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Dolly Varden Silver and Hecla Mining - Decision goes in favour of the target in latest regulatory challenge to a private placement...

On July 22, 2016, following a joint hearing of the British Columbia and Ontario securities commissions, the regulators decided not to block a proposed private placement of common shares of Dolly Varden Silver Corporation...more

IRS Releases Temporary and Proposed Regulations Under IRC Section 50(d)(5)

On July 21, 2016, the IRS released temporary regulations section 1.50-1T under IRC Section 50(d)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Temporary Regulations") (TD 9776) that provide guidance regarding: (1) the income...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: The Mexican Government Announces Round Two | Publications

On July 20, 2016, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) (“CNH”), published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (the Federal Official Gazette) the Bidding...more

When is a Joint Venture a Security?

Parvizian controlled Arcturus and Aschere, buying and selling interests in drilling projects. Each project had a managing venturor which supervised the project. Each venture included a confidential information memorandum,...more

DC Circuit Ruling Threatens to Topple FERC Tax Allowance Policy

Court rules that FERC policy permitting a tax allowance for pass-through entities may unjustifiably permit “double-recovery” of tax expense. On July 1, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued...more

Transfer of Operatorship of Oil and Gas Assets Upon Insolvency

Operating agreements for oil and gas assets typically contemplate the immediate replacement of the operator by another working interest owner in the event of the operator’s insolvency. However, these provisions often become...more

CSA Releases Results of Annual Continuous Disclosure Review Program

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have released CSA Staff Notice 51-346 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 (Notice), summarizing the results of its members’...more

Dentons Global Energy Summit 2016 Analysis

On 17 May 2016, Dentons' third annual Global Energy Summit brought together key industry leaders to discuss current challenges facing the energy sector and the opportunities arising from them. Over 200 delegates and 50...more

Significant developments in Canadian carbon legislation and policy

On June 6, 2016, Alberta passed the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, creating a carbon levy on fuel consumption. This legislation marks the provincial government’s first step towards executing its Climate Leadership...more

Will PPPs Provide the Catalyst for Waste to Energy Projects in the GCC?

Recent activity in the waste management sector in many Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries suggests that governments in the region are starting to look again at waste to energy (W2E) projects. Within the span of 18...more

SEC Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Resource Extraction Payments

On June 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules requiring certain producers of oil, natural gas and minerals to publicly disclose information regarding payments to the U.S. federal government,...more

[Event] Financial Distress in the Energy Sector: Managing Exposure and Leveraging Opportunities - July 14th, Dallas, TX

Please join Locke Lord for a complimentary CLE seminar on current issues affecting the energy ?sector. By leveraging the extensive experience our lawyers bring to the table from the energy ?and restructuring & insolvency, we...more

SEC Adopts Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Rule – Changes From the Proposed Rule and Take-aways for Issuers

On June 27, the SEC adopted Rule 13q-1 under the Exchange Act and related amendments to Form SD. Under the Rule, public companies are required to annually report on payments made to foreign governments and the U.S. federal...more

D.C. Circuit Reopens Controversy Concerning Regulated Master Limited Partnership Taxation

On Friday, July 1, 2016, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reopened the issue of whether pipelines organized as partnerships can claim a tax allowance for ratemaking purposes...more

DC Circuit Decision Likely to Reignite FERC Debate Over Tax Allowance for Pass-through Entities

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in United Airlines Inc., et al., v. Federal Energy Regulatory, Case No. 11-1479, July 1, 2016 (United Airlines) will likely reignite a...more

Sabine Lives On (and On): Bankruptcy Court Rejects Immediate Appeal to Second Circuit and Motion for Stay

On June 16, 2016, The Bankruptcy Cave gave you our summary of the controversial Sabine decision. At that time, post-hearing motions were pending. As luck would have it (we at The Bankruptcy Cave should start wagering on...more

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: SEC Adopts ‘Publish What You Pay’ Rule for Resource Extraction Issuers

On June 27, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a final rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The new rule will require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments they make to...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Opines on Regime for Disclosure of Inside Information by Emission Allowance Market...

The European Securities and Markets Authority published its Opinion on the proposed requirements for Emission Allowance Market Participants to disclose inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation...more

Global Boardroom Risk Solutions Newsletter

“Risk is sexy?” - Anonymous GC - Not every Director or General Counsel (GC) is likely to describe risk analysis as “sexy” but there is little doubt that risk issues have demanded a board level focus which would have been...more

Accounting for FERC’s Ability to Revoke MBR Authority in Project Financing Agreements

On June 9, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order revoking authority to charge negotiated “market-based” rates (“MBR Authority”) previously granted to several subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway...more

News from Second and State

Budget, budget, budget. While the budget debate was at the forefront of activity this week, there were a number of other developments on the legislative front. Here’s a rundown of some noteworthy non-budget happenings this...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

Revised Mining Charter published for comment

On 15 April 2016, the Department of Mineral Resources published the Reviewed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, 2016 (Draft Mining Charter) for public comments....more

Five Key Points about the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On June 15, the European Union announced that it had reached a “political understanding” on many of the substantive components of a new conflict minerals regulation. The regulation, once drafted, will be submitted to the...more

Alberta Energy Regulator releases interim measures in response to Redwater Decision

On May 19, 2016, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued their decision, Redwater Energy Corporation Re, 2016 ABQB 278 (“Redwater Decision”), which we discussed in our recent alert, “Insolvency and energy insights: The...more

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