Keith Paul Bishop

Keith Paul Bishop

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

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Why Foreign Corporations Might Not Care Where You Live

I noticed the following description of California’s principal “pseudo-foreign” corporation statute in a recently filed registration statement: Section 2115(b) of the California Corporations Code imposes certain...more

7/1/2015 - Corporations Code Foreign Corporations

Unwaivable Statutes May Doom Forum Selection Provision

Nearly four years ago, I wrote this post asking whether California’s anti-waiver statute voids choice of forum agreements.  The statute in question was California Corporations Code Section 25701 which provides "Any condition,...more

6/30/2015 - Anti-Waiver Statutes Employment Contract Forum Selection Forum Selection Clause

New LLC Is Not Delivered By Sale Membership Interests

Readers of this blog should be well aware of California’s general antipathy to covenants not to compete. See links below. Other jurisdictions, however, are less averse. Assuming that a covenant not to compete is...more

6/29/2015 - Assignments Injunctions LLC Non-Compete Agreements NV Supreme Court Preliminary Injunctions Restrictive Covenants

Court Of Appeal Holds “May” Does Not Mean “May Only”

California requires persons who are engaged in the business of making consumer loans or commercial loans to be licensed under the Finance Lenders Law, unless exempt.  Cal. Fin. Code § 22100.  The CFLL includes the...more

6/26/2015 - Consumer Lenders Debt Market Finance Lenders Institutional Investors Licensing Rules

Another Dubious Assertion Concerning Section 2115

I have often written about numerous provisions of the California Corporations Code that expressly apply to foreign corporations meeting specified tests. The most famous, but not the only, statute of this breed is Section...more

6/25/2015 - Corporations Code Foreign Corporations Form S-1 Nasdaq Publicly-Traded Companies Section 2115

Are Delaware Directors Deathless?

I’ve noticed that the drafters of corporate laws seemed to have overlooked the mortality of directors.  Section 141(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law, for example, prescribes the term of directors as follows...more

6/24/2015 - Board of Directors Contract Drafting Corporate Charters Delaware General Corporation Law Directors

Court Of Appeals Holds No ERISA Preemption Of Section 419(b)

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent holding in Sender v. Franklin Res., Inc., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 10113 (9th Cir. Cal. June 16, 2015) is reasonably clear and yet there is much about the case that puzzles...more

6/23/2015 - Appeals Benefit Plan Sponsors Corporations Code ERISA ESOP Foreign Corporations General Corporation Law Preemption Share Certificates

“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

Last Friday, Broc Romanek posted about the problem of expressing and determining time in contracts.  This reminded me of a Nevada Supreme Court case from 2001 in which the constitutionality of two bills hinged on...more

6/22/2015 - Contract Terms Time Zones

Is Buying Stock The Same As Providing Capital?

A report issued by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) implies otherwise.  The report entitled “CalPERS for California 2014” trumpets CalPERS’ investment in California businesses and its indirect...more

6/22/2015 - CalPERS Corporate Issuers Institutional Investors Publicly-Traded Companies Retirement Plan

Do You Proffer, Profer, or Prefer A Complaint?

Section 10404 of the California Corporations Code provides that corporations for the prevention of cruelty to animals may “proffer a complaint against any person, before any court or magistrate having jurisdiction, for the...more

6/18/2015 - Corporations Code Enforcement Authority Government Agencies Legal Writing

California’s Bizarre Voting Records Disclosure Requirement

Some statutes are so poorly drafted that one hardly knows where to begin. One such statute is Section 711 of the California Corporations Code. According to the legislature, the purpose of the statute is “to serve the public...more

6/17/2015 - Corporations Code Disclosure Requirements Financial Markets Foreign Corporations Securities Shareholder Votes Stocks

Before Rapunzel There Was Rudabeh

In Koehler v. NetSpend Holdings, Inc., 2013 Del. Ch. LEXIS 131 (Del. Ch. May 21, 2013), Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III wrote “In fact, NetSpend appears more Rapunzel than Penelope; she must, it seems, let down her hair or...more

6/16/2015 - Board of Directors Delaware General Corporation Law Duty of Care Exculpatory Clauses Merger Agreements Private Equity Revlon Standard Share Price Shareholders Target Company

Is The SEC Confused About Who Solicits Proxies?

