S-8 Shares Are Free Trading When Form S-8 Is Filed
One reason why employees and consultants of OTC Bulletin Board or OTC Markets OTCQB Issuers like to receive S-8 Shares is that an S-8 is immediately effective upon filing. This means that S-8 stock is free trading upon filing Form S-8 for employees and consultants who are not Affiliates. S-8 stock is still subject to the Rule 144 volume limitations if owned by officers, directors and other Issuer control persons.
SEC Reporting Company Requirements To Use S-8
In order to meet the requirements of S-8 Shares, the OTC Issuer doing an S-8 offering must meet every one of the SEC’s requirements for S-8 stock. The Public Company Issuer MUST:
- be “fully reporting to the SEC,” subject to the reporting requirements under Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Exchange Act;
- have filed all SEC reports for the past year (or for whatever shorter period the Issuer was required to file SEC reports);
- show that the consultant provided “bona fide services” to the Issuer;
- show that the services provided by the consultant were not “in connection with the offer or sale of securities in a capital raising transaction”;
- show that the services provided by the consultant were not “in connection with directly or indirectly promoting or maintaining a market for the Issuer’s securities”;
- The consultant must be a natural person (an individual) since Form S-8 cannot be used to issue stock to a corporation or other entity;
- The consulting agreement must be between the Issuer and the natural person; and
- The Issuer must issue the stock directly to the natural person as opposed to a corporate entity.
All SEC reporting companies, including OTCBB and OTC Markets OTCQB issuers can discuss the process of creating and registering S-8 Shares for employees and consultants by contacting securities lawyer Matheau J. W. Stout at (410) 429-7076 or email@example.com.