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The following orders have been issued by the Commissioner, pursuant to N.D.C.C. 10-04-03(2).

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Limited Registration of Canadian Broker-Dealers (June 2021)

Limited Registration of Canadian Broker-Dealers

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA

SECURITIES DEPARTMENT

WHEREAS, the North Dakota Securities Commissioner (Commissioner) is charged with the administration of the North Dakota Securities Act, Chapter 10-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, (the "Act"); and 

WHEREAS, Section 10-04-03(2) of the Act provides that the Commissioner may issue an order necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of the Act, including rules and forms governing registration statements, applications, notice filings and other records; and 

WHEREAS, Section 10-04-10(1) of the Act provides that "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."; and 

WHEREAS, the Commissioner finds that the issuance of this Order is necessary and appropriate in the public interest and is issued with a view toward achieving uniformity. 

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to Section 10-04-03(2) of the Act, that the following persons are exempt from the registration requirements of Section 10-04-10 of the Act: 

A broker-dealer that is registered in good standing in Canada and that does not have a place of business in this state and complies with the following conditions: 

  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 temporarily present in this state, with whom the Canadian broker-dealer had a bona fide business-client relationship 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 advantage retirement plan in Canada of which the person is the holder or contributor;
  2. Electronically files a notice in the form of its current application required by the jurisdiction in which its primary office is located and a consent to service of process;
  3. Is a member of a self-regulatory organization or stock exchange in Canada; 
  4. Maintains its provincial or territorial registration and its membership in a self regulatory organization or stock exchange in good standing;
  5. Provides the Commissioner upon request with its books and records relating to its business in this state as a broker-dealer;
  6. Discloses to its clients in this state that such person is not subject to the full regulatory requirements of the Act and the rules promulgated thereunder; and 
  7. Is not in violation of any provisions of the Act or any rules promulgated thereunder

IT IS HEREBY FURTHER ORDERED that any offer, sale or purchase of a security effected by a broker-dealer exempt from the broker-dealer registration requirements pursuant to this Order shall be exempt from the registration requirements of the Act. 
This Order shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded by the Commissioner. The Commissioner's Order entitled "Limited Registration of Canadian Broker-Dealers and Agents" dated July 1, 1999 is hereby rescinded and superceded by this Order. Any Orders previously entered by the Commissioner which are inconsistent, in whole or in part, with this order are hereby superseded by this Order. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, witness my hand and seal this 10th day of June, 2021.

Karen J. Tyler, Securities Commissioner
North Dakota Securities Department
600 East Boulevard Ave.
State Capitol – Fifth Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0510
(701) 328-2910

Limited Registration of Canadian Broker-Dealers

Revised Order Mandating Electronic Filings (June 2020)

REVISED ORDER MANDATING ELECTRONIC FILINGS  

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA

SECURITIES DEPARTMENT

WHEREAS, Section 10-04-03(2) of the North Dakota Century Code provides that the Securities Commissioner may issue an order necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of the North Dakota Securities Act, including rules and forms governing registration statements, applications, notice filings and other records;

WHEREAS, certain securities registration applications, exemption filings, and other notice filings are time sensitive; and

WHEREAS, in order to implement a more complete remote work policy that provides timely service to the Securities Department's constituency, the Securities Commissioner has determined that it is in the best interest of the staff of the Securities Department, issuers, and the public to mandate that securities registration applications, notice filings, and exemption filings, not currently utilizing the North American Securities Administrators Association Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) portal or BlueExpress, be filed electronically using the Securities Department’s secure email address: securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

 

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. All securities registration applications filed under Sections 10-04-07.1, 10-04-07.2 or 10-04-08 of the Act shall be filed via the North American Securities Administrators Association EFD Portal (EFD) at https://efdnasaa.org/ or via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

2. All unit investment trust notice filings made under 10-04-08.4 of the Act shall be filed via the North American Securities Administrators Association EFD Portal (EFD) at https://efdnasaa.org/ or via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

3. All investment company fund notice filings made under 10-04-08.4 of the Act shall be filed via BlueExpress or via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

4. All Regulation D, Rule 506 notice filings made under 10-04-08.4 of the Act shall be made via the North American Securities Administrators Association EFD Portal (EFD) at https://efdnasaa.org/.

