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Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

Evaluating the Health of Loan and Bond Markets for 2016

Corporate borrowers and issuers typically access the credit markets only for need or opportunity, so may not actively monitor loan market conditions. As a leading firm with a nationally ranked practice representing borrowers...more

Arbitrage and Investment Opportunities with Respect to Midstream Oil and Gas Assets

In the current price environment, highly leveraged exploration and production (E&P) companies facing liquidity-induced stress find themselves facing a dilemma. As borrowing-base cuts loom, capital markets remain tight and...more

California Insurance Commissioner Asks Insurers to Exit Thermal Coal Investments

On January 25 the California Insurance Commissioner issued a press release, and also sent email messages to insurers licensed in California, indicating that he is requesting all insurers doing business in California to...more

Mining in Africa – getting in sync with the cycle

With one third of the world’s mineral reserves and two thirds of the world’s diamond production, Africa should have basked in the era of roaring commodity prices and booming optimism. Over the last decade, Africa’s average...more

Real Estate Investment Trust as a Vehicle for Utility Funding

A recent Wall Street Journal article (January 15) highlights the use of a real estate investment trust (REIT) for financing the acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Company (Oncor) upon its exit from bankruptcy. In a...more

SEC Extractive Industry Transparency Requirements Move Forward

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new proposed rule to implement a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that targets corruption and increases transparency requirements for payments...more

SEC proposes revised payment disclosure rules for companies engaged in resource extraction

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has re-proposed Rule 13q-1 and an amendment to Form SD to implement Section 13(q) of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), which was added by...more

Resource Extraction Payments Disclosure: “I’ve Information Vegetable, Animal, and Mineral”

Section 13(q) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 directed the SEC to issue rules requiring resource extraction issuers to include in an annual report information relating to any payment made by the issuer, a subsidiary of...more

Continuing Distress and Investment Opportunities in the Energy Markets

If 2015 was defined by falling commodity prices, 2016 may simply be defined by continuing lows. Over the course of 2015, oil prices dropped approximately 31 percent. More than 40 companies filed for bankruptcy, and upstream...more

SEC Re-Proposes Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers Under Dodd-Frank Act

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules required under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”). Section 1504 of the Act added...more

New Tax Incentives for Early Stage Investment

On 7 December 2015, the Federal Government released an Innovation Statement which included important tax concessions aimed at making early stage investment more attractive. The concessions are expected to commence from 1 July...more

SEC Proposes Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issues

On December 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed Rule 13q-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), often referred to as the “resource extraction rule,” which would require an issuer to disclose...more

Corporate Climate Change Reporting: Recent Developments

As world leaders coalesced in Paris to agree an historic treaty to commit nearly 200 countries to a global greenhouse gas reduction target, a similar, renewed focus has been brought recently across borders to enhance...more

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: SEC Proposes New "Publish What You Pay" Rule

On December 11, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a proposed rule to implement Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). Section 1504...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers Under Dodd-Frank Act

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules pursuant to Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank Act”), which, if...more

Lessons from the Suncor-Canadian Oil Sands Shareholder Rights Plan Decision

On December 14, 2015, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released its much anticipated decision (the Decision, Re Suncor Energy Inc., 2015 ABASC 984) concerning the 120-day shareholder rights plan adopted by Canadian Oil...more

SEC Returns to the Plate with a New Proposed Extractive Industries Payments Rule

After striking out in its first attempt to formulate a proposed rule to implement the extractive industry payments provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), the Securities and...more

"SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Provisions"

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released another set of proposed rules to implement the resource extraction issuer disclosure provisions in Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 2, Fitch updated its criteria for rating prepaid energy transactions. On December 1, Fitch released updated criteria for grant anticipation revenue vehicles (GARVEE) bonds....more

Blog: SEC Proposes New Resource Extraction Disclosure Rules — Will They Face Another Legal Challenge?

Last Thursday, the SEC voted (with Commissioner Piwowar in dissent) to propose rules, mandated by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank, that would require disclosure on Form SD of certain payments made to the federal and foreign...more

2015 Agency Enforcement Reports Reveal Record CFTC Fines, FERC “Steady as She Goes”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) 2015 enforcement reports reveal one agency – the CFTC – imposing record fines, with the other – FERC – continuing its...more

A New Front in the Climate Change Debate

The climate change debate has taken a new turn with the recent revelations from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. A legal perspective from Skadden attorneys Noelle Reed and Wallis Hampton....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The New York AG may have launched a new trend this week. Using the Martin Act, he filed a settled action against the largest coal producer in the nation alleging false statements regarding the firm’s ability to project the...more

A New Trend? NY AG Settles First Climate Change Disclosure Case

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman may be leading the way again. In the past the office has lead ground breaking investigations using New York’s Martin Act that presaged significant SEC investigations and actions....more

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