ADR Conversion Process

An American Depository Receipt (ADR) is a physical certificate evidencing ownership of American Depository Shares (ADS). An ADS is a US dollar denominated form of equity ownership in a non-US company. The ADS represents the foreign shares of the company held on deposit by a custodian bank in the company's home country and carries the corporate and economic rights of the foreign shares, subject to the terms specified on the ADR certificate.

Holders of the underlying ordinary shares may request to convert these shares into an ADR. Similarly, holders of an ADR may request to convert to the underlying ordinary shares.

IB will offer this conversion for the shares listed here.


Submitting Shares for Conversion

In order to request a conversion, either underlying to ADR or ADR to underlying, account holders may utilize IB's Voluntary Election Tool. To access the tool an account holder may

  1. Log in to Account Management
  2. Click the Support section on the left hand side. 
  3. Select Corporate Action Manager from the Support section.
  4. Select the Conversions tab from the table of corporate action types.
  5. From the table, locate the security you wish to act upon and select Allocate from the far right of the table

     6. Once selected, a new screen will launch which will provide information on the terms of the conversion offer. Once you    have reviewed the terms, you may submit an election.



Please note: Fees will be assessed for an ADR conversion request. While the overview description will provide an estimate of the fees, the final amount the account will be charged is dependent on the processing fee assessed by the agent at the time of the action and therefore the estimate is subject to change.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a minimum value required for conversion?

IBKR does not require a minimum value of ADRs or underlying shares to proceed with a conversion.

I do not see my ADR/common shares in the list of positions available for conversion.

In the event the security is not listed within the table, customers may submit an Inquiry Ticket. Within the ticket, please indicate the security you wish to convert and the number of shares. Upon receipt, IBKR will review the request and provide information on whether the action will be made available.

When can I expect my new shares after I submit my conversion request?

Once the elected shares are settled in the account, a request will be forwarded to the processing agent. While many requests will be completed within 1 to 2 business days, as the processing is dependent third party agents in various regions this is an estimate only and a given conversion may take additional time. Upon receipt of the new shares, the position will be allocated to the account.

What will happen once I submit my election?

Once the election has been submitted, a request will be forwarded to the processing agent. The shares submitted for conversion will be moved to a contra-symbol in the account which is non-marginable and non-tradeable. The shares will remain in this location until the conversion has been completed. Account holders should review their accounts to ensure the account will remain in margin compliance during the processing.

How will I know the fee associated with the conversion?

Initially the estimated fee per share will be provided in the description of the conversion. Account holders will be responsible for calculating the fee themselves based on this information. All conversions will be charged an IB commission of USD 500 plus a pass thru of external costs.

I have negotiated a rate with the ADR issuer for conversion. How can I ensure that this is the fee I am charged?

In the event an account holder has negotiated a specific rate, please supply the details of the rate as well as a contact name and phone number within an Inquiry Ticket. IB will review the details and once confirmed, ensure that the applicable fee is deducted from the account.

Can I convert unsettled shares?

No. Only settled shares may be submitted to the processing agent for conversion.