As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 1, 2018
Registration No. 333-174955
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 to
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
(As successor to Sohu.com Inc.)
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
Level 18, Sohu.com Media Plaza
Block 3, No. 2 Kexueyuan South Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100190, Peoples Republic of China
(Address of Principal Executive Offices, Including Zip Code)
Sohu.com Limited 2018 Share Incentive Plan
(Assuming all outstanding obligations under Sohu.com Inc. Amended and Restated 2010 Stock Incentive Plan)
(Full Title of the Plan)
CT Corporation System
111 Eighth Avenue
New York, New York 10011
(Name, Address and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent For Service)
Timothy B. Bancroft, Esq.
Goulston & Storrs PC
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02110-3333
+1 (617) 574-3511
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of large accelerated filer, accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, and emerging growth company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. ☐
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE*
Title of Securities
to be Registered
|Amount to be
|*||The registration fee was previously calculated and paid in connection with the filing on June 17, 2011 of the original Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-174955) by Sohu.com Inc., a Delaware corporation (Sohu Delaware). No additional registration fee is required, as no additional securities are being registered.|
By filing this Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 to Form S-8, Sohu.com Limited, a Cayman Islands company (the Registrant), hereby expressly adopts as its own registration statement for all purposes with respect to the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-174955) of Sohu Delaware, originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on June 17, 2011, with respect to Sohu Delawares Amended and Restated 2010 Stock Incentive Plan (the Sohu Delaware 2010 Plan).
The Registrant is filing this Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 to Form S-8 as successor issuer to Sohu Delaware pursuant to Rule 414 under the Securities Act. The Registrant succeeded Sohu Delaware upon the dissolution of Sohu Delaware (the Liquidation) effective as of May 31, 2018 at 4:30 PM, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (the Effective Time). At the Effective Time all outstanding shares of the common stock of Sohu Delaware were cancelled; American depositary shares (ADSs) representing all outstanding ordinary shares, par value $0.001 per share (Ordinary Shares) of the Registrant, which Ordinary Shares were held by Sohu Delaware immediately prior to the Effective Time, were distributed on a share-for-share basis to the stockholders of Sohu Delaware; and the Registrant replaced Sohu Delaware as the top-tier, publicly-traded holding company of the group of subsidiaries and variable interest entities that had been held by Sohu Delaware prior to the Effective Time. As of the Effective Time the Registrant assumed all existing obligations of Sohu Delaware with respect to equity incentive awards that had been granted under the Sohu Delaware 2010 Plan and remained outstanding as of the Effective Time, and such awards were converted into the right to receive upon exercise or settlement Ordinary Shares of the Registrant under the Registrants 2018 Share Incentive Plan (the 2018 Plan) rather than shares of the common stock of Sohu Delaware under the Sohu Delaware 2010 Plan, subject to the other terms of such outstanding awards.
ADSs issuable upon deposit of the Ordinary Shares of the Registrant have been registered under a separate registration statement on Form F-6 filed with the SEC on April 2, 2018 (File No. 333-224081). Each ADS represents one Ordinary Share of the Registrant.
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
|Item 3.||Incorporation of Documents by Reference|
The following documents previously filed with the SEC by Sohu Delaware or the Registrant are incorporated in this Registration Statement by reference:
|(a)||Sohu Delawares Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the SEC on February 28, 2018, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 2, 2018 (as so amended, the Sohu Delaware 2017 Form 10-K);|
|(b)||All other reports filed by Sohu Delaware pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act since the end of the fiscal year covered by the Sohu Delaware 2017 Form 10-K;|
|(c)||The descriptions of the Registrants Ordinary Shares and ADSs included under the headings Description of Sohu Cayman Ordinary Shares and Description of Sohu Cayman ADSs in the Registrants Registration Statement on Form F-4 (File No. 333-224069) filed with the SEC on April 19, 2018, including any amendment or report updating such descriptions; and|
|(d)||The Registrants Registration Statement on Form F-6 (File No. 333-224081) filed with the SEC on April 2, 2018.|
All documents filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement that indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all such securities then remaining unsold shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and made part hereof from their respective dates of filing (such documents, and the documents listed above, being hereinafter referred to as Incorporated Documents); provided, however, that the documents listed above or subsequently filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act in each year during which the offering made by this Registration Statement is in effect prior to the filing with the SEC of the Registrants Annual Report on Form 20-F covering such year shall cease to be Incorporated Documents or be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement from and after the filing of such Annual Report.
