What is Form S-4?

Form S-4 must be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by a publicly traded company involved in a merger or acquisition between companies or by companies carrying out a business exchange offer.

Also called a registration statement under The Securities Exchange Act of 1933, Form S-4 is intended to curtail fraud by requiring companies to furnish details related to share distribution, terms and amounts, as well as any other key merger or exchange offer information. (Exchange offers occur when a company offers to exchange securities for similar securities at less demanding terms, often in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy.)

The completed Form S-4 needs to be EDGARized and, once filed, becomes publicly viewable in the SEC online filing system, EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval).

Submissions of Form S-4 are kept under close watch by investors seeking opportunities for fast gains from mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals.

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