Public offering

Definition:

Used in the context of general equities. Offering to the investment public, after compliance with registration requirements of the SEC, usually by an investment banker or a syndicate made up of several investment bankers, at a price agreed upon between the issuer and the investment bankers. Antithesis of private placement. See: Primary distribution and secondary distribution.

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Own foreign offices

U.S. reporting institutions' parent organizations, branches, and/or majority owned subsidiaries located outside the United States.

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