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Must A Broker-Dealer Be Licensed As A Personal Property Broker?

Is your California securities broker-dealer a licensed personal property broker? Does it need to have such a license to make loans to its customers? Anyone reading California Corporations Code Section 25217(c) would...more

California Finders Exemption Regulations Are Now Effective

The Commissioner of Business Oversight’s final regulations implementing a new exemption for finders from the broker-dealer provisions of the Corporate Securities Law took effect on June 21, 2017. See 10 CCR §§ 260.211.4,...more

California Finders Rule May Soon Take Effect

Nearly one year ago, the California Department of Business Oversight proposed regulations to implement the provisions of AB 667 (Wagner). The bill, which was enacted in 2015 and took effect last year, created a new exemption...more

Department Of Business Oversight Proposes Changes To Proposed Finders Rule

Last July, the California Department of Business Oversight proposed regulations to implement the provisions of AB 667 (Wagner). The bill, which was enacted in 2015 and took effect last year, created a new exemption from the...more

Investment Advisers And Broker-Dealers Face Scant Likelihood Of California Examinations

The California Department of Business Oversight recently issued a report on its Broker-Dealer/Investment Adviser Program. This report was required by the Budget Act of 2014. Although short, the report provides some...more

The DBO Wants Your Social Security Number, But Is It Legal?

Readers will recall that last year the California legislature created a statutory exemption for finders from the California’s registration requirement for broker-dealers (Chap. 743, Stats. 2015). That exemption, codified at...more

Is Rule 10b-5 The “Mother Of All Litotes”?

Yesterday’s post addressed the use of litotes in California’s broker-dealer suitability rule. Litotes can be an effective rhetorical device, but as Judge Frank H. Easterbrook observed, it is also ambiguous. Associated...more

Suitability Of Broker-Dealer Recommendations And Litotes

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, better known as FINRA, imposes a suitability requirement on its members. Rule 2111(a) requires, in part, that a broker-dealer or registered representative “have a reasonable basis...more

California Finders Exemption Has Yet To Catch On

Last October, Governor Brown signed AB 667 (Wagner) into law. The bill, which was thefor “finders” product of the efforts of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, created a...more

Governor Signs Finders Exemption Bill

Yesterday was the last day for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature on or before September 11 and in the his possession after that date.  Cal. Const. Art. IV, § 10(b)(1).  On Saturday, he signed into...more

Section 25501.5 – I Ask Again What Do It Mean?

Corporations Code Section 25501.5 generally authorizes an action for rescission (or damages, if the security is no longer owned) by any person “who purchases a security from or sells a security to a broker-dealer that is...more

Finders Bill Was Lost, But Now Is Found

In the last legislative biennium, the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar sponsored a bill, AB 713 (Wagner) to clarify the status of finders under the California Corporate Securities...more

M&A Broker Exemption Bill Resurrects Financial Statement Replaced in 1988

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association withdrew its support for S. 1923 which, if enacted, would exempt “M&A brokers” from the broker registration requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

In This “Unreliable” Opinion, Court Requires Privity For Action Against Unlicensed Broker-Deale

Since California Corporations Code Section 25501.5 was enacted ten years ago, I’ve been repeatedly asked “What do it mean?“. The statute provides that a person who purchases a security from, or sells a security to, an...more

9th Circuit Holds Issuer Is Investment Bank’s “Customer” And “Actions and Proceedings” Include Arbitrations

In 2005 and 2006, the biggest little city in the world (aka Reno, Nevada) issued approximately $211 million in securities employing Goldman, Sachs & Co. as its sole underwriter and broker-dealer. The financing didn’t work...more

California Finders Bill Moves To Senate on 73-1 Vote

Yesterday, I wrote about a recent no-action letter issued by the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets with respect to “M&A Brokers”. Here in California, the legislature is considering a bill, AB 713 (Wagner) that would...more

SEC No-Action Letter Addresses “M&A Brokers”

Martin A. Hewitt alerted me to this no-action letter issued on January 31, 2014 by the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets. The letter was issued in response to a request by six lawyers, including Mr. Hewitt. ...more

Finders Bill Finds Some Forward Transaction

Finders in securities transactions are common but their legal status is uncertain at best. Last year, I wrote that Assembly Member Donald P. Wagner had introduced a bill, AB 713, to statutorily homologate the status of...more

1/8/2014  /  Broker-Dealer , Finders , Nasdaq , Securities

M&A Brokers – What About George Babbitt?

Yesterday’s post mentioned a California broker-dealer exemption for mergers and acquisitions specialists – Rule 260.204.5. One astute and observant reader pointed out that California’s Real Estate Law may also be an issue. ...more

10/30/2013  /  Broker-Dealer , Exemptions

Commodities And The CSL

A recent unpublished opinion by Justice William W. Bedsworth set me to cogitating on the status of commodities under the Corporate Securities Law of 1968. In Kelly v. Monex Co., 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5903 (Aug. 21,...more

If You Did This, It Would Be Fraud!

All fees, reimbursements, assessments, and other money or amounts charged and collected by the Department are required to be deposited into the the State Corporations Fund. Cal. Gov’t Code § 13978.6(b). The legislature...more

California Bill Would Expand Liability For Securities Fraud, Impose New Fees, Expand Commissioner’s Powers

In late February, Senator Jerry Hill introduced a bill, SB 538, to substantially amend the Franchise Investment Law. A few days later, the bill was read for the first time and set for hearing by the Senate Banking and...more

Federal Court Sides With Second DCA In Privity Split

In Moss v. Kroner, 197 Cal. App. 4th 860 (2011), the Second District Court of Appeal found that rescission was available to a plaintiff under Corporations Code Section 25504 even though the plaintiff was not in privity with...more

Eureka! Bill Introduced To Homologate Finders

Questions about the use of finders have bedeviled transactional lawyers for years. The need for finders is the unintended consequence of the federal and state securities law exemptions that are conditioned on the absence of a...more

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