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Brexit: Environmental Law Implications for the Chemicals Sector

This note addresses the possible legal impact of Brexit on the chemicals sector.  It is one of a series of GTM Alerts designed to assist businesses in identifying the legal issues to consider and address in response to the UK’s referendum vote of 23 June 2016 to withdraw from the European Union.   While Brexit … Continue Reading

Changes to the EU’s REACH Regime May Increase the Administrative Burden on Prospective Registrants

On 6 January 2016, the European Commission published the Implementing Regulation 2016/9 on the joint submission of data and data-sharing (the “Regulation”).  REACH requires manufacturers and importers of certain substances to register with the European Chemicals Agency before that substance is manufactured or brought into the EU above certain specified quantities.  Manufacturers or importers of … Continue Reading

James Bacchus Featured in Bloomberg Business of Law’s “The Lawyers Who Trekked to Paris for Climate Change Talks”

Political leaders are not the only ones in attendance at the 21st annual meeting of the “Conference of the Parties” (COP 21), taking place Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris. The conference is expecting roughly 45,000 participants, including many representatives from big U.S. law firms. While many attendees are not participating in the actual … Continue Reading

New rules governing communications with certain Mexican government officials

This GT Alert provides information regarding the publication of the General Guidelines for government officials that participate in government contracts and issuance of licenses, permits, authorizations and concessions. The federal government in light of certain recent events in Mexico is trying to reduce conflicts of interest and corruption in connection with government contracts, licenses, permits … Continue Reading

UN Releases Negotiating Text for December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement Meeting

On March 19, 2015, the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released negotiating text for a new climate change agreement that will be considered for adoption at the December 2015 meeting of the UNFCCC in Paris. The negotiating text provides alternative language, addressing issues such as mitigation, adaptation, finance, and … Continue Reading

Environmental Regulation and Investor State Dispute Settlement Clauses – OceanaGold and El Salvador

Investor state dispute settlement (“ISDS”) clauses in bilateral and regional investment treaties enable foreign corporations to sue a host country regarding regulations, policies, or court decisions. ISDS clauses were originally included in trade agreements and investment treaties in order to protect businesses that invest in foreign jurisdictions where legal and political systems are not robust. … Continue Reading

US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

from the GT Climate Change Group You may have read in the press that President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced an agreement on greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and other climate change measures.  The U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and an accompanying fact sheet have been released by the White House.  This perhaps breaks the rhetorical logjam of discomfort among … Continue Reading

Cross-Border Renewable Energy Projects: Sustainable Development and Investor Protection

Cross-border renewable energy development is a rapidly growing share of the more than $200 billion per year renewable energy industry. Balancing the interests of investors seeking regulatory certainty with the interests of states in environmental protection is a significant source of potential conflict. In a joint publication by two committees in the ABA Section of Environment, … Continue Reading

GT Air Update – Part II

By Adam Silverman. In part II of our Air Update we address the following recent developments related to the regulation of greenhouse gases: Massachusetts became the ninth—and most recent—state to adopt stricter air standards under the RGGI.  We wrote about New York’s adaptation earlier this year. European Parliament froze the number of pollution allowances in … Continue Reading

Considering the Challenges facing Asian Nations’ Moves to Develop Shale Gas Resources

From Marc Davies, Greenberg Traurig Philadelphia, and Jennifer Tomsen, Greenberg Traurig Houston Asian nations hold almost a quarter of the world’s technically recoverable shale gas reserves, and are pushing to develop those resources. However, the race to develop shale gas in Asia, which some have likened to a gold rush, has begun to feel more … Continue Reading
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