China, has an important role to play in the Belt and Road Initiative. While there have been encouraging developments for the nation and the international project finance community, it is fair to say that project finance in Myanmar is still at an early stage and potential investors face a number of significant challenges. Read the full article to find out what these obstacles are and how they will impact the outlook for the power sector in Myanmar.
Media Coverage
3 March 2017
Infrastructure Investor (subscription required)
Energy partner Francisco Mendez (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
1 March 2017
Offshore Engineer
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
February 2017
Energy Law Report
In a bylined article, Banking & Financing partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) explains a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes amendments to its regulations under the Federal Power Act to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregation in the capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.
Legal Update
28 February 2017
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
The Indonesian government has recently passed new regulations introducing significant changes to the power and upstream oil and gas sectors. In Part 1, we discussed the power sector. In this briefing note, Sean Prior, Counsel of Mayer Brown JSM and Fadjar Kandar, Managing Partner of Kandar & Partners highlight the latest developments in the upstream oil and gas sector and their likely impact on Indonesian investment.
Media Coverage
28 February 2017
E&P Magazine
Mayer Brown's event "Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges in Brazil's Energy/Oil & Gas Sector—A New Opening" is mentioned in this article.
Media Coverage
26 February 2017
Los Angeles Times
Energy partner Ariel Ramos (Mexico City) is quoted extensively in this article.
Legal Update
20 February 2017
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
The Indonesian government has recently passed new regulations introducing significant changes to the power and upstream oil and gas sectors. In this briefing note, the first in a series, Sean Prior, Counsel of Mayer Brown JSM and Fadjar Kandar, Managing Partner of Kandar & Partners highlight the latest developments in the power sector and their likely impact on Indonesian investment.
Media Coverage
9 February 2017
Law360
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
6 February 2017
Jeune Afrique
Paris partner Olivier Mélédo has been named to Jeune Afrique’s list of the top 50 corporate lawyers who advised on large deals in French-speaking countries in Africa in 2016.
Media Coverage
30 January 2017
Law360
Tax Transactions & Consulting partners David Burton (New York) and Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) are quoted in this article
Firm News
27 January 2017
Mayer Brown announced today that it represented Halcón Resources Corp., an independent energy company focused on the acquisition, production, exploration and development of onshore liquids-rich assets in the United States, on a $400 million offering of convertible preferred stock. The transaction enables Halcón to fund its recent acquisitions of land for drilling in the Permian oil basin in Texas.
Legal Update
26 January 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On January 19, 2017, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-19 providing a safe harbor for certain alternative energy sales contracts with federal agencies to be treated as service contracts under Section 7701(e)(3). The safe harbor is important because, if such a contract is treated as a lease to the federal agency, a solar project would constitute “tax-exempt use property” that is ineligible for the investment tax credit and accelerated depreciation (including bonus depreciation). This Legal Update discusses the safe harbor, its background and its implications for solar companies’ agreements with federal agencies.
Legal Update
24 January 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On January 19, 2017, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a policy statement to clarify its precedent and provide guidance on the ability of electric storage resources to recover their costs concurrently through both cost-based and market-based rates.
Legal Update
January 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
It is a known fact that the major private equity funds employ a diversified sectoral approach to investment. Target sectors in Africa have broadened from the traditional energy and infrastructure sectors to now include financial services, telecommunications, real estate and, more recently, consumer goods.
Media Coverage
January 2017
Solar Industry Magazine
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is quoted in this article discussing the solar industry.
Media Coverage
10 January 2017
American Lawyer
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article.
Legal Update
21 December 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President-elect Donald J. Trump has expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the two reportedly had a warm exchange about the future relationship of the two countries soon after the US election outcome was announced.
Legal Update
20 December 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Donald J. Trump’s presidential victory is almost certain to mean a marked change in the use of sanctions targeting Iran. While it is not yet clear how Mr. Trump intends to implement the more combative approach toward Iran that he promised during his campaign, in this Legal Update we examine the options for the president-elect and Congress to make changes to current US sanctions against Iran or to impose new sanctions.
Media Coverage
14 December 2016
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
Energy partner Ariel Ramos (Mexico City) is quoted in this article discussing implications of a Trump presidency on US/Mexico energy relations.
Firm News
8 December 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that it advised Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”) in the acquisition of a participating interest in offshore oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico from Shell Offshore Inc.
Legal Update
22 November 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 17, 2016, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that proposes amendments to its regulations under the Federal Power Act to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregation in the capacity, energy and ancillary service markets (organized wholesale electric markets) operated by regional transmission organizations (RTO) and independent system operators (ISO).
Media Coverage
18 November 2016
Jeune Afrique
Following the signing of the Paris Agreement (l'accord de Paris), the Parties must now delineate concrete ways in which the African continent may embark on its own "century of lights" by accessing light throughout its territories and populations. This article was co-written by Olivier Mélédo, a partner in the Paris office and a member of the Global Energy group.
Media Coverage
10 November 2016
Law360
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
10 November 2016
Wind Power Monthly
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is quoted in this article about renewable energy in a Trump presidency.
Media Coverage
1 November 2016
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing anticipated consolidation in oilfield services.
Media Coverage
17 October 2016
Offshore Engineer
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the change to Brazil's law that limited outside participation in its pre-salt areas.
Legal Update
7 October 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Preliminary Information Memorandum (“PIM”) regarding the Liquefied Natural Gas (“LNG”) to Power Independent Power Producer (“IPP”) Procurement Programme in the Republic of South Africa, together with the full Information Memorandum was released on 4 October 2016 and can be found on the website of the Department of Energy of the Republic of South Africa. Users have to register an account
Media Coverage
28 September 2016
Renewable Energy Focus
Bylined article by London Banking & Finance partners Tom Eldridge and Kieron Dwyer on the renewable energy landscape and how it is developing worldwide.
Legal Update
22 September 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
This article looks at the current regulatory landscape for shale gas extraction, problems struck by applications to date, the latest Government proposal to overcome the local engagement problem, and finally analyses whether this proposal is likely to be successful.
Media Coverage
20 September 2016
INGlobal (subscription required)
London Energy partner Mathew Kidwell is quoted in an article on M&A activity for North Sea mature assets.
Media Coverage
13 September 2016
Africa Outlook

Bylined article by London Corporate & Securities partner Rob Hamill and senior associate Jonathan Musker on the investment opportunities available in Nigeria to stabilise its oil & gas market.

Please see the latest edition of Africa Outlook.

Article
September 2016
Mayer Brown Article
Fundamental changes in the international market for liquefied natural gas (LNG) over the past few years have for the first time made gas to power projects practical in those parts of Africa that do not have a domestic supply of natural gas or access to a natural gas pipeline grid to import natural gas from countries that do. These changes to the LNG market, when coupled with the development of floating LNG storage and regasification units (FSRUs) which significantly lowers the cost and time to completion of small scale LNG import terminals, has lead to a surge in proposals for gas to power projects throughout Africa.
Legal Update
8 September 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On August 30, 2016, the US Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) finalized regulations that clarify the definition of real property for purposes of the real estate investment trust (“REIT”) provisions under Section 856. The final regulations generally are consistent with the proposed regulations that were released in May 2014.
Firm News
1 September 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that Ariel Ramos has joined the firm in Mexico City as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice and global Energy group, where he will advise clients on energy, infrastructure and projects transactions. Mr. Ramos was founding partner at Ramos Marcín Abogados S.C. and previously served as the leader of Haynes and Boone, LLP’s energy, projects and energy finance practice in Mexico for three years and head of the energy, infrastructure and project finance practice at White & Case LLP in Mexico for 15 years. Joining Mr. Ramos in the move to Mayer Brown’s Mexico City office are two associates.
Media Coverage
29 August 2016
Houston Matters
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is featured in this Houston Matters segment.
Media Coverage
25 August 2016
Renewable Energy World
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) examines energy storage tax credits.
Media Coverage
10 August 2016
African Business Review
Bylined article by London Energy partner Mathew Kidwell on liquefied natural gas projects in Africa.
In Brief
26 July 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On July 21, 2016, the Obama administration announced, on the heels of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) first-ever Sustainable Transportation Summit, a set of actions from the federal government, private sector and states, as well as a new framework for collaboration for vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging companies and states, all geared toward accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and putting more electric vehicles on the road.
In Brief
25 July 2016
Brochure
21 July 2016
Mayer Brown Brochure
On June 23 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by a majority of 4% (52% Leave versus 48% Remain). This unprecedented decision will have significant implications for everyone and is likely to raise complicated and unique legal issues.  Our brochure addresses the question: what happens next?
Media Coverage
18 July 2016
Tax Notes
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) examines renewable energy tax credits.
Legal Update
18 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On June 28, 2016, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its final rule for the operation and certification of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or drones. The final rule concludes a rulemaking that commenced in January 2015 and generated more than 4,800 comments submitted to the FAA.
