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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

A Permit To Negotiate – Really?

It is sometimes forgotten that the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968 makes it unlawful to either offer or sell a security in California in an issuer transaction unless that the sale has been qualified or exempt from or not subject to qualification.  Cal. Corp. Code § 25110.  Thankfully, the CSL exempts most offers.  Today’s…

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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, 260.211.5, 260.211.6 and 260.211.7.  The Commissioner adopted these new regulations in response to the enactment of AB 667 (Wagner) in 2015.  AB 667 added…

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California Proposes To End Bylaw Amendment Reviews

Credit Unions got their start in Nineteenth Century Germany.  In 1909, Roman Catholic textile workers opened the first credit union in the United States, St. Mary’s Cooperative Credit Association (later, renamed La Caisse Populaire Ste.-Marie).  At first, the credit union operated out of the home of its first president, Joseph Boivin.  Today, that building is the site of America’s Credit Union Museum. …

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Commissioner Finds Funding Is Not A Sine Qua Non For Lender Status

The California Department of Business Oversight administers and enforces the California Finance Lenders Law, Cal. Fin. Code § 22000 et seq.  The CFLL prohibits any person from engaging in the business of a “finance lender” without a license, unless otherwise exempt.  Cal. Fin. Code § 22100(a).  The CFLL provides the following definition of “finance lender”:…

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Welcome To California: No Foreign Corporations Need Apply

California continues to hemorrhage corporate charters to Delaware and Nevada.  The most recent potential emigrant is SJW Corp. which filed this proxy statement last week seeking shareholder approval of a reincorporation from California to Delaware.  Can California and other states stanch the flow by offering licenses only to domestic corporations? Surely, there must be some…

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Removing California Securities Legends

When I first started practicing law, the predominant exemption from qualification under the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968 was found in Corporations Code Section 25102(h).  Although that exemption remains on the books, its popularity has been eclipsed by Section 25102(f), which was added in 1981. One of the conditions to Section 25102(h) was the…

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DBO to Licensees: “Thou Shalt Have A Dedicated Electronic Mailbox And Read Your Email Daily”

Late last month, Department of Business Oversight Commissioner Jan Owen issued an order requiring licensees to: establish within their computer electronic mail system an electronic mailbox; dedicate the email address to receiving communications from the DBO; and monitor the mailbox daily. The Commissioner’s order further requires that the mailbox have the capability of receiving attachments.  The Commissioner…

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