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

Does Full Disclosure Require Self Accusation?

In this post, Professor Stephen Bainbridge takes the Securities and Exchange Commission to task for investigating Activision's employment practices:

Why Section 11 Is A Big Deal

Many law firms will undoubtedly publish alerts on yesterday's decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pirani v. Slack Techs., 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 28319.   The court held that issue arose from  the New York Stock Exchange's rule allowing...

Is Shareholder Approval Required To Mortgage Corporate Property?

California requires the approval of the outstanding shares of a California corporation and its board of directors when it sells, leases, conveys, exchanges, transfers or otherwise disposes of all or substantially all of its assets other than in the...

SEC: Investment Adviser May Not Say That It May Do What It Already Did

Doug Cornelius at Compliance Building took note of an Securities and Exchange Commission order issued last Friday instituting proceedings against an investment adviser, Diastole Wealth Management, Inc., for inadequate disclosure of conflicts of...

Must A Corporation Have A Physical Location?

Gertrude Stein's  1933  book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is well known.  Her 1937 sequel, Everybody's Autobiography, is not.  Despite the relative obscurity of Everybody's Autobiography, one line of the book is known to just about everyone...

Bad Faith Prosecution Of Trade Secrets Theft May Lead To Attorney's Fee Award (Or Not)

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”― George Orwell, 1984

DFPI Mandates Electronic Filings

When I served as Commissioner of Corporations, the Department had no website and all files were maintained in paper form.  I initiated a project to create electronic records.  Long after my tenure ended, the Department of Business Oversight in 2014...

Securities Claim Fails Because Option Exercise Is Not A Sale

A recent decision by the Nevada Supreme Court highlights the definition of "sale" in Section 25017 of the California Corporations Code.  The suit arose from the plaintiff's claim that certain facts were not disclosed to him before he exercised his...

Agency Cannot Avoid Rulemaking By Contract

As has been noted over the years in this space, California strictly prohibits "underground regulations".   These are regulations adopted and enforced by state agencies without complying with the public notice and comment requirements of the...

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