In reviewing some recent proxy bylaw provisions, I noted that some refer specifically to solicitations “by the Board of Directors”. See, for example, a bylaw provision recently adopted by Monsanto Company. This reference to...more

6/15/2015 - Board of Directors Monsanto Proxy Voting Guidelines Rule 14a-8 Schedule 14A SEC

Failure To Disclose Finder’s Fee Found Not To Be Actionable

This interesting, but atypical case, involves one of the many possible issues that can arise from the use of unlicensed finders to raise securities. Five years ago, Daniel Azouri met Marvin Lipschultz at the Cannes...more

6/12/2015 - Failure To Disclose Finder's Fees Investors Loss Causation Securities

Nevada To Allow Corporations To Stiff Charon

Unsuccessful corporations often fall into an eternal desuetude. Having nothing, no one wants to pay the Secretary of State to complete their dissolution. Because they don’t file the required annual lists and pay the annual...more

6/11/2015 - Corporate Dissolution Dissolution New Regulations SEC Secretary of State

June 30 Deadline Looms For Foreign Lending Institutions

California Corporations Code Section 191(d) provides that a “foreign lending institution” will not be considered to be “doing, transacting or engaging in business” in California solely by reason of engaging in specified...more

6/10/2015 - Banking Sector Doing Business Foreign Corporations Lenders Principal Place of Business Secretary of State

Should Directors Be Required To Have Valid Passports?

Lately, I’ve had occasion to think about director qualifications. Section 212(b)(4) of the California Corporations Code permits the bylaws to to specify the qualifications of directors.  In Section 141(b),the Delaware General...more

6/9/2015 - Board of Directors Bylaws Corporations Code Delaware General Corporation Law Fiduciary Duty Passports

Nevada Set To Boost Business Fees For Domestic And Foreign Corporations By 150%

Last week, the Nevada legislature passed what the Reno Gazette-Journal has branded as the state’s “largest-ever tax increase”. Although the state’s legislative website does not yet list the bill as having been approved by...more

6/8/2015 - Business Formation Business License Tax Business Taxes Pending Legislation Small Business Formation Tax Increases

Could This Really Be The Origin Of Due Process?

On Monday, I wrote about the upcoming 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  The California Assembly recently took note of the upcoming octocentennial and is considering adoption of a commemorative concurrent resolution.  The...more

6/5/2015 - Due Process Magna Carta

Why The WSJ Is Wrong About SEC Rulemaking On Claw backs

As noted by Broc Romanek, The Wall Street Journal yesterday announced: The Securities and Exchange Commission will soon propose long-awaited rules forcing companies to claw back, or revoke, some of their top...more

6/4/2015 - Clawbacks Executive Compensation FINRA Incentive Compensation NYSE Preemption Rulemaking Process SEC

Court Finds No “Road of Imprudence” or “Chasm of Equity” In Section 25501

Faithful readers of this blog will be familiar with the structure of the California Corporate Securities Law. Part 5 of the CSL (Cal. Corp. Code §§ 25400 – 25404) proscribes various conduct and Part 6 (Cal. Corp. Code §§...more

6/3/2015 - Board of Directors Corporate Officers Corporations Code Joint and Several Liability Securities

No Pay Bylaws Fall Short Of Ending Forced Subsidization

In a post published yesterday on The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Delaware lawyer A. Thompson Bayliss and Mark Mixon write that no pay provisions “could transform stockholder...more

6/2/2015 - Attorney's Fees Bylaws Corporate Governance Fee-Shifting Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Why The Wall Street Journal Is Wrong About The Magna Carta

On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal published an article by Daniel Harmann celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. In recognition of this event, this blog has sporadically published translations of portions of...more

6/1/2015 - Authentication Corporations Code Magna Carta Signatories

Jury Verdict Unhinged By Holding That Incardination Isn’t Necessarily Employment

The ecclesiastical doctrine of incardination defines the relationship between clerics and the church. According to the United States Conference of Bishops (no relation), “incardination is traditionally used to refer to the...more

5/29/2015 - Catholic Diocese Churches Misclassification NV Supreme Court

Stock Repurchases: “We Can’t Think Of Anything Better To Do With Your Money”

The Wall Street Journal took aim yesterday at stock repurchases and dividend payments, citing a commissioned study that concluded: “companies in the S&P 500 index sharply increased their spending on dividends and...more

5/28/2015 - Dividends S&P Securities Share Buybacks Stocks Wall Street Journal

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