Media Coverage
15 July 2016
Bloomberg BNA
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy production in Mexico.
In Brief
15 July 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On July 1, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its decision and order in United Airlines Inc. et. al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the United States of America, finding that FERC’s 2005 Policy Statement on Income Tax Allowances had not been adequately supported and was arbitrary or capricious and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with the order.
Media Coverage
5 July 2016
Compliance Week (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing a new SEC extractive payments rule.
Media Coverage
1 July 2016
Petroleum Review (subscription required)

Bylined article by London Energy partner Mathew Kidwell on the challenges of developing LNG export projects in emerging markets.

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Media Coverage
1 July 2016
Mineweb
Bylined article by London Banking & Finance partner Kieron Dwyer on oil and gas companies looking closely at moving through the value chain to downstream activities.
Media Coverage
30 June 2016
Renewable Energy World
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) discusses the Renewable Energy Finance Forum held in New York on June 21.
Media Coverage
28 June 2016
Corporate Counsel (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the final version of an SEC rule requiring many companies in the resource extraction business to disclose most payments they make to the U.S. federal government or foreign governments related to commercial development of gas, oil and minerals.
Legal Update
24 June 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Over the years, the UK has exercised a significant influence over European Union energy policy and has been at the forefront of liberalisation initiatives. Following a referendum held on the 23 June 2016, it has been announced that the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union (“Brexit”).
In Brief
23 June 2016
Mayer Brown JSM In Brief
On 9 June 2016, the President's Office announced the new members of the re-constituted Myanmar Investment Commission (the "MIC").
21 June 2016
Law 360
London Banking & Finance partner Kieron Dwyer and Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement partner Guy Wilkes are quoted in an article on the threat of disruption to cross-border energy deals by Brexit.
Media Coverage
21 June 2016
Solar Industry
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton and counsel Anne Levin-Nussbaum (both New York) discuss the renewable energy industry and how it is affected by a recent IRS update.
Article
20 June 2016
Mayer Brown Article
If a contractual clause is regarded as penal, it will be unenforceable. The paradigm case in which this arises is where the contract provides that if a party breaches its contract, it is to make a payment to the other party that is regarded as excessive in law.
Firm News
16 June 2016
Mayer Brown announced that Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton was named to A Word About Wind’s inaugural Legal Power List 2016, a list of the “100 most influential lawyers on the financial side of the global wind sector.”
Media Coverage
1 June 2016
Texas Lawyer
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing projects and opportunities for energy companies in Mexico.
Media Coverage
27 May 2016
Law360
Energy partner Francisco Mendez (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing five pieces of advice for energy companies looking to do business in Mexico as reforms continue to be implemented.
Media Coverage
18 May 2016
Bloomberg BNA (subscription required)
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
17 May 2016
E&P
Corporate & Securities partners Toshi Yoshida and Thomas Moore (both Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
17 May 2016
Oil & Gas Journal
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
17 May 2016
Rigzone
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
16 May 2016
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the failed agreement to coordinate oil supply between OPEC and outside nations.
In Brief
16 May 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On May 10, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a proposed amendment to its 2013 RTO/ISO Order1 that would effectively restore private rights of action against grid operators to electric market participants.
Media Coverage
10 May 2016
Law360
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) is quoted in this article discussing the IRS doubling the time clean energy developers have to complete projects in order to qualify for the renewable production tax credit.
Media Coverage
6 May 2016
SNL Financial/ S&P Global Market Intelligence
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) is quoted in this article discussing the IRS extending the window of time that certain renewable energy facilities have to complete construction in order to qualify for tax credits.
Media Coverage
5 May 2016
Politico Pro (subscription required)
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) is quoted in this article discussing the wind PTC construction deadline extension.
Firm News
2 May 2016
Mr. Burton to enhance firm’s US renewable energy, equipment leasing and asset-backed finance capabilities

Mayer Brown announced today that David K. Burton has joined the firm’s Tax Transactions & Consulting practice and Renewable Energy group as a partner in New York. Mr. Burton will serve as the leader of Mayer Brown’s Renewable Energy group for the New York office. Previously, he was a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York.
Firm News
2 May 2016
Mayer Brown has further strengthened its global Energy group with the addition of Olivier Mélédo as a partner in Paris. He was previously at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Media Coverage
19 April 2016
Oil & Gas Journal
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing crude oil prices.
Media Coverage
19 April 2016
Natural Gas Intel
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing OPEC's failure to reach an agreement to freeze global oil production.
Media Coverage
18 April 2016
E&E Publishing (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the global oil bust.
Media Coverage
17 April 2016
Africa Global Funds (subscription required)
In a bylined article, Corporate & Securities partner Robert Hamill and associate Sam Webster (both London) say that this 2016 will be critical for M&A activity in the energy sector following the turbulence of 2015
Media Coverage
14 April 2016
BNAmericas (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing an OPEC freeze.
In Brief
13 April 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On April 4, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), after consultation with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, jointly issued proposed guidance regarding certain (1) electric power capacity contracts and (2) natural gas peaking contracts.
Firm News
11 April 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that it has expanded its project finance capabilities with the addition of Tom Eldridge as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice in London. Tom joins Mayer Brown from Dentons where he was the London project finance leader and global sector and practice co-leader for mining.
Media Coverage
8 April 2016
E&P
Tauil & Chequer Advogados Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro), Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bernardo Weaver (São Paulo) and Mayer Brown Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA partner Laurence Urgenson (Washington DC) are quoted from remarks given at a conference hosted by Mayer Brown.
Media Coverage
6 April 2016
ICIS
Tauil & Chequer Advogados Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bernardo Weaver (São Paulo) are quoted from remarks given at a conference hosted by Mayer Brown.
Media Coverage
4 April 2016
Texas Lawyer
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing projects and opportunities for energy companies in Mexico.
Legal Update
31 March 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On March 28, 2016, bids were submitted in Mexico’s first auction to award power purchase and sale agreements under the country’s new Electric Industry Law of 2014. This Legal Update reviews the material provisions of the power purchase and sale agreements.
Media Coverage
21 March 2016
Law360
In a bylined article, Energy partner Pablo Ferrante (Houston), Banking & Finance senior counsel Kevin Shaw (Houston), and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mark Ryan (Washington DC) examine recent high-profile cases that raise issues concerning anti-competitive conduct.
Legal Update
16 March 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, today delivered his eighth Budget in the House of Commons. In this alert we set out the key reforms relevant to the environment, planning and energy sectors and our initial thoughts on their impact on business.
Legal Update
8 March 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Every oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) company acquires oil and gas properties either directly from landowners or from other lessees. These transactions come in many forms and sizes but occur daily in good times and bad times.
Legal Update
3 March 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a recent environmental contamination putative class action, Reece v. AES Corp,1 the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed an Oklahoma district court’s denial of two motions to remand.
Firm News
3 March 2016
Mayer Brown and Tauil & Chequer Advogados, in association with Mayer Brown, have been named “Recommended Firms” in the 2016 edition of the Latin Lawyer 250.
1 March 2016
Sentido Común
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on budget cuts at Pemex (Spanish language).
Media Coverage
February 2016
The Journal of Petroleum Technology
Energy partner Francisco Mendez (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico’s onshore auction.
Legal Update
23 February 2016
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Thailand's long awaited and much anticipated Business Collateral Act B.E. 2558 (2015) (Act), was published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 5 November 2015 and will come into force on 1 July 2016.
Firm News
18 February 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that it has appointed Mathew Kidwell as a partner in London to further boost its global Energy group.
Legal Update
18 February 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In Northern Illinois Gas Company v. City of Evanston, the Northern District of Illinois held that alleged natural gas leaks from distribution pipelines are not “solid or hazardous waste” subject to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).
Legal Update
16 February 2016
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Up until very recently, the legislation that governed arbitrations in Myanmar was the antiquated Arbitration Act 1944. The 1944 Act mirrored India's Arbitration Act 1940 and was generally regarded as outdated and defunct. Reform of Myanmar's arbitration regime was urgently required. In the last few years, as the country has become more accessible to foreign investors with the implementation of political and market reforms, Myanmar has seen a number of changes which will dramatically impact the conduct of arbitrations in the country. It will also affect how arbitral awards can be enforced, recently culminating in the enactment and coming into force of Myanmar's Arbitration Law (Union Law 5/2016) on 5 January 2016.
Media Coverage
5 February 2016
Latin America Advisor - Energy Advisor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is featured in this Q&A discussing Peru’s energy sector.
Newsletter
29 January 2016
Media Coverage
14 January 2016
Houston Business Journal
In a bylined article, Corporate & Securities partner Jeff Dobbs (Houston) discusses strategies for a down market.
Media Coverage
6 January 2016
International Tax Review (subscription required)
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) is quoted in this article discussing renewable energy tax credits.
