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

No Change Is Not An Option For 2023 LLC Filings

In April, I wrote about AB 2431 which modifies the statement of information a statement requirement for LLCs.  In 2020, the legislature enacted AB 3075 (Gonzalez) to require that statements of information filed with the California Secretary of State...

When A Business Trust Might Also Be A Foreign Corporation

I recently wrote about the California Supreme Court's decision not to decide whether a bumblebee is a fish.  It there fore may be no surprise that in California a business trust may be a foreign corporation.  Corporations Code Section 170 defines a...

The Legislature Has Recessed But Can It Still Pass Bills?

Because this is the second year of California's current legislative biennium, the legislature went into final recess on August 31.  J.R. 51(b)(3).  This does not mean, however, that the legislature has adjourned.  A recess is a temporary suspension...

Governor Newsom Nixes Digital Financial Assets Licensing Bill

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed  AB 2269 (Grayson) which would have created a "Digital Financial Assets Law" to be administered by the Department of Financial Protection & Innovation.  The Governor in his veto message asserted that it would...

When Will A Single Manager's Signature Suffice?

California's Limited Liability Company Act provides that when an LLC is a  manager-managed limited liability company, as defined in Corp. Code § 17701.03(o), every manager is an agent of the LLC for purposes of its business or affairs.  Cal. Corp....

California Supreme Court Declines To Decide Whether A Bumble Bee Is A Fish

In June, I and many others took note of an opinion issued by the California Court of Appeal that concluded a bumble bee could be designated as a fish as defined by Section 45 of the California Fish & Game Code. Almond All. of California v. Fish &...

What's Misleading About "Leading"?

In this post yesterday, John Jenkins took aim at issuer's that characterize themselves as "leading".  He notes that the SEC Staff has and continues to comment on such characterizations.  I think that in some cases these comments are a waste of time...

SEC Doesn't Define It, But Insists That Every Issuer Have One

This spring, John Jenkins reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission staff now declines to declare effective a registration statement if the issuer does not provide a physical address on the cover page of its registration statement in...

Documents Filed With The Secretary Of State Do Not Qualify For Anti-SLAPP Protection

An individual formed a nonprofit public benefit corporation, Xi'an Jiaotung University Alumni Association of Norther California by filing articles of incorporation with the California Secretary of State.  Thereafter, he filed statement of information

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