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A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held today that a portion of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting regulations – and possibly a portion of the underlying Dodd Frank Act – compel speech in violation...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
On July 8, 2013, Xcel Energy Inc., submitted a filing with the SEC detailing an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in a pending electric rate case in Minnesota and calculating the decision’s impact on one of its...more
On August 10, 2012, the United States delivered its latest economic blow to Iran by enacting the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. U.S. companies have long been forbidden from engaging in most...more
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission rulemaking whirlwind that was 2012 has come and gone, putting that agency's comprehensive swap regulatory regime mostly in place. Here are nine important actions energy companies...more
The CFTC rulemaking whirlwind that was 2012 has come and gone, putting the agency’s comprehensive swap regulatory regime mostly in place. While many energy companies and other swaps end users found much to be happy about in...more
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Staff have released several no-action letters relating to various requirements associated with swap trading, including swap dealer (SD) reporting requirements, SD chief compliance officer...more
In This Article:
Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more
On November 14, 2012, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) held the first auction for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances under the state's pioneering cap and trade program. More than 70 entities participated in the...more
On 18 September 2012, the European Parliament approved a package of proposals that impose on loggers of primary forests, and large companies that extract oil, gas and minerals, a new obligation to provide full details on...more
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the results from the first California CO2 emissions allowance auction held last week. CARB’s initial assessment is that the auction was a success. It went off without any...more
California’s first carbon allowance auction on November 14, 2012 featured plenty of demand but a lower-than-expected closing price, based on results released on Monday by the California Air Resources Board (CARB)....more
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has responded to questions raised by market participants regarding whether such participants must classify physical commercial agreements for energy supply and consumption as...more
The SEC has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide relating to the recently adopted rules relating to new disclosures required of “resource extraction issuers.” Compliance Guides like this one are required by 1996...more
Originally published in Drillers and Dealers: Expert's Insights - October 2012.
Recent months have brought two important developments in the global trend towards transparency and accountability in the oil and gas...more
The CFTC Office of General Counsel (“OGC”) issued an interpretation today regarding application of the “swap” definition (and forward contract exclusion thereunder) to energy transportation and storage contracts, in response...more
On November 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rejected a request by industry groups to stay new regulations requiring disclosure of payments to governments relating to oil, gas, and mining projects. The...more
On November 8, 2012, the SEC rejected a motion to stay the resource extraction rules pending outcome of litigation challenging the validity of the rules....more
On October 31, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed a record penalty of almost $500 million against the Barclays Group and four Barclays traders, charging them with manipulating prices for electricity in the...more
In This Issue:
- SEC Proposes Security-Based Swap Rules
- Court Challenge Filed to the SEC's "Conflict Mineral" Rules
- CFTC Proposes Security-Based Swap Rules...more
Earlier this month, on October 10, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and three other industry groups filed suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission in federal court in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit seeks to overturn the...more
When the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) was enacted by Congress in July 2010, it was hailed by its proponents as the most comprehensive financial reform since the 1930s. Others...more
In This Presentation:
Overview and Introductions; Overview of the Conflict Minerals Rule; Overview of the Rule: Conflict Minerals; Overview of the Rule: Key Steps; Overview of the Rule: Reporting Requirements; Overview...more
On October 10, 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and three industry groups filed suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeking to overturn the recently-promulgated SEC rule...more
In This Issue:
- 03 Energy: The Global Rise of District Energy: Tim Burbury, Khaled Dahlawi and Lachlan Doyle discuss the role of District Energy and various models for District Energy projects.
- 05 Investment...more
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