Media Coverage
5 January 2016
Law360
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mike Lennon (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the biggest energy-related court decisions of last year.
In Brief
4 January 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On December 22, 2015, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) granted a petition for declaratory order by Starwood Energy Global Group and certain of its Project Companies that are jurisdictional public utilities (together, Petitioners) relating to current and future investments in public utilities made through various limited liability private equity investment funds managed or controlled by Starwood Energy Group (collectively, Starwood Funds).
Legal Update
28 December 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-113) (the “Act”) brings both good and bad news for taxpayers with an interest in energy tax credits. On the one hand, the Act extends the time periods during which certain credits are available.
Media Coverage
24 December 2015
Law360
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mike Lennon (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing cases that energy attorneys are going to be watching closely in 2016.
Media Coverage
21 December 2015
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (both Houston) are quoted extensively in this article discussing the emergence of a new mergers and acquisitions cycle.
Legal Update
18 December 2015
Media Coverage
16 December 2015
Law360
Government affairs advisor Mickey Leibner (Washington DC) was quoted in this article discussing the recent US budget deal.
Media Coverage
16 December 2015
Oil & Gas Investor
Energy partner Dallas Parker, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Edward Osterberg, Corporate & Securities partner Jeff Dobbs and Corporate & Securities associate John Furlow (all Houston) are mentioned as representing EE3 LLC. This representation was also mentioned by World Oil.
Media Coverage
16 December 2015
OilPrice.com
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article about oil production in Mexico.
Firm News
15 December 2015
Mayer Brown advised EE3, LLC on the sale of Niobrara shale oil assets in the North Park Basin, Jackson County, Colorado to SandRidge Energy, Inc. for approximately $190 million in cash. The transaction provides SandRidge Energy with 136,000 largely contiguous net acres and multiyear Niobrara shale drilling inventory in the North Park Basin, and represents one of the few large oil and gas property sales to close in 2015.
Media Coverage
15 December 2015
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing oil production in Mexico.
Media Coverage
9 December 2015
Law 360
Corporate & Securites partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy M&A trends.
Media Coverage
5 November 2015
Reuters
Banking & Financing partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) is quoted in this article discussing oil and gas loans.
Media Coverage
5 November 2015
Further Africa
In a bylined article, Tauil & Chequer Advogados Corporate & Securities special counsel Paulo Rage (Rio de Janeiro) discusses the new framework of the oil and gas sector in Mozambique.
Media Coverage
3 November 2015
Migalhas
In a bylined article, Tauil & Chequer Advogados Corporate & Securities special counsel Paulo Rage (Rio de Janeiro) discusses international treaty signed between Brazil and Mozambique to foster reciprocal investments between both countries.
Legal Update
28 October 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
A broad consensus has emerged in the last few years regarding the need to enhance sharing of cybersecurity threat information within the private sector and between the private sector and the government, subject to appropriate privacy safeguards. On Tuesday, October 27, the US Senate passed significant legislation on that topic—the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA, S.754)—by a vote of 74-21.
Media Coverage
22 October 2015
Law360
Banking & Financing partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) is quoted in this article discussing the impact of the impending drop in value of the federal investment tax credit on the residential solar industry.
Media Coverage
13 October 2015
Reuters
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the oil and gas industry.
Media Coverage
20 September 2015
San Antonio Express News
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing oil production in Mexico.
Media Coverage
18 September 2015
Houston Chronicle
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's oil auction.
Legal Update
18 September 2015
Media Coverage
14 September 2015
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico energy reform.
Article
10 September 2015
Mayer Brown Article
Nigeria has vast oil and gas history and potential. It has the largest natural gas and second largest oil reserves in Africa with estimated known reserves of 37 billion barrels of oil and 5 trillion cubic metres of natural gas.
Article
9 September 2015
Mayer Brown Article
In In re: Delta Petroleum Corp. (Bankr. Del. Apr. 2, 2015), the bankruptcy court (the “Court”) considered competing motions for summary judgment as to whether certain overriding royalty interests (“ORRIs”) constituted (1) mere contractual rights to payment that were discharged by the confirmed chapter 11 reorganization plan or (2) real property interests that were not part of the estate in bankruptcy and, thus, survived the trustee’s challenge.
Article
9 September 2015
Mayer Brown Article
Oil prices, which held below $50/bbl in August 2015, are projected to remain below $60/bbl through 2016.
Firm News
27 August 2015
Mayer Brown is proud to announce that Chicago partner Robert A. Helman has been named one of The American Lawyer’s 2015 “Lifetime Achievers.”
Media Coverage
26 August 2015
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's oil auction.
Media Coverage
24 August 2015
The American Lawyer
Mayer Brown partner Bob Helman is featured as a "Lifetime Achiever" in The American Lawyer.
Legal Update
24 August 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Corporate purchases of renewable energy are on the rise in the United States. Corporations are often attracted by wind energy’s unique ability to hedge against rising prices for other fuels—just as utilities buy fixed-price wind energy to protect their consumers against volatility in the price of other fuels.
Media Coverage
18 August 2015
Offshore Engineer
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bill Michael (Chicago) and Tauil & Chequer Advogados partners Salim Jorge Saud Neto and Victor Galante (both Rio de Janeiro) are quoted extensively in this article discussing the Petrobras probe.
Firm News
12 August 2015
Mayer Brown announced today the opening of its office in Mexico City. The firm actively serves clients operating and investing in the oil, gas and power industries in Mexico. With the launch of the Mexico City office, Mayer Brown solidifies its position as a market leader in connection with Mexico’s energy reform.
Media Coverage
4 August 2015
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing changes in the terms for Mexico's September oil auction.
Media Coverage
24 July 2015
E&P
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Francisco Mendez (both Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Phase 1 of Mexico's ongoing energy reform.
Media Coverage
15 July 2015
E&P
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Francisco Mendez (both Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Mexico's ongoing energy reform.
Media Coverage
14 July 2015
Offshore
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker, associates Gabriel Salinas, John Furlow and foreign lawyer Diego Perez (all Houston) examine Mexico's final model for shallow-water PSC.
Media Coverage
14 July 2015
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico energy reform.
Media Coverage
1 July 2015
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the oil and gas industry.
Media Coverage
June 2015
Midstream Business (subscription required)
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (Houston) is extensively quoted in this feature article.
Media Coverage
29 June 2015
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray, Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (both Houston) and Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency partner Sean Scott (Chicago) are quoted in this article discussing the threat of restructurings in the upstream energy industry.
Legal Update
9 June 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
The Government has gazetted 1 January 2016 as the commencement date of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance (the "Ordinance").
Media Coverage
9 June 2015
Daily Business Review
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article regarding Mexico energy reform.
Media Coverage
3 June 2015
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Houston, Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in this article discussing Latin Lawyer's 6th Annual Oil and Gas Conference.
Media Coverage
29 May 2015
Infrastructure Investor (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article regarding climate change.
Media Coverage
26 May 2015
Offshore Engineer
Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Houston, Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in this article discussing Petrobas and corruption in Brazil.
Legal Update
18 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”) has amended the reporting requirements applicable to US persons (defined below) related to its 2014 BE-10 Benchmark Survey of US Direct Investment Abroad.
Media Coverage
14 May 2015
E&P
Corporate & Securities partner Toshi Yoshida (Houston) and Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Houston, Rio de Janeiro) are quoted in this article discussing the energy industry in Asia.
Legal Update
7 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published proposed regulations clarifying which activities generate “qualifying income” for a Master Limited Partnership (MLP). MLPs are partnerships whose ownership interests are traded on a securities exchange or secondary market. MLPs benefit from similar liquidity and access to markets as corporations, without being subject to an entity-level tax.
Legal Update
6 May 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Following the lead set by Shanghai's free trade zone (FTZ), the State Council approved at the end of 2014 the establishment of new FTZs in Tianjin, Fujian and Guangdong, and the expansion of the Shanghai FTZ. After four months' preparation, these new FTZs were finally declared open in April this year. Coinciding with the opening, we have also seen the issuance of an updated negative list for foreign investment, a revised national security review rule and overall plans and administrative regulations for each FTZ. These regulations generally follow the model of the Shanghai FTZ with a couple of modifications to adapt for local characteristics.
Media Coverage
1 May 2015
E&P
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy industry.
Media Coverage
27 April 2015
The National Law Journal
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Tim Bishop (Chicago) was profiled in The National Law Journal as a “2015 Energy & Environmental Trailblazer.”
Firm News
21 April 2015
Mr. Young to strengthen Mayer Brown’s US electric power transactional capabilities and continue rapid growth of DC office

Mayer Brown announced today that Andrew Young has joined the firm’s Banking & Finance practice and global Energy group as a partner in Washington DC. Previously, he was a partner with K&L Gates.
Firm News
7 April 2015
Mayer Brown advised on the transaction named “Latin American Transmission Deal of the Year” by IJGlobal at its 2014 Americas Awards, which recognize “excellence, achievement and innovation in energy and infrastructure finance” during the past year and are chosen by the publication’s editorial team.
