DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Division of Securities

Statutory Authority: 6 Delaware Code, Section 7325 (6 Del.C. §7325)

PROPOSED

PUBLIC NOTICE

Rules and Regulations Pursuant to the Delaware Securities Act

In compliance with the State’s Administrative Procedures Act (APA -Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code) and section 7325(b) of Title 6 of the Delaware Code, the Division of Securities of the Delaware Department of Justice hereby publishes notice of a proposed revision to the Rules and Regulations Pursuant to the Delaware Securities Act. The Division hereby proposes numerous changes to the rules and regulations governing administrative proceedings before the Securities Commissioner for the State of Delaware.

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed revision may submit their comments in writing to:

Peter O. Jamison, III

Securities Commissioner

Department of Justice

State Office Building, 5th Floor

820 N. French Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

The comment period on the proposed revision will be held open for a period of thirty days from the date of the publication of this notice in the Delaware Register of Regulations.

SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSED REVISION

The proposed revision, in pertinent part, makes the following changes to the Rules and Regulations Pursuant to the Delaware Securities Act:

(1) The language in subsections (a) through (e) of section 100 summarizing the provisions of the Delaware Securities Act is stricken.

(2) Section 101, which describes the regulatory functions of the Delaware Securities Division, is repealed.

(3) Section 102, which describes the general organization and operations of the Securities Division, is repealed.

(4) A new section 102 is added to describe the process for obtaining interpretive opinions from the Securities Commissioner.

(5) A new section 103 is added to address the vicarious liability of principals for violations of the Securities Act by their agents.

(6) Section 202, which describes the business hours of the Securities Division, is repealed.

(7) Section 205, which governs ex parte communications in administrative proceedings, is amended to clarify that ex parte communications with the Commissioner shall be prohibited upon the filing of a proposed decision by an administrative hearing officer.

(8) The disclosure provisions at sections 227, 228, and 229 for administrative proceedings are repealed.

(9) Sections 264 and 265 are amended to make clear that the Commissioner may issue summary orders sua sponte.

(10) Section 304(b) is amended to make clear that no subpoena, except upon request by the Securities Division, may be issued to a complaining witness.

(11) Section 402, which creates a special registration procedure for small company offerings, is repealed.

(12) Section 500, which creates notice filing requirements for certain federal covered securities, is amended to require notice filings for offerings under SEC Rule 505.

(13) Section 502, which imposes certain conditions on limited offerings being made under section 7309(b)(9) of the Securities Act, is repealed, and the limited offering exemption under section 7309(b)(9) is withdrawn.

Rules and Regulations Pursuant to the Delaware Securities Act

Part A Organization and Functions of the Securities Division

100 General Statement and Statutory Authority

The Securities Division was created in 1973 with the passage of the Delaware Securities Act, which is found at Chapter 73 of Title 6 of the Delaware Code. The Securities Act is administered by the Attorney General through a Deputy Attorney General designated to act as Securities Commissioner. The Securities Commissioner is the principal executive officer of the Securities Division and acts for the Attorney General in administering that statute. The purpose of the Delaware Securities Act is to prevent the public from being victimized by unscrupulous or over-reaching broker-dealers, investment advisers or agents in the context of selling securities or giving investment advice, as well as to remedy any harm caused by securities law violations. The Act provides for the following:

(a) Public disclosure of pertinent facts concerning public offerings of securities to Delaware investors, and protection of the interests of those investors in connection with the offer and sale of securities.

(b) Investigation of securities frauds, manipulations and other violations, and the imposition and enforcement of legal sanctions therefor.

(c) Registration and the regulation of certain activities of broker-dealers, broker-dealer agents and issuer agents.

(d) Registration and the regulation of certain activities of state-registered investment advisers and investment adviser representatives.

(e) Administrative sanctions, injunctive and other equitable remedies, and criminal prosecution. There are also private rights of action for investors injured by violations of the Act.

101 Regulatory Functions Repealed

Following is a brief description of the Securities Division's regulatory functions under the Delaware Securities Act:

(a) Securities Registration and Notice Filings.

