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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Legend Removal Requires Proper “Request To Register Transfer”

Removal of legends from restricted securities (i.e., securities issued without registration under the Securities Act of 1933) can be a tricky business for transfer agents, issuers and their counsel.  Improperly removing legends can get them in hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  See, e.g., Holladay Stock Transfer, Inc. and Sharon M. Owens, Securities and Exchange Act…

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Will Issuers Add Rule 506(d) Bad Acts To The Definition Of “Cause”?

The SEC’s new bad actor rule, Rule 506(d), may cause some issuers to consider expanding the definition of “cause” in their employment agreements with executive officers. Because executive employment agreements typically reduce severance payments significantly in the case of “for cause” terminations, the definition of “cause” is often hotly negotiated. While “cause” definitions often include…

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Rule 144 Opinion Letters – Do They Protect Anyone?

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has previously suggested that scienter is not required under Section 5.  SEC v. Phan, 500 F.3d 895, 905-06 (9th Cir. 2007).  Yesterday, the Court addressed the issue directly.  SEC v. CMKM Diamonds, Inc., Case Nos. 11-17021 & 11-17025 (Sept. 10, 2013). The case arose out of a scheme to distribute billions of…

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How Much Would You Charge For A Rule 144 Opinion?

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had filed a civil complaint against a California lawyer for “churning out baseless legal opinion letters for penny stocks through his website without researching and evaluating the individual stock offerings.”  According to the SEC, the lawyer advertised a $285 rate for each letter and a “volume…

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