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What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

Rollback of SEC Regulations Promulgated Under Dodd-Frank Has Begun

In several uncoordinated actions, the dismantling of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations promulgated under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) has begun. In two...more

Judge Orders Status Report in Conflict Minerals Case

The conflict minerals case was remanded to the United Stated District Court for the District of Columbia for further proceedings. Judge Jackson has ordered the parties to file a joint status report, on or before March 10,...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

Blog: Will The SEC Be Instructed To Waive Any Or All Of The Conflict Minerals Requirements On The Basis Of National Security...

Remember all the way back to last week when Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar issued two statements on the conflict minerals rules? Remember too that the first statement directed the staff to revisit the 2014 guidance from...more

Changing of the Guard: SEC Reconsiders Conflict Minerals Rule While Congress Votes to Overturn ‘Publish What You Pay’ Reporting...

In the wake of the US elections in November 2016, two of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) disclosure rules for public reporting companies — the conflict minerals rule and government payments reporting for...more

SEC Issues a Call for Comments on All Aspects of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On January 31, the Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Michael Piwowar, issued an call for comments with regard to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was originally adopted by the SEC in...more

Are the Resource Extraction Disclosure Rules “Cursed”?

On January 31, 2017, Republican lawmakers in the House introduced a resolution intended to kill the SEC’s disclosure rules for payments made by resource extraction issuers (the “Resource Extraction Disclosure Rules”). The...more

Blog: Acting SEC Chair To Revisit 2014 Guidance On Conflict Minerals Rules

Yesterday, Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar issued two statements on the conflict minerals rules, neither of which is definitive, but which together make clear that further guidance on the rules is in the offing and that it...more

SEC Reconsidering Conflict Minerals Implementation

SEC Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar issued a “Statement on the Commission’s Conflict Minerals Rule” and another statement titled “Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation.” Chairman Piwowar reviewed...more

Securities and Governance Updates – January 2017

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this first edition of our Securities & Governance Bulletin. This resource is designed to keep executives, corporate...more

Reminders for Foreign Private Issuers for the 2017 Annual Reporting Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for foreign private issuers (FPIs) in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

Blog: So What Should We Do About Conflict Minerals Compliance For Next Year?

As of now, Forms SD and conflict minerals reports are still due on May 31, 2017. With all the discussion, in light of the election results, of rolling back legislation and regulations, through the Financial CHOICE Act and...more

Trump and the Repeal of Dodd-Frank

Observers widely believe President-Elect Trump will attempt to dismantle much of the Dodd-Frank Act. While to many it is an interesting idea, it may not have the consequences many believe. Take, for instance, the...more

The Financial Choice Act: Implications for the U.S. Securities Legal Framework

On September 13, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives (the “FSC”) formally released H.R. 5983, the “Financial CHOICE Act” (the “CHOICE Act”). While the CHOICE Act has...more

SEC Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers Could Lead to Increased FCPA Scrutiny, Disclosures

New rules issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to U.S. and foreign governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or...more

Blog: GAO Issues Second Annual Conflict Minerals Report

The GAO has issued its annual conflict minerals report to Congress, entitled “Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups.” The GAO is required to report annually...more

New GAO Report Highlights Challenges in Complying with Conflicts Minerals Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: Companies are experiencing difficulties in complying with their disclosure responsibilities under the SEC’s conflict mineral requirements. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a...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

EU Reaches Political Understanding on Conflict Minerals Regulation – An Overview and Take-aways for Downstream Companies

Late last Wednesday, the European Union reached agreement on the broad framework of a conflict minerals regulation. In this Alert, we describe some of the key terms of the regulation and what it means for the downstream....more

Blog: EU reaches understanding on conflict minerals framework

According to Euranet Plus News Agency, the “EU has reached a preliminary deal to curb the trade in minerals from war zones and corrupt regimes. The rules will force companies that mine, refine or import ‘conflict minerals’...more

Blog: OECD Issues New Edition Of OECD Due Diligence Guidance On Conflict Minerals And Declassifies Report On Implementation Of...

Just in time for those Forms SD and conflict minerals reports, due May 31, the OECD has posted a new edition of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk...more

"Planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2016 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of essential areas we believe companies should focus on as they plan for 2016, including...more

Blog: House Hearing On Conflict Minerals Rule: A Mixed Bag

At a hearing last week before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, the members heard testimony regarding the Dodd-Frank conflict minerals provision. The Chair expressed concern that the provision was...more

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