Expert Insight

John Skoulding, Tax Partner, SJ Berwin
The traditional method by which governments take advantage of the natural resource exploration and production activities carried out by international companies in their region is both to charge a licence fee for the right to explore and produce within a particular area and to collect royalties, corporate taxes or customs duties from those companies based on the amou
Zarko Arsov, Senior Associate, Taylor DeJongh
Two key elements of China’s national energy strategy are energy security, driven by aggressive resource acquisition abroad and development at home, and pollution control, driven by a shift away from coal to cleaner fuels. For both elements, natural gas is set to play an increasing role.
Katy Foster and David Lewis, , Clifford Chance
There is optimism around oil and gas M&A, but behind the scenes, research commissioned by Clifford Chance indicates how concerns around resource nationalism, political volatility, post-acquisition integration, and regulatory risks are shaping deals.
Jon Clark, Partner, M&A, Ernst & Young
In recent years, national oil companies (NOCs) have become increasingly international in their operations as they seek to secure supplies to satisfy domestic demand growth or new markets for equity production. Since 2007, NOCs have spent almost £300bn on asset and corporate acquisitions in the pursuit of their strategic mandate.

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