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New Developments and Uncertainties for Conflict Minerals Disclosure

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) Division of Corporate Finance issued a new statement adding some uncertainty to company obligations and enforcement exposure under the SEC conflict minerals rule...more

Green Bonds – An Introduction

by White & Case LLP on

Since their introduction in 2007, Green Bonds issuances have exponentially increased in volume and have become part of the lexicon of environmental finance. Simply defined, Green Bonds raise funds for new and existing...more

China’s Securities Regulator Issues New Green Bond Guidelines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) released new guidelines (the Guidelines) on the issuance of green bonds on March 2, 2017, marking an important step in the development of what is now that world’s largest...more

Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Boards frequently encounter sustainability and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the oversight of a company’s operations, management, financial reporting and public disclosure. Investors increasingly...more

Indonesian feed-in tariffs – New rules may under-power the renewables sector

by DLA Piper on

Indonesia's new feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable energy present a conundrum. Will renewables flourish or fade in the new revenue environment? Investors will not welcome the lower tariffs under the new regime, but state...more

Green e Social Bond. Le modifiche al Regolamento ExtraMOT della Borsa Italiana

LE MODIFICHE - In data 13 marzo 2017 sono entrate in vigore alcune modifiche al Regolamento ExtraMOT pubblicate da Borsa Italiana S.p.A. (“Borsa Italiana”). Tali modifiche sono state introdotte al fine di prevedere...more

Investing in renewable projects in Europe - January 2017

by Dentons on

The renewable energy market never stands still. Technical advances and the increased prevalence of competitive tendering mechanisms are driving down costs globally. Changes in political and economic conditions can transform...more

Non-compliance with carbon market rules could result in substantial penalties

by Dentons on

Ontario’s cap and trade program, which launched in January 2017, includes a number of rules regarding participation in the carbon market where emission allowances and offset credits are bought and sold. The stated purpose of...more

President Signs Repeal of the SEC's Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

Further to our February 2, 2017 Update, on February 14 the President signed legislation to annul the SEC’s Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would have required public oil and gas companies to disclose in annual...more

SEC Issues a Call for Comments on All Aspects of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On January 31, the Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Michael Piwowar, issued an call for comments with regard to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was originally adopted by the SEC in...more

The Fall of Section 1504: Congress Votes to Repeal the Revenue Transparency Rule

Congress passed a joint resolution this week expressing its disapproval of the revenue transparency rule issued last June by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The rule, issued pursuant to Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: expected efforts by the U.S. Congress to repeal the Securities...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The headline a few days ago was the arrest of VW exec Oliver Schmidt during an ill-advised trip to Miami last week. But the DOJ also indicted five other top executives over their role in VW’s emissions cheating scandal. No...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Some early signs of the focus of SoftBank’s “hugely ambitious” $100 billion investment fund are beginning to emerge, and at first blush, it appears a majority of the cash will land in private and public markets rather than...more

California Federal Court Holds that U.S. Securities Laws Apply to Sponsored, Unlisted ADRs

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held on January 4, 2017 that the federal securities laws apply to U.S. transactions in sponsored, but unlisted, American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) for a...more

Financial Stability Board Task Force Issues Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Disclosures

by Bryan Cave on

In January 2016, the G20’s Financial Stability Board organized a task force, chaired by Michael Bloomberg, to come up with recommendations for a uniform framework for the disclosure of financial risks and opportunities...more

Renewable Energy Investor Group Asks FERC to Designate Certain Passive Equity Interests in Public Utilities as “Non-Voting...

On December 9, 2016, a group of investors in renewable energy projects (“Petitioners”) asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find that certain non-managing (i.e., passive) “tax equity” interests in public...more

Green Finance Growth Set to Continue

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Jonathan Taylor called for “a renewed effort from the world’s financial institutions to make the Paris Agreement a reality” at the COP 22 Conference, held last month in...more

Blog: Environmental Shareholder Proposals Increase In Frequency And Sophistication, But Will They Continue To Be Viable?

by Cooley LLP on

The WSJ discusses the increased frequency and sophistication of shareholder proposals regarding the environment. In particular, the piece observes that shareholder proposals focusing on environmental issues have evolved “from...more

Energy incentives and opportunities to invest in renewable technologies

by DLA Piper on

Opportunities to invest in the renewable energy sector in the United Kingdom have shifted quite dramatically since March 2015. Severe cuts to the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme and the closing of the Renewable Obligations...more

Legal update on the renewable energy sector in Norway

by DLA Piper on

The Norwegian power industry is rapidly changing as the market transits from a reliance on fossil fuel to renewable energy projects. Although energy prices currently are low compared to earlier years, there is heavy demand...more

Business Litigation Alert: "SEC Launches Investigation Into Exxon's Accounting and Climate Change Practices"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

In the face of dropping oil prices, the SEC has launched an investigation into how Exxon Mobil Corp. has valued its assets. While the value of competitors' assets have dropped dramatically since oil prices have plunged,...more

Blog: Climate Change Tops The List Of Issues In Comments On Reg S-K Concept Release

by Cooley LLP on

According to BNA, at a recent conference, Corp Fin Director Keith Higgins reported that the highest proportions of comments so far received on the Reg S-K Concept Release related to better environmental and social...more

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