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Court Rules Internal Affairs Doctrine Bars California Insider Trading Claim

California, unlike the federal government, has codified its prohibition on insider trading.  Corporations Code Section 25402 provides:

"It is unlawful for an issuer or any person who is an officer, director or controlling person of an issuer or any...

Corporate Securities Law

Will The SEC's Framework Beget Blue Sky Blues For Digital Assets?

Earlier this week, two senior officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission issued this statement elucidating a "framework for 'investment contract' analysis of digital assets".  The Framework applies the tripartite test fashioned by the...

Corporate Securities Law

Judge Finds No Privity Required For Control Persons

Last May, I wrote about U.S. District Court Judge Arthur D. Spatt's ruling in Hatteras Enters. v. Forsythe Cosmetic Grp., Ltd., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68792.  That post concerned Judge Spatt's decision to apply California's Corporate Securities Law...

Corporate Securities Law

Rescinding Initial Coin Offerings Under California Law

John Jenkins at the The Mentor Blog wrote this morning about the Securities and Exchange Commission's relaxed approach to remedying unregistered initial coin offerings (aka ICOs).  According to John, the SEC is allowing an unregistered ICO to remedy...

Corporate Securities Law

Commissioner Issues Annual Securities Report

The California Commissioner of Business Oversight is require to prepare an annual report summarizing the data collected from issuers that were granted permits to offer and sell securities pursuant to Corporations Code § 25113(b).  The Commissioner...

Corporate Securities Law

How To Avoid A Section 11 Liability In A Stock-For-Stock Merger

John Jenkins at DealLawyers.com recently wrote about Section 11 claims being filed in state court by purchasers in stock-for-stock mergers.  Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 authorizes a cause of action against specified persons "in case any...

Corporate Securities Law

The Case Of The Non-Existent Stock Options

After starting employment at eCommission Solutions, LLC in 2015, Mr. Aja Doshi was offered the position of Vice President, Product Engineering.  Among other things, the offer stated: "You will be granted one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) stock...

Corporate Securities Law

When To Worry About Blue Sky Laws

Recently, I came across a very helpful table on the SEC's website.  The table illustrates which offerings exempt from Section 5 of the Securities Act may be subject to state registration or qualification requirements:

Securities Act Exemption ...

Corporate Securities Law

Buyer Liability Under The California Corporate Securities Law

Last Friday's post concerned liability under Section 12(a) of the Securities Act of 1933.  As noted in the post, Section 12(a)(2), unlike Section 12(a)(1), is an antifraud statute.  It imposes liability on any person who:

"offers or sells a...

Corporate Securities Law

Fairness Hearings Are Not Just For Merger Transactions

Section 3(a)(10) of the Securities Act provides an exemption from Securities Act registration for offers and sales of securities in specified exchange transactions.  There are several conditions to the exemption, including the requirement that a...

Corporate Securities Law

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