2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 10 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
CHAPTER 5 - GEORGIA UNIFORM SECURITIES
ARTICLE 3 - REGISTRATION OF SECURITIES
§ 10-5-25 - Denying, suspending, or revoking the effectiveness of registration statement; publication of standards providing notice of conduct constituting violations; notice and hearing
. Denying, suspending, or revoking the effectiveness of registration statement; publication of standards providing notice of conduct constituting violations; notice and hearing
(a) The Commissioner may issue a stop order denying effectiveness to, or suspending or revoking the effectiveness of, a registration statement if the Commissioner finds that the order is in the public interest and that:
(1) The registration statement as of its effective date or before the effective date in the case of an order denying effectiveness, an amendment under subsection (j) of Code Section 10-5-24
as of its effective date, or a report under subsection (i) of Code Section 10-5-24
is incomplete in a material respect or contains a statement that, in the light of the circumstances under which it was made, was false or misleading with respect to a material fact;
(2) This chapter or a rule adopted or order issued under this chapter or a condition imposed under this chapter has been willfully violated, in connection with the offering, by the person filing the registration statement; by the issuer, a partner, officer, or director of the issuer or a person having a similar status or performing a similar function; by a promoter of the issuer; or by a person directly or indirectly controlling or controlled by the issuer but only if the person filing the registration statement is directly or indirectly controlled by or acting for the issuer; or by an underwriter;
(3) The security registered or sought to be registered is the subject of a permanent or temporary injunction of a court of competent jurisdiction or an administrative stop order or similar order issued under any federal, foreign, or state law other than this chapter applicable to the offering, but the Commissioner may not institute a proceeding against an effective registration statement under this paragraph more than one year after the date of the order or injunction on which it is based, and the Commissioner may not issue an order under this paragraph on the basis of an order or injunction issued under the securities act of another state unless the order or injunction was based on conduct that would constitute, as of the date of the order, a ground for a stop order under this Code section;
(4) The issuer's enterprise or method of business includes or would include activities that are unlawful where performed;
(5) With respect to a security sought to be registered under Code Section 10-5-22
, there has been a failure to comply with the undertaking required by paragraph (4) of subsection (b) of said Code section;
(6) The applicant or registrant has not paid the filing fee, but the Commissioner shall void the order if the deficiency is corrected; or
(7) The offering:
(A) Will work or tend to work a fraud upon purchasers or would so operate; or
(B) Has been or would be made with unreasonable amounts of underwriters' and sellers' discounts, commissions, or other compensation or promoters' profits or participations or unreasonable amounts or kinds of options; or
(C) Is being made on terms that are unfair, unjust, or inequitable.
(b) To the extent practicable, the Commissioner by rule adopted or order issued under this chapter shall publish in print or electronically standards that provide notice of conduct that violates paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of this Code section.
(c) The Commissioner may not institute a stop order proceeding against an effective registration statement on the basis of conduct or a transaction known to the Commissioner when the registration statement became effective unless the proceeding is instituted within 30 days after the registration statement became effective.
(d) The Commissioner may summarily revoke, deny, postpone, or suspend the effectiveness of a registration statement pending final determination of an administrative proceeding. Upon the issuance of the order, the Commissioner shall promptly notify each person specified in subsection (e) of this Code section that the order has been issued, the reasons for the revocation, denial, postponement, or suspension, and that within 30 days after the receipt of a request in a record from the person the matter will be scheduled for a hearing. If a hearing is not requested and none is ordered by the Commissioner within 30 days after the date of service of the order, the order becomes final. If a hearing is requested or ordered, the Commissioner, after notice of and opportunity for hearing for each person subject to the order, may modify or vacate the order or extend the order until final determination.
(e) A stop order may not be issued under this Code section without:
(1) Appropriate notice to the applicant or registrant, the issuer, and the person on whose behalf the securities are to be or have been offered;
(2) An opportunity for hearing; and
(3) Findings of fact and conclusions of law in a record in accordance with Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act."
(f) The Commissioner may modify or vacate a stop order issued under this Code section if the Commissioner finds that the conditions that caused its issuance have changed or that it is necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors.
Graham Syfert - Jacksonville Lawyer