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Mining and Exploration Company, Santa Fe Gold Corporation, Seeks Protection in Chapter 11

On August 26, 2015, Santa Fe Gold Corporation and three affiliates filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The cases are docketed as case no. 15-11761, and...more

ESOS Regulations: Are you ready to report?

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 (“ESOS”) came into force across the UK last July. The purpose of ESOS is to require large businesses to identify energy efficiency savings by carrying out energy audits;...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms That Portions of Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rules Violate First Amendment

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed its ruling in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission that portions of the SEC’s...more

Hercules Offshore, Inc. and 14 Affiliates File a Prepackaged Chapter 11 Case

Today, August 13, 2015, Hercules Offshore, Inc. and 14 of its affiliates filed a prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Hercules and its affiates are,...more

Congress Enacts New Tax Provisions That Provide Cost Savings to Taxpayers (But Don’t Plan a Shopping Spree)

Congress has been promising an overhaul of the tax code for the past couple of years, with virtually no progress. However last month, Congress managed to pass new tax legislation. On July 31, 2015 President Obama signed...more

The CSA’s Latest Continuous Disclosure Review: Two Key Takeaways for Material Contract and Mining Disclosure

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published their annual review of Canadian public companies’ continuous disclosure filings in CSA Staff Notice 51-344 - Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 27

In this issue: - Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Overturns District Court Ruling Regarding Exclusion of Shareholder Proposal From Proxy Statement - FINRA Updates Its Interpretation of the SEC's Financial...more

Global Insight - Restructuring e-Newsletter: Oil and gas sector distress - UK and US perspectives; PRC real estate restructuring;...

A UK perspective on oil price volatility - industry impact and legal considerations - The dramatic decrease in the price of crude oil over the last eleven months has had ramifications across the globe. With prices...more

Master Limited Partnership Parity Act Reintroduced To House And Senate

On June 24, 2015, the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (S. 1656) was reintroduced in the House and the Senate. The legislation would provide investors in renewable energy projects with tax breaks that are currently...more

IRS Confirms that Flip Partnership Guidelines Do Not Apply to Solar Projects

The IRS has advised that the flip partnership guidelines under Rev. Proc. 2007-65, 2007-2 C.B. 967, do not apply to solar facilities or other projects claiming the Section 48 investment tax credit (ITC). The statement, made...more

Master Limited Partnerships: Proposed Tax Regulations Scale Back Activities Giving Rise to Qualifying Income

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) have issued proposed tax regulations (Proposed Regulations) that provide guidance on, and significantly scale back, the types of activities...more

Publicly Traded Partnership Proposed Regulations

Widely held partnerships are a significant source of funding for oil, gas and certain natural resources projects, but the publicly traded partnership (“PTP”) rules can cause such partnerships to be treated as corporations for...more

PCAOB Launches Audit Committee “Dialogue”

As part of its audit committee outreach efforts, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has established a webpage called "Audit Committee Dialogue" focusing on recurrent areas of concern identified by the PCAOB over...more

Drilling Down on Transparency: Quebec Introduces Bill Requiring Reporting For Mining, Oil & Gas Industries

On June 11, 2015, Quebec’s Minister for Mines introduced a bill before the Quebec National Assembly that proposes to impose mandatory reporting requirements on businesses operating in the mining and oil and gas sectors. The...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Minerals Exploration & Mining (Updated)

MINERALS EXPLORATION AND MINING: Minerals exploration and mining is a very important industry in Australia. Australia has significant reserves of minerals including iron ore, coal, gas, uranium, nickel, gold and rare...more

Update: Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act Now In Force

The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) came into force on June 1, 2015. ESTMA is designed to reduce international corruption by enacting reporting obligations with respect to payments made to foreign and...more

Proposed Regulations on Publicly Traded Partnerships Affect Natural Resource Industry

The IRS proposed regulations [REG-132634-14] to provide guidance on what is “qualified income” from a publicly traded partnership’s (PTP) activities regarding minerals or natural resources, such as oil and gas fracturing...more

Insights for Improving Conflict Minerals Compliance

As the annual May 31 deadline falls on a Sunday this year, companies must file their Conflict Minerals disclosures under Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with the U.S....more

Important Restrictions Placed on use of CBCA for Debt Restructurings

In a recent unreported decision denying approval of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) proposed by Connacher Oil and Gas Limited, Justice C.M. Jones of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench...more

General partner to pay $171 million for special committee’s failure to act in good faith: 2 key takeaways

In In re El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Derivative Litigation, 2015 WL 1815846 (Del. Ch. Apr. 20, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster) issued a post-trial opinion finding that the general...more

As Drones Hit the Sky, Lawsuits Predicted to Fly

The rise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAV”), also known as drones, is well-documented. In fact, the global market for non-military drones has recently been estimated as a $2.5 billion industry that is growing at...more

Plans of Arrangement under CBCA: Lessons from Connacher Oil

In early 2015, 9171665 Canada Ltd. and Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (together Connacher) applied to the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench (Court) for a final order pursuant to section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues January and February 2015 Contract Data Contract Reporting Scorecards - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued the contract data and reporting scorecard metrics for January and...more

New MLP Rules Provide Bright Lines and New Challenges

On May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations that, if finalized, would provide guidance on qualifying income from minerals and natural resources activities for master limited partnerships...more

Arizona Resource Planning Process Seeing Changes

Resource planning is a critical task for energy utilities. It is also of great interest to regulators, ratepayers and other industry members such as renewable energy companies....more

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