We welcome requests for interpretive advice and other assistance relating to the areas of the federal securities laws that the Division administers and interprets.

Important Notes Before Completing This Form:

  • For assistance in completing this form, including tips on how to locate answers to frequently asked questions and other information, please refer to the General Instructions below.
  • Responses to requests for interpretive advice are not rules, regulations, or statements of the Commission, and the Commission has neither approved nor disapproved the staff's responses or interpretations. Due to their informal nature, these responses are not necessarily binding on the staff, the Division of Corporation Finance or the Commission. Our responses do not constitute legal advice, for which you should consult with your own attorney. While the Division encourages written requests, the staff's responses to these requests will be given telephonically.
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Answers to many questions are available on this website. Before you write or call us, please visit our "Fast Answers" page, which answers some of the most common questions we receive. For assistance conducting research on this website, see Researching the Federal Securities Laws through the SEC Website. Also note that some resources for conducting research are available through the Corporation Finance home page, including links to certain Statutes, Rules and Forms, some of the Division's No-Action, Interpretive and Exemptive Letters, and our published Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations, Staff Legal Bulletins and Staff Accounting Bulletins.

If you are unable to find what you are looking for among these resources, or if you are unsure whether your question is appropriate for the Division of Corporation Finance, you may wish to visit the Investor Information page, which contains other helpful resources including information on how to contact our Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. If you wish to file an investor complaint, please use our online Investor Complaint Form.

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Please submit only one request concerning your issue. Do not also call the Division to make your request. If your request is best handled by another area of the Commission, we will forward it for you. Please wait for a staff member to contact you about your questions before providing additional information. You can expect to receive a call from the attorney or accountant assigned to your matter within one business day.

Conduct research and provide results with your request. If you are an attorney or accountant submitting an interpretive question, we request that you research all available authority before contacting us, and include the results of your research with your question.

As a matter of policy, the Division does not provide informal advice on certain topics. For example, the Division does not answer hypothetical questions or questions relating to "affiliate" or "control" status. Some of these topics are discussed in Release No. 33-6253, Procedures Utilized by the Division of Corporation Finance for Rendering Informal Advice (Interpretive Release; October 28, 1980).

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