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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

How To Change A Foreign Corporation's State Or Place Of Domicile

'No statutory authority exists in California for a foreign corporation that is qualified to transact intrastate business in California to amend its statement of information to reflect a new state or place of domicile.  A foreign corporation desiring...

foreign corporation

When Shares May Be Convertible At Corporation's Option

Section 409 of the California Corporations Code authorizes a corporation to issue shares that are convertible "within the time or upon the happening of one or more specified events and upon the terms and conditions that are stated in the articles"...

California Corporations Code

Will The Legislature Declare An End To California's State Of Emergency?

On Monday, I wrote about California Government Code Section 8629 which provides:

"The Governor shall proclaim the termination of a state of emergency at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant.  All of the powers granted the Governor by...

emergency services act

When 1% Is Tantamount To 33 1/3%

Section 1800 of the California Corporations Code authorizes the filing of a verified complaint for the involuntary dissolution of a corporation for certain specified causes.  As might be expected, the statute does not confer standing on just...

California Corporations Code

When Will California's State Of Emergency End?

On March 4, 2020, California's Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a "state of emergency" as a result of the outbreak of a respiratory illness in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  The term "state of emergency" is just one of three degrees of...

California Sui Generis

Nevada Rejects Fiduciary Exception To Attorney-Client Privilege

The fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege holds that a fiduciary, such as a trustee of a trust, is disabled from asserting the privilege against beneficiaries on matters of trust administration.  Nevada, like California, has codified...

Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product

While Creative, This Bill Will Not Be An Effective Way To Enforce Unpaid Wage Claims

Two weeks ago, I wrote about AB 3075 (Limón), a bill that would that would require a "filer" of articles of incorporation to attest under the penalty of perjury that the purpose of the corporation is lawful and that the filer is not an owner,...

California Corporations Code

DBO "Issues" Private Placement Alert

Yesterday, the California Department of Business Oversight announced that it had "issued an investor advisory on exempt securities offerings, also known as 'private placements,' in light of the coronavirus pandemic."  Actually, the release is an...

Corporate Securities Law

Don't Sleep On Your Lost, Destroyed Or Stolen Stock Certificate, Darlin'

Share certificates are subject to loss, destruction and even peculation.  The California General Corporation Law makes allowance for such misadventures by providing in Section 419 that a domestic corporation or a foreign corporation may issue a new...

California Corporations Code, Uniform Commercial Code

The Cost Of Justice In Nevada

In February, I penned this post about some of Nevada's historic rural courthouses.  Recently, I visited Goldfield, Nevada.  Although Goldfield is the county seat of Esmeralda County, it has no gas station and no supermarket.  Esmeralda County has a...

Nevada, CalPERS

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