Media Coverage
26 March 2015
AIDA
Banking & Finance partner Paul Forrester (Chicago), along with Energy associates John Furlow and Gabriel Salinas (both Houston), Banking & Finance associates Sean Kulkarni (Washington DC) and Stephen Yeh (Houston), Litigation & Dispute Resolution associates Sarah Reynolds and Alexandra Shea (both Chicago) and Erica Speights (Palo Alto) contributed to this best practices guide for coral reef protection.
Media Coverage
23 March 2015
Compliance Week
Mayer Brown Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Kelly Kramer (Washington DC) and Tauil & Chequer Advogados partners Salim Jorge Saud Neto (Rio de Janeiro) are quoted in this article discussing the Petrobras probe.
In Brief
23 March 2015
Mayer Brown In Brief
On March 20, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the US Department of the Interior, issued a final rule titled “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Legal Update
March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In the Budget 2015 delivered on Wednesday 18 March 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne set out several significant tax breaks for the UK oil and gas sector. Set against the background of a maturing UK basin, albeit one with significant resources as yet unexplored, the Government states that these measures are "expected to lead to over £4 billion of additional investment and at least 120 million barrels of oil equivalent of additional production in the next 5 years."
Legal Update
19 March 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 13 March 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) jointly released the 2015 version of the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalogue (“2015 Catalogue”) to replace the current catalogue adopted in 2011 (“2011 Catalogue”). The 2015 Catalogue will enter into effect as from 10 April 2015.
Media Coverage
17 March 2015
Offshore Engineer
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley and Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (both Houston) are featured in this Q&A.
Media Coverage
16 March 2015
BNAmericas (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy industry.
Firm News
9 March 2015
Firm aims to open office in Mexico City to focus on oil, gas and power industries

Mayer Brown announced today that Francisco Mendez has joined the firm as a partner in its Global Energy practice. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years at ExxonMobil Corporation as in-house counsel for Latin America, where he most recently advised the company on the opening of the oil and gas industry in Mexico to the private sector. Mr. Mendez will be based in the Houston office of Mayer Brown.
Media Coverage
27 February 2015
Texas Lawyer
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
27 February 2015
Offshore
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the recent energy reforms in Mexico. This article was also published by Oil & Gas Financial Journal and PennEnergy.com
Media Coverage
4 February 2015
Pratt's Energy Law Report
In a bylined article, Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) discusses Mexico's new electric industry law. 
Brochure
30 January 2015
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Media Coverage
15 January 2015
E&P
Energy partners Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) are quoted regarding Mexico's energy reforms.
Legal Update
14 January 2015
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Notice of Public Hearing and Consultation No. 31/2014 of the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ("ANP”) was published on December 31, 2014, in order to propose the draft of a new Resolution to regulate the construction, expansion and operation of storage and transportation facilities for oil, natural gas, oil products, biofuels and other products regulated by the ANP (“Products”), revoking Ordinance ANP No. 170/1998 (“Ordinance”).
Legal Update
13 January 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) has published the model production-sharing contract for the first phase of Mexico’s Round One bid process relating to 14 contract areas in shallow waters. We review the main terms of the production-sharing contract model.
Legal Update
7 January 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Department of Agriculture has published its final rule (Rule) for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was formerly known as REDA (Renewable Energy Developmental Assistance).
Legal Update
24 December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President Obama signed into law H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act, which extends until December 31, 2014, more than 50 tax benefits that had expired on December 31, 2013. Signed on December 19, the law had been passed by Congress just days previously, after months of back-and-forth regarding the nature of the “extenders” package.
Media Coverage
23 December 2014
E&E News (registration required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the energy sector in Mexico.
Newsletter
18 December 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
We are pleased to provide our clients and friends with this composite of brief, yet insightful, articles on topics that we believe have captivated much of the energy industry’s attention through 2014.
Legal Update
17 December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Energy issues are expected to be at the top of the legislative agenda as Republicans prepare to assume control of both the US House and Senate in January. Actions to achieve the Republican’s energy priorities could create conflicts with the Obama administration, forcing it to identify the energy issues it is willing to protect through veto.
Media Coverage
17 December 2014
Law360
Government affairs advisor Mickey Leibner (Washington DC) was quoted in this article discussing developments in the wind energy sector.
Legal Update
16 December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update

The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission published the bidding and contract terms for the first 14 oil and gas areas in shallow waters, kicking off the first phase of Mexico’s Round One, which will continue throughout 2015.

This Legal Update was excerpted by the Oil & Gas Journal on December 22, 2014.

Media Coverage
Fall 2014
State Bar of Texas, Corporate Counsel Section
In a bylined article, John Furlow and Gabriel Salinas discuss Mexico's energy reforms.
Media Coverage
5 December 2014
The Wall Street Journal
Gabriel Salinas is quoted in an article about the Mexican government’s plans to consider scaling back the initial bidding to reopen the country’s oil and gas industry to private companies due to the recent plunge in oil prices.
Media Coverage
4 December 2014
ICIS.com (subscription required)
Government affairs advisor Mickey Leibner (Washington DC) was quoted in this article discussing developments in the biodiesel sector.
Media Coverage
4 December 2014
North American Wind Power
Mickey Leibner was quoted in this article discussing recent developments in wind power.
Media Coverage
2 December 2014
Thomas Moore is quoted in an article about how the increasing clout of national oil companies have changed the global deal-making scene.
Article
2 December 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Article
Mayer Brown JSM lawyers have contributed two country chapters to the IFLR Project Finance Annual Guide 2014. One chapter is written by Maythawee Sarathai and Ben Thompson on Thailand, while the other chapter written by Nathan Dodd and David Harrison covers Vietnam.
Legal Update
2 December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 28, 2014, the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH”) published in the Mexican Federal Official Gazette a resolution containing the administrative rules for the bidding process and granting of contracts for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (the “Rules”).
Media Coverage
19 November 2014
Midstream Business (subscription required)
Tom Moore is quoted in an article about LNG as a possible fuel option in Hawaii.
Legal Update
17 November 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 4 November 2014, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released the latest revised draft of the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalogue (外商投资产业指导目录) (Catalogue) soliciting public comments. The deadline to submit comments is 3 December 2014.
Media Coverage
11 November 2014
Oil and Gas Investor Australia
Corporate & Securites partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy opportunities in Hawaii.
Media Coverage
7 November 2014
ICIS
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy reforms.
Legal Update
6 November 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Since its official launch in 2013, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone ("Shanghai FTZ") has recently celebrated its first anniversary. Over the past year, various policies relating to foreign investment have been promulgated in the 29 square kilometre Shanghai Free Trade Zone in the outskirts of Shanghai, which has generally been viewed as an important testing ground for the country's policymakers. These policies include a "negative list" approach on company establishment, the reform on RMB liberalisation and the opening up of several industrial sectors to foreign investment (such as finance, telecommunication and shipping, etc).
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2014
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Media Coverage
17 October 2014
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's recent energy overhaul.
Legal Update
9. Oktober 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Die Rechtsprechung des BGH zum Insolvenzanfechtungsrecht zeichnete sich bis zuletzt durch eine insolvenzverwalterfreundliche Auslegung der Anfechtungstatbestände aus. Dies führt zum Leidwesen vieler Unternehmen häufig dazu, dass sie Zahlungen, die sie von einem später insolventen Vertragspartner erhalten haben, an den Insolvenzverwalter verzinst zurückgewähren müssen. Das ist nicht nur sanierungsfeindlich, sondern häufig geraten die betroffenen Unternehmen dadurch auch selbst in finanzielle Schwierigkeiten, zumal sich die Anfechtungsansprüche auf Zahlungen erstrecken können, die bis zu zehn Jahre zurückliegen.
Media Coverage
October 2014
Infrastructure Investor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy reforms.
Firm News
25 September 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that the 2015 edition of Chambers Latin America ranked the firm in four practice categories and recognized nine Mayer Brown lawyers with nine rankings in six practice categories.
Media Coverage
September 2014
Pratt's Energy Law Report
In this bylined article, global head of Mining Ian Coles discusses mining rare earth elements.
Firm News
10 September 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that the 2014 edition of Legal 500 Latin America ranked the firm in the top tier of the Latin America: International Firms – Projects and Energy category for the third consecutive year and named Mayer Brown partners Christopher Erckert and Barry Machlin as “Leading Lawyers” in that category.
Legal Update
9 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
We are pleased to make available to our clients and industry contacts side-by-side Spanish and English translations of the newly enacted Mexican Hydrocarbons Law and the Hydrocarbon Revenues Law, as published in the Mexican Daily Federal Gazette (Diario Oficial de la Federación) on August 11, 2014.
Media Coverage
5 September 2014
Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on how Mexico's energy reforms could impact the country's electric power industry.