(1) It is unlawful for any person to sell a security in Delaware unless that security is registered; or the security or transaction is exempt under Section 7309 of the Act; or the security is a federal covered security for which a notice filing has been made pursuant to Section 7309A of the Act. Securities for which a federal registration statement has been filed under the Securities Act of 1933 may be registered by coordination under Section 7305. Any security may be registered by qualification under Section 7306. To the extent permitted by federal law, notice filings are required for federal covered securities offered or sold to Delaware investors. A stop order prohibiting the offering of a security, or suspending or revoking the effectiveness of a registration statement, may be issued where the offeror has made a material misstatement or omission in connection with that offer, or otherwise where the public interest so dictates and the statutory criteria of Section 7308 are met. Any registrant or offeror subject to such an order is entitled to a hearing under the Act. Registration or the filing of a notice filing is not a finding by the Commissioner as to the accuracy of the facts disclosed; and it is unlawful to so represent. Moreover, registration of securities or the filing of a notice filing does not imply approval of the issue by the Commissioner or insure investors against loss in their investment, but serves rather to provide information upon which investors may make an informed and realistic evaluation of the features and worth of the securities.

(2) Persons responsible for filing false information with the Commissioner or otherwise disseminating false and misleading information in connection with the purchase or sale of securities subject themselves to the risk of fine or imprisonment or both; and the issuing company, its directors, officers, and the underwriters and dealers and others may be liable in damages to purchasers of registered securities if disclosures are materially defective. In addition, the statute contains antifraud provisions which apply generally to the offer and sale of securities, whether or not registered.

(b) Registration and Licensing of Broker-Dealers, Broker-Dealer Agents and Issuer Agents. The Act provides for registration with, and regulation by, the Commissioner of broker-dealers, broker-dealer agents and issuer agents. Registrations must be renewed annually. The activities of broker-dealers, broker-dealer agents and issuer agents in the conduct of their business are subject to the standards of the Act, which include a prohibition on dishonest or unethical practices, and which make unlawful those practices which would constitute fraud or deceit. Applications for registration may be denied, and registration may be suspended or revoked, where the public interest so dictates and the statutory criteria of Section 7316 are met. Any registrant subject to such an order is entitled to a hearing under the Act. Respondents in disciplinary hearings under Section 7316 may also be subject to fines, costs, orders requiring restitution and/or disgorgement, and other orders in the public interest, as well as criminal prosecution under Section 7322.

(c) Registration and Licensing of Investment Advisers and Investment Adviser Representatives; Notice Filings for Federal Covered Advisers. The Act provides that persons who, for compensation, engage in the business of advising others with respect to securities transactions must register with the Commissioner unless they are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") or otherwise exempted from registration under the Act. Federal covered advisers (those registered with the SEC) who have a place of business in Delaware or who had more than five Delaware residents as clients in the past 12 months must file a notice filing and filing fee with the Commissioner as provided by Section 7314 of the Act. All investment adviser representatives of a state-registered adviser who have a place of business in Delaware must register with the Commissioner. In addition, any investment adviser representative of a federal covered advisor must register with the Commissioner if the representative has a place of business in Delaware. As used in the Act and these rules, the terms "investment adviser representative" and "place of business" as used with respect to a representative of a federal covered adviser shall have the same meaning as found in SEC Rule 203A-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Registrations must be renewed annually. The activities of investment advisers and investment adviser representatives in the conduct of their business are subject to the standards of the Act, which include a prohibition on dishonest or unethical practices, and which make unlawful those practices which would constitute a fraud or deceit. Applications for registration may be denied, and registration may be suspended or revoked, where the public interest so dictates and the statutory criteria of Section 7316 are met. Any registrant subject to such an order is entitled to a hearing under the Act. Respondents in disciplinary hearings under Section 7316 may also be subject to fines, costs, orders requiring restitution and/or disgorgement, and other orders in the public interest, as well as criminal prosecution under Section 7322.

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102 General Organization Interpretive Opinions.

(a) The Securities Division is a unit within the Fraud Division of the State Department of Justice. In addition to the Securities Commissioner, the Securities Division has a staff which includes lawyers, a securities analyst, investigators and examiners, as well as administrative and clerical employees. The Securities Commissioner and other staff members shall perform, in addition to their duties under the Securities Act, such additional duties as the Attorney General may assign from time to time.

