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Moody’s Provides Guidance on Metal Streaming Transactions

Posted in Corporate Finance, Mining, Project Development, Commercial Arrangements and Agreements

On July 17, 2014, Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) released a report on metal streaming transactions, in which it discusses the impact of streaming transactions on the credit profiles of mining companies.  Generally, Moody’s views metal streaming transactions as a form of equity investment, rather than debt financing.  This is in contrast to criteria released by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) in 2013, which characterize the upfront payment aspect of metal streaming transactions as debt. … Continue Reading

Patent Law Year in Review: Oil and Gas (2013)

Posted in Mining, Project Development, Commercial Arrangements and Agreements

The following article may be of interest to readers of this blog: Patent Law Year in Review: Oil and Gas (2013)

In 2013 the Federal Court experienced a surge in patent infringement actions. Whereas 48 patent infringement actions were filed in 2012, that number rose to 101 in 2013.[1] Part of that increase came about because of growth in the oil and gas patent infringement sector. Put simply, oil and gas companies were more aggressive at enforcing their patent rights in 2013. Read More.… Continue Reading

A Closer Look at the Griffiths Energy Case: Lessons and Insights on Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement

Posted in Corporate Governance and Continuous Disclosure, Litigation, Mining, Project Development, Commercial Arrangements and Agreements

The following article by McCarthy Tétrault lawyers Paul Blyschak and John Boscariol may be of interest to readers of this blog:

A Closer Look at the Griffiths Energy Case: Lessons and Insights on Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement

On January 25, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench approved a $10.35 million penalty against Griffiths Energy International Inc. (Griffiths) for a violation of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) in connection with the actions of the company’s previous management and representatives in Chad, Africa (Griffiths Judgment).

Although the CFPOA has been in force since 1999, the Griffiths conviction joins the … Continue Reading

Hot Off the Press – Third Annual Mining in the Courts

Posted in Aboriginal and Environmental Issues, Litigation, Mining, Project Development, Commercial Arrangements and Agreements, Tax

We are pleased to inform you that McCarthy Tétrault has released the third edition of its annual publication Mining in the Courts, Year in Review. Published by the firm’s mining group, the book provides an overview of recent Canadian litigation developments affecting the mining industry in 2012.

Topics include the following, with digests of significant decisions during 2012, including three major cases won by the firm’s counsel. Various members of McCarthy Tétrault, including some of our bloggers, will be presenting certain of these topics today in Toronto at PDAC 2013, the annual international conference organized by the Prospectors and … Continue Reading