SEC Reminds Companies of Disclosure Obligations Relating to Coronavirus

In connection with the order issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 4 providing filing relief for companies that are affected by the coronavirus, the Commission reminded all companies to be vigilant regarding their disclosure obligations related to the evolving coronavirus scenario. A company’s assessment of, and plans for addressing, material risks to...

New Disclosure Requirements for OTCQB Quoted Issuers

Issuers quoted on the OTCQB are now required to promptly disclose the issuance of any promissory notes, convertible notes, convertible debentures, or any other debt instruments that may be converted into a class of the issuer’s equity securities. In addition, OTCQB issuers are now required to promptly post copies on the OTC Disclosure & News...

Trump Administration Proposes Revisions to Streamline Environmental Review Process under National Environmental Policy Act

For many mining and infrastructure projects in the United States, a primary cause of permitting uncertainty, expense, and delay is compliance with the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). On January 10, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) proposed comprehensive revisions to the regulations implementing the NEPA. 85 Fed. Reg....

Independent Contractors Under U.S. Law: Knowing Your ABCs

A recent trend in U.S. employment law has been the adoption of stricter and stricter tests for when a worker may be classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee. Independent contractor relationships are often less expensive and easier for employers to administer since employers are not responsible for providing healthcare benefits to independent...

CFIUS Expands Foreign Investments Subject to Scrutiny with Significant Carve-out for Canadian, Australian and U.K. Investors

On January 17, 2020, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) published two new rules that will greatly expand the scope of minority investments by foreign persons in U.S. businesses that are subject to CFIUS review. The rules take effect on February 13, 2020. Importantly for certain Canadian investors, the rules include...

SEC Provides Guidance on the Use of Metrics in MD&A; Also Proposes Amendments to Simplify and Modernize MD&A and Related Financial Disclosures

On January 30, 2020, the SEC issued new guidance on the use of metrics in a company’s MD&A, as well as proposed amendments that would significantly simplify and modernize the requirements for MD&A and related financial disclosures. The guidance and proposed amendments will be of most interest to companies that file with the SEC on...

OTCQX Proposed Rule Changes

The OTC Markets Group published this week proposed amendments to the OTCQX Rules for U.S. Companies, U.S. Banks and International Companies. The rules will become effective on December 12, 2019; comments will be accepted until December 11, 2019. To qualify for the OTCQX, International Companies must, among other qualifications, have a class of securities traded...

When Canadian Investors Must Report Investments (including those in Canada!) to the SEC

On September 17, 2019, the Financial Post reported that British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCIMC), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, inadvertently failed to report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) $2.46 billion of its holdings in 98 Canadian companies, accounting for more than 20 percent of the investments required to be reported...

Delaware Takes Action Against Formation of Cannabis Companies

As reported earlier today on our Cannabis blog, the Delaware Secretary of State’s office is now threatening to prevent the formation of companies that it identifies as having the purpose of being involved in the cannabis industry. For more information, see dorseycann.com/delaware-takes-action-against-formation-of-cannabis-companies/.

What Mining Companies Need to Accomplish Before 2021

In November 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new mining disclosure standards applicable to all SEC reporting companies, except those that report exclusively under the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System (MJDS). While the new rules will not take effect until 2021, that date is quickly approaching. Mining and mineral royalty companies should brook no...