Media Coverage
3 September 2014
Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law
In a bylined article, Energy associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (both Houston) examine the constitutional framework of Mexico's energy reforms and what the reforms could mean for the country's energy industry.
Media Coverage
28 August 2014
Oil & Gas Investor (subscription required)
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bill Knull, Banking & Finance partner Kevin Shaw and Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate Jessica Crutcher (all Houston) examine overriding royalty interests (ORRIs), net profits interests (NPIs) and production payments (PPs).
Media Coverage
26 August 2014
Energy Risk (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing opportunities for international energy companies in Mexico after the country enacts its energy reforms.
Media Coverage
19 August 2014
The Texas Lawbook (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore, Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mike Lennon and Real Estate partner Neil Wasserstrom (all Houston) are quoted in an article reporting on the arrival of Thomas at the firm.
Media Coverage
18 August 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
A Mayer Brown legal update by Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera, Pablo Ferrante and associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (all Houston) is extensively cited in an article discussing energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
14 August 2014
Law360
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the legal services that will be most in demand as Mexico enacts its energy reforms.
Media Coverage
13 August 2014
Unconventional Oil & Gas Report
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is extensively quoted in an article discussing energy reform in Mexico.
Firm News
12 August 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Thomas J. Moore has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the Corporate & Securities and Oil & Gas practices. Previously, he was a partner with Baker Botts in Houston.
Media Coverage
11 August 2014
Recharge
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeff Davis (Washington DC) is quoted on new guidelines released by the US Internal Revenue Service to expand renewable energy production tax credit eligibility.
Legal Update
8 August 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) has released Notice 2014-46 (the Notice), which provides further clarification about how a taxpayer can satisfy the requirement that construction of a renewable energy project began before January 1, 2014. The Notice, released on August 8, 2014, is welcome news for the renewable energy industry, which has been anxiously awaiting further guidance with respect to two aspects of the so-called “begin construction” requirement. The Notice addresses those two aspects and modifies a third aspect of the requirement.
Media Coverage
6 August 2014
The Dallas Morning News
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate's approval of secondary energy reform legislation.
Legal Update
5 August 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 15 July 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Circular of the SAFE on Relevant Issues Concerning the Pilot Reform in Certain Areas of the Administrative Method of the Conversion of Foreign Exchange Funds by Foreign-invested Enterprises (“Circular 36”), which came into effect on 4 August 2014. Circular 36 provides greater flexibility to foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in certain locations in China in converting foreign exchange in their capital account into RMB, and in particular it lifts the restriction on an FIE’s onshore equity investments with funds from their capital account.
Media Coverage
5 August 2014
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's energy reforms as part of a Latin Lawyer-hosted roundtable discussion in Houston.
Firm News
4 August 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States, in the issuance of a $300 million high yield senior unsecured note offering at 5.75%.
Firm News
4 August 2014
Partner Devi Shah also named among the “Top 100 Restructuring & Turnaround Professionals” of 2014 

Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, advised on the transaction named “Energy & Services Turnaround of the Year” by Global M&A Network at its 2014 Turnaround Atlas Awards, which honor excellence from the restructuring and turnaround communities worldwide. Winning transactions were selected in 50 restructuring/turnaround awards categories, based on criteria such as number of creditors, jurisdiction, pre/post workout, sustainability, operational/client/HR metrics, timeliness, leadership, and resourcefulness.
Legal Update
22 July 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Companies undergoing review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) have a due process right to notice of unclassified evidence and an opportunity to rebut that evidence, according to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
Media Coverage
18 July 2014
E&P
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that local content requirements for E&P companies doing business in Mexico could rise from 25% next year to 35% by 2025 if the energy bill approved by Mexico's Senate is approved by the country's lower house and president.
Legal Update
17 July 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
It has been over nine months since the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) was launched and a “negative list” approach for foreign investment adopted in the FTZ. On 1 July 2014, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government issued a revised version of the negative list (the “Revised Negative List”), aiming to offer more leeway for foreign investment in the zone.
Legal Update
11 July 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
By agreeing a payment period, contractual parties determine at what time the payment obligation must be fulfilled. Agreements on payment periods are relevant in particular for contracts on the delivery of goods or the rendering of services, where the seller or the service provider makes advance deliveries, for instance by delivering goods on account.
Firm News
8 July 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Michael P. Lennon Jr. has joined the firm in Houston as a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and International Arbitration group. Previously, he was a partner with Baker Botts in Houston.
Media Coverage
18 June 2014
Offshore
Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante and associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (all Houston) examine Mexico's proposed Hydrocarbons Law and Hydrocarbon Revenues Law.
Media Coverage
12 June 2014
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that Pemex is concerned that one of its regulators, the National Hydrocarbons Commission, will be able to impose on it partners for joint ventures after Mexico's energy reform bill is passed.
Legal Update
12 June 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), in conjunction with the US Navy, has issued a solicitation for bulk fuels for DLA Energy’s customers located in the Inland/East/Gulf Coast regions of the United States. The Inland/East/Gulf Coast is the single largest bulk fuels acquisition program, and it is valued in excess of $3.5 billion.
Media Coverage
9 June 2014
Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that Mexican lawmakers are considering whether to raise national content requirements up to 35% for international energy projects as they work to finalize legislation for the country's energy reforms.
Media Coverage
5 June 2014
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a panel discussion regarding oil M&A at Latin Lawyer's Oil and Gas Conference.
Legal Update
2 June 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed to suspend its current practice of issuing conditional decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the lower-48 states to foreign countries without free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States.
Media Coverage
2 June 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted from a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding operatorship of presalt projects in Brazil.
Legal Update
30 May 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President Enrique Peña Nieto introduced to the Mexican Congress nine new bills, as well as amendments to several existing laws, to implement the constitutional energy reform passed on December 21, 2013.
Media Coverage
28 May 2014
BNAmericas Oil & Gas Intelligence Series
Energy partners Jose Valera and Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) are quoted in a report focusing on Mexico energy reform and the opening of the country’s oil and gas sector.
Legal Update
28 May 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it has proposed waiving the Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) and associated requirements for public utilities that own, operate or control Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities (ICIF), or the tie-lines that connect electric generating units to the transmission grid.
Newsletter
27 May 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
A primary goal of Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Industry Review has been to publish for our clients and friends, brief (yet insightful) and timely articles about topics affecting the energy industry around the world. This edition of the Review, we believe, achieves that goal and demonstrates our firm’s worldwide reach.
Firm News
20 May 2014
Leading global law firm Mayer Brown has advised Standard Bank and Renaissance Capital as managers to the US$98.7 million sale of shares in Umeme Limited, an energy distribution network company in Uganda, by Umeme Holding Limited.
Media Coverage
20 May 2014
E&P
The article reports on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding Mexico's energy reform legislation.
Media Coverage
19 May 2014
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding operatorship of presalt projects in Brazil.
Media Coverage
16 May 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting on comments by the former Secretary of Energy of Mexico at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
16 May 2014
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
The article reports on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about how smaller companies are playing an increasing role in shale gas development.
Media Coverage
16 May 2014
E&P
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about Brazil's consideration of proposals to open operatorship of its presalt projects to companies other than Petrobras.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
ICIS News (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) in quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding Mexico's secondary energy reform legislation.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about Brazil's consideration of proposals to open operatorship of its presalt projects to companies other than Petrobras.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
The article reports on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding the role of Pemex in Mexico's energy reform process.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
The article reports on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about how energy reform in Mexico could impact US shale gas sellers.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting on comments made by the former Secretary of Energy of Mexico at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about Brazil's consideration of proposals to open operatorship of its presalt projects to companies other than Petrobras.
Legal Update
14 May 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On May 9, 2014, the US Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) that clarify the definition of real property for purposes of the real estate investment trust (“REIT”) provisions under Section 856.
Media Coverage
13 May 2014
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the secondary energy reform legislation submitted by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. 
Media Coverage
9 May 2014
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute that warns that criminal activity in northern Mexico could undermine the country's energy reform efforts.
Firm News
6 May 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Corporate & Securities partner Jeff M. Dobbs (Houston), Banking & Finance partner Thomas L. Eldert (Washington DC), Intellectual Property partner Brian A. Rosenthal (Washington DC) and Real Estate partner David B. H. Saye (Charlotte), were named 2014 “Rising Stars” by Law360. This annual recognition honors attorneys under the age of 40 “whose accomplishments in major transactions or litigation belie their age,” the publication said.
Media Coverage
2 May 2014
Law360
Energy partner Jeff Dobbs (Houston) is profiled as one of Law360's 2014 "Rising Stars" under 40 in the energy category.
Media Coverage
1 May 2014
Midstream Business (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how global involvement and the amount of money at stake in Mexico's energy reforms could curb corruption in the country.
Media Coverage
1 May 2014
Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's proposed national oil fund.
