PART IV.  BROKER-DEALERS, AGENTS, INVESTMENT ADVISERS,

INVESTMENT ADVISER REPRESENTATIVES, AND

FEDERAL COVERED INVESTMENT ADVISERS

 

     [§485A-401]  Broker-dealer registration requirement and exemptions.  (a)  It is unlawful for a person to transact business in this State as a broker-dealer unless the person is registered under this chapter as a broker-dealer or is exempt from registration as a broker-dealer under subsection (b) or (d).

     (b)  The following persons are exempt from the registration requirement of subsection (a):

     (1)  A broker-dealer without a place of business in this State if its only transactions effected in this State are with:

          (A)  The issuer of the securities involved in the transactions;

          (B)  A broker-dealer registered as a broker-dealer under this chapter or not required to be registered as a broker-dealer under this chapter;

          (C)  An institutional investor;

          (D)  A nonaffiliated federal covered investment adviser with investments under management in excess of $100,000,000 acting for the account of others pursuant to discretionary authority in a signed record;

          (E)  A bona fide preexisting customer whose principal place of residence is not in this State and the person is registered as a broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or not required to be registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is registered under the securities act of the state in which the customer maintains a principal place of residence;

          (F)  A bona fide preexisting customer whose principal place of residence is in this State but was not present in this State when the customer relationship was established, if:

               (i)  The broker-dealer is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or not required to be registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is registered under the securities laws of the state in which the customer relationship was established and where the customer had maintained a principal place of residence; and

              (ii) Within forty-five days after the customer's first transaction in this State, the person files an application for registration as a broker-dealer in this State and a further transaction is not effected more than the earlier of seventy-five days after the date on which the application is filed, or the date on which the commissioner notifies the person that the commissioner has denied the application for registration or has stayed the pendency of the application for good cause;

          (G)  Not more than three customers in this State during the previous twelve months, in addition to those customers specified in subparagraphs (A) to (F) and (H), if the broker-dealer is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or not required to be registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is registered under the securities act of the state in which the broker-dealer has its principal place of business; or

          (H)  Any other person exempted by rule adopted or order issued under this chapter; and

     (2)  A person that deals solely in United States government securities and is supervised as a dealer in government securities by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or the Office of Thrift Supervision.

     (c)  It is unlawful for a broker-dealer, or for an issuer  engaged in offering, offering to purchase, purchasing, or selling securities in this State, directly or indirectly, to employ or associate with an individual to engage in an activity related to securities transactions in this State if the registration of the individual is suspended or revoked or the individual is barred from employment or association with a broker-dealer, an issuer, an investment adviser, or a federal covered investment adviser by an order of the commissioner under this chapter, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or a self-regulatory organization.  A broker-dealer or issuer does not violate this subsection if the broker-dealer or issuer did not know and in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known, of the suspension, revocation, or bar.  Upon request from a broker-dealer or issuer and for good cause, an order under this chapter may modify or waive, in whole or in part, the application of the prohibitions of this subsection to the broker-dealer.

     (d)  A broker-dealer that is registered in Canada and has no office or other physical presence in this State may effect transactions in securities with or for, or attempt to effect the purchase or sale of any securities by an individual who is a resident of Canada, and:

     (1)  Only effects or attempts to effect transactions in securities with or through the issuers of securities involved in the transactions, broker-dealers, banks, savings institutions, trust companies, insurance companies, investment companies (as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940), pension or profit-sharing trusts, or other financial institutions or institutional buyers, whether acting for themselves or as trustees; with or for a person from Canada who is present temporarily in this State and with whom a bona fide business relationship existed before the person entered this State; or with or for a person from Canada who is present in this State, whose transactions are in a self-directed tax advantaged retirement plan in Canada of which the person is the holder or contributor;

     (2)  Is a member of a duly authorized self-regulatory organization or stock exchange in Canada;

     (3)  Maintains the provincial or territorial registration and membership in a self-regulatory organization or stock exchange of the person in good standing; and

     (4)  Discloses to the person's clients in this State that the person is not subject to the full regulatory requirements of this chapter; provided that a notice is filed with the commissioner in the form of the individual's current securities registration together with a consent to service of process.

     (e)  A rule adopted or order issued under this chapter may permit:

     (1)  A broker-dealer that is registered in any other foreign jurisdiction and that has no office or other physical presence in this State to effect transactions in securities with or for, or attempt to effect the purchase or sale of any securities by:

          (A)  An individual from any other foreign jurisdiction who is temporarily present in this State and with whom the broker-dealer had a bona fide customer relationship before the individual entered the United States;

          (B)  An individual from any other foreign jurisdiction who is present in this State and whose transactions are in a self-directed tax advantaged retirement plan of which the individual is the holder or contributor in that foreign jurisdiction; or

          (C)  An individual who is present in this State, with whom the broker-dealer customer relationship arose while the individual was temporarily or permanently resident in the other foreign jurisdiction.

     An agent who represents a broker-dealer that is exempt under this subsection may effect transactions in securities or attempt to effect the purchase or sale of securities in this State as permitted for a broker-dealer described in this subsection. [L 2006, c 229, pt of §1]

 

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