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Dorsey’s Mining Practice Group and Attorneys Recognized in Chambers Global 2024

Dorsey’s Mining & Metals practice area and three mining partners, the most lawyers of any U.S. law firm, received a Band 1 recognition by Chambers and Partners in its Chambers Global 2024. The recognized attorneys from Dorsey’s Canada Cross-Border practice group include Kimberley Anderson, Chris Doerksen and Wells Parker – just in time for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention! The Chambers Global Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms in over 200 jurisdictions across the world. Each ranking is based on Chambers’ in-depth research conducted by its dedicated and experienced team of researchers. It annually collects hundreds of thousands of responses from clients. Learn more about Dorsey’s Mining practice...

Mining Companies: Don’t Let Your QP Refuse to Provide Required SEC Consents

We are seeing a significant increase in cases where a qualified person (QP) or related engineering firm has prepared a technical report or other required disclosure for a mining company, but then resisted, or outright refused, to provide the written consent that the mining company is required to obtain in order to be permitted to disclose the name of the QP and the conclusions of the QP in a prospectus that forms part of an SEC registration statement for a public offering or for the mining company’s annual report that is filed with the SEC.  This can be costly and damaging to the mining company, because it may put the company in a...

SEC Clarifies the Compliance Deadline for New Mining Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2020, the SEC issued new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (the “New C&DIs”) that clarified the compliance deadline for many mining companies that file with the SEC on non-MJDS forms such as Form 10-K or Form 20-F to comply with the SEC’s new mining disclosure rules in Subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K. The New C&DIs follow closely on the heels of the National Mining Association having submitted a letter on April 24, 2020, to the SEC’s Chairman, Jay Clayton, requesting a one-year delay in the Subpart 1300 compliance deadline in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SEC’s adopting release for Subpart 1300 on October 31, 2018, had required that mining companies...

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. 1684. NEPA documentation is generally required for any project, public or private, that requires approvals from the federal government. The proposed revisions to the NEPA regulations are part of the Trump administration’s efforts to streamline their NEPA review processes. The proposed regulatory revisions include the following changes, among others: More Exemptions from NEPA Review – The proposed rules...

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 further delay in their preparations. Below are a few of the important steps to get ready to comply with the new standards: Determining whether the company must or should comply with the SEC’s new requirements.  Does the company file a Form 20-F or Form 10-K annual report with the SEC? If the company files on MJDS Form 40-F,...

Upcoming Webinar on the SEC’s New Mining Disclosure Rules – 2/26

You are invited to join us on February 26, 2019, at 11 am PT/2 pm ET, for a webinar discussing the SEC’s new mining disclosure rules. On October 31, 2018, the SEC adopted final rules effecting a complete overhaul of the technical disclosure requirements applicable to companies engaged in material mining operations, including royalties. Upon effectiveness in 2021, the new rules will replace the SEC’s decades-old guidelines, set forth in Industry Guide 7. The new rules will bring the U.S. reporting regime closer to global reporting standards, and will apply to all SEC reporting companies except those that report exclusively under the Canada-U.S. MJDS system. We will be providing an overview of the new...

The SEC Adopts New Rules Regarding Mining Disclosure

On October 31, 2018, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it adopted rules to modernize mining property disclosure in order to harmonize SEC disclosure requirements with international standards. The SEC had proposed rules in June 2016 which received numerous comments and as a result a number of changes were made to the original proposed rules. A high level summary of the final rules and changes compared to the proposed rules can be found here: www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2018-248 The final rules provide for a two-year transition period so that a registrant will not be required to begin to comply with the new rules until its first fiscal year beginning on or...

Proposed Rulemaking to Update Environmental Review Process under National Environmental Policy Act – How Your Company Can Participate

One of the principal sources of uncertainty, expense, and delay in the permitting process for many mining and infrastructure projects in the United States, especially those generating public controversy, is compliance with the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). On June 20, 2018, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeking public comment on potential revisions to its implementing regulations for the procedural provisions of NEPA. NEPA documentation is generally required for any project, public or private, that requires approvals from the federal government. The ANPR is a continuation of the Trump administration’s efforts to address inefficiencies in the federal permitting process...

Status Check on the SEC’s Proposed Overhaul of the Mining Disclosure Regime (Part 2)

The SEC is aiming to finalize its new mining disclosure rules within the next year, according to statements made last week by William Hinman, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, at the Securities Regulation Institute. For more details regarding the SEC’s original 2016 proposal to revamp the rules, and reactions by industry, see our summary of the initial proposal (here: www.dorsey.com/newsresources/publications/client-alerts/2016/07/new-mining-disclosure-rules) and our last blog post (here: crossbordercounselor.com/status-check-on-the-secs-proposed-overhaul-of-the-mining-disclosure-regime/).  

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

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 report to the SEC. With final rules not yet adopted, the fight for a streamlined reporting regime continues. The SEC’s proposed overhaul was spawned by industry request – specifically, a request by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), the leading professional society of mining professionals in the United States, that the SEC bring its disclosure requirements into the modern age and adopt a new disclosure regime based on the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO)...