5. All Regulation A, Tier 2 notice filings made under 10-04-08.4 of the Act shall be filed via the North American Securities Administrators Association EFD Portal (EFD) at https://efdnasaa.org/ or via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

6. Any other securities filing required to be made under the Act shall be filed via the North American Securities Administrators Association EFD Portal (EFD) at https://efdnasaa.org/ or via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

7. Payment of fees shall be made by electronic fund transfer. Upon receipt of the filing, instructions for making the payment will be provided to the filer. Filings submitted via email will not be effective until payment is received by the Department.

8. This Revised Order shall be effective immediately.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, witness my hand and seal this 8th day of June, 2020.

Karen J. Tyler, Securities Commissioner
North Dakota Securities Department
600 East Boulevard Ave.
State Capitol – Fifth Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0510
(701) 328-2910

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STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA 

SECURITIES DEPARTMENT

WHEREAS, Section 10-04-03(2) of the North Dakota Century Code provides that the Securities Commissioner may issue an order necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of the North Dakota Securities Act, including rules and forms governing registration statements, applications, notice filings and other records;

WHEREAS, certain securities registration applications, exemption filings, and other notice filings are time sensitive; and

WHEREAS, in order to implement a more complete remote work policy that provides timely service to the Securities Department's constituency, the Securities Commissioner has determined that it is in the best interest of the staff of the Securities Department, issuers, and the public to mandate that securities registration applications, notice filings, and exemption filings, not currently utilizing the North American Securities Administrators Association Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) portal or BlueExpress, be filed electronically using the Securities Department’s secure email address: securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. All securities registration applications filed under Sections 10-04-07.1, 10-04-07.2 or 10-04-08 of the Act shall be filed via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

2. All unit investment trust notice filings made under 10-04-08.4 of the Act shall be filed via the North American Securities Administrators Association EFD Portal (EFD) at https://efdnasaa.org/ or via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

3. All investment company fund notice filings made under 10-04-08.4 of the Act shall be filed via BlueExpress or via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

4. All Regulation D, Rule 506 notice filings made under 10-04-08.4 of the Act shall be made via the North American Securities Administrators Association EFD Portal (EFD) at https://efdnasaa.org/.

5. All Regulation A, Tier 2 notice filings made under 10-04-08.4 of the Act shall be filed via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov .

6. Any other securities filing required to be made under the Act shall be filed via email to securitiesfilings@ND.gov.

7. Payment of fees shall be made by electronic fund transfer. Upon receipt of the filing, instructions for making the payment will be provided to the filer. Filings submitted via email will not be effective until payment is received by the Department.

8. The effective date of the Order shall be June 1, 2020.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, witness my hand and seal this 30th day of April, 2020.

Karen J. Tyler, Securities Commissioner
North Dakota Securities Department
600 East Boulevard Ave.
State Capitol – Fifth Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0510
(701) 328-2910

REVISED ORDER MANDATING ELECTRONIC FILINGS  

 

Order Relating to Suitability Requirements in Direct Participation Programs (May 2018)

Order Relating to Suitability Requirements in Direct Participation Programs (May 2018)

WHEREAS, the North Dakota Securities Commissioner (Commissioner) is charged with the administration of the North Dakota Securities Act of 1951, as amended, (the "Act", N.D.C.C. Chapter 10-04) and the North Dakota Administrative Rules regarding securities; and

WHEREAS, Section 10-04-03(2) of the Act provides in part that "the commissioner may from time to time make, amend, and rescind such rules, forms, and orders as are necessary under this chapter, including . . . "; and

WHEREAS, Section 73-02-01-02 of the North Dakota Administrative Code adopted certain North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Statements of Policy concerning the registration of securities, including Direct Participation Program offerings, such as non-traded real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) which have suitability standards establishing minimum income and net worth standards for the protection of potential investors; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioner finds that the issuance of this Order is necessary and appropriate in the public interest and for the protection of investors;

THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to Section 10-04-03(2) of the Act, that in addition to meeting the applicable suitability standards set forth in Section 73-02-01-02 of the North Dakota Administrative Code for Direct Participation Program offerings, including non-traded REITs, a North Dakota investor must have a net worth of at least ten times his or her investment in the issuer.

