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Keith Paul Bishop

Keith Paul Bishop

Keith Bishop works with privately-held and publicly-traded companies on federal and state corporate and securities transactions, compliance, and governance matters. He is highly-regarded for his in-depth knowledge of the distinctive corporate and regulatory requirements faced by corporations in the state of California. While many law firms have a great deal of expertise in federal or Delaware corporate law, Keith’s specific focus on California corporate and securities law is uncommon. A former California state regulator of securities and financial institutions, Keith has decades of experience navigating the regulatory-intensive state’s rules. For companies with substantial operations in California but incorporated elsewhere, Keith is an exceptional resource. He is frequently called in to help with issues arising under California’s “blue sky” and lender laws. An avid writer, Keith’s blog, www.calcorporatelaw.com, covers a diverse collection of California corporate and securities law issues and has served as a valued resource for other attorneys, business executives, judges, and media, nationwide.

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Yes - Why I Disagree With Judge Augustus Hand

This Sunday will be Bloomsday. The day is named for Jame Joyce's Odysseus, Leopold Bloom.  Joyce's book, Ulysses, recounts a single day, June 16, 1904, and Bloom's peregrinations around Dublin, Ireland.  Joyce chose that particular date in honor of...

Literature

When You Say "Get It In Writing", What Do You Mean?

Several provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law authorize or require that a notice or communication be in "writing" or "written".  For example, Section 142(b) provides "Any officer may resign at any time upon written notice to the...

Delaware General Corproration Law

Delaware, Consent, And The Adequacy Of Email Notice

Since the turn of this century, Delaware has allowed corporations to give notices to stockholders by electronic transmission.  8 Del. Code § 232(a).  However, the statute is conditioned upon the stockholder's consent.  California has a similar...

Delaware General Corproration Law

Court Rules Lot Sales Were Sales Of Securities

After a five week trial, a San Diego jury convicted Ronald Duane Dunham of multiple crimes, including seven counts of securities fraud.  He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.  After unsuccessfully appealing his conviction to the California Court...

Corporate Securities Law

National Class Action Settlements Exceed DBO CAFA Notices

Fourteen years ago, Congress enacted legislation intended to protect consumers and investors from settlements in which plaintiffs' attorneys pulled in large fees while their clients (the class members) received little. In one (in)famous case, for...

Corporate Securities Law

Has Nevada Banned Mandatory Arbitration Provisions In Articles And Bylaws?

Recently, I wrote about Nevada's enactment of legislation that will permit a Nevada corporation to include in its articles of incorporation a provision requiring any, all or certain internal actions must be brought solely or exclusively in the court...

Nevada Corporations

SEC Passes Preemption Question To The Courts

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved Regulation Best Interest.  According to the SEC's announcement, this new regulation will require brokers "to act in the best interest of a retail customer when making a recommendation of any...

Broker-Dealers

The Mystery Of Independent Legal Counsel

Section 317(e) of the California Corporations Code provides that indemnification may be authorized in four different ways.  Today's blog concerns the second.  Under Section 317(e)(2), an "independent legal counsel" may authorize indemnification in a...

California Corporations Code

Want A Bigger Pension? This Study Suggests Adding Female Directors

In 2018, California became the first state to require publicly held corporations with their principal executive offices in the state to have a minimum number of female directors.  Following this groundbreaking, and perhaps unconstitutional, law,...

Corporate Governance

Reinstatement Held To Validate Retroactive Recordation Of Lien

Last Friday, the Sixth District Court of Appeal held that a corporation's recording of a an abstract of judgment while suspended was a procedural matter that was retroactively validated when its corporate powers were restored.  Longview Int'l v....

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