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California and Nevada Secretary of States Shut Down Counter Service

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Secretaries of State for California and Nevada have announced shut-down of their counter filing services. 


California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has closed counter service in Sacramento but is keeping the Los Angeles office open with limited staff for processing apostilles and domestic partnership agreements.  Only two customers will be served at a time, with others waiting another floor.  Anyone with questions about business filings can contact the  Business Programs Division staff at (916) 657-5448. The Secretary of State’s online business filing tools are available at bizfile.sos.ca.gov.


Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has closed the office to the public.  Filings may still be made online using www.silverflume.gov.  The Secretary of State will also accept commercial filings by mail, fax or email.   More information is available here.

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Keith Paul Bishop, Corporate Transactions Lawyer, finance securities attorney, Allen Matkins Law Firm

Keith Paul Bishop is a partner in Allen Matkins' Corporate and Securities practice group, and works out of the Orange County office. He represents clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, including public and private securities offerings of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and tender offers, corporate governance matters and federal and state securities laws (including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act), investment adviser, financial services regulation, and California administrative law. He regularly advises clients...