US Regulatory Compliance Projects

U.S. Regulatory Compliance Projects

Ryder Scott is experienced in reserves evaluations spanning the world. This includes reporting guidelines and regulations for a variety of organizations and regulatory bodies. Regardless of where in the world a company’s oil and gas assets reside or where the company conducts its business, if the company offers securities for sale to the public in the United States market (exchange), it must conform to U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) standards. The SEC’s mission is primarily to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation. To this end, the SEC requires companies to disclose meaningful financials such that all investors will have access to certain basic facts about an investment prior to buying it and so long as they hold it. Also, search SEC documents at SEC Seeker.  The public is informed about a company’s oil and gas reserves through the filing of certain SEC Forms which are made publicly available, the most common of which include the following:

  • Form 10-K
    • An annual report that provides a comprehensive overview of a company’s business and financial condition. Companies domiciled in the US use this form.
  • Form 20-F
    • An annual report which serves a purpose similar to that of Form 10-K. Foreign and private issuers use this form.
  • Form 40-F
    • An annual report which serves a purpose similar to that of Form 10-K. Companies domiciled in Canada use this form.
  • Form S-1, S-3 and S-8
    • Registration form for new securities

Ryder Scott enjoys a significant and long-standing tradition of conducting reserves evaluations that conform to SEC regulations. This experience is demonstrated by the large number of references to Ryder Scott in these publicly available documents. All SEC filings are available on the SEC’s website( and can be found in their Electronic Data-Gathering, and Retrieval System EDGAR. To see specifically Ryder Scott’s extensive experience, you can search for “Ryder Scott” on EDGAR using the “full-text search” feature here (note: only the last four years are available when using the full-text search).