Designated Advisors for Disclosure
All U.S. companies that are quoted on the OTCQX must have either an Attorney Designated Advisor for Disclosure (“DAD”) or an Investment Bank DAD. All DAD’s must be approved by OTCQX after submitting an application. OTC Markets publishes a list of pre-approved DADs. A Company may appoint a new DAD at any time, provided that the Company retains an approved DAD at all times.
A DAD’s primary role is to provide advice and guidance to a Company in meeting its OTCQX obligations. The OTCQX puts a great deal of onus on the DAD to be responsible for the Company in which it sponsors, emphasizing the negative impact on the DAD’s reputation for sponsoring Companies that are not of acceptable quality. In addition to providing advice and counsel to a Company, a DAD is required to conduct investigations to confirm disclosures. A DAD must submit a Letter of Introduction and subsequent annual letters confirming their duties and the attesting to the disclosures made by the Company.
Principal American Liaison
All International companies that are quoted on the OTCQX must have either an Attorney Principal American Liaison (“PAL”) or an Investment Bank PAL, provided however, if the company’s OTCQX traded security is an ADR, the international company may have an ADR PAL. All PAL’s must be approved by OTC Markets Group. A company may appoint a new PAL at any time provided they maintain a PAL at all times.