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.

Recent Posts

This Partner May Have Observed The Punctilio Of Honesty But Perhaps Not Honor

Nearly a century ago, Benjamin Cardozo waxed eloquent regarding the fiduciary obligation of co-venturers:

Are Lawyers Who Author Or Vote For Unconstitutional Laws Subject To Discipline By The California State Bar?

The California State Bar Act imposes a duty on attorneys to "support the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this state".  Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 6068(a).  Many California legislators are members of the California State Bar,...

Decisions, Decisions - The Thorny Problems At The Heart Of Stakeholderism

In yesterday's post, I highlighted a new discussion paper arguing that Twitter's leaders threw its stakeholders "under the bus" in favor of the interests of the stockholders.   According to the authors, stakeholder governance "refers to the...

Federal Judge Enjoins Physician Gag Law

Last year, the California legislature enacted statutory changes ostensibly to limit the spread of misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 by licensed physicians.  2022 Cal. Stats. ch. 938 (AB 2098), See California Legislates Covid-19...

"The Horror! The Horror!" - Scholars Accuse Twitter Directors Of Putting Stockholders First!

In a forthcoming case study, three scholars advance the accusation that when negotiating the sale of Twitter to Elon Musk, Twitter's leaders "chose to disregard the interests of the company’s stakeholders and to focus exclusively on the interests of...

DFPI Warns Of Investment Adviser Identity Theft

The internet facilitates crime in the same way it facilitates legitimate business - it lowers transaction costs.  With the internet, a fraudster can steal someone's identity and then use that purloined identity to reach thousands of potential...

A Cold Day In Caliente . . .

I have no legal news today as I spent the weekend in Caliente, Nevada where I was running in a trail race in Kershaw-Ryan State Park.  The City of Caliente is the only incorporated city in Lincoln County.  It was founded as a railroad town over 100...

What Is The Difference Between A Statement Of Conversion And A Certificate Of Conversion?

The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act authorizes the conversion of a California limited liability company into an "other business entity", a "foreign other business entity", or a "foreign limited liability company".  Cal....

California Secretary of State Amends Certificate of Cancellation Form, But Is The Change Lawful?

Last summer, I noted that the California Secretary of State's form of certificate of cancellation for limited partnerships required the statement that upon filing a certificate of cancellation, a limited partnership's powers, rights, and privileges...

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