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Treasury Issues Plan to Streamline Capital Markets Regulation

Pursuant to Executive Order 13772, the Treasury Department has issued a report that identifies laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and record keeping requirements, and other government policies that promote or...more

Blog: GAO Report On Gold Supply Chain Reveals Little Progress In Responsible Sourcing

by Cooley LLP on

The GAO has issued a new report on conflict minerals focused in this instance on the supply chain for artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) gold in the DRC region. The report also addressed efforts to encourage responsible...more

Blog: Conflict Minerals Benchmarking Study Analyzes Filings For 2016—Was There Any Progress?

by Cooley LLP on

Development International has posted its most recent Conflict Minerals Benchmarking Study, analyzing the results of filings for the 2016 filing period. The study looked at filings submitted by the 1,153 issuers that had filed...more

US House of Representatives Approves the Financial Choice Act

On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Financial CHOICE Act (FCA) primarily along party lines, 233-186. The FCA was introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and co-sponsored by 40 of his...more

Recent Developments with Respect to Conflict Minerals

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the Spring 2017 issue of our Corporate Communicator, we included a brief discussion of the status of the conflict minerals rules contained in Rule 13p-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange...more

Conflict Minerals Disclosure New SEC Guidance

by BakerHostetler on

On April 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Division of Corporate Finance (the "Division") indicated that it will not recommend enforcement of the conflict minerals source and chain of custody due...more

Blog: GAO Issues Annual Report Showing Only Slight Progress In Disclosures On Conflict Minerals

by Cooley LLP on

The GAO has recently issued its third annual report on conflict minerals. The GAO is required by Dodd-Frank to report annually on the effectiveness of the SEC’s conflict minerals rule in promoting peace and security in the...more

GAO Reports on 2015 Conflict Minerals Form SDs

GAO released an analysis of a generalizable sample of conflict minerals disclosures filed with SEC in 2015. The analysis found that an estimated 49 percent of companies in 2015 reported having determined whether the conflict...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A host of things happened in the last few months regarding Conflict Minerals, although likely not much that will affect what a public company reports on its Form SD, due May 31. (Spoiler alert: The same thing companies have...more

Blog: It’s baaaack — the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

by Cooley LLP on

A draft of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (fka version 2.0), a bill to create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs — a masterpiece of acronyming — has just been released (and weighs in at 593...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

Ruling & Enforcement: Conflict Minerals’ Disclosure - On April 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered a final judgment in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, declaring that...more

Blog: Senate Hearing On Conflict Minerals Law Reveals Common Theme

by Cooley LLP on

On April 5, just prior to the release of Corp Fin’s Updated Statement on conflict minerals, the Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy held a hearing on the effects on the Democratic Republic of the Congo of...more

SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

New Developments and Uncertainties for Conflict Minerals Disclosure

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) Division of Corporate Finance issued a new statement adding some uncertainty to company obligations and enforcement exposure under the SEC conflict minerals rule...more

SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule for 2017 Filings

by Bryan Cave on

Late Friday, April 7, the SEC issued two statements relating to the conflict minerals rule which reflect a significant change in the staff’s guidance for public companies. The upshot of these statements is that the staff...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Conflict Minerals Reporting

Effective immediately, the SEC staff has relaxed conflict minerals reporting requirements by public companies. The change was triggered by the entry of a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. ...more

Conflict Minerals Rule is Still in Effect – For Now

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the D.C. District Court entered its final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC holding that Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, Rule 13p-1 and Form SD...more

Case Closed! – The Conflict Minerals Rule Litigation Is Over, but the Drama Continues

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After 1,627 days and enough law firm memos to deforest a small country, the litigation relating to the Conflict Minerals Rule came to an end yesterday. In this Alert, we discuss what this means for calendar year 2016...more

Conflict Minerals: Recent Developments and Business Implications of Potentially Diverging U.S. and EU Approaches

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 3, 2017, the Council of the European Union approved a new regulation intended to prevent the trade in conflict minerals, which followed the approval of the European Parliament on March 16, 2017. This puts an end to...more

Blog: Final Judgment Entered In Conflict Minerals Case, National Association Of Manufacturers V. SEC

by Cooley LLP on

Today, the D.C. District Court entered final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, holding that Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and Rule 13p-1 and Form SD, Conflict Minerals, violate the First Amendment to the...more

Court Enters Final Judgment in Conflict Minerals Case

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has entered a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. The final judgment is identical to the proposed judgment which we described previously....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Robert Menendez and Brian Schatz requested that Inspector General Carl Hoecker investe Acting SEC Chairman Michael Piwowar in a letter dated March 29, 2017. The letter notes that...more

Blog: State Department ventures into conflict minerals

by Cooley LLP on

Bloomberg BNA is reporting that the State Department has launched a new review of “how best to support responsible sourcing of conflict minerals,” which will continue through April 28. Although it’s not known whether the SEC...more

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