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Keith Paul Bishop

Keith Paul Bishop

Keith Paul Bishop is a partner in our Corporate and Securities Practice Group, and works out of the Orange County office. He represents clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, including public and private securities offerings of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and tender offers, corporate governance matters and federal and state securities laws (including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act), investment adviser, financial services regulation, and California administrative law. He regularly advises clients on compliance, licensing, regulatory and civil enforcement issues. He has advised clients in connection with several internal corporate investigations, including investigations of stock option backdating and other alleged management malfeasance. Keith has also been retained as an expert witness to testify concerning corporate law, securities law and attorney malpractice.

Recent Posts

Was This Interim Final Rule More Final Than Interim?

In this post from July 2016, I took the Securities and Exchange Commission to task for  adding Item 16 to Form 10-K as an "Interim Final Rule".  As I then explained, Interim Final Rules constitute an end-run on the notice and comment requirements of...

Administrative Procedure Act

Federal Court Allows Reverse Veil Piercing Of Unincorporated Association

Last August, I published this post about the Fourth District Court of Appeal's decision allowing reverse veil piercing in the case of a Delaware limited liability company even though the court had refused to allow it in the case of a corporation. ...

Alter Ego

DBO Reports Increase In Adviser Examinations

The California Department of Business Oversight recently issued its annual Broker-Dealer/Investment Adviser report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.  The DBO reports that it had 3,808 investment adviser firms licensed at year end.  These...

Investment Advisers

Does California Place Your Company At Risk?

Is doing business in California risky?  More than a few companies seem to think so.  Below are few California related risks that I noticed in the risk factors section of recently filed Form 10-Ks. 

Many of these focus on particular laws, for example:

Form 10-K

Saints, Sanctions and Cicero

Yesterday's post included the following description of an article about alleged misconduct by a company's CEO:

The article questioned the company's culture:  it sanctioned a "best legs" contest for female employees, few women served in high-level...

Legal History

The Board and #MeToo

The following fact pattern should be familiar.  A high-profile news story runs detailing years of sexual harassment by the CEO of a company.  Four women sued, claiming that the CEO repeatedly propositioned or groped female employees, and rewarded or...

Derivative Suits

Who Visits The SEC's Public Reference Room Anyway?

I see the following disclosure in many Form 10-Ks:

The public may read and copy any materials we file with, or furnish to, the SEC at the SEC's Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549.  The public may obtain information on...

Securities and Exchange Commission

The SEC Shows That It's Never Too Late To Correct Some Mistakes

In 1997, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted revisions to forms and schedules filed under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, related provisions of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Public Utility...

Administrative Procedure

Why RULLCA Cabins The Duty Of Loyalty

I always enjoy hearing from readers of this blog, although I must admit that I enjoy it more when they are not pointing out an error.  Last Friday, I noted that Professor Douglas K. Moll was questioning why California's Revised Uniform Limited...

CARULLCA

This Professor Asks Why Does CARULLCA Cabin The Duty Of Loyalty?

Professor Douglas K. Moll points out a small, but significant, difference between the duty of loyalty owed by a partner under California's Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 and the duty of loyalty owed by a member or manager under California's Revised...

Limited Liability Company

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