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

Some Lawyers Must Soon Be Licensed By The DFPI

California had been one of 16 states that did not require licensing of debt collectors.  That changed last year with the enactment of the Debt Collection Licensing Act.  2020 Cal. Stats. ch. 163 (SB 908).  The DCLA will effect at the beginning of...

Does A Partner Have An Interest In Partnership Property That Can Be Transferred?

Under California's former general partnership law, a partner was a "coowner with the other partners of specific partnership property  holding as a tenant in partnership."  Former Cal. Corp. Code § 15025(1).  Whether this was actually the case was ...

Governor Appoints New Commissioner - Go Bears!

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom has announced the appointment of Clothilde “Cloey” Hewlett to serve as California's next Commissioner of the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.  Ms. Hewlett has been serving as the executive director...

In Some Cases, A Dissociated Partner May Remain Liable As A Partner

The anomalously named California Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 specifies when a partner in a general partnership "dissociates".  Cal. Corp. Code § 16601.  Upon dissociation, a general partner loses the right to participate in the management and...

California's Female Director Quota Law Is Now Headed For Trial

California Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis issued her ruling yesterday on the parties' respective motions for summary judgment in Crest v. Padilla (Cal. Super. Ct. Case No. 19STCV27561).  In this case, the plaintiffs are seeking a judgment...

Filing Statements Of Denial

The California Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 permits, but does not require, a general partnership to file a statement of partnership authority with the California Secretary of State's Office.   Cal. Corp. Code § 16303.  Among other things, the...

Did George Rice Foresee Bernie Madoff?

Goldfield, Nevada exploded into Nevada's largest city in the first decade of the Twentieth Century.  It supported two stock exchanges - the Goldfield Mining Stock Exchange (which began in the Northern Saloon) and the Goldfield Stock and Exchange...

Where To Find Common Stock In The California General Corporation Law

As discussed in this post, the California General Corporation Law defines and uses the term "common shares" rather than "common stock".   Common shares are shares that have no preference over other shares with respect to distribution of assets on...

Ruling May Be Imminent In Female Director Quota Challenge

Readers may recall that there are at least two challenges to California's female director quota mandate (aka SB 826).  In June, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals resurrected one suit by holding that the challenger has standing.  Meland v. Weber, 2...

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