This Order shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded by the Commissioner.

Dated at Bismarck, North Dakota, this 14th day of May, 2018.  

Karen J. Tyler
Securities Commissioner

North Dakota Securities Department
600 East Boulevard Ave
State Capitol – Fifth Floor
Bismarck, ND  58505-0510

(701) 328-2910

Order Regarding Franchise Advertisement on the Internet (April 2002)

WHEREAS, The North Dakota Securities Commissioner is charged with the administration of North Dakota's Franchise Investment law (N.D.C.C. Ch. 51-19); and,

WHEREAS, Section 51-19-10 N.D.C.C. provides, in relevant part, that no person may publish in this state any advertisement offering a franchise required to be registered under the Franchise Investment Law unless the advertisement has been filed with the administrator at least five business days prior to its first publication; and,

WHEREAS, Section 51-19-02(1) defines "advertisement" to include a communication published in connection with an offer or sale of a franchise; and,

WHEREAS, Section 51-19-17(3) allows the Commissioner to promulgate rules, forms and orders necessary or appropriate to administer the Franchise Investment Law and may define terms, whether or not used in the Franchise Investment law. As such, the Securities Commissioner may classify franchises, persons and matters within the Securities Commissioner's discretion and prescribe different rules for different classes; and,

WHEREAS, The Securities Commissioner recognizes that communication on the Internet about a franchise offering may be construed as advertising requiring the person making that communication to file that communication with the Securities Commissioner; and,

WHEREAS, The Securities Commissioner finds that it is necessary and appropriate in the public interest and for the protection of North Dakota franchisees to require that Internet advertising be filed with the Securities Commissioner under certain circumstances;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE NORTH DAKOTA SECURITIES COMMISSIONER HEREBY ORDERS THAT:

  • Pursuant to section 51-19-17(3) N.D.C.C., any communication about a franchise offering posted on a website on the Internet is exempted from the requirements for filing advertisement with the Securities Commissioner if the following conditions are observed:
    • The franchisor discloses to the Securities Commissioner the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address or similar address or device identifying the location of the Internet Advertising: (1) on the cover page of a franchise offering circular included with an application for registration that is effective in North Dakota; (2) on the cover page of a franchise offering circular included with an application for exemption from registration on file with the Securities Commissioner; or (3) on a notice filed with the Securities Commissioner; and,
    • The Internet Advertising is not directed to any person in North Dakota by or on behalf of the franchisor or anyone acting with the franchisor's knowledge.
  • Nothing in this Order shall not be construed to affect the Securities Commissioner's ability to bring an action against any person for violating any antifraud provision of the North Dakota Franchise Investment law, or any other provision of the Franchise Investment Law not specifically limited by this Order.

This Order shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded by the Securities Commissioner.

Signed and Sealed this 2nd day of April, 2002.

Karen J. Tyler
Securities Commissioner

Office of the Securities Commissioner
600 East Boulevard Ave.
State Capitol - Fifth Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0510
(701) 328-2910

Order Relating to Unethical Business Practices of Investment Advisers and IA Reps (Jan 2002)

WHEREAS, the North Dakota Securities Commissioner (Commissioner) is charged with the administration of the North Dakota Securities Act of 1951, as amended, (the "Act") and the North Dakota Administrative Rules regarding securities; and

WHEREAS, Section 1 0-04-03(2) of the Act provides in part that "the commissioner may from time to time make, amend, and rescind such rules, forms, and orders as are necessary under this chapter, including ......... "; and

WHEREAS, a person who is an investment adviser, a federal covered adviser, or an investment adviser representative is a fiduciary and has a duty to act primarily for the benefit of its clients. The provisions of this Order apply to federal covered advisers only to the extent that the conduct alleged is fraudulent or deceptive under Section 10-04-10.1 of the Act, or to the extent otherwise permitted by the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. l. No. 1 04-290). The extent and nature of this duty will vary according to the nature of the relationship between an investment adviser, a federal covered adviser, an investment adviser representative and their clients and the circumstances of each case.

