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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,, 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

Internal Affairs Doctrine Blocks Indemnity Claim

Section 78.7502 of Nevada Revised Statutes broadly authorizes, but does not require, a corporation to indemnify its directors, officers, employees or agents.  NRS 78.751 requires the corporation to indemnify directors, officers, employees or agents...

Nevada Corporations, Nevada Revised Statutes, internal affairs doctrine

Study Finds That Nevada Has "Vastly Outperformed" Delaware In Attracting These Corporations

In a recent study, William J. Moon at the University of Maryland School of Law tackles the question of "Delaware's surprising weakness competing in the emerging international market for corporate law".  He finds that less than 5% of Chinese...

Nevada Corporations, Corporate Governance

Does Section 415 Derogate The Exclusivity Of The Appraisal Remedy?

Section 415 of the California Corporations Code provides that nothing in the General Corporation Law "shall be construed as a derogation of any rights or remedies of a creditor or shareholder may have against any … shareholder, director, officer or...

General Corporation Law

Yes! Today Is Bloomsday!

In 1924, Nora Barnacle wrote "To day 16 June 1924 twenty years after.  will anybody remember this day."  Nora's husband, James Joyce set all of the action of Ulysses on a single day, June 16, 1904, the date of his first date with Nora.  Because ...

Legal History

Arizona Court Holds Judge Need Not Hear Case To Write Recommended Decision

California's Administrative Procedure Act requires that an administrative law judge preside over contested administrative hearings.  Cal. Gov't Code § 11512(a).  However, the agency determines whether the administrative law judge (ALJ) hears the...

Administrative Procedure Act

Nevada Developers' Ignorance Of Investors' Location Precludes Suit In California

"A funnel hovered over the American West. Into the large end went investor dollars and investor dreams. Out the little end streamed dollars into Las Vegas, where a Nevada intermediary made loans to Nevada land developers who had high hopes for big...

personal jurisdiction

Secretary Of State Must Answer Legal Challenge To Female Director Quota Law

Last August, I reported on the filing of a taxpayer challenge to California's Board Gender Quota Law.  Crest v. Padilla, Cal. Super. Ct. Case No. 19STCV27561.  California's Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, was named as the defendant in his official...

Corporate Governance, California Secretary of State

Canceled, Suspended, Forfeited - What's The Difference?

The California Secretary of State's website allows the public to access information concerning corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships of record with the California Secretary of State.  A business entity will be of record...

DBO Filings Will No Longer Be Displayed On Website

Docqnet is the California Department of Business Oversight's online portal for making securities and franchise filings.  The public may also search and access copies of these filings on the portal.  This convenient public access will be ending soon,...

departmetn of business oversight

Do California Courts Classify Promissory Notes As Securities Based On Their Phenotype?

A recent decision by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe has attracted attention among bank finance lawyers by ruling that the sale of promissory notes to "a few hundred" investors did not involve the offer or sale of a security. Kirschner v....

Corporate Securities Law

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