(b) The Securities Division is a statewide office with authority over all three counties in Delaware. The Securities Commissioner is located at 820 North French Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801. The telephone number is (302) 577-8424. The Securities Division's Kent County mailing address is 45 The Green, Dover, Delaware, 19901.

(c) Enforcement activities are conducted and supervised by Deputy Attorneys General assigned to the Division with the assistance of staff securities investigators. Administrative and injunctive actions may be instituted and prosecuted by a Deputy Attorney General after review and determination that there exists sufficient evidence to support the allegations in any proposed complaint. Criminal charges may be presented to the Grand Jury for indictment after review by the Director of the Fraud Division and/or the State Prosecutor.

(d) Registration and renewal of securities filings are reviewed by the Securities Division for adherence to standards of reporting and financial disclosure under the Securities Act, as well as substantive business requirements of the Act. The staff also reviews exempt securities filings for compliance with the exemptive provisions of Section 7309 and the disclosure requirements of the Act.

(e) Registration of broker-dealers, broker-dealer agents, issuer agents, investment advisers and investment adviser representatives is conducted by staff members in the Division's Firm/Agent Registration Section, with review and oversight by the Securities Commissioner and other Deputy Attorneys General.

(f) Compliance audits and examinations of state-registered investment advisers are undertaken by the Division's investment adviser examiners on a periodic basis. Special examinations of both broker-dealers and investment advisers may also be undertaken by the staff. Access to all books and records is required in any examination pursuant to Section 7315 of the Act. The Securities Division may cooperate, by joint examination or otherwise, with the securities administrators of other states, the SEC, and any other national securities exchange or national securities association registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

(g) The Securities Division is also responsible for the Attorney General's investor education program. The Program includes, but is not limited to:

(1) Presenting seminars and instructional programs to educate investors about the securities markets and their rights as investors; preparing and distributing to the public materials describing the operations of the securities markets, prudent investor behavior, and the rights of investors in disputes they may have with individuals and entities regulated by the Commissioner; and increasing public knowledge of the functions of the Securities Division.

(2) Providing information to investors who inquire about individuals and entities regulated by the Commissioner, the operation of the securities markets, or the functions of the Securities Division.

(h) The Securities Division provides written interpretative opinions under the Act in response to written requests. Requests for interpretative opinions should be addressed to the Commissioner and accompanied by a fee of $75.00 payable to the State of Delaware. Interpretations may be requested regarding any section of the Act or any rule or regulation adopted thereunder.

The Securities Division provides written interpretative opinions under the Act in response to written requests. Requests for interpretative opinions should be addressed to the Commissioner and accompanied by a fee of $75.00 payable to the State of Delaware. Interpretations may be requested regarding any section of the Act or any rule or regulation adopted thereunder.

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§103. Vicarious Liability for Violations of the Securities Act.

Any violation of the Securities Act, or the Rules and Regulations Pursuant to the Securities Act, by a person acting in an agency capacity shall, in any legal proceedings brought by the Division, be deemed to be a violation by both that person and the person for whom the agent is acting, provided that the agent was acting within the scope of his agency.

Part B. Practice and Procedure in Administrative Hearings General Rules

200 Construction of Rules of Practice and Procedure

(a) Unless otherwise provided, these Rules of Practice govern proceedings before administrative hearing officers under the Delaware Securities Act. These rules do not apply to investigations by the Securities Division, which are governed by Part C of the Rules and Regulations.

(b) The Rules of Practice shall be construed and administered to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every proceeding.

(c) In any particular proceeding, to the extent that there is a conflict between these rules and a procedural requirement contained in any statute, the latter shall control.

(d) For purposes of these rules:

(1) any term in the singular includes the plural, and any term in the plural includes the singular, if such use would be appropriate;

(2) any use of a masculine, feminine, or neuter gender encompasses such other genders as would be appropriate; and

(3) unless the context requires otherwise, counsel for a party may take any action required or permitted to be taken by such party.

201 Appearance and Practice in Administrative Proceedings

A person shall not be represented before a hearing officer except as stated in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section or as otherwise permitted by the hearing officer:

(a) Representing oneself. In any proceeding, an individual may appear on his or her own behalf.

