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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

Business Litigation Alert: "SEC Launches Investigation Into Exxon's Accounting and Climate Change Practices"

In the face of dropping oil prices, the SEC has launched an investigation into how Exxon Mobil Corp. has valued its assets. While the value of competitors' assets have dropped dramatically since oil prices have plunged,...more

Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosures

Critics Claim “Intimidation” - Earlier this month, on September 14, 2016, feuding parties gathered before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to address the legitimacy of subpoenas sent to the New York...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

Five Key Takeaways from Key Energy’s SEC FCPA Settlement

The SEC, last week, announced its $5 million settlement with Key Energy. As always, FCPA settlements contain important examples of enforcement priorities and policies. Key Energy’s recent settlement is an example of the...more

Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part III

This week I have been exploring the Key Energy, Inc. (Key Energy) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. Today, I want to consider the actions taken by Key Energy to obtain the very good resolution the...more

Farewell to John Saunders and Welcome to Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part I

John Saunders died last week. He was a reporter at ESPN and the host of the Sunday talking heads show, the Sports Reporters. The tributes for Saunders came from far and wide. By all accounts, he was one of the most beloved...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Companies Engaged in Resource Extraction

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted new rules which require “resource extraction issuers” to disclose annually the type and amount of payments that they (or their subsidiaries or entities under...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

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

SEC Prevails in Offering Fraud Action

The SEC prevailed in an offering fraud case against the promoters of an oil and gas investment scheme. The court granted summary judgment in favor of the Commission. SEC v. Downey, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-00185 (N.D. Tex....more

Global Government Solutions® 2016 Mid-Year Outlook

This newest edition of the Global Government Solutions® series highlights increased government involvement in global commerce and provides the latest regulatory information corporate leaders need to navigate the intersection...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

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

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

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

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

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

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2016 #5

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues FAST Act IM Guidance - The SEC published an IM Guidance Update highlighting two exemptions from registration under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Advisers Act) that...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.3.16

The past 2 days saw an incredible and tragic turn of events for former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, part owner of the OK Thunder and a winery in Bordeaux and “face of the nation’s natural gas boom,” who on Tuesday...more

SEC Charges Texas Promoter With Defrauding Chinese Investors

The Commission has brought a series of cases where investors lost substantial sums purchasing shares of firms whose operations and or assets were supposedly largely in China. In some instances the firms turned out not to have...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.18.16

What’s this? A rally hat trick for Wall Street? Asking for 4 might just be greedy at this point, but Mikey needs a new pair of shoes . . . – WSJ and Bloomberg... Even much-maligned bank stocks were feeling the love...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - The SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules - On February 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Amendments to Rule 13n-4 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 - On January 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission reopened the comment period for proposed amendments to...more

SEC Extractive Industry Transparency Requirements Move Forward

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new proposed rule to implement a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that targets corruption and increases transparency requirements for payments...more

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