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Foreign Fund Issuers selling in the United States May Require Registration

Posted in Broker-Dealer Regulation, Compliance and Supervision, Federal and State Criminal Activities, International Securities Regulation, SEC Enforcement

Over the course of many years, I have been questioned by American BDs as to their responsibilities for sales to people outside the United States.  My response has always been that they are required to obtain an opinion from counsel in those jurisdictions before proceeding.  Most likely, those foreign jurisdictions may have registration requirements before conducting business in their countries. 

Now, the shoe is on the other foot.  We are now seeing non-US issuers selling certain fund interests into the United States.  Those persons, who are selling those securities into the United States, may require SEC registration as well as the requirement to implement compliance program before moving forward.  Further, certain states, such as California, will have various requirements requiring each of these sellers to follow, some of them may not appear at first blush, like California’s lobbyist rules.  If the selling issuer does not comply with these items, it opens itself up to potential liability.   

Thus, we strongly recommend that non-US issuers contact American counsel before selling product into the United States.