WHEREAS, the Commissioner finds that the issuance of this Order is necessary and appropriate in the public interest and is issued with a view toward achieving uniformity.

THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to Section 10-04-03(2) of the Act, that an investment adviser, a federal covered adviser, or an investment adviser representative shall not engage in unethical business practices, including the following:

  • Recommending to a client to whom supervisory, management or consulting services are provided the purchase, sale or exchange of any security without reasonable grounds to believe that the recommendation is suitable for the client on the basis of information furnished by the client after reasonable inquiry concerning the client's investment objectives, financial situation and needs, and any other information known by the investment adviser or investment adviser representative.
  • Exercising any discretionary power in placing an order for the purchase or sale of securities for a client without obtaining written discretionary authority from the client within ten (10) business days after the date of the first transaction placed pursuant to oral discretionary authority, unless the discretionary power relates solely to the price at which, or the time when an order involving a definite amount of a specified security shall be executed, or both.
  • Inducing trading in a client's account that is excessive in size or frequency in view of the financial resources, investment objectives and character of the account in light of the fact that an adviser in such situations can directly benefit from the number of securities transactions effected in a client's account. The order appropriately forbids an excessive number of transaction orders to be induced by an adviser or investment adviser representative for a "customer's account."
  • Placing an order to purchase or sell a security for the account of a client without authority to do so.
  • Placing an order to purchase or sell a security for the account of a client upon instruction of a third party without first having obtained a written third-party trading authorization from the client.
  • Borrowing money or securities from a client unless the client is a broker-dealer, an affiliate of the investment adviser, or a financial institution engaged in the business of loaning funds.
  • Loaning money to a client unless the investment adviser is a financial institution engaged in the business of loaning funds or the client is an affiliate of the investment adviser.
  • To misrepresent to any advisory client, or prospective advisory client, the qualifications of the investment adviser or any employee of the investment adviser, or to misrepresent the nature of the advisory services being offered or fees to be charged for such service, or to omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made regarding qualifications, services or fees, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading.
  • Providing a report or recommendation to any advisory client prepared by someone other than the adviser without disclosing that fact. (This prohibition does not apply to a situation where the adviser uses published research reports or statistical analyses to render advise or where an adviser orders such a report in the normal course of providing service.)
  • Charging a client an unreasonable advisory fee.
  • Failing to disclose to clients in writing before any advise is rendered any material conflict of interest relating to the adviser or any of its employees which could reasonable be expected to impair the rendering of unbiased and objective advise including:
    • Compensation arrangements connected with advisory services to clients which are in addition to compensation from such clients for such services; and
    • Charging a client an advisory fee for rendering advise when a commission for executing securities transactions pursuant to such advice will be received by the adviser or its employees.
  • Guaranteeing a client that a specific result will be achieved (gain or no loss) with advise which will be rendered.
  • Publishing, circulating or distributing any advertisement which does not comply with Rule 206 (4)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
  • Disclose the identity, affairs, or investments of any client unless required by law to do so, unless consented to by the client.
  • Taking any action, directly or indirectly, with respect to those securities or funds in which any client has any beneficial interest, where the investment adviser has custody or possession of such securities or funds when the adviser's action is subject to and does not comply with requirements of Reg. 206 (4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
  • Entering into, extending or renewing any investment advisory contract unless such contract is in writing and discloses, in substance, the services to be provided, the term of the contract, the advisory fee, the formula for computing the fee, the amount of prepaid fee to be returned in the event of contract termination or non-performance, whether the contract grants discretionary power to the adviser and that no assignment of such contract shall be made by the investment adviser without the consent of the other party to the contract.
  • Failing to establish, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent the misuse of material nonpublic information contrary to the provisions of Section204A of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
  • Entering into, extending, or renewing any advisory contract contrary to the provisions of Section 205 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. This provision shall apply to all advisers registered or required to be registered under this Act, notwithstanding whether such adviser would be exempt from federal registration pursuant to Section 203 (b) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
  • To indicate, in an advisory contract, any condition, stipulation, or provisions binding any person to waive compliance with any provision of this Act or of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, or any other practice contrary to the provisions of Section 215 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
  • Engaging in any act, practice, or course of business which is fraudulent, deceptive, or manipulative in contrary to the provisions of Section 206 (4) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, notwithstanding the fact that such investment adviser is not registered or required to be registered under Section 203 of the Investment Act of 1940.
  • Engaging in conduct or any act, indirectly or through or by any other person, which would be unlawful for such person to do directly under the provisions of this Act or any rule or regulation thereunder. The conduct set forth above is not inclusive. Engaging in other conduct such as forgery, embezzlement, theft, nondisclosure, incomplete disclosure, deceptive practices, or aiding and abetting shall be deemed an unethical business practice. The federal statutory and regulatory provisions referenced herein shall apply to investment advisers, federal covered advisers, and investment adviser representatives, to the extent permitted by the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. l. No. 104-290).