(b) Representing others. In any proceeding, a person may be represented by an attorney at law admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware. Attorneys who are not members of the Delaware Bar may be admitted pro hac vice pursuant to Rule 72 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware.

(c) Requirement of Delaware Counsel. Pursuant to Rule 72(a) of the Delaware Supreme Court Rules, attorneys who are not members of the Delaware Bar may be admitted pro hac vice in a proceeding in the discretion of the administrative hearing officer upon written motion by a member of the Delaware Bar who maintains an office in this State for the practice of law ("Delaware Counsel"). Pursuant to Delaware Supreme Court Rule 72(c), Delaware Counsel for any party shall appear in the matter for which admission pro hac vice is filed and shall sign or receive service of all notices, orders, pleadings or other papers filed in the matter and shall attend all proceedings before the administrative hearing officer, unless excused by that hearing officer.

(d) Designation of address for service; notice of appearance; power of attorney; withdrawal.

(1) Representing oneself. When an individual first makes any filing or otherwise appears on his or her own behalf before a hearing officer in a proceeding, he or she shall file with the Commissioner or otherwise state on the record, and keep current, an address at which any notice or other written communication required to be served upon him or her or furnished to him or her may be sent and a telephone number where he or she may be reached during business hours.

(2) Representing others. When a person first makes any filing or otherwise appears in a representative capacity before a hearing officer in a proceeding, that person shall file with the Commissioner, and keep current, a written notice stating the name of the proceeding; the representative's name, business address and telephone number; and the name and address of the person or persons represented.

(3) Power of attorney. Any individual appearing or practicing before a hearing officer in a representative capacity may be required to file a power of attorney with the Commissioner showing his or her authority to act in such capacity.

(4) Withdrawal. Withdrawal by any individual appearing in a representative capacity shall be permitted only by written order of the hearing officer. A motion seeking leave to withdraw shall state with specificity the reasons for such withdrawal.

(e) Public Hearings. All hearings shall be public unless otherwise ordered by the hearing officer on his own motion or after considering the motion of a party.

202 Business Hours Repealed

The office of the Securities Division, at 820 North French Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, is open each day, except Saturdays, Sundays, and State legal holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Saving Time, whichever is currently in effect in Wilmington, Delaware. State legal holidays consist of New Year's Day; Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr; Presidents' Day; Good Friday, Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day; and any other day appointed as a holiday by the Governor or the State Legislature.

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203 Repealed

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204 Disqualification and Recusal of Administrative Hearing Officer

(a) Notice of disqualification. At any time a hearing officer believes himself or herself to be disqualified from considering a matter, the hearing officer shall issue a notice stating that he or she is withdrawing from the matter and setting forth the reasons therefor.

(b) Motion for Withdrawal. Any party who has a reasonable, good faith basis to believe that a hearing officer has a personal bias, or is otherwise disqualified from hearing a case, may make a motion to the hearing officer that the hearing officer withdraw. The motion shall be accompanied by an affidavit setting forth in detail the facts alleged to constitute grounds for disqualification. If the hearing officer finds himself or herself not disqualified, he or she shall so rule and shall continue to preside over the proceeding.

205 Ex Parte Communications

Unless on notice and opportunity for all parties to participate, or to the extent required for the disposition of ex parte matters as authorized by Sections 7308(c), 7309(c), 7316(c) and/or 7325(c) of the Act:

(a) No party, or counsel to or representative of a party, shall make or knowingly cause to be made an ex parte communication relevant to the merits of a proceeding to the administrative hearing officer with respect to that proceeding, nor, subsequent to the filing of an administrative complaint a proposed decision by the administrative hearing officer, shall any party, or counsel to or representative of a party, make or knowingly cause to be made an ex parte communication relevant to the merits of the proceeding to the Commissioner.

(b) No administrative hearing officer with respect to a proceeding shall make or knowingly cause to be made to a party, or counsel to or representative of a party, an ex parte communication relevant to the merits of that proceeding, nor, subsequent to the filing of an administrative complaint a proposed decision by the administrative hearing officer, shall the Commissioner make or knowingly cause to be made to a party, or counsel to or representative of a party, an ex parte communication relevant to the merits of the proceeding.

