Thinking About U.S. Securities Lawsuits Against U.S.-Listed Chinese Companies — The D&O Diary

For a brief period in the 2010-2012 time frame, U.S. securities lawsuits filings against U.S.-listed Chinese companies surged as investors filed a wave of lawsuits against Chinese companies that obtained U.S.-listings by way of a merging with a publicly traded shell. The Chinese reverse merger lawsuit filing wave eventually subsided – yet filings against U.S.-listed Chinese companies have continued even if in somewhat diminished numbers. For the last four years, U.S. securities suit filings against Chinese companies have represented the predominant part of all securities lawsuit filings against non-U.S. companies.

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