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Blog: District Court Compels SEC To Provide “Expedited Schedule” For Issuing Dodd-Frank Resource Extraction Rule — Will Other Rule...

A U.S. District Court has handed a victory to Oxfam America in its efforts to compel the SEC to complete rulemaking on the Dodd-Frank mandate regarding resource extraction disclosures (Section 1504). ...more

Blog: New GAO Report On Conflict Minerals Compliance

By coincidence, the same day that the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit struck down (again) a portion of the conflict minerals rule (see this post), the GAO issued a report to Congressional Committees entitled “SEC...more

BP Case May Again Test Limits of FERC’s “In Connection With” Enforcement Jurisdiction

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Law Judge last week issued an Initial Decision finding that BP America (BP) and certain related BP entities violated FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule. Following a...more

Are your sponsorship and hospitality controls enough to satisfy the FCPA? Maybe not

On May 20, 2015, the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) settled an administrative proceeding with global mining /commodities producer BHP Billiton, resolving allegations that the company violated the books and records...more

Tariff Compliance Is Not Enough: FERC Imposes Nearly Thirty-Five Million Dollars in Penalties and Disgorgement against Powhatan...

On May 29, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order against Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and its trading partners, Dr. Houlihan Chen, HEEP Fund, LLC and CU Fund, Inc. (together, “Powhatan”). FERC...more

SEC Charges Australian Mining Company for FCPA Violations Arising from Its Hospitality Program at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a $25 million settlement with Australian mining company BHP Billiton (the "Company") to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) charges...more

Going from A to A+: SEC Approves Amendments to Regulation A

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously adopted final rules to amend Regulation A, as mandated by Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). Whereas the existing...more

Give and Take: Canadian Securities Regulators Ease Disclosure Burdens on Venture Issuers but Enhance Audit Committee Member...

On April 9, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators announced amendments to the continuous disclosure and governance obligations of venture issuers in three national instruments: National Instruments 51-102 Continuous...more

SEC Files Offering Fraud Action

The Commission filed another offering fraud action tied to the sale of interests in the development of oil and gas wells prior to the recent downturn in the price of oil. Beginning in 2010 the defendants raised about $4.4...more

FERC Lightens Compliance Load for Power Traders

In a time of increasing compliance requirements and enhanced regulatory scrutiny of power trading activities, a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) order brought some compliance relief to power traders and...more

REMIT Registration: What do you need to know?

The EU Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT)1 came into force on 28 December 2011. It establishes an insider trading, market manipulation, disclosure, registration and transaction reporting...more

FERC Enforcement – What to Expect in 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) recently released its annual report on enforcement activities for 2014. As is typical, Enforcement identified its primary concerns as...more

SEC Settlement with Layne Christensen Raises New Questions on the Government’s Understanding of the Business Nexus Element of the...

Last week the SEC settled charges against Layne Christensen for various violations of the FCPA. While a relatively unremarkable case at first glance, the SEC’s charges against Layne Christensen reflect a troubling approach by...more

Court Ruling Regarding the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

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

Name And Shame No 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

Administrative Law Judge Recommends 4.7 Percent Increase for Xcel Energy's Minnesota Customers

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

New Reporting Requirements Under the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012

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

Energy Alert: 9 Dodd-Frank New Year's Resolutions For Energy Companies

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

Dodd-Frank New Year’s Resolutions For Energy Companies And Other Swaps End Users

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

CFTC Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swaps

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

California Auctions Initial Greenhouse Gas Allowances under AB 32 Cap and Trade Program

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

EU Considers Extending Disclosure Obligations for Government Payments

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

First Cap & Trade Auction Results

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

Sold! High Volume, Low Prices Mark California’s First Carbon Allowance Auction

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

CFTC Issues FAQ on Energy Agreements

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

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