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206 Orders and Decisions of Administrative Hearing Officer

(a) Availability for inspection. Each order, decision, and proposed decision of a hearing officer shall be available for inspection by the public from the date of entry, unless the order or decision is nonpublic. A nonpublic order or decision shall be available for inspection by any person entitled to inspect it from the date of entry.

(b) Date of entry of orders. The date of entry of an order shall be the date the order is signed. Such date shall be reflected in the order.

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207 Motions.

(a) Generally. Unless made during a hearing or conference, a motion shall be in writing, shall state with particularity the grounds therefor, shall set forth the relief or order sought, and shall be accompanied by a written brief of the points and authorities relied upon. All written motions shall be served in accordance with Rule 210, be filed in accordance with Rule 211, meet the requirements of Rule 212, and be signed in accordance with Rule 213. The Commissioner (or hearing officer, if the proceeding has been delegated to one) may order that an oral motion be submitted in writing. Unless otherwise ordered by the Commissioner (or designated hearing officer), if a motion is properly made, the proceeding shall continue pending the determination of the motion. No oral argument shall be heard on any motion unless the Commissioner (or designated hearing officer) otherwise directs.

(b) Opposing and reply briefs. Briefs in opposition to a motion shall be served and filed within ten days after service of the motion. Reply briefs shall be served and filed within three days after service of the opposition.

(c) Length limitation. A brief in support of or opposition to a motion shall not exceed ten pages, exclusive of pages containing any table of contents, table of authorities, and/or addendum. Requests for leave to file briefs in excess of ten pages are disfavored.

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Service and Filing of Papers

210 Service of Papers by Parties

(a) When required. In every administrative proceeding, each paper, including each notice of appearance, written motion, brief, or other written communication, shall be served upon each party in the proceeding in accordance with the provisions of this section; provided, however, that absent an order to the contrary, no service shall be required for motions which may be heard ex parte.

(b) Upon a person represented by counsel. Whenever service is required to be made upon a person represented by counsel who has filed a notice of appearance pursuant to §201, service shall be made pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section upon counsel, unless service upon the person represented is ordered by the hearing officer.

(c) How made. Service shall be made by delivering a copy of the filing. Delivery means:

(1) Personal service by handing a copy to the person required to be served; or leaving a copy at the person's office with a clerk or other person in charge thereof, or, if there is no one in charge, leaving it in a conspicuous place therein; or, if the office is closed, or the person to be served has no office, leaving it at the person's dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion then residing therein;

(2) Mailing the papers through the U.S. Postal Service by first class, registered, or certified mail or Express Mail delivery addressed to the person;

(3) Sending the papers through a commercial courier service or express delivery service; or

(4) Transmitting the papers by facsimile machine where the following conditions are met:

(i) The persons serving each other by facsimile transmission have agreed to do so in a writing, signed by each party, which specifies such terms as they deem necessary with respect to facsimile machine telephone numbers to be used, hours of facsimile machine operation, the provision of non-facsimile original or copy, and any other such matters; and

(ii) Receipt of each document served by facsimile is confirmed by a manually signed receipt delivered by facsimile machine or other means agreed to by the parties.

(d) When service is complete. Personal service, service by U.S. Postal Express Mail or service by commercial courier or express delivery service is complete upon delivery. Service by mail is complete upon mailing. Service by facsimile is complete upon confirmation of transmission by delivery of a manually signed receipt.

211 Filing of Papers With the Commissioner: Procedures

(a) When to file. All papers required to be served by a party upon any person shall be filed with the Commissioner at the time of service or promptly thereafter. Papers required to be filed with the Commissioner must be received within the time limit, if any, for such filings.

(b) Where to file. Filing of papers with the Commissioner shall be made by filing the original papers with the Commissioner and one (1) copy with the hearing officer.

(c) To whom to direct the filing. All motions, objections, applications or other filings made during a proceeding shall be directed to and decided by the hearing officer.

(d) Certificate of Service. Papers filed with the Commissioner and the hearing officer shall be accompanied by a certificate stating the name of the person or persons served, the date of service, the method of service and the mailing address or facsimile telephone number to which service was made, if not made in person.