Media Coverage
30 April 2014
Law360
In a bylined article, Banking & Finance partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) examines the US Department of Energy's draft solicitation for new loan guarantees under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act.
Media Coverage
30 April 2014
Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on secondary energy reform legislation in Mexico.
Legal Update
30 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On April 30, 2014, President Enrique Peña Nieto introduced to the Mexican Congress nine new bills, as well as amendments to several existing laws, to implement the constitutional energy reform passed on December 21, 2013.
Media Coverage
April 2014
AIPN Advisor
In a bylined article, Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante and associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (all Houston) examine Mexico's energy reform legislation.
Media Coverage
28 April 2014
OE
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on GE Oil & Gas' announcement of a technology collaboration with Mexico Institute of Petroleum (IMP) and Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).
Media Coverage
25 April 2014
Law360
Energy partners Jose Valera and Dallas Parker (both Houston) are quoted on the outlook for the energy industry as secondary energy reform legislation is scheduled to be passed in Mexico.
Media Coverage
17 April 2014
Forbes
A presentation by Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) at Mergermarket's 6th Annual Energy Forum is extensively cited in an article discussing the potential opportunities for the oil and gas industry after energy reform legislation is passed in Mexico.
Media Coverage
11 April 2014
Law360
Energy partner Jeff Dobbs (Houston), Intellectual Property partner Brian Rosenthal (New York), Banking & Finance partner Tom Eldert (Washington, DC) and Real Estate partner David Saye (Charlotte) are named as "Rising Stars for 2014" by Law360.
Firm News
3 April 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, provided legal counsel on three transactions that Project Finance magazine named 2013 “Deals of the Year” in the North America and Latin America regions. The awards recognize innovation and excellence in energy and infrastructure finance, and are selected by the magazine’s staff of experienced journalists in consultation with influential market participants.
Media Coverage
1 April 2014
OE
The article notes the arrivals of Energy partners Bill Heller and Harry Beaudry (both Houston) at the firm.
Media Coverage
1 April 2014
E&P
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
1 April 2014
E&P
The article reports on discussions about energy reform in Mexico at a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston.
Media Coverage
28 March 2014
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the secondary energy reform legislation scheduled to be passed in Mexico.
Firm News
27 March 2014
Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP received the Latin Lawyer “Regulatory Deal of the Year 2013” award as a result of the assistance provided to China National Offshore Oil Corporation - CNOOC in all aspects of its participation in the Brazil’s first bid round for production sharing agreements (Libra Field). The awards ceremony was held on March 27, 2014 at the Hotel Unique in Sao Paulo. Team involved in the deal included partners Alexandre Chequer, Victor Galante and associate Andre Lemos
Legal Update
19 March 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, today delivered his 2014 Budget Speech in the House of Commons announcing a package of measures aimed at cutting green taxes on UK businesses by £7 billion by 2018 - 2019.
Media Coverage
17 March 2014
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that the Senate leader of the National Action Party (PAN) in Mexico walked out of congressional negotiations on laws necessary to implement energy reform legislation.
Firm News
10 March 2014
Mayer Brown and Tauil & Chequer Advogados, in association with Mayer Brown, have been named “Recommended Firms” in the 2014 edition of the Latin Lawyer 250, the definitive guide to the leading business law firms of Latin America. The guide is based on results from Latin Lawyer’s poll of legal practitioners operating in Latin America; on-the-ground editorial research involving visits to law firms and face-to-face interviews with clients in all 18 Latin American countries covered, as well as in the United States, Canada and Europe; and thousands of questionnaires completed by corporate counsel.
Media Coverage
7 March 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Jose Valera (both Houston) are quoted in an Upstream feature examining energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
2 March 2014
The Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that Mexico's energy reforms could raise interest in renewable energy production in the country.
Media Coverage
27 February 2014
Law360
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeff Davis (Washington, DC) is quoted on a tax reform proposal released by the US House of Representatives that seeks to dramatically reduce the amount of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC).
Legal Update
27 February 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On February 26, 2014, US House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp released draft tax reform legislation entitled the Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the “Draft”). According to Chairman Camp, the overarching goal of the Draft is to “fix America’s broken tax code by lowering tax rates while making the code simpler and fairer for families and job creators.”
Media Coverage
27 February 2014
North American Windpower
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeff Davis (Washington, DC) is quoted on a tax reform proposal released by the US House of Representatives that seeks to dramatically reduce the amount of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC).
Media Coverage
18 February 2014
Natural Gas Europe
In a Q&A feature, Government & Global Trade special counsel Mark Gitenstein (Washington, DC) discusses the state of the shale gas market in Romania.
Media Coverage
17 February 2014
Texas Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that energy lawyers in Texas are vying to inform clients and potential clients about the progress of energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
16 February 2014
The New York Times
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the state of the economy in Bolivia.
Legal Update
11 February 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
In this article we outline some of the reasons why Myanmar's power sector has attracted the interest of the international project finance community and provide an overview of the key challenges that the power sector is facing.
Media Coverage
1 February 2014
Unconventional Oil & Gas Report
In a bylined article, Banking & Finance partner Kevin Shaw and Energy associate John Furlow (both Houston) examine the draft regulations and interim emergency regulations recently published by California's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to implement California Senate Bill 4.
Media Coverage
29 January 2014
Rigzone
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on the secondary legislation that Mexico will need in order to move forward with its energy reforms.
Media Coverage
29 January 2014
EnergyWire (subscription required)
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
28 January 2014
Rigzone
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Firm News
28 January 2014
Mayer Brown Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) has been named to Latinvex’s annual list of Latin America’s “Top 100 Lawyers,” which recognizes the “leading attorneys from international law firms that are involved in the growing legal business in Latin America.” Latinvex is an online journal providing daily news and weekly analysis of Latin America’s business, legal and technology sectors.
Media Coverage
24 January 2014
The Dallas Morning News
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that Mexican congressman Javier Treviño Cantu has been touring Texas to tout his country's energy reforms to US oil companies.
Media Coverage
23 January 2014
Offshore
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
22 January 2014
E&P
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
22 January 2014
Energy Intelligence’s Oil Daily (subscription required)
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
22 January 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
21 January 2014
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on the energy, telecommunication and political reforms that are taking place in Mexico.
Firm News
15 January 2014
Leading global law firm Mayer Brown has advised on the restructuring and sale of ATP Oil & Gas (UK) Limited to Alpha Petroleum (UK) Holdings Limited, an investment vehicle of Petroleum Equity, a newly-established private equity firm focused on the upstream oil and gas market outside North America.
Media Coverage
7 January 2014
Drilling Contractor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's energy reform bill.
Media Coverage
6 January 2014
Law360
In a bylined article, Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera, Pablo Ferrante and associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (all Houston) examine Mexico's energy reform bill.
Firm News
3 January 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented Halcón Resources Corporation, an independent energy company focused on the acquisition, production, exploration and development of onshore liquids-rich oil and natural gas assets in the United States, in connection with the offering and issuance of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of its 9.75% senior unsecured notes due 2020.
Legal Update
16 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Mexican Congress has now overwhelming passed a bill with broad constitutional reforms that will open Mexico’s energy sector to investment and competition. The bill calls for amending articles 25, 27 and 28 of the Mexican Constitution, and for adding 21 “transitional articles” detailing the regulations to be implemented. To become law, the bill now needs to be approved by a majority of Mexico’s state legislatures, which is expected soon.
Legal Update
16 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The State of California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (the “DOGGR”) has issued draft regulations and interim emergency regulations to implement California Senate Bill 4—legislation designed to bring additional regulation and oversight to oil and gas operations involving “well stimulation treatments,” such as hydraulic fracturing.
Media Coverage
13 December 2013
The Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's draft energy reform bill.
Media Coverage
13 December 2013
Law360
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's proposed energy reforms.
Media Coverage
12 December 2013
Wall Street Journal
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Jose Valera (both Houston) are quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy reform bill.
Legal Update
12 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Mexican Congress has approved a constitutional reform that will open Mexico’s energy sector to investment and competition. To become law, the bill now needs to be approved by a majority of Mexico’s state legislatures, which is expected soon.
Media Coverage
12 December 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how changes to the law requiring miners to allow hydrocarbon production within mining concessions in Mexico are likely to lead to legal disputes.
Media Coverage
11 December 2013
Los Angeles Times
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy reform bill.
Media Coverage
11 December 2013
E&P
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy reform bill.
Legal Update
11 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On December 11, 2013, the Mexican Senate passed a sweeping energy reform bill that, if enacted into law, will revolutionize the country’s energy sector and bring about the most significant overhaul of the sector since 1938.
Media Coverage
11 December 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how Mexico's energy reform overhaul puts to rest the debate over hydrocarbon reserve booking for private firms.
Media Coverage
10 December 2013
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy reform bill.
