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

Happy 한글날!

Since visiting South Korea, I've had an interest in the Korean language.  Therefore, I'm compelled to mention that tomorrow is Hangeul Day.  Hangeul (한글) is the writing system used in Korea.  It employs syllabic blocks consisting of at least two...

Commissioner Proposes Clarifications To Proposed Broker-Dealer Safe Harbor Rule

Yesterday, Commissioner Preston DuFauchard proposed further clarifications to the text of a proposed rule intended to respond to the California Court of Appeal's decision in People v. Cole, 156 Cal.App.4th 452 (2007).   That decision engendered...

"License? We Don't Need No Stinking License"

The Department of Corporations' jurisdiction is not limited to the Corporate Securities Law of 1968.  In fact, it has an entire division dedicated to financial services regulation.  The Department's Financial Services Division, or FSD, has...

Governor Signs LLC Contractor Bill

Last Thursday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 392 (Florez) into law.  This bill authorizes the Contractors’ State License Board, commencing no later than January 1, 2012, to issue a contractor’s license to a limited liability company.

"It's Dark as a Dungeon Way Down in the Mines" - CalPERS Declines to Vote Against Massey Energy Co. Proposal

Last week, I expressed surprise in this post about the California Public Employees Retirement System's recent announcement that it plans to abstain on a proposal by Massey Energy Company to jettison cumulative voting.  My surprise was based on the...

Governor Says No To Bill To Combat "Official" Mailings

Many lawyers have received calls from clients asking about notices that they have received regarding state and local government filings.  Sometimes, these notices warn that corporate minutes must be prepared.  Other notices request information...

Governor Signs Flawed Placement Agent Bill

Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 1743 (Hernandez).  As discussed in previous posts, this bill will required placement agents for funds and advisers seeking access to CalPERS to register as lobbyists.  As such, they will not be...

CalPERS and Cumulative Voting

California has a strong historical bias in favor of cumulative voting in the election of directors.  In fact, California's 1879 Constitution enshrined cumulative voting as a constitutional right.  Cal. Const. of 1879, Art. XII, § 12 (repealed).  The...

Governor Signs Capital Access Company Bill

Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law SB 1155 (Dutton).  This bill amends California's unique Capital Access Company Law.  That law was enacted to take advantage of the exemption set forth in Section 6(a)(5)(A) of the Investment...