Frequently Asked Questions

391. Can U.S. persons issue and deal in new depositary receipts that are based on the equity of an entity subject to sanctions under one of the Directives?

Answer

In certain circumstances, yes. U.S. persons, including U.S. financial institutions, may issue and deal in depositary receipts that are based on equity issued by a person subject to Directive 1 prior to the date the person became subject to Directive 1. U.S. persons may not, however, deal in or issue depositary receipts that are based on equity issued by a person subject to Directive 1 on or after the sanctions effective date. Such transactions would constitute prohibited transactions or dealings in new equity under Directive 1. There are no equity-related prohibitions contained within Directives 2, 3, or 4, and thus U.S. persons are not prohibited from issuing or dealing in depositary receipts that are based on equity issued by persons subject only to those Directives.

Date Released
November 28, 2017