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January 2017

Defaulting loans – helping borrowers negotiate the minefield

Eddie O'Hanrahan
Eddie O'Hanrahan and Ned Beale
27 January 2017 - 0 comments

When things go wrong under a financing arrangement, there is a considerable body of legal, commercial and practical guidance out there for lenders. By contrast, corporate borrowers are not so well catered for. 

Our short note is intended to fill this gap by providing borrower focused guidance in the unhappy event that a material breach has (or is alleged to have) occurred under a funding document, leading to a potential or actual event of default and enforcement action.

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Strategies for the oil and gas industry to cope in a low price environment

Marc Hammerson
Marc Hammerson and Nicholas Antonas
13 January 2017 - 0 comments



A significant development occurred in the UK’s oil & gas industry on 1 October 2016. The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), the industry regulator, was converted from an executive agency of the government to a company with the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy as its sole shareholder. 

It marks the final step in the creation of an independent regulator. This change coincided with a number of OGA policy and strategy papers intended to promote efficient operating standards in the UK continental shelf (UKCS). The central theme of these papers, as well as the creation and existence of the OGA, is to keep the UKCS competitive and sustainable as a mature basin operating in a low oil price environment. 

Shortly following the OGA’s incorporation, a number of additional strategy papers were published designed to encourage better behaviours among UK industry participants. This blog briefly describes the creation of the OGA and policies introduced since incorporation.