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

Bothered By Silent Letters?  Sometimes Latin Is To Blame

Many legal words include silent letters.  For example, what possible reason could there be for including a "c" in the word "indict" or a "b" in the word "doubt"?  The inclusion of these seemingly useless letters is neither arbitrary nor capricious. ...

Secretary Of State Argues SB 826 Does Not Require An Impermissible Quota

SB 826 is scheduled to go on trial today before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis.  Crest v. Weber, Cal. Super. Ct. Case No. 19STCV27561.   SB 826 requires all publicly held corporations headquartered in California to have at...

Challenges To California Director Quota Law Keep Coming

It should be a surprise to no one that California's laws imposing strict gender and diversity requirements on publicly held corporations continue to attract legal challenges.  Tomorrow, a trial is scheduled to begin in California Superior Court on...

Revival Rectifies Removal

California pressures corporations to pay their taxes by suspending their corporate powers, rights and privileges when they fail to do so.   Cal. Rev. & Tax Code § 23301.  Consequently a suspended corporation may not litigate Welco Constr., Inc....

Another Example Of California Imposing Its Will On Foreign Corporations

As has been discussed many times in this space, the California General Corporation law purports to govern foreign corporations in a number of respects.  One such provision is Section 208 of the Corporations Code which apples to:

Choice Of Law And Outside Reverse Veil Piercing

Last week, I took note of the Second District Court of Appeal's decision that allows for the possibility outside veil piercing, Blizzard Energy, Inc. v. Bernd Schaefers,  2021 Cal. App LEXIS 968.   Readers may recall that the case involved the...

California Court Addresses Outside Reverse Veil Piercing Of Chimeric LLC

Reverse veil piercing involves subjecting an entity to the liabilities of its owner.  See Inside and Outside Veil Piercing.   As Professor Bainbridge has noted, there are two types of reverse veil piercing:

Study Finds "A Robust and Significantly Negative Stock Market Reaction" To California's Gender Quota Mandate

A study by an international team of scholars has concluded that California's imposition of a gender quota on publicly held corporations with their principal executive offices in the state resulted in a "robust and significantly negative stock market...

Must An Assignment Be In Writing?

Lawyers are sometimes asked to render an opinion that "the [bill of sale] is sufficient as to form to transfer the Company’s right, title and interest in and to the assets specified in the Agreement to the Buyer".   Implicit in this opinion request...

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