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Reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission

Two months later

December 1988

KKR and RJR Nabisco file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) detailing the changes in the corporation.

U.S. Securities Exchange Commission seal

Since publicly-held companies like RJR Nabisco have stockholders, the government requires them to release certain information about their financial status and business dealings. A privately-held company is not required to publish this information.

SEC filings come in many different types, but examples of their content include:

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission web site


Two to Four Months Later

December 1988-Feburary 1989

Government Hearings
U.S. government agencies such as the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Congress begin investigations. Concerns include RJR Nabisco's high level of debt, its effect on stockholders, bondholders, and company employees, and the cost to taxpayers.

Photo of Congressman Edward J. Markey

Chairman Markey:
"Has [the SEC division of] corporate finance determined that disclosures were made and procedures employed in the RJR case that were appropriate?"

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Finance.
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.
Regulation of Leveraged Buyouts: Hearing.
22 December 1988.

Congressman Edward J. Markey photo from (link will open in a pop-up window) Congressman Edward J. Markey web site


hoto of Senator Lloyd Bensten
Chairman Bentsen:
"But we're here this morning to examine the problem of the leveraging of corporate America, to see if there's an appropriate legislative response to that kind of a problem."
U.S. Congress. Senate. Finance Committee. 1989 Leveraged Buyouts. 101st Cong., 1st sess., 24 January 1989.

Senator Lloyd Bentsen photo from (link will open in a pop-up window) Department of Treasury "Learning Vault" web site



Photo of Congresswoman Mary Rose Oaker

Rep. Oakar:
"But in the Nabisco deal there was about 40 percent invested by the Japanese? Prof. Van Horne: As I recall, it was 40 percent of the senior debt was basically foreign."

U.S. Congress. House Banking Committee. Hearing of the House Banking Committee Regarding Leveraged Buyouts. 101st Cong., 1st sess., 7 February 1989.

Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar photo from the (link will open in a pop-up window) Biographical Directory of the United States Congress


Government documents come in many different types, but examples include:

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