Firm News
10 December 2013
Mayer Brown is representing Kentz Corporation Limited, the Irish holding company of Kentz engineering and construction group, in connection with the proposed acquisition of Valerus Field Solutions for $435 million. Valerus Field Solutions is a US-based integrated oil and gas surface facility solutions provider.
Media Coverage
9 December 2013
Reuters
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy bill allowing private investment in the country.
Legal Update
5 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Mexican Senate overwhelmingly approved a historic electoral reform bill on December 3, 2013. The bill is expected to be approved by the lower house of the Mexican Congress in the next few days.
Media Coverage
5 December 2013
Wall Street Journal
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that Mexico's government and the main opposition party have agreed on the crucial details of a legislative bill that will give private-sector oil firms a larger role in the Mexican oil industry.
Media Coverage
November/December 2013
Drilling Contractor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is extensively quoted in an article discussing energy reform in Mexico.
Firm News
27 November 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States, in connection with its SEC-registered offering of $200 million of 6.75% senior notes due 2021.
Firm News
21 November 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Houston Energy partner Jose Valera has been recognized as a rainmaker by Diversity & The Bar magazine, a publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. This annual issue looks to “highlight the professional successes of minority attorneys who continue to lead the industry,” the publication said.
Media Coverage
November/December 2013
Diversity & The Bar
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article profiling him as a "rainmaker" in law.
Media Coverage
19 November 2013
Upstream (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Bob Gray (Houston) is quoted on the current state of North American oil and gas market.  
Legal Update
18 November 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 8, 2013, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Presidential Permit and Granting Authorization* (under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act) allowing NET Mexico Pipeline Partners, LLC (NET Mexico), a subsidiary of Houston-based NET Midstream, to build a natural gas export facility with 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) capacity at the US-Mexico border.
Legal Update
18 November 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On October 8, 2013, US Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chair of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, and US Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced to the US House of Representatives the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, a bipartisan bill seeking to establish a more efficient approval process for cross-border energy infrastructure and, specifically, oil and gas pipelines and electric transmission lines.
Media Coverage
11 November 2013
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
In a bylined article, Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Scott Perlman (Washington, DC) provides an overview of how provisions in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act apply to energy-related transactions.
Media Coverage
6 November 2013
Financial Times (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican government negotiating a more ambitious energy reform plan than previously expected.
Legal Update
4 November 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
With the rapid expansion of US shale oil and gas production in recent years, it has become increasingly important for operators and oilfield services companies to stay informed about new regulatory developments.
Media Coverage
November 2013
Institutional Investing in Infrastructure (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) are quoted on the shale gas boom in North America.
Media Coverage
November 2013
Pipeline & Gas Journal
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) discuss shale gas development outside of the US.
Media Coverage
30 October 2013
Forbes
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's proposed energy reforms.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown Article
On August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto of the current ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), delivered a highly anticipated constitutional energy reform proposal to the Mexican Senate, which, if passed, will constitute the most significant overhaul of the Mexican energy sector since 1938. The proposal is expected to be considered by the Mexican Congress in September.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown Article
At a time when there is significant M&A activity in the energy industry, it is critical for energy companies to understand how the premerger notification filing requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act” or “the Act”),and the regulations promulgated under the Act (“HSR Rules” or “Rule(s)”),may apply to their transactions. In fact, there are both energy-specific exemptions to the Act and other exemptions of more general application that can be used to exempt broad categories of energy mergers and acquisitions from HSR Act filing requirements. These exemptions are highly technical, however, and include a number of exceptions. As a result, transactions that exceed the Act’s basic jurisdictional thresholds often must be reviewed carefully to determine whether any of these exemptions can be applied to the particular transaction at issue.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown JSM Article
Myanmar’s emergence in the last 12 months as one of the world’s most promising markets needs little introduction. With a population of around 60 million and a strategically advantageous geographical location, it presents significant opportunities across a broad range of sectors. However, with only 26% of Myanmar’s population having access to electricity and demonstrations last year against rolling power cuts, the power sector is a top priority for the Government of Myanmar (GOM). The latest announced goal of the GOM is to increase capacity by 16,000MW by 2030, with a master plan and regulations for the power industry currently under development and due for release in 2014.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown Article
A Master Limited Partnership or MLP (sometimes called a publicly traded partnership or PTP), is an attractive business entity because it is treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes even though the ownership interests in the MLP are publicly traded. Thus, the income of the MLP is subject to a single level of tax at the partner level; moreover, ordinary business deductions flow through the MLP and reduce the partners’ taxable income from the MLP. By contrast, income of a corporation (other than an S corporation) is subject to tax at the corporate level, and the net after-tax income of the corporation is subject to a second level of tax when distributed as dividends to its shareholders.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown Article
Editor’s Note: After this bylined article appeared (in June 2013), the SEC’s resource extraction payments disclosure rule was vacated on July 2, 2013 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The findings indicated the Court’s disagreement with the SEC’s construction of a provision in the statute upon which the new rule was based, and that the SEC’s arguments for not providing an exemption for certain disclosures meant that some complying companies would be competitively disadvantaged. On September 2, 2013, a spokesperson for the SEC indicated that it would not appeal the decision, but that it would re-propose the rule informed by the court’s decision.
Media Coverage
21 October 2013
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on proposed energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
20 October 2013
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Brazil's Libra oil field auction.
Firm News
17 October 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Corporate & Securities partner David Carpenter (New York) has been named a finalist in the “Legal Advisor of the Year” category of the 2013 M&A Advisor Awards.
Newsletter
17 October 2013
Mayer Brown Newsletter
In this issue of Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Industry Review, we analyze two regional developments—in Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal to overhaul the country’s energy industry by promoting broad constitutional changes that would open the Mexican petroleum industry to private participation, and, in Myanmar, the emergence of myriad opportunities in the energy sector as that country experiences a period of political transition and reform.
Media Coverage
14 October 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
The article includes quotes from a Mayer Brown legal update discussing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s recently proposed Hydrocarbon Revenues Law.
Media Coverage
11 October 2013
Rigzone
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s proposed Hydrocarbon Revenues Law.
Legal Update
11 October 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 19, 2013, at a meeting of the US-Iraq Business Dialogue (the USIBD), the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, discussed Iraq’s new National Investment Plan (2013-2017) (the Plan).
Legal Update
11 October 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 30, 2013, the Division of Market Oversight of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Commodity Options (FAQ).
Media Coverage
9 October 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
The article includes quotes from a Mayer Brown legal update discussing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s recently proposed Hydrocarbon Revenues Law.
Media Coverage
October 2013
The Energy Law Advisor
In a bylined article, Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) discuss energy reform in Mexico.
Legal Update
7 October 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President Peña Nieto has delivered his 2014 tax reform package to Congress. His proposal seeks to reduce the tax burden on state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) and increase government revenue through other tax measures.
Media Coverage
October 2013
Pipeline & Gas Journal
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) examine the factors that led to the success of the shale gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
1 October 2013
Forbes
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's proposed energy reforms. 
Legal Update
30 September 2013
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) was declared open yesterday amid much anticipation from Chinese and foreign businesses.
Media Coverage
29 September 2013
Financial Times (subscription required)
Comments from Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) are included in an article discussing the state of the Mexican economy.  
Media Coverage
27 September 2013
Houston Business Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the lack of foreign interest in Brazil’s first major oil auction in five years and what that could mean for Mexico as the country seeks to reform its energy industry.
Legal Update
23 September 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 20, 2013, the US Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) released Notice 2013-60 (the Notice) to clarify certain aspects of Notice 2013-29 (the Original Notice), which provided guidance on the “beginning of construction” requirement to qualify for the Section 45 production tax credit (the PTC) and the election to claim the Section 48 investment tax credit (the ITC).
Media Coverage
23 September 2013
Rigzone
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted in an article reporting on discussions about Mexico's proposed energy reforms at a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
23 September 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston included a discussion on whether a continuation of price administration would continue if proposed energy reforms are enacted in Mexico.
Media Coverage
16 September 2013
Offshore Engineer
Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) are quoted in an article reporting on discussions about Mexico's proposed energy reforms at a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
16 September 2013
E&P
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Jose Valera (both Houston) are quoted in an article reporting on discussions about Mexico's proposed energy reforms at a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
16 September 2013
OE
Energy partners Jose Valera and Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) are quoted on Mexico's energy reform proposals.
Media Coverage
15 September 2013
Houston Chronicle
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how changes that Mexico’s president is proposing for the nation’s oil monopoly aim both at reviving slumping production and at reducing multibillion-dollar losses in the Mexican refining sector.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
Upstream
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the possibility of private companies signing new oil and gas contracts in Mexico as soon as late 2014 if the country moves swiftly on constitutional energy reforms.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
Texas Lawyer Tex Parte blog
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting on discussions about Mexico's proposed energy reforms at a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
Energy partners Jose Valera and Dallas Parker (both Houston) are quoted on Mexico's proposed energy reforms.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston included a discussion on how proposed energy reform in Mexico may include increased requirements for international companies to use locally produced products and services.
