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Hedging Oil & Gas Production

The recent, dramatic decline in the price of oil illustrates the risk that every oil and gas producer has to declining energy commodity prices. This paper discusses various methods for “hedging” or reducing price risk. In...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

Mining Issuers: Ensure your Websites and Investor Presentations Comply with NI 43-101

Mining issuers have their qualified persons (“QPs”) and occasionally legal counsel review technical disclosure, including news releases and technical reports, to ensure they comply with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of...more

Newsletter: March 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: .. Inter Partes Review and the ITC: The Benefits and Risks of Filing IPR on Patents Asserted in an ITC Investigation - Noted With Interest: .. Securities Act Claims...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

2015 IPO Study

In this Issue: - Executive Summary - 2014 Overview - Year-Over-Year Analysis - Health Care - Technology, Media & Telecommunications - Energy & Power - Financial Services - Industrials -...more

Compliance Responses to Economic Downturns: A Focus On The Energy Sector – Part Two

II. Doing Less with Less - The current economic downturn in the energy space seems to follow a pattern, with businesses’ exhibiting predictable Pavlovian responses. When oil prices drop precipitously, companies who are...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

Alabama Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal in Walter Energy

On February 20, 2015, the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the order of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama dismissing claims asserted by Walter Energy, Inc. against investor Julian A. Treger, his firm Audley Capital...more

‘Here We Go Again’: Oil and Gas Sector to Face New Regs in 2015

Tracking regulatory changes in the oil and gas industry is no minor undertaking. After all, when someone speaks of “the oil and gas industry,” that person isn’t simply referencing some narrowly defined zone of activity;...more

Exploration Development Incentive Passes Australian Senate

On 3 March 2015, legislation introducing the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) officially passed the Australian Senate. The legislation is expected to receive Royal Assent in the coming days. The EDI has been introduced...more

Blog: Will Congress Revisit The Conflict Minerals Rule?

According to a Bloomberg BNA report, a representative of the Chamber of Commerce, one of the plaintiffs in National Association of Manufacturers, Inc. v. SEC, the conflict minerals case currently pending in the DC Circuit,...more

CFTC Reopens Comment Period for Position Limits Proposals

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has re-opened the comment period on (1) its proposed rules establishing position limits on certain exempt and agricultural commodities and (2) its proposed amendments to its...more

Welcome Tax Measures Announced at the PDAC 2015 Convention

On Sunday March 1, 2015, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Federal Minister of Finance addressed the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (“PDAC”) at the annual PDAC Convention in Toronto and announced certain proposals...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2015

Introduction - Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, several companies face the consequences of...more

CFTC Reopens Comment Periods

On February 24, the CFTC submitted for publication in the Federal Register a notice reopening the comment periods for the two Position Limit rulemakings, in anticipation of questions and comments that may arise from the...more

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee To Hold Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on February 26. The meeting, which will focus on the expected impact of the CFTC’s proposed position limit...more

MD&A Lessons Learned from Broadwind Energy

On February 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Broadwind Energy, Inc. (Broadwind), its former Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Financial Officer for accounting and disclosure violations that, as the...more

Court Finds CFTC RTO/ISO Exemptive Order Bars CEA § 22 Private Right of Action, but More to Come from the CFTC

Can private litigants bring claims under the Commodity Exchange Act alleging manipulation in ERCOT’s energy markets? On February 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas answered “no,” granting...more

Reserves Reports and Asset Write-Downs – Legal Consequences for Public Companies

Summary - - Low oil prices may have a significant impact on reserves reports, financial statements and reserves based credit facilities of oil-weighted energy companies in Canada. How will reserves reports and...more

Asset Manager Hedging Results Fined for Failing to Register as a Commodity Trading Advisor

On January 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) fined an asset manager, using financial instruments to hedge its clients’ risk, for failing to register as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). See Summit...more

FERC Issues Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty for Alleged Market Manipulation in New England

On February 2, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty (Show Cause Order) directing Calgary-based Maxim Power Corporation and certain of its...more

Unregistered CTA Summit Energy Services: Choose Your Words Wisely

A recent case highlights the importance of periodically reviewing an energy company's marketing materials and related activities (including statements made on websites) to ensure that the company is not holding itself out --...more

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