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Extension of Eight Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included in New York State's Budget Bill

New laws may benefit developers and businesses with applications long pending and for future applicants that depend on these incentive programs to help induce investment and economic growth in the New York City. These...more

McNees Insights - Estate Planning

In This Issue: Who Gets Your IRA? – Six Common Mistakes; Estate Planning for Digital Assets; and Post-Production Issues and Oil & Gas Leases. Excerpt from Who Gets Your IRA? – Six Common Mistakes: Do you...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-06 - Mar 31, 2014

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 Yukon....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

Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions – Multiple Legal Challenges

In response to Russia's actions relating to Crimea, the United States and the European Union have expanded their lists of sanctioned parties and their legal bases for broader sanctions. These sanctions are beginning to...more

Lean Times May Call For Lien Measures – What You Need To Know About Miners’ Liens In Northern Canada

Given the present economic climate of falling metal prices and depressed equity markets for mining companies, many owners and operators of mines are experiencing cash flow and working capital shortages. As a result,...more

Conflict Minerals: Dodd-Frank, the SEC's Rule...and Beyond

Designed to reduce funding sources for those perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Junior Mining: OSC Issues Guidance On MD&A Disclosure

On February 6, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) released OSC Staff Notice 51-722 Report on a Review of Mining Issuers’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis Guidance (the “Report”). The Report summarizes the...more

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: CFTC’s Misaligned Definition of Forward Contracts Gives Rise to Another Potential Burden on LDCs...

In our recent post, “CFTC Forward vs. Trade Option: LDCs Still Struggle as Trade Option Reporting Deadline Looms,” we discussed the unintended impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

New York Green Bank Opens for Business

The New York Green Bank has issued an RFP for developers, energy service companies, owner/operators and equipment manufacturers—as well as private-sector capital providers, including financial institutions or other...more

U.S. Government Implements Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief Measures

As part of the recently negotiated interim agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”) to temporarily suspend certain aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and other countries have agreed temporarily...more

Budget Briefing 2014

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, tabled Canada’s federal budget for 2014 on February 11, 2014 (Budget 2014). In his budget speech, the Minister reinforced the government’s commitment to balancing the budget...more

Subsoil Users May Be Obliged to Finance an Innovative Technologies Park

The Parliament of Kazakhstan is considering a draft Law “On the ‘Innovative Technologies Park’ Innovation-Oriented Cluster” (the “Draft Law”) which may oblige subsoil users to finance the Fund managing the Innovative...more

Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

Relief is very limited and alleviates threat of sanctions regarding transactions by non-U.S. or foreign persons. On January 30, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published...more

Iran Sanctions Deal Does Not Alleviate Current U.S. Economic Sanctions: "Iran Is Not Open for Business"

U.S. sanctions involving Iran have been a forefront topic recently, with some continuing confusion as to the current state of the sanctions' provisions for most U.S. businesses. On January 20, 2014, the P5 + 1 Agreement (or...more

CFTC Forward vs. Trade Option: LDCs Still Struggle as Trade Option Reporting Deadline Looms

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) added provisions to the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) regarding the regulatory oversight of swaps transactions that have imposed unintended and...more

Temporary Suspension of Limited US Sanctions Restrictions on Dealings With Iran

On January 20, 2014, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Guidance Relating to the Provision of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief (Guidance) to explain the limited and temporary...more

"EU Derivatives Reporting Obligations Clarified as February 12 Deadline Approaches"

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) requires EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on- or off-exchange, to report certain information and details relating to the trade to a registered...more

Implementation of Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

Last November, the group of nations known as the P5+1 (United States, U.K., Germany, France, Russia and China) reached an initial understanding with Iran whereby Iran agreed to accept limits on its nuclear program in exchange...more

Iran Nuclear Agreement Negotiation Advances Trigger Limited Easing of US and EU Sanctions

Iran’s suspension of sensitive nuclear activities triggers temporary relaxation of certain sanctions, but most restrictions and an aggressive enforcement climate remain in place. On January 20, 2014, the International...more

Tanzania: A Wellspring Of Opportunity

New natural gas frontiers - The first commercialisation of natural gas discoveries in the 1970’s and 80’s enabled further on and off-shore exploration in Tanzania. As of June 2013, ensuing discoveries amount to 42.7...more

Iran Sanctions Relief Offers Limited Opportunities and Substantial Risks

Introduction and Summary - On January 20, 2014, the departments of State and the Treasury announced details of the United States’ plan to suspend certain sanctions against Iran pursuant to the November 24, 2013 Joint...more

Indonesian Mining Law – What's Going On?

Resources nationalism is not confined to Africa. In 2009, the Indonesian Parliament passed a new Mining Law (Law No. 4 of 2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining). In addition to replacing the established "Contract of Work" system...more

Iranian Sanctions – Joint Action Plan is Implemented in EU

Background - Implementation of the Joint Action Plan agreed between the E3/EU+3 in October 2013 by suspending certain sanctions against Iran in relation to nuclear proliferation began on 20 January 2014. This...more

U.S. and EU Post Implementation of Joint Plan of Action for Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

On January 12th, 2014, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (“P5+1”) along with Iran arrived at a technical understanding for implementation of the agreed-upon Joint Plan of Action (“JPOA”)...more

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