Any statement contained in an Incorporated Document shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed Incorporated Document modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.
|Item 4.||Description of Securities|
|Item 5.||Interests of Named Experts and Counsel|
|Item 6.||Indemnification of Officers and Directors|
Cayman Islands law does not limit the extent to which a companys articles of association may provide for indemnification of officers and directors, except to the extent any such provision may be held by the Cayman Islands courts to be contrary to public policy, such as to provide indemnification against civil fraud or the consequences of committing a crime. The Registrants Amended and Restated Articles of Association provide for indemnification of officers and directors for losses, damages, costs and expenses incurred in their capacities as such unless such losses or damages arise from fraud or dishonesty of such directors or officers. The Registrant also intends to enter into indemnification agreements with its directors and executive officers that provide such persons with additional indemnification beyond that provided in the Amended and Restated Articles of Association.
|Item 7.||Exemption from Registration Claimed|
The Exhibits listed on the accompanying Index to Exhibits are filed as a part of, and incorporated by reference into, this Registration Statement.
(a) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:
|(1)||To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement;|
|(i)||To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;|
|(ii)||To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of this Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in this Registration Statement;|
|(iii)||To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in this Registration Statement or any material change to such information in this Registration Statement;|
provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the SEC by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement.
|(2)||That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.|
|(3)||To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.|
(b) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrants annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that is incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered herein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the Registrants Amended and Restated Articles of Association, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer, or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit, or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer, or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
|5.1||Opinion of Conyers Dill & Pearman, Cayman Islands counsel to the Registrant, regarding the legality of the Ordinary Shares being registered|
|10.1(1)||Sohu.com Limited 2018 Share Incentive Plan|
|23.1||Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP, an Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm|
|23.2||Consent of Conyers Dill & Pearman (included in opinion filed as Exhibit 5.1)|
|24||Power of Attorney (included on signature page)|
|(1)||Incorporated herein by reference to the Registrants Registration Statement on Form F-4 (File No. 333-224069) filed with the SEC on April 19, 2018.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, on June 1, 2018.
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Charles Zhang and Joanna Lv, and each of them, his or her true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, each with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place, and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any or all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to this Registration Statement and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys- in-fact and agents, or any of them, or their substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the date indicated.
Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer
(principal executive officer)
|June 1, 2018|
Chief Financial Officer
(principal financial and
principal accounting officer)
|June 1, 2018|
June 1, 2018
June 1, 2018
June 1, 2018
June 1, 2018
Dave De Yang
June 1, 2018
SIGNATURE OF AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED STATES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the undersigned, the duly authorized representative in the United States of the Registrant, has signed this registration statement in the City of Newark, Delaware on June 1, 2018.
|Puglisi & Associates|
|Donald J. Puglisi|
1 June 2018
Doc Ref: 104171561
(852) 2842 9511 /(852) 2842 9550
Level 18, Sohu.com Media Plaza
Block 3, No. 2 Kexueyuan South Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100190
Peoples Republic of China
Sohu.com Limited (the Company)
We have acted as special Cayman Islands legal counsel to the Company in connection with Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 to Form S-8 Registration Statement to be filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) on or about 1 June 2018 (the Registration Statement, which term does not include any other document or agreement whether or not specifically referred to therein or attached as an exhibit or schedule thereto), relating to the registration of an aggregate of 1,148,565 Ordinary shares of par value US$0.001 per share of the Company (the Ordinary Shares) to be issued pursuant to the Sohu.com Limited 2018 Share Incentive Plan adopted as of 2 April 2018 (the Plan, which term does not include any other document or agreement whether or not specifically referred to therein or attached as an exhibit or schedule thereto).
