On November 30, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) adopted a new rule establishing a non-exclusive research report safe harbor (“Rule 139b”) for unaffiliated brokers or dealers that publish or distribute research reports regarding qualifying investment funds.  The Commission took this action in furtherance of the mandate of the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 (the “FAIR Act”).  The FAIR Act required that the Commission expand the Rule 139 safe harbor for research reports in order to cover research reports on investment funds.

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On October 31, 2018, the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued a final rule to modernize required property disclosures for mining registrants. The requirements are currently set out in Item 102 of Regulation S-K and Industry Guide 7. This Legal Update discusses key points of the Final Rule as well as its practical implications.

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On October 1, 2018, a public petition was filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for a rulemaking on environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure. The Petition was authored by two law professors and signed by investors and associated organizations representing more than $5 trillion in assets under management.

This Legal Update outlines what the petition’s authors are requesting—and why.