This Order shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded by the Commissioner.

Dated at Bismarck, North Dakota, this 2nd day of January, 2002.

KAREN J.TYLER
SECURITIES COMMISSIONER

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA

Internet Order for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers (Nov 1997)

SECURITIES COMMISSIONER
STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA

WHEREAS, the North Dakota Securities Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of the Securities Act (Chapter 10-04 of the North Dakota Century Code); and,

WHEREAS, in NDCC §10-04-03(2), it is provided, in part, that “[t]he Commissioner may from time to time make, amend, and rescind…orders as are necessary under this chapter…”; and,

WHEREAS, in NDCC §10-04-10, it is provided that a “dealer or salesman may not offer for sale or sell any securities within or from this state…unless registered as a dealer or salesman pursuant to the provisions of this section”; and,

WHEREAS, in NDCC §10-04-10(3), it is provided that “[I]t is unlawful for any person to transact business in this state as an investment advisor unless…the person is registered under this chapter…[or] the person’s only clients in this state are investment companies…”; and,

WHEREAS, the Commissioner acknowledges that the Internet, the World Wide Web, and similar proprietary or common carrier electronic systems (collectively, the “Internet”) have facilitated greatly the ability of broker-dealers (“BDs”), investment advisor (“IAs”), sales agents, and investment advisor representatives (“IA Reps”) to advertise and otherwise disseminate information on products and services to prospective customers and clients; and,

WHEREAS, the Commissioner also acknowledges that certain communications made on the Internet are directed generally to anyone having access to the Internet and may be transmitted through postings on Bulletin Boards, displays on “Home Pages” or similar methods (collectively, “Internet Communications”); and,

WHEREAS, the Commissioner further acknowledges that in certain instances, by distributing information on available products and services through Internet Communications available to persons in this state, BDs, IAs, sales agents and IA Reps could be construed as making an “offer for sale…of securities” for the purposes of NDCC §10-04-10 or “transacting business” for the purposes of NDCC §10-04-10(3) so as to require registration in this state, since the Internet Communications would be received in this state regardless of the intent of the person originating such communication; and,

WHEREAS, the Commissioner finds that the issuance of this Order is necessary and appropriate in the public interest and for the protection of investors and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the Securities Act.

NOW THEREFORE, it is hereby ORDERED, as follows:

  1. BDs, IAs, sales agents and IA Reps who use the Internet to distribute information on available products and services through certain communications made on the Internet directed generally to anyone having access to the Internet, and transmitted though Internet Communications shall not be deemed to be “transacting business” or making an “offer for sale” in this state for purposes of Section NDCC §10-04-10 based solely on that fact if each of the following conditions are observed:
    1. The Internet Communications include a legend in which it is clearly stated that:
      1. The BD, IA, sales agent, or IA Rep in question may only transact business in this state if first registered, excluded or exempted from state BD, IA, sales agent or IA Rep registration requirements; and,
      2. follow-up, individualized responses to persons in this state by such BD, IA, sales agent or IA Rep that involve either the effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities, or the rendering of personalized investment advise for compensation, will not be made absent compliance with state BD, IA, sales agent or IA Rep registration requirements, or an applicable exemption or exclusion.
    2. The Internet Communication contains a mechanism, including and without limitation, technical “firewalls” or other implemented policies and procedures, reasonably designed to ensure that prior to any subsequent, direct communication with prospective customers or clients in this state, said BD, IA, sales agent or IA Rep is first registered in this state or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from such requirement. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to relieve a state-registered BD, IA, sales agent or IA Rep from any applicable securities registration requirement in this state.
    3. The Internet Communication does not involve either effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities, or the rendering of personalized investment advise for compensation, in this state over the Internet, but is limited to the dissemination of general information on products and services.
    4. In the case of a sales agent or IA Rep:
      1. the affiliation with the BD or IA of the sales agent or IA Rep is prominently disclosed within the Internet Communication;
      2. the BD or IA with whom the sales agent or IA Rep is associated retains responsibility for reviewing and approving the content of any Internet Communication by the sales agent or IA Rep;
      3. the BD or IA with whom the sales agent or IA Rep is associated first authorizes the distribution of information on the particular product and services through the Internet Communication; and,
      4. in disseminating information through the Internet Communication, the sales agent or IA Rep acts within the scope of the authority granted by the BD or IA.
  2. The position expressed in this Order extends to state BD, IA, sales agent and IA Rep registration requirements only and does not excuse compliance with applicable securities registration, antifraud or related provisions.
  3. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to affect the activities of any BD, IA, sales agent and IA Rep engaged in business in this state that is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Commissioner as a result of the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996, as amended.
  4. This order shall remain in effect unless and until amended or rescinded.

Signed and Sealed this 5th day of November, 1997

CAL HOOVESTOL
North Dakota Securities Commissioner

State Capitol – Fifth Floor
600 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0510
(701) 328-2910

Order Regarding Offers to Sell Securities on the Internet (Apr 1996)

Order Selling Securities on Internet

SECURITIES COMMISSIONER

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA

WHEREAS, the Securities Commissioner is authorized by Section 10-04-03(2) of the North Dakota Century Code to make such orders as are necessary to define terms and to cooperate with the administrators of the securities laws of other states and of the United States for uniform statutory interpretations;

WHEREAS, “offer for sale” and “offer to sell” securities, as defined in Section 10-04-02(6) of the North Dakota Century Code, include every attempt or offer to dispose of, or solicitation of an order or offer to buy, a security or interest in a security for value;

WHEREAS, access to communications on the Internet computer system and World Wide Web and similar electronic communications systems in some instances might be available to any individuals, including North Dakota residents, who have access to the Internet system when some individuals are not intended recipients of communications to “offer” securities for sale in locations outside the state of North Dakota; and

WHEREAS, the registration of some offers to sell securities on the Internet might not be intended for North Dakota residents and need not be registered in North Dakota;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby ORDERED that:

  1. offers to sell securities on the Internet shall be exempt from registration in North Dakota if (a) the Internet offer indicates, directly or indirectly, that the securities are not being offered to residents of North Dakota, (b) the Internet offer is not specifically directed to any person in North Dakota by, or on behalf of, the issuer of the securities, and (c) no sales of the issuer’s securities are made in North Dakota as a result of the Internet offering until such time as the securities being offered have been registered in North Dakota and a final prospectus or Form U-7 is delivered to North Dakota investors prior to such sales;
  2. nothing in this Order shall preclude an issuer, or a person acting on behalf of an issuer, which offers securities on the Internet or effects sales to North Dakota residents following such an offering from relying upon any other applicable exemption pursuant to North Dakota law, nor shall this Order relieve such persons from liability for failure to register securities under North Dakota law; and
  3. this Order shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded by the North Dakota Securities Commissioner.

Entered on April 17, 1996 at Bismarck, North Dakota.

Cal Hoovestol
Securities Commissioner

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