212 Filing of Papers: Form

(a) Specifications. Papers filed in connection with any administrative proceeding shall:

(1) Be on one grade of unglazed white paper measuring 8-1/2 x 11 inches, except that, to the extent that the reduction of larger documents would render them illegible, such documents may be filed on larger paper;

(2) Be typewritten or printed in either ten or twelve-point typeface or otherwise reproduced by a process that produces permanent and plainly legible copies;

(3) Include at the head of the paper, or on a title page, the title of the proceeding, the names of the parties, the subject of the particular paper or pleading, and the file number assigned to the proceeding;

(4) Be paginated with left hand margins at least one inch wide, and other margins of at least one inch;

(5) Be double-spaced, with single-spaced footnotes and single-spaced indented quotations; and

(6) Be stapled, clipped or otherwise fastened in the upper left corner.

(b) Signature required. All papers must be dated and signed as provided in §213.

(c) Suitability for recordkeeping. Documents which, in the opinion of the Commissioner, are not suitable for computer scanning or microfilming may be rejected.

(d) Form of briefs. All briefs containing more than ten pages shall include a table of contents, an alphabetized table of cases, a table of statutes, and a table of other authorities cited, with references to the pages of the brief wherein they are cited.

(e) Scandalous or impertinent matter. Any scandalous or impertinent matter contained in any brief or pleading or in connection with any oral presentation in a proceeding may be stricken on order of the hearing officer.

213 Filing of Papers: Signature Requirement and Effect

(a) General requirements. Every filing of a party represented by counsel shall be signed by Delaware Counsel of record in his or her name and shall state that counsel's business address and telephone number. A party who acts as his or her own counsel shall sign his or her individual name and state his or her address and telephone number on every filing.

(b) Effect of signature.

(1) The signature of a counsel or party shall constitute a certification that:

(i) the person signing the filing has read the filing;

(ii) to the best of his or her knowledge, information and belief, formed after reasonable inquiry, the filing is well grounded in fact and is warranted by existing law or a good faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law; and

(iii) the filing is not made for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of adjudication.

(2) If a filing is not signed, the hearing officer shall strike the filing, unless it is signed promptly after the omission is called to the attention of the person making the filing.

214 Computation of Time

(a) Computation. In computing any period of time prescribed in or allowed by these Rules of Practice or by order of the hearing officer, the day of the act, event or default from which the designated period of time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the period so computed shall be included unless it is a Saturday, Sunday or State legal holiday (as defined in §7.0), in which event the period runs until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or State legal holiday. Intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and State legal holidays shall be excluded from the computation when the period of time prescribed or allowed is seven days or less, not including any additional time allowed for service by mail in paragraph (16.2) of this section. If on the day a filing is to be made, weather or other conditions have caused the designated filing location to close, the filing deadline shall be extended to the end of the next day that is neither a Saturday, Sunday nor State legal holiday.

(b) Additional time for service by mail. If service is made by mail, three days shall be added to the prescribed period for response.

Pleadings and Prehearing Practice

220 Complaints: General

If the Securities Division believes that any person is violating or has violated any provision of the Delaware Securities Act or any rule or regulation thereunder, it may issue a complaint as set forth in Section 18.0. The complaint shall be served on each party as provided in Section 12.0 and filed at the time of service with the Securities Commissioner pursuant to Section 13.0. The service and filing of the complaint constitutes the commencement of the administrative proceeding. Upon the filing of a complaint, the Commissioner shall give notice to the Attorney General (or his or her designee) that the complaint has been filed and request that the Attorney General (or his or her designee) appoint a hearing officer to hear the matter.

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221 Complaints: Form and Content

Each complaint shall be in writing and signed by a Deputy Attorney General. The complaint shall specify in reasonable detail the conduct alleged to constitute the violative activity and the statutory provision, rule or regulation the respondent is alleged to be violating or to have violated. If the complaint consists of several causes of action, each cause shall be stated separately.

222 Complaints: Amendment and Withdrawal

(a) At any time prior to the filing of a responsive pleading or the commencement of a hearing (whichever is earlier), the Securities Division may amend a complaint to include new matters of fact or law. After the filing of a responsive pleading or the commencement of a hearing, upon motion by the Securities Division, the hearing officer may permit amendment of a complaint to include new matters of fact or law.

