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Senegal's new Mining Code

In October 2016, the Senegalese Parliament passed a new Mining Code (the New Mining Code), which affects the way mining permits are processed, places additional social and environmental obligations on mine operators and...more

Repeal of Resource Extraction Disclosure Rule

On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved Congress’ joint resolution to repeal the SEC’s resource extraction disclosure rule. That action effectively brings to a conclusion the SEC’s efforts to implement a resource...more

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

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

Resource Extraction Disclosure Requirements are Dumped

Canadian miners and oil & gas companies should be aware that on February 14, 2017, President Trump approved a joint resolution of Congress that disapproved a recent SEC rule requiring specific disclosure by resource...more

A Long and Winding Road Ends for Resource Extraction Disclosure

On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved a joint resolution of Congress that disapproves the SEC’s rule requiring specific disclosures by resource extraction issuers, effectively repealing the rule. The rules required...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Cost Recovery Following Successful Appeal

This decision explains what “costs” are recoverable under Court of Chancery Rule 54 following a successful appeal. While the amounts involved normally do not merit much discussion, the cost of bond for an appeal can be...more

The Resource Extraction Disclosure Rules are Dead

On January 31, 2017, Republican lawmakers in the House introduced a resolution (“HJ Resolution 41”), relying on the Congressional Review Act, intended to kill the SEC’s disclosure rules for payments made by resource...more

Coal Plant Shutdown: Owners and Operators Need Vision – Part I

PDF Version Coal plant owners and operators can make a plant shutdown easier by planning now for the site’s future. This plan, or Vision, can help expedite shutdown efforts, reduce costs, improve relations with the local...more

Reconsider the Ratio: SEC Acting Chair Calls Pay Ratio Rule into Question

Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Michael Piwowar recently told Bloomberg in an interview that, pending confirmation of President Trump’s successor for chair of the SEC, the commission was “not going...more

CRA Releases New Guidelines Regarding Canadian Exploration Expenses

On the heels of some recent positive legislative changes regarding the tax treatment of environmental study and community consultation costs, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revised its administrative guidelines for the...more

Congress Votes to Disapprove SEC’s Resource Extraction Disclosure Rule

In previous posts, we discussed the potential impact of the SEC’s Resource Extraction Payment Disclosure (Rule 13q-1), including possible FCPA implications and the development of an appropriate compliance plan. After the...more

Bridging Valuation Gaps and Other Barriers to M&A in the UK North Sea

Chrysoar, a little known oil company, backed by U.S. private equity (PE) firm EIG Partners, made headlines this week when it purchased $3.8 billion of North Sea assets from Shell. The sale comprises more than half of Shell’s...more

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn

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

Final Regulations on MLP Qualifying Income Provide Clarification

Final regulations issued by the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on January 19, 2017, revealed a set of new rules interpreting “qualifying income” under Section 7704(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, affecting...more

Congress Approves Resolution to Rescind SEC’s Resource Extraction Payments Disclosure Rule

Key Points - - Congress acts to repeal the SEC’s Resource Extraction Payments Disclosure Rule. - Full repeal is subject to President Trump’s signature. - Once enacted, all future administrations...more

"Oil and Gas Industry Seeks Steady Ground Following Year of Restructurings, Restrictive Lending"

Crude oil and natural gas prices reached multiyear lows of approximately $26 per barrel for crude oil (as of January 2016) and $1.50 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) for natural gas (as of March 2016). This...more

IRS and Treasury Finalize Guidance Determining MLP Qualifying Income

Regulations provide rules for determining MLP qualifying income from certain mineral or natural resource-related activities and services. On January 19, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal...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

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

Blog: Time to say goodbye to the Dodd-Frank Resource Extraction Disclosure Rules?

In an opinion piece in the WSJ, House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, said that the House will soon be taking “the ax” to the SEC’s rules on Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers, mandated under Dodd-Frank,...more

Key Decision on Corporate Separateness – English High Court Decides Not to “impose liability in an indeterminate amount, for an...

In a highly anticipated judgment, the English High Court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS), a holding company that is the ultimate parent of the Shell Group, does not owe a duty of care to residents of the Niger Delta in...more

California Cap-and-Trade Lawsuit Hits Milestone with Oral Argument at the Court of Appeal

Yesterday, California’s Third District Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the related cases California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board and Morning Star Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board. ...more

Transmission Partnership Not Deemed Includible in Consolidated Return and Allowed To Collect Income Tax Allowance in its Rates

On January 6, 2017, Texas utility companies organized as pass-through entities, including partnerships, received welcome news regarding their ability (1) not to elect to be treated as a corporation eligible to be included in...more

IRS Provides an ITC Safe Harbor for Projects Under Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreements with Release of...

On January 19, 2017, the IRS released an advance version of Revenue Procedure 2017-19, which provides a safe harbor (the "Safe Harbor") under which the IRS will not challenge the treatment of an Energy Savings Performance...more

The Corporate Veil Matters

In two related decisions, the Ontario Court has said, resoundingly, that it will respect the corporate veil, even for complicated corporate groups with numerous subsidiaries. Both decisions involve the enforcement of foreign...more

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