Additional Authors: James Alford

Foreign companies enjoy a number of benefits by becoming U.S. public companies. These benefits include increased visibility, access to the U.S. capital markets, and the ability to offer equity-based compensation instruments to key employees. However, companies may encounter obstacles when accessing capital in the United States. Becoming and remaining a U.S. public company is expensive and time-consuming and may require changing a company’s operations in ways that a company would not necessarily choose absent U.S. requirements. Registering as a foreign private issuer (“FPI”) affords foreign companies the ability to strike a healthy balance by providing access to the U.S. capital markets, while at the same time permitting foreign companies to benefit from certain disclosure, reporting, and corporate governance accommodations.

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