(b) At any time prior to the filing of a responsive pleading or the commencement of a hearing (whichever is earlier), the Securities Division may withdraw its complaint. Such withdrawal shall be without prejudice to refiling, and the Securities Division shall be permitted to file a complaint based on allegations concerning the same facts and circumstances that are set forth in the withdrawn complaint. The Securities Division may withdraw its complaint after the filing of a responsive pleading or commencement of a hearing; however, upon motion of the respondent, the hearing officer, after considering the facts and circumstances of the withdrawal, shall determine whether the withdrawal shall be with prejudice.

223 Repealed

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224 Answers to Complaints

(a) Form, Service, Notice. Each respondent named in a complaint shall answer and serve an answer to the complaint on the Securities Division all other parties, and any designated hearing officer within 25 days after service of the complaint on such respondent pursuant to Section 12.0 and at the time of service file such answer with the hearing officer pursuant to Sections 13.0, 14.0 and 15.0. The hearing officer (or where no hearing officer has been appointed, the Commissioner) may extend such period for good cause.

(b) Content, Affirmative Defenses. Unless otherwise ordered by the hearing officer, an answer shall specifically admit, deny, or state that the respondent does not have and is unable to obtain sufficient information to admit or deny each allegation in the complaint. When a respondent intends to deny only part of an allegation, the respondent shall specify so much of it as is admitted and deny only the remainder. A statement of lack of information shall be deemed a denial. Any allegation not denied shall be deemed admitted. Any affirmative defense shall be asserted in the answer.

(c) Amendments to Answer. Upon motion by a respondent, the hearing officer may permit an answer to be amended.

(d) Extension of Time to Answer Amended Complaint. If a complaint is amended pursuant to Section 19.0, the time for filing an answer or amended answer shall be extended to 10 days after service of the amended complaint. If any respondent has already filed an answer, such respondent shall have 15 days after service of the amended complaint, unless otherwise ordered by the hearing officer, within which to file an amended answer.

(e) Failure to Answer, Default.

(1) If the respondent does not file an answer within the time required, the administrative hearing officer shall send a second notice to such respondent requiring an answer within 10 days after service of the second notice, or within such longer period as the hearing officer in his or her discretion may order. The second notice shall state that failure of the respondent to reply within the period specified shall allow the hearing officer, in the exercise of his or her discretion, to:

(A) treat as admitted by the respondent the allegations in the complaint; and

(B) propose to the Commissioner the entry of a default decision against the respondent.

(2) If no answer is filed with the Commissioner within the time required by the second notice, the hearing officer may treat as admitted by the respondent the allegations in the complaint and propose to the Commissioner the entry of a default decision against the respondent.

(3) If no answer is filed with the Commissioner and the Commissioner receives a proposal from the hearing officer pursuant to subsection (e)(2) above, the Commissioner may treat as admitted by the respondent the allegations in the complaint and enter a default decision against the respondent.

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225 Request for Hearing

(a) Securities Division Request for Hearing. With the filing of its complaint or at any time later, the Securities Division may request a hearing. The Securities Division may request that the hearing be convened within a specified time after the filing of the complaint, but in no event shall that hearing be required to be held earlier than 30 days after service and filing of the complaint other than in summary proceedings under Sections 7308(c), 7309(c), 7316(c) or 7325(c) of the Act.

(b) Respondent Request for Hearing. With the filing of respondent's answer such respondent may request a hearing. If a respondent requests a hearing, a hearing shall be granted. A respondent who fails to request a hearing with the filing of his or her answer waives the right to a hearing unless the hearing officer grants, for good cause shown, a later filed motion by such respondent requesting a hearing.

(c) Hearing Officer Order Requiring Hearing. Any complaint may be set down for a hearing upon order of the hearing officer. The hearing officer may set a complaint for hearing in the absence of a request for hearing by any party.

(d) Notice of Hearing. The hearing officer shall issue a notice stating the date, time and place of the hearing, and shall serve such notice on the parties at least 28 days before the hearing, unless (1) in the discretion of the hearing officer, he or she determines that extraordinary circumstances require a shorter notice period; or (2) the parties waive the notice period.

225A Appointment of a hearing officer.

(a) The Commissioner shall maintain a Register of Administrative Hearing