Global Businesses, Global Problems

01 July 2011 Publication

Business Lawyer

The impact of the March 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan and the region has caused many U.S. issuers to scramble, for example, to replace their manufacturing and supply capacities and otherwise respond to the crisis. Retail companies especially have suffered, as Japanese consumers struggle to repair their shattered homes and care for loved ones rather than buying the latest products or technology on the market.

Back in the United States, executives and their consultants have responded by analyzing current and potential business disruptions, leaving company counsel to help determine what disclosure obligations, if any, the issuer may have with the SEC.

As issuers continue to respond to the crisis in Japan and the region, and other catastrophic events, such as the recent tornados in the southern United States, the following may help navigate applicable U.S. securities laws:

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