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A few weeks after the Federal Reserve Bank...more
Mozambique’s new Petroleum Law and new Petroleum Tax Law have been long awaited by foreign investors who have been looking for a clear and comprehensive legal framework to facilitate investment in the development of the...more
This morning, the EU published further sanctions to increase the pressure on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine. The new measures add to the already complex restrictions in place and should be carefully considered....more
In the difficult years since the global financial crisis, attitudes to investing in Africa have evolved significantly, particularly in key sectors such as energy and infrastructure. While political and regulatory risks remain...more
The Department of Energy and Climate Change published a Consultation on 6 August 2014 seeking views on its proposals to introduce new criminal offences for insider dealing in and the manipulation of the wholesale energy...more
Welcome to the August 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
This month on the anticorruption front, the former CEO of an aviation company pleads guilty to participating in an...more
The European Commission (“the Commission”) last month levied a fine of EUR 20 million on Marine Harvest ASA (“Marine Harvest”), a Norwegian seafood company, for acquiring a 48.5% stake in its competitor Morpol ASA (“Morpol”)...more
An energy company, its CEO and the firm’s public relations adviser and its president were named in a fraud action by the SEC centered on false representations concerning oil reserves for a property in Columbia. The...more
On the eve of a trial which was scheduled to begin this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled a civil Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case it brought against two former oil services executives. The case...more
A debate has been raging in the courts over whether an employee who reports suspected misconduct only to his employer but not to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is a “whistleblower” entitled to the...more
In 2013 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the SEC resource extraction disclosure rules that were mandated by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Fifty-eight Democratic lawmakers have...more
In This Issue:
- Leading the News
- United States – Africa Relations
- North Africa
- East Africa
- West Africa
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- General Africa News
- Excerpt from...more
Securities lawyers eagerly await the first (or the first few) new filings required by law to learn (and of course copy) from them. So the first conflict minerals filing to hit Edgar last week was eagerly anticipated, and...more
Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (“DC Circuit”) issued its long-awaited opinion relating to legal challenges to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) conflict minerals disclosure...more
On April 14, 2014, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Nat'l Ass'n of Mfrs. v. SEC, 2014 BL 102614, D.C. Cir., No. 13-5252, 4/14/14) upheld all aspects of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s conflict mineral rule,...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The last few years has seen the rise of so-called “name and shame” laws. The aims of many these laws may be laudable, but yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit calls their...more
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