Can European Companies Escape U.S. Listings?

6 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2004

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Robert Pozen

Brookings Institution; MIT Sloan School of Management

Date Written: March 2004


European companies would like to deregister from the SEC system in light of Sarbanes Oxley. However, this takes at least 18 months for a foreign company listed on a US market, and is virtually impossible for a foreign company that has made a public offering in the US. Therefore, the SEC should adopt a geographic going private rule allowing a foreign issuer to opt out of the SEC system if the foreign issuer makes an offer to buy all shares of its US holders at a fair price as determined by an independent appraiser.

Keywords: Sarbanes Oxley, SOX, securities regulation

JEL Classification: F21, G15, G38

Suggested Citation

Pozen, Robert and Pozen, Robert, Can European Companies Escape U.S. Listings? (March 2004). Available at SSRN: or

Robert Pozen (Contact Author)

MIT Sloan School of Management

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