Cynthia Urda Kassis

Cynthia Urda Kassis

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Court Upholds Partial Invalidation of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

On August 18, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission (“NAM”), upheld its earlier ruling that held...more

8/20/2015 - American Meat Institute Appeals Conflict Mineral Rules First Amendment Food Labeling National Association of Manufacturers Publicly-Traded Companies Reporting Requirements SEC USDA

Latin America Corruption: Keep Calm, Carry On?

Recently, governmental authorities have pursued corruption investigations in Latin America with a vigor traditionally not seen. One potential result is a significant disruption of business. While there are inherent risks in...more

8/12/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Complex Corporate Transactions Compliance Due Diligence Enforcement Actions FCPA Government Investigations Joint Venture Latin America Lockheed Martin Nokia Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation Siemens

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: The Current State of “Publish What You Pay” Rulemaking Around the World

Over the last few years, a number of key jurisdictions have adopted regulations requiring companies engaged in natural resource extraction activities to disclose the payments they make to governments and state-owned...more

5/28/2015 - Australia Business Taxes Canada Compliance Dodd-Frank EU Mineral Exploration Mining Mining Reports Natural Resources Oil & Gas Royalties SEC

Agreement Between Mongolia and Rio Tinto Opens Door to Future Mining Projects, Economic Growth

On May 18, 2015, the Government of Mongolia, Rio Tinto and the Rio Tinto subsidiary, Turquoise Hill Resources, reached agreement on development of the underground phase of the Oyu Tolgoi mining project. The agreement, termed...more

5/27/2015 - Economic Development Mining Mining Contracts

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

5/13/2015 - CACR Cuba EAR Economic Development Entrepreneurs Export Administration Regulations Export Controls Exports Imports Regulatory Standards Sanctions Trade Relations

NGO Study Outlines Best Practices for SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance

On April 22, 2015, two human rights non-governmental organizations, Amnesty International and Global Witness, published a report, Digging for Transparency (the “Report”), analyzing compliance by US reporting companies with...more

4/25/2015 - Amnesty International Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Form SD NGOs OECD Popular SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies

Guinea: New Hydrocarbons Code

The Guinean State Minister of Mines and Geology, Kerfalla Yansané, recently announced a possible launch of a bidding round in 2015 for offshore oil blocks in Guinea under the new hydrocarbons code (the “New Code”). Following...more

4/22/2015 - Energy Projects Hydrocarbons Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas

States Take More Active Role in Surface Transportation Funding

Fiscal constraints on state budgets coupled with continued uncertainty with respect to future levels of federal surface transportation funding have led states to diversify the funding sources for their transportation...more

3/12/2015 - Federal Funding Financing Infrastructure P3s Public-Private Partnerships State Funding Surface Transportation

México Projects Part VI: Package of Laws and Regulations in Respect of the Mexican Energy Reform Secondary Laws Published

This client alert is a follow-on to our client alerts on the Mexican Energy Reform relating to the publication of the laws relating to the Mexican Energy Reform, and the rules and regulations under the secondary legislation...more

11/4/2014 - Energy Policy Energy Reform Mexico Regulatory Agenda

Ivory Coast Mining Code Update: Adoption of the Implementing Legislation

As highlighted in our client alert of March 7, 2014, the Ivorian Parliament approved a new mining code (the “New Mining Code”) on March 5 which aimed at modernizing the mining sector and increasing its...more

9/4/2014 - Mining New Legislation

Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization: A Temporary Detour

Facing the imminent bankruptcy of the federal Highway Trust Fund (the “HTF”) and the specter of delays and reductions in payments from the HTF to the States, the US Congress last week passed the Highway and Transportation...more

8/5/2014 - Federal Funding Funding Highway Trust Fund Legislative Agendas New Legislation Surface Transportation TIFIA

Mexico Projects Part V: Upcoming CFE Projects

One of the goals of the Mexican Constitutional reforms opening both the oil and gas and electricity sectors to private investment is to make the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) an “empresa productiva del Estado” (a...more

6/18/2014 - Energy Mexico Oil & Gas Utilities Sector

Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization: The Road Ahead

With the expiry looming of the current federal authorization for US surface transportation funding, the Obama Administration recently submitted a bill to Congress (the “Grow America” Act) proposing a four-year reauthorization...more

5/13/2014 - Department of Transportation Environmental Assessments GROW AMERICA Act Highways Legislative Committees MAP-21 Obama Administration Proposed Legislation Public Financing Surface Transportation

New York Adopts Rule Allowing Parties to Agree to 'Accelerated Adjudication' of Lawsuits in the Commercial Division of New York...

The New York state court has adopted a rule that will allow parties to agree to have a Commercial Division lawsuit heard on an expedited basis. The rule permits parties to agree in a contract that any lawsuit arising out of...more

5/5/2014 - Adjudicatory Process Discovery Expedited Discovery Waivers

México Projects Part IV: Secondary Legislation Proposal and Shearman & Sterling Microsite

Secondary Legislation for Energy Reform Unveiled - Today, April 30, 2014, President Enrique Peña Nieto has formally presented his proposed secondary laws and reforms to implement the Constitutional energy...more

5/1/2014 - Economic Development Energy Projects Mexico Proposed Legislation Public Projects

Mexico Projects Part III: Round Zero

As a follow-on to our client alerts “México Projects: Get Ready, Get Set . . .” and “México Projects Part II: Off to the Races!,” this alert summarizes one of the next steps of the Constitutional reforms opening both the oil...more

4/16/2014 - Electricity Mexico Oil & Gas Pemex Public-Private Partnerships

Ivory Coast: New Mining Code

A new mining code (the “New Mining Code”) was voted by the Ivorian Parliament on March 5. Current mining titles will be valid for their remaining term but their renewals will be subject to the provisions of the New Mining...more

3/10/2014 - Mining Natural Resources

A Revised Uniform Companies Code for the 17 African Countries of Ohada

A revised companies code was adopted by Ohada on 30 January 2014 (The Uniform Act on Commercial Companies and Economic Interest Groups; the “Revised Code”). The Revised Code adds tailwind to a fast developing market and...more

2/10/2014 - Africa Foreign Investment

México Projects Part II: Off to the Races!

On December 12, 2013, Mexico’s Federal Congress passed historic Constitutional reforms opening both the oil and gas and electricity sectors to private investment. Within 96 hours, the required 16 state legislatures...more

1/13/2014 - Energy Policy Energy Reform Mexico Utilities Sector

Mexico Projects: Get Ready, Get Set . . .

Development opportunities in Mexico are expected to abound in the coming years with the support and sponsorship of the Mexican government. By all accounts, it appears to be full steam ahead for Mexico in the infrastructure...more

8/15/2013 - Energy Infrastructure Mexico Public Projects Utilities Sector

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