What is SEC Schedule 13D?
SEC Schedule 13D must be filed when an entity acquires more than 5% of any class of publicly traded securities in a public company. In accordance to Rule 13D, this particular SEC filing of an initial beneficial ownership must be submitted within 10 days of the transaction. Schedule 13D is intended to increase transparency around who the large shareholders are in a public company and why they have a stake in it. When a Schedule 13D is filed, it may disclose to the public that a hostile takeover, proxy battle or other “change of control” may soon take place. Schedule 13D is made up of seven sections ranging from basic information on the security type and class, as well as the contact information for the owner, to exhibits such as letters to management signaling a hostile takeover. Schedule 13D, which is often submitted with a tender offer, must be filed electronically via the SEC’s EDGAR computer system for the receipt, acceptance, review and dissemination of documents submitted in electronic format to the Commission. For support and additional information, explore the our solutions here.