Legal Update
6 September 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
With the expectation that the areas offered in the Brazil Round 12 may result in the discovery of reservoirs of unconventional resources, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) has introduced relevant innovations to the Concession Contract.
Legal Update
29 August 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) published, on August 22, the Preliminary Tender Protocol of the Brazil Round 12. As announced, the round will be held on November 28 and 29 this year, when a total of 240 blocks will be offered, covering an area of approximately 168 thousand km².
Media Coverage
23 August 2013
Houston Business Journal
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how proposed energy reform in Mexico could provide significant business for Houston-based oil and gas companies.
Media Coverage
22 August 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on Mexico’s energy reform proposals and the likelihood of amendments to the country’s constitution that would allow foreign company participation in the energy sector.
Media Coverage
21 August 2013
Tax Notes Today
In a bylined article, Tax partners Jeff Davis (Washington, DC), Shawn O'Brien and Ed Osterberg (both Houston) discuss several taxpayer-favorable private letter rulings that say that income related to hydraulic fracturing services qualifies for the natural resource exception to the master limited partnership qualifying income rule.
Media Coverage
21 August 2013
ICIS Energy (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexico’s energy reform proposals.
Media Coverage
21 August 2013
Houston Business Journal BizBlog
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) examine four obstacles currently hindering the pace and expansion of shale development outside the United States.
Media Coverage
20 August 2013
Breaking Energy
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on Mexico’s energy reform proposals and the likelihood of amendments to the country’s constitution that would allow foreign company participation in the energy sector.
Media Coverage
19 August 2013
Houston Business Journal
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the possible impact of Mexico's proposed energy reforms on oil and gas companies in Houston.
Media Coverage
16 August 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
In a Q&A feature, Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) discusses Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's energy reform proposal.
Media Coverage
15 August 2013
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on the energy reform proposal released by Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
Media Coverage
August 2013
Forbes Mexico (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing Mexico's proposed energy reforms.
Media Coverage
15 August 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
The article quotes and references information presented in a Mayer Brown legal update that discusses the energy reform proposal delivered by Mexico’s PRI political party.
Media Coverage
14 August 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
14 August 2013
EnergyWire (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the energy reform proposal released by Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
Media Coverage
14 August 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera is quoted on the energy reform proposal released by Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
Media Coverage
14 August 2013
La Reforma (subscription only)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on energy reform in Mexico.
Legal Update
14 August 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto delivered a highly anticipated constitutional energy reform proposal to the Mexican Senate, which, if passed, will constitute the most significant overhaul of the Mexican energy sector since 1938. Peña Nieto is proposing broad constitutional changes that would open the Mexican petroleum industry to private participation and investment, including by international oil companies, to explore for, and produce, oil and gas.
Media Coverage
13 August 2013
E&P
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on the energy proposal released by Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
Media Coverage
12 August 2013
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's plan to overhaul its restrictive energy laws.
Media Coverage
11 August 2013
Houston Chronicle
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
9 August 2013
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on the energy reform proposal released by Mexico’s National Action Party (PAN).
Media Coverage
9 August 2013
E&P
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) energy reform proposal to the Mexican Senate.
Media Coverage
5 August 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
The article cites a Mayer Brown legal update discussing energy reform proposals in Mexico.
Media Coverage
2 August 2013
El Financero
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will likely seek to amend key articles of the constitution to break the nation’s state monopoly on oil exploration and production.
Legal Update
2 August 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On July 31, 2013, Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Mexico’s main opposition political party, delivered a highly anticipated energy reform proposal to the Mexican Senate, which, if passed, has the potential to revolutionize the Mexican energy sector.
Legal Update
1 August 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Brazilian Electric Energy Agency (“ANEEL”) instituted Public Hearing No. 085, from July 29 to August 30, 2013 (“AP 085/2013”), to obtain contributions to the proposals for improvement of regulations regarding electricity trade by customers in the Free Market (“ACL”).
Media Coverage
1 August 2013
Reuters
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's energy reform initiative. 
Media Coverage
1 August 2013
Offshore Engineer
In a bylined article, Energy partner Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) discuss energy reform in Mexico.
Firm News
31 July 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented Hanergy Holding Group Limited, China’s largest private renewable energy company, on its US acquisition of Global Solar Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar technology based in Tucson, Arizona.
Media Coverage
30 July 2013
IHS Unconventional Energy Blog
Corporate & Securities partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) discuss the unique regulatory, economic and market forces that enabled shale production to take off so quickly in the US and the corresponding factors that are slowing development elsewhere.
Firm News
29 July 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Corporate & Securities partner Pablo Ferrante (Houston) has been selected as a winner in The M&A Advisor’s 2013 “40 Under 40 Recognition Awards” in the Legal Advisor category.
Media Coverage
20 July 2013
About.com
Corporate & Securities partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on Mexico’s infrastructure spending plan and how it could positively affect the tourism industry.
Media Coverage
19 July 2013
Latinos Post
Comments from Energy partner José Valera (Houston) are included in an article reporting that Mexico's opposition conservative party will present a bill to open up the state-run oil sector to private investment.
Legal Update
18 July 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on July 15, 2013, that Mexico will invest US$315 billion during the period 2013-2018 to upgrade Mexico’s infrastructure by modernizing roads and highways, building rail lines, building and expanding the country’s seaports and airports, providing universal access to telecommunications and boosting the energy sector.
Legal Update
11 July 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) published, on July 09, the Preliminary Tender Protocol for the first bidding round for the pre-salt area.
Legal Update
10 July 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On July 4, 2013, the Brazilian Senate approved the Bill of Law 6.826/2010, which imposes civil and administrative liability on legal entities for corrupt practices.
Media Coverage
10 July 2013
Drilling Contractor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on energy policy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
9 July 2013
Breaking Energy
Energy partner Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
5 July 2013
E&E EnergyWire

Corporate & Securities associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing energy reform in Mexico.

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Media Coverage
3 July 2013
Law360
Corporate & Securities partner Bob Gray (Houston) is quoted on the invalidation of a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments.
Media Coverage
24 June 2013
Midstream Business (subscription required)
The article cites a Mayer Brown legal update by Energy partners Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) discussing Mexico’s constitutional reform of its telecommunications and broadcasting industries.
Legal Update
20 June 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced he will send a “transformational” energy reform bill to Mexico’s Congress in the coming months in an effort to attract the private capital and expertise required to develop Mexico’s deep-water and shale deposits and reverse the country’s declining energy production.
Media Coverage
18 June 2013
Reuters
Corporate & Securities partner Pablo Ferrante (Houston) is quoted on Altos Hornos de Mexico's interest in shale gas reserves in Mexico.
Legal Update
14 June 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Mexico recently enacted a constitutional reform of its telecommunications and broadcasting industries aimed at increasing competition and investment. The reform is a result of the Pact for Mexico (Pacto por Mexico), by which the current administration and the major political parties pledged to pass structural reforms in such sectors as telecommunications, financial, energy, education and tax.
Media Coverage
4 June 2013
Midstream Business (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the state of the natural gas industry.
Legal Update
28 May 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On May, 16th, State of Rio de Janeiro published resolution SEFAZ No. 631/13, which converted into an ICMS calculation basis reduction, the ICMS tax exemption previously granted by article No. 2, Decree No. 41.142/2008 on importation of goods and products listed in its Annex under the Temporary Admission Special Regime, designated to oil and gas exploration sites, as set forth by the REPETRO Regime federal legislation.
Media Coverage
27 May 2013
Rigzone
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s 2013 Global Energy Conference included a discussion about energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
27 May 2013
Rigzone
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s 2013 Global Energy Conference included a discussion about Mexico's oil and gas industry.
Legal Update
24 May 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) has authorized, by means of the Resolution No. 4, from May 22, 2013, the Brazilian Petroleum Agency (ANP) to promote the first bidding round for the pre-salt area.
Legal Update
23 May 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On May 16, 2013, the US Bureau of Land Management (“BLM” or the “Bureau”), part of the Department of the Interior, released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands (the “Revised Proposal”).
Media Coverage
20 May 2013
Energy Intelligence’s Oil Daily (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the oil and gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
20 May 2013
Energy Intelligence’s Natural Gas Week (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the oil and gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
20 May 2013
Energy Intelligence’s Natural Gas Week (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the natural gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
17 May 2013
E&P
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference featured a discussion of the market for floating liquefaction plants.
Media Coverage
17 May 2013
The Deal
The article includes a mention of Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference.
Media Coverage
16 May 2013
E&E EnergyWire (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the natural gas industry in the US.
Media Coverage
16 May 2013
E&P
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s 2013 Global Energy Conference included a discussion about energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
16 May 2013
E&E EnergyWire (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s 2013 Global Energy Conference featured a discussion of Mexico's energy sector.
Media Coverage
15 May 2013
The Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the natural gas market in the US.
Media Coverage