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Case Law Settles on Sponsored ADRs as Within US Regulatory Scope

Olav A. Haazen

In July of 2016 we wrote of the uncertainty surrounding ADRs and synthetic securities and the lower courts’ expansive readings of the prohibition on applying U.S. securities laws to ADRs traded in the United States in the wake of Morrison v. National Australia Bank, 561 U.S. 247 (2010). Some of that uncertainty is now fading for ADRs, as the courts appear to be settling on a bright-line rule that all ADRs sponsored by the issuer of the underlying foreign stock are within the scope of U.S. laws and regulations—even if the fate of unsponsored ADRs traded over-the-counter remains unclear…
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