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New FERC NOPR Will Have Impacts on the Financial Trading Community

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, FERC issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Data Collection and Surveillance, which is to replace the prior Connected Entities and MBR Ownership NOPRs. The new NOPR will apply to: (1)...more

Securities Fraud – a Lesson for Promoters

We discussed SEC v. Arcturus et al last week and promised more. Here it is. Did defendants commit securities fraud? It doesn’t matter. Violations of Sections 5 of the Securities Act and 15.A of the Exchange Act are...more

Dolly Varden Silver and Hecla Mining - Decision goes in favour of the target in latest regulatory challenge to a private placement...

On July 22, 2016, following a joint hearing of the British Columbia and Ontario securities commissions, the regulators decided not to block a proposed private placement of common shares of Dolly Varden Silver Corporation...more

Distress in the oil and gas industry: What happened to the price of oil?

To the delight of motorists everywhere, the price of oil suddenly halved in the second half of 2014, dropping from over $100 to less than $50 a barrel. It’s safe to say no one saw the fall coming: most banks and industry...more

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

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

When is a Joint Venture a Security?

Parvizian controlled Arcturus and Aschere, buying and selling interests in drilling projects. Each project had a managing venturor which supervised the project. Each venture included a confidential information memorandum,...more

U.S. Customs Aims to Increase Enforcement of the Jones Act

In what could foretell a significant increase in the enforcement of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) announced on July 18 the creation of the National Jones Act...more

CSA Releases Results of Annual Continuous Disclosure Review Program

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have released CSA Staff Notice 51-346 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 (Notice), summarizing the results of its members’...more

ValueAct Settlement Marks Record Penalty in Heightened Agency Efforts Against HSR Act Violations

Where is the line drawn between acquisitions of securities made “solely for the purpose of investment” on one hand, and influencing control, thereby requiring regulatory approval, on the other hand? That is the central...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

Proposed SEC Rules Modernize Mining Disclosures Using Canadian Rules as the Gold Standard

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a set of comprehensive mining disclosure rules with the stated intent of “aligning such rules with current industry and global regulatory practices and...more

Understanding the SEC’s Proposed New Mining Disclosure Rules: Questions and Answers

On June 16, 2016, the SEC proposed a major overhaul of the disclosure requirements for companies that are engaged in material mining operations, including royalty companies. The proposed rules would replace the SEC’s...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Issues New Rule on Extractive Industry Transparency

On June 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new rule requiring extractive sector companies (oil, gas, and mining) to disclose the payments that they make to governments for the commercial development...more

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

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

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: SEC Adopts ‘Publish What You Pay’ Rule for Resource Extraction Issuers

On June 27, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a final rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The new rule will require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments they make to...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Opines on Regime for Disclosure of Inside Information by Emission Allowance Market...

The European Securities and Markets Authority published its Opinion on the proposed requirements for Emission Allowance Market Participants to disclose inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation...more

FERC Issues Order Assessing Civil Penalties Against ETRACOM

On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order Assessing Civil Penalties against ETRACOM LLC (“ETRACOM”) and ETRACOM’s founding member and majority owner, Michael...more

PROMESA—Energy in Puerto Rico amidst the Debt Crisis

Renewable energy industry participants are hungrily eyeing the tiny U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico, trying to determine whether the island’s debt crisis-driven troubles – which recently put a halt on development activities...more

The potential impact of the LMEshield initiative on base metals warehouse financing structures

Parties to warehouse financing structures using LMEshield warehouses will need to revisit their familiarity and assumptions regarding the methods for taking and perfecting security over metal stored in warehouses and over...more

SEC Charges Business Media Star With Fraud

The Frack Master was a media star with frequent appearances on CNBC, CNN International, Fox Business news, the BBC and a weekly radio talk show in Dallas, all discussing oil-and-gas topics. He marketed interests in oil and...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

Key Milestone towards the Standardisation of Mineral Reserve and Resource Reporting

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") has proposed to modernise its rules for mineral property disclosure and more closely align them with international regulatory standards and practices. The SEC has...more

SEC Adopts Resource Extraction Rules

Responding to a court order, the SEC adopted rules to require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals. The rules, mandated by the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.28.16

Continuing Brexit coverage: With the pound in freefall and markets going haywire, leaders on both sides of the Brexit debate in the UK signaled today that Britain hopes to stay in the EU marketplace, while some in Parliament...more

The Private Equity Review - France Fifth Edition

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

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