RPM INTERNATIONAL INC/DE/ filed this Form 424B5 on 12/06/2017
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Clearstream or their respective direct or indirect participants of their obligations under the rules and procedures governing their operations.

What is a Global Security?

A global security is a special type of indirectly held Debt Security as described above under “—‘Street Name’ and Other Indirect Holders.” If we choose to issue Debt Securities in the form of global securities, the ultimate beneficial owners can only hold the Debt Securities in “Street Name.” We would do this by requiring that the global security be registered in the name of a financial institution we select and by requiring that the Debt Securities included in the global security not be transferred to the name of any other direct Holder unless the special circumstances described below occur. The financial institution that acts as the sole direct Holder of the global security is called the “depositary.” Any person wishing to own a Debt Security issued in the form of a global security must do so indirectly by virtue of an account with a broker, bank or other financial institution that in turn has an account with the depositary. The applicable prospectus supplement will indicate whether a series of Debt Securities will be issued only in the form of global securities and, if so, will describe the specific terms of the arrangement with the depositary.

Special Investor Considerations for Global Securities

As an indirect holder, an investor’s rights relating to a global security will be governed by the account rules of the investor’s financial institution and of the depositary, as well as general laws relating to securities transfers. We do not recognize this type of investor as a holder of Debt Securities and instead deal only with the depositary that holds the global security.

An investor should be aware that if a series of Debt Securities are issued only in the form of global securities:


    the investor cannot get Debt Securities of that series registered in his or her own name;


    the investor cannot receive physical certificates for his or her interest in the Debt Securities of that series;


    the investor will be a “Street Name” holder and must look to his or her own bank or broker for payments on the Debt Securities of that series and protection of his or her legal rights relating to the Debt Securities of that series, as described under “ ‘Street Name’ and Other Indirect Holders”;


    the investor may not be able to sell interests in the Debt Securities of that series to some insurance companies and other institutions that are required by law to own their securities in the form of physical certificates; and


    the depositary’s policies will govern payments, transfers, exchange and other matters relating to the investor’s interest in the global security. We and the Trustee have no responsibility for any aspect of the depositary’s actions or for its records of ownership interests in the global security. We and the Trustee also do not supervise the depositary in any way.

Special Situations When The Global Security Will be Terminated

In a few special situations, a global security will terminate, and interests in it will be exchanged for physical certificates representing Debt Securities. After that exchange, the choice of whether to hold Debt Securities directly or in “Street Name” will be up to the investor. Investors must consult their own bank or brokers to find out how to have their interests in Debt Securities transferred to their own name, so that they will be direct Holders. The rights of “Street Name” investors and direct Holders in Debt Securities have been previously described in subsections entitled “—‘Street Name’ and Other Indirect Holders” and “—Direct Holders.”



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