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Mandatory Reporting Standards For Payments By Extractive Industry Companies

The Government of Canada recently issued a Consultation Paper regarding proposed mandatory reporting standards (the proposed standards) for payments by extractive industry companies to governments, both domestic and foreign,...more

Appellate Court Issues Opinion on SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 15, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in the challenge to the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule. We have reviewed the D.C. Court of Appeals decision and find that it leaves much of the SEC’s...more

What’s Next for Conflict Minerals Rules After D.C. Circuit Decision?

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued its long-anticipated ruling in the industry challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) conflict minerals...more

Conflict Minerals – Yet Another Update

If ever there was an SEC rule that refused to slip quietly into the books, it’s conflict minerals disclosure. With the May 31st Form SD filing deadline fast approaching, three things are happening: Companies are focusing for...more

Mandate Withheld In Conflicts Minerals Case

In a little known action, the Clerk of Court of the Unites States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an order in the conflicts minerals case to withhold issuance of a mandate until seven days after...more

CBP’s Approach to CEEs Continues to Evolve

On March 28, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted an updated version of its procedures for its Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) in response to a recent Federal Register notice and policy shifts by...more

Conflict minerals rule – limited portion invalidated; June 2 filing deadline looms

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has issued an opinion in the legal challenge to the conflict minerals rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in late 2012. A divided court concluded...more

Court Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule Because It Crosses First Amendment Line

In the end, it’s pretty simple. The court held the conflicts minerals rule and statute embodied in Dodd-Frank violate the First Amendment to the extent the statute and rule require regulated entities to report to the...more

D.C. Circuit Partially Strikes Down SEC Conflict Minerals Rules

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the challenge to the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule filed by the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) and...more

Appeals Court Opinion Changes Conflict Minerals Rules Compliance Landscape

On Monday, April 14, 2014, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) struck down part of the federal rules requiring publicly traded companies to report on their use of “conflict...more

SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued nine new responses to frequently asked questions regarding the disclosure of conflict mineral usage that is required by rules...more

SEC Staff Issues Additional Guidance on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, 2014, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued responses to nine frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the reporting requirements regarding conflict minerals originating in the Democratic...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2014

In This Issue: - UK Shale Exploitation: Securing Subsurface Access Rights - Taking the Road Best Travelled? CFE seeks electric-gas "convergence" - Pemex Requests Mexico E&P Areas from SENER -...more

New SEC Guidance Provides Answers on Conflict Minerals Disclosures

As the deadline approaches for publicly traded U.S. companies to file new conflict minerals reports, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued new guidance designed to help companies prepare the mandatory...more

Development of Horizontal Drilling Techniques Drives Global Demand for Associated Fluids and Chemicals

Research and Markets, a leading international market research and market data firm, has released its report on Global Trends and Forecasts for Fracking Chemicals and Fluid Markets. The report estimates that the global...more

UK Shale Exploitation: Securing Subsurface Access Rights

In February, King & Spalding was invited to participate in an access rights workshop run by UK oil and gas regulator, the Department for Energy & Climate Change ("DECC"). The purpose of the workshop was to invite...more

SEC Issues More FAQs On Conflict Minerals

The SEC has issued nine additional frequently asked questions, or FAQs, on the SEC’s conflict reporting rules. Some of the highlights are...more

United States to Participate in New World Trade Organization Trade Negotiation to Lower Tariffs on “Green Goods”

On March 21, the Obama Administration formally notified Congress that it intends to enter into a new plurilateral trade negotiation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. The...more

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2014

In this edition: - Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action with Iran - Additional US Iran-Related Sanctions and Licenses - OFAC Civil Settlements - US and EU Sanctions in Response to the Situation in...more

Will New LNG Export Activity Affect U.S. Natural Gas Prices?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it conditionally approved the first West Coast LNG terminal, the Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay, Oregon, for the export of up to 800 million cubic feet of gas...more

Exemptions for Energy Intensive Companies From Renewable Energy Surcharges: Commission Opens In-Depth State Aid Investigation...

The European Commission has opened an in-depth State aid investigation into a French scheme, under which energy intensive companies are exempted from renewable energy surcharges. The decision to open the formal investigation...more

Jordan Cove: DOE Issues Seventh Order to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations, First from Pacific Coast

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP (“Jordan Cove”) to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay,...more

DOE approves LNG exports to non-free trade countries - US foreign policy may be bigger factor moving forward

The US Department of Energy has issued an Order granting approval to Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Jordan Cove’s liquefaction and export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, to countries...more

Pemex Requests E&P Areas from SENER

On March 21, 2014 Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) submitted its round zero proposal to the Secretaría de Energía (SENER), Mexico’s department of energy. Although the details of the proposal are not yet public, SENER has indicated...more

Russian Legislation Update - 3 – 23 March 2014

In This Issue: - Banking - Anti-Money Laundering - Electric Power/Renewables - Excerpt from Banking: On 5 December 2013 the Bank of Russia issued Instruction No. 147-I “On the Procedure for...more

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