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The Solution for European Companies to Access U.S. Investors

The U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1932 (the “Act“) include an exemption for a foreign private issuer (“FPI“) meaning a listed, non-U.S. company from having to register a class of equity securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) as otherwise required by the Act. In this blog, you will find the solution on how FPIs can gain access to the world’s largest capital market –U.S. institutional and private investors – without the cost and complexity of an IPO (e.g. at the NYSE or on Nasdaq) and thereby save time and money.

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Why Now is the Time for Global Companies to Attract U.S. Investors

If there is a “new normal,” as the pundits are fond of saying, it involves learning to live with the risk of the unknown. And for foreign companies that are adaptable and tolerant of today’s macroeconomic uncertainties, these trying times provide an opportunity to diversify their shareholder base beyond their home market.

Investors, investor relations officers and C-suite executives alike appreciate certainty and predictability, and that is something in short supply in 2020. Yet, in the midst of unprecedented times, there’s a silver lining for foreign companies looking to expand and diversify their investor base in the U.S.

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Q2 Community Bank Data: A Closer Look at What You’ll Find Outside of the Balance Sheet

As Q2 call report data becomes available, analysts are looking for indications of how the pandemic may be impacting allowances and delinquencies in community bank balance sheets.  However, considering COVID-19’s severe economic impacts didn’t begin until mid-March, what may be more telling at this juncture may be what is occurring off balance sheet.

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Reassessing Market Options During Uncertain Times

During times of uncertainty, many company executives find themselves evaluating their initiatives, priorities and expenses through a new lens.  In recent months, we’ve spoken with management teams as they wrestle with whether it makes sense to maintain their exchange listing on NASDAQ or NYSE, given the cost and complexity it creates for their teams. Continue reading “Reassessing Market Options During Uncertain Times”

Quantifying Listed Low Price Security Risk – Small Cap Compliance Risk Scoring

The events of 2020 have raised plenty of compliance issues within the equity markets including the explosion of retail activity, day-to-day event driven volatility and the influx of COVID-19/health care sector securities.  They have also highlighted an issue that has often been overlooked during more sanguine markets – the large number of ‘Low Priced Securities’ (LPS) on U.S. exchanges. Continue reading “Quantifying Listed Low Price Security Risk – Small Cap Compliance Risk Scoring”

Today’s State of the Community Banking Market: Five Topics Being Discussed Among Bankers

Wall Street vs. Main Street – the discussion of the differences between the two is age-old.  Throughout this COVID-19 Pandemic, OTC Markets Group has seen America’s community banks step up to support the small businesses in their local communities by providing loans and other much needed financial support. Continue reading “Today’s State of the Community Banking Market: Five Topics Being Discussed Among Bankers”

Before You Go Public on Pink

It is a common misconception that going public on the Pink market is a low cost, efficient way to gain visibility for your company, and in turn, establish liquidity. However, when you dig a little deeper, you find that cheaper is not always better and that it can add substantially more cost in the long run.  Regardless of your goals in the public markets, there are key factors including transparency, public perception and tradability that should be considered when evaluating your options. Continue reading “Before You Go Public on Pink”

Investors Be Alert—“Penny Stocks” Can also Trade on Exchanges

In my most recent blog post, Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty—Issuers Beware!, I discussed the issues facing small and micro-cap companies as they confront critical funding issues and the heightened need to secure growth capital. The companies that do all the right things and provide quality disclosure deserve a public market that provides a mechanism for investment funding to keep their businesses going.  However, some may still fall victim to bad actors. We cautioned issuers to beware of “too good to be true” financings with terms that dump shares, dilute shareholder value and destroy companies. Continue reading “Investors Be Alert—“Penny Stocks” Can also Trade on Exchanges”

Exploring the Investor Impact of an SEC Rule Proposal

The SEC’s proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-11 focus on ways to incentivize additional company disclosure in the public markets.  While we strongly support the overall goals of the proposed amendments to increase information availability for investors, we are mindful that this rule has far reaching implications that will reduce market efficiency in certain areas.  Continue reading “Exploring the Investor Impact of an SEC Rule Proposal”

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