SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
ATA Creativity Global
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
|Cayman Islands||Not Applicable|
|(State or Other Jurisdiction of||(I.R.S. Employer|
|Incorporation or Organization)||Identification No.)|
c/o 1/F East Gate, Building No. 2, Jian Wai Soho,
No. 39 Dong San Huan Zhong Road,
Chao Yang District, Beijing 100022, China
(Address, Including Zip Code, of Principal Executive Offices)
2008 Employee Share Incentive Plan of ATA Creativity Global (amended and restated as of October 26, 2018)
(Full Title of the Plan)
CT Corporation System
111 Eighth Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, New York 10011
(Name, Address and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent for Service)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a 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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☒ (Do not check if smaller reporting company)
|Smaller reporting company||☐|
|Emerging growth company||☐|
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. ☐
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS
The information specified in Item 1 and Item 2 of Part I of Form S-8 is omitted from this Registration Statement in accordance with the provisions of Rule 428 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act) and the introductory note to Part I of Form S-8. The documents containing the information specified in Part I of Form S-8 will be delivered to the participants in the equity benefit plans covered by this Registration Statement as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act.
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
Item 3. Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference.
The following documents of ATA Creativity Global (the Company or the Registrant) previously filed by the Registrant with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) are incorporated herein by reference in this Registration Statement:
The Companys Annual Report on Form 20-F for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the Commission on April 12, 2023 (Commission File No. 001-33910); and
The description of the Companys common shares and American Depository Shares contained in the Companys Registration Statement on Form 8-A (Commission File No. 001-33910), originally filed with the Commission on January 10, 2008 and as subsequently amended.
All documents filed by the Company pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act) subsequent to the date hereof, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents; provided, however, that documents or information deemed to have been furnished and not filed in accordance with Commission rules shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement. Any statement contained herein or in a document, all or a portion of which is incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein, 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 document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or amended, 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 Directors and Officers.
Cayman Islands law does not limit the extent to which a companys articles of association may provide indemnification of officers and directors, except to the extent any such provision may be held by the Cayman Island courts to be contrary to the public interest, such as providing indemnification against civil fraud or the consequences of committing a crime. The Registrants fourth amended and restated memorandum and articles of association provides for indemnification of officers and directors out of the assets and profits of the Registrant for losses, damages, costs and expenses incurred in their capacities as such, except through their own fraud or dishonesty.
The Registrant has also entered into indemnification agreements with all of its directors and executive officers whereby it agrees to indemnify them against certain liabilities and expenses incurred by such persons in connection with claims made by reason of their being such a director or executive officer.
Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.
Item 8. Exhibits.
The Exhibit Index immediately preceding the exhibits is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9. Undertakings.
(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 the 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 the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of a prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the Calculation of Registration Fee table in exhibit 107 of the effective registration statement; and
(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;
provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(i) and (1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in the post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Commission 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 the registration statement 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.
(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 foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission 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.
Description of Exhibit
|4.1||2008 Employee Share Incentive Plan of ATA Creativity Global (amended and restated as of October 26, 2018) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4 to the Companys Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Commission on April 18, 2019 (registration number 001-33910)).|
|5.1||Opinion of Conyers Dill & Pearman (opinion re legality).|
|23.1||Consent of KPMG Huazhen LLP.|
|23.2||Consent of Conyers Dill & Pearman (included in Exhibit 5.1).|
|24.1||Power of Attorney (included in this Registration Statement under Signatures).|
|107||Filing Fee Table|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, 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 Form S-8 Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in Beijing, China, on April 18, 2023.
|ATA Creativity Global|
/s/ Xiaofeng Ma
|Chairman and Chief Executive Officer|
POWER OF ATTORNEY
Each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Xiaofeng Ma as his or her true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and re-substitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place, and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments, exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith) to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Commission, granting unto said attorney-in-fact and agent full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney-in-fact and agent, or his substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, this Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
/s/ Xiaofeng Ma
|Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)||April 18, 2023|
/s/ Ruobai Sima
Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
|April 18, 2023|
/s/ Jun Zhang
|President and Director||April 18, 2023|
/s/ Andrew Y Yan
Andrew Y Yan
|Director||April 18, 2023|
/s/ Hope Ni
|Director||April 18, 2023|
/s/ Alec Tsui
|Director||April 18, 2023|
/s/ Zhilei Tong
|Director||April 18, 2023|
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 Newark, Delaware on April 18, 2023.
|Puglisi & Associates|
/s/ Donald J. Puglisi
|Donald J. Puglisi|