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A challenging year for the African mining sector in 2017—what does 2018 hold?

by Hogan Lovells on

Commodity trends of 2017 - will these change in 2018? There was a strong, consistent focus on thermal and coking coal, gold, copper and the platinum group metals. Interest in chrome, iron ore and manganese picked up,...more

The South African mining industry is changing, and that's a fact

by Hogan Lovells on

2017 was another tempestuous year for the South African mining and natural resources sector. The sector was disrupted by a range of changes and uncertainties, including the publication of the Reviewed Broad-Based Black...more

Coal Lease/National Environmental Policy Act: Federal Court Addresses Challenge to Bureau of Land Management Environmental...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”) in a February 27th opinion addressed a challenge by the Northern Plaints Resource Council, Inc. (“NPRCI”) to an Environmental Assessment (“EA”)...more

Mining & Metals 2018: Full speed ahead?

by White & Case LLP on

The larger diversifieds delivered sizeable returns for shareholders in 2017, with the promise of more to come. But what does the overall picture look like for 2018? Thanks to surging commodity prices driven by robust...more

Mining Initial Public Offering Checklist

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canada’s world leading mining capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how....more

Through The Eyes Of The Cowboy State: A Commentary On Wyoming Being Featured In The New York Times

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, an article on my home state of Wyoming was featured in the New York Times. As I have said before, it is not often that the Cowboy State is written about in the New York Times; in fact, I think the last...more

Status Check on the SEC’s Proposed Overhaul of the Mining Disclosure Regime

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

About 18 months have passed since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its bold attempt to modernize the disclosure requirements for mining companies that are listed on U.S. stock exchanges or otherwise...more

Department of the Interior Announces Actions to Expedite Energy Development with Potential Consequences for Listed Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy” identifying agency actions that potentially...more

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

Preliminary Planning for the 2018 Proxy Season

Rule 14a-21(b) requires a say-on-pay frequency vote every six years. Many issuers included a frequency vote in their 2017 proxy because they were subject to the initial rules when they became effective for shareholders’...more

In the Chaos of (Trade) War, Where Does Your Company Find Peace?

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Congress sent to President Trump’s desk a bill that imposes new financial sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. It appears nearly certain that the president will sign that bill, now...more

DMR approves sale of IFMSA's Lesedi Mine to Samancor

by Hogan Lovells on

International Ferro Metals (SA) Pty Ltd (IFMSA) went into business rescue on 26 August 2015. Its ferrochrome smelter and dedicated Lesedi Mine fell victim to a combination of economic, regulatory and socio-political factors...more

Quebec Court Rules on the Role of Social Acceptability in the Project Approval Process

On June 21, 2017, the Superior Court of Québec (Court) ruled against Ressources Strateco inc. (Strateco) in a decision that addresses the issue of social acceptability in the context of project approvals in Northern...more

Arbitration Bribery Corruption and Disputes - it's not as easy as ABCD

by Hogan Lovells on

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") - For energy, mining, and resources companies, the cost of corruption—and getting caught—is real. Less than two months ago, Odebrecht S.A. was ordered by a U.S. federal judge to pay a...more

State Water Board Adopts Groundwater Extraction Fees For SGMA Intervention - Fee Imposition Will Begin This Summer

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new fee schedule that will be applied to groundwater pumpers in basins where compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act comes up short. ...more

Transparency Initiatives in the Extractive Sector: ESTMA Reporting Deadline Approaching in Canada and Setbacks in the United...

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The May 30, 2017, reporting deadline under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) is fast approaching. This annual reporting deadline under ESTMA applies to entities that...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

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

Parties Request Judgment be Entered 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 ordered the parties to file a joint status report indicating whether any further...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2017

Acting SEC Chief Limits Subpoena Authority to Enforcement Division Acting Director - On February 15, 2017,The Wall Street Journal reported that the acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael...more

Repeal of Resource Extraction Disclosure Rule

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved Congress’ joint resolution to repeal the SEC’s resource extraction disclosure rule. That action effectively brings to a conclusion the SEC’s efforts to implement a resource...more

Resource Extraction Disclosure Requirements are Dumped

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Canadian miners and oil & gas companies should be aware that on February 14, 2017, President Trump approved a joint resolution of Congress that disapproved a recent SEC rule requiring specific disclosure by resource...more

A Long and Winding Road Ends for Resource Extraction Disclosure

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved a joint resolution of Congress that disapproves the SEC’s rule requiring specific disclosures by resource extraction issuers, effectively repealing the rule. The rules required...more

President Signs Repeal of the SEC's Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

Further to our February 2, 2017 Update, on February 14 the President signed legislation to annul the SEC’s Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would have required public oil and gas companies to disclose in annual...more

The Resource Extraction Disclosure Rules are Dead

by Locke Lord LLP on

On January 31, 2017, Republican lawmakers in the House introduced a resolution (“HJ Resolution 41”), relying on the Congressional Review Act, intended to kill the SEC’s disclosure rules for payments made by resource...more

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