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SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

"SEC Staff Provides Relief From Conflict Minerals Rule"

In statements released on April 7, 2017, the acting chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, and the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance provided welcome news to companies concerning the...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: the European Parliament’s adoption of a new conflict minerals...more

Senegal's New Mining Code

by DLA Piper on

Senegal has officially introduced its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the former mining code introduced in 2003. In recognising the potential that the...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

Recent Regulatory Developments and the New US Presidential Administration's Actions Affecting Public Companies

by White & Case LLP on

There have been several recent developments and proposed initiatives related to deregulation impacting US public companies and foreign private issuers ("FPIs"). Below is a brief summary of regulatory changes that have been...more

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 – Securing PPP Value for Money and the Criticality of Monitoring and Root Cause Analyses

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - Much of the PPP debate in Saudi Arabia has focussed on the importance of shifting the public sector expenditure burden to the private sector. Wherever this has been the sole focus of a PPP programme, the...more

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn

by Thomas Fox on

The city of Houston has seen a multi-year economic downturn from the drop in the price of oil. Every company in the energy space has been required to dramatically cut its work force, including unfortunately, it compliance...more

Why Do People Bribe and What Stops Them? [Video]

In an interview with Barry Vitou, Partner, Pinsent Masons, as posted in www.thebriberyact.com, we discuss why people bribe, what stops them, and what someone should do if they crossed an ethical or legal guardrail. Is it ever...more

Modern Enforcement: Rolls-Royce’s $800 Million Global Settlement

by Bracewell LLP on

Rolls-Royce plc, a UK-based company that manufactures engines and generators for the aerospace, defense, marine, and energy sectors, has agreed to pay over $800 million to resolve parallel investigations by U.S., UK, and...more

Saudi Arabia unveils new US$50 billion water desalination programme - The Kingdom to offer privatisations as well as new water...

by King & Spalding on

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia has announced a new water desalination programme involving private sector participation worth over an estimated US$50 billion. The programme will be...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 41

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

SEC/CORPORATE – SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Five Additional C&DIs Relating to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule – On October 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance...more

Mining in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — An Overview

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Sector Profile - Covering two million square km, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country by landmass in the Middle East and the 13th largest in the world. The Kingdom’s geology gives it an abundance of natural...more

New U.S. Transparency Reporting Requirements for Extractive Sector

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted revised rules requiring resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or...more

Energy Update - September 2016

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted Rule 13q-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and amendments to Form SD (Specialized Disclosure Report) (See SEC...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: The Mexican Government Announces Round Two | Publications

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 20, 2016, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) (“CNH”), published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (the Federal Official Gazette) the Bidding...more

Dentons Global Energy Summit 2016 Analysis

by Dentons on

On 17 May 2016, Dentons' third annual Global Energy Summit brought together key industry leaders to discuss current challenges facing the energy sector and the opportunities arising from them. Over 200 delegates and 50...more

Will PPPs Provide the Catalyst for Waste to Energy Projects in the GCC?

by King & Spalding on

Recent activity in the waste management sector in many Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries suggests that governments in the region are starting to look again at waste to energy (W2E) projects. Within the span of 18...more

SEC Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Resource Extraction Payments

On June 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules requiring certain producers of oil, natural gas and minerals to publicly disclose information regarding payments to the U.S. federal government,...more

SEC Adopts Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Rule – Changes From the Proposed Rule and Take-aways for Issuers

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 27, the SEC adopted Rule 13q-1 under the Exchange Act and related amendments to Form SD. Under the Rule, public companies are required to annually report on payments made to foreign governments and the U.S. federal...more

Global Boardroom Risk Solutions Newsletter

by K&L Gates LLP on

“Risk is sexy?” - Anonymous GC - Not every Director or General Counsel (GC) is likely to describe risk analysis as “sexy” but there is little doubt that risk issues have demanded a board level focus which would have been...more

Five Key Points about the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On June 15, the European Union announced that it had reached a “political understanding” on many of the substantive components of a new conflict minerals regulation. The regulation, once drafted, will be submitted to the...more

The Private Equity Review - France Fifth Edition

by DLA Piper on

The fifth edition of The Private Equity Review comes on the heels of a solid but at times uneven 2015 for private equity. Deal activity and fundraising were strong in North America, Europe and Asia, but the year ended with...more

Did Ethiopian Electric Power Violate California’s Corporate Securities Law?

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a $6.5 million settlement with Ethiopian Electric Power, which was described in the SEC’s order as “a government-owned power utility headquartered in Addis Ababa,...more

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