What Is SEC Form F-6?

SEC Form F-6 is a document that all investment firms must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) if they wish to offer American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) issued by a depositary against the deposit of the securities offered by a foreign issuer. In short, Form F-6 lists shares of foreign securities on a U.S. exchange, including information such as the issuer of the receipt and the name of the foreign stocks it represents. It is important to recognize that the price and liquidity profiles deviate from an ADR's foreign counterpart, due to the fact that the two linked entities trade on separate exchanges.

Understanding SEC Form F-6

SEC Form F-6 is a provision under the Securities Act of 1933. It is often referred to as the "Truth in Securities" law because this form discloses essential facts about a company's securities in granular detail. In larger terms, this form is a tool used in the SEC's broader campaign to arm investors with more information and stamp out securities fraud.

Eligibility Requirements for Use of Form F-6

According to the form's actual language:

F-6 may be used for the registration under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) of Depositary Shares evidenced by American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) issued by a depositary against the deposit of the securities of a foreign issuer (regardless of the physical location of the certificates) if the following conditions are met:

(1) The holder of the ADRs is entitled to withdraw the deposited securities at any time subject only to (i) temporary delays caused by closing transfer books of the depositary or the issuer of the deposited securities or the deposit of shares in connection with voting at a shareholders’ meeting, or the payment of dividends, (ii) the payment of fees, taxes, and similar charges, and (iii) compliance with any laws or governmental regulations relating to ADRs or to the withdrawal of deposited securities;

(2) The deposited securities are offered or sold in transactions registered under the Securities Act or in transactions that would be exempt therefrom if made in the United States; and

(3) As of the filing date of this registration statement, the issuer of the deposited securities is reporting pursuant to the periodic reporting requirements of section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the deposited securities are exempt therefrom by Rule 12g3-2(b) (§240. l2g3-2(b) of this chapter) unless the issuer of the deposited securities concurrently files a registration statement on another form for the deposited securities.

How to File SEC Form F-6

Firms must file Form F-6 in an electronic format through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system. This enables investors, regulators, and any other interested parties to quickly and easily access the information if they so desire it. Registration fees and filing fees apply.