For the purposes of giving this opinion, we have examined and relied upon copies of the following documents:
|(i)||the Registration Statement; and|
We have also reviewed and relied upon copies of (1) the amended and restated Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company adopted on 2 April 2018, (2) the written resolutions of the sole director of the Company passed on 2 April 2018 (the Board Resolutions) and the written resolutions of the sole shareholder of the Company passed on 2 April 2018 (together with the Board Resolutions, the Resolutions), (3) a certificate of good standing of the Company dated 16 May 2018 (the Certificate Date) and (4) such other documents and made such enquiries as to questions of law as we have deemed necessary in order to render the opinion set forth below.
We have assumed (a) the genuineness and authenticity of all signatures and the conformity to the originals of all copies of documents (whether or not certified) examined by us and the authenticity and completeness of the originals from which such copies were taken, (b) that where a document has been examined by us in draft form, it will be or has been executed in the form of that draft, and where a number of drafts of a document have been examined by us all changes thereto have been marked or otherwise drawn to our attention; (c) the accuracy and completeness of all factual representations made in the Registration Statement, the Plan and other documents reviewed by us, (d) that the Resolutions were passed at one or more duly convened, constituted and quorate meetings, or by unanimous written resolutions, remain in full force and effect and have not been rescinded or amended, (e) the directors of the Company have acted for a proper purpose in approving the Board Resolutions, (f) that there is no provision of the law of any jurisdiction, other than the Cayman Islands, which would have any implication in relation to the opinions expressed herein, (g) that upon issue of any shares to be sold by the Company the Company will receive consideration for the full issue price thereof which shall be equal to at least the par value thereof; (h) the validity and binding effect under the laws of the United States of America of the Registration Statement and that the Registration Statement will be duly filed with the Commission; (i) that on the date of issuance of any of the Ordinary Shares, the Company will have sufficient authorised but unissued Ordinary Shares, and (j) that on the date of issuance of any award under the Plan, the Company will be able to pay its liabilities as they become due.
We express no opinion with respect to the issuance of Ordinary Shares pursuant to any provision of the Plan that purports to obligate the Company to issue Ordinary Shares following the commencement of a winding up or liquidation. We have made no investigation of and express no opinion in relation to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Cayman Islands. This opinion is to be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Cayman Islands and is limited to and is given on the basis of the current law and practice in the Cayman Islands. This opinion is issued solely for the purposes of the filing of the Registration Statement and the issuance of the Ordinary Shares by the Company and is not to be relied upon in respect of any other matter.
On the basis of and subject to the foregoing, we are of the opinion that:
|1.||The Company is duly incorporated and existing under the law of the Cayman Islands and, based on the Certificate of Good Standing, is in good standing as at the Certificate Date. Pursuant to the Companies Law (the Law), a company is deemed to be in good standing if all fees and penalties under the Law have been paid and the Registrar of Companies has no knowledge that the Company is in default under the Law.|
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|2.||The Ordinary Shares, when issued and paid for in accordance with the Plan, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable (which term means when used herein that no further sums are required to be paid by the holders thereof in connection with the issue or holding of such shares).|
We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion with the Commission as an exhibit to the Registration Statement. In giving this consent, we do not hereby admit that we are experts within the meaning of Section 11 of the Securities Act or that we come within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the Rules and Regulations of the Commission promulgated thereunder.
/s/ Conyers Dill & Pearman
Conyers Dill & Pearman
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CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Sohu.com Limited of our report dated February 28, 2018 relating to the financial statements, financial statement schedule and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, which appears in Sohu.com Inc.s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.
/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP
Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China
June 1, 2018