SEC Form 18-12G

DEFINITION of 'SEC Form 18-12G'

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), also known as the "Application for Registration of Foreign Governments and Political Subdivisions", required for foreign governments wishing to offer a security for sale on the U.S. market. The information required from a foreign government on this form includes the title, type and amount of security, as well as the exchanges it will trade on.

BREAKING DOWN 'SEC Form 18-12G'

SEC Form 18-12G is helpful to investors trying to research a foreign security that is currently available in the U.S. investment markets. By analyzing SEC Form 18-12G, an investor can gain a better understanding of which department of a foreign government is issuing the security, as well as the key details for that security (maturity date, interest or dividend rate, size of the issue, etc). Related SEC Forms: SEC Forms 18-12G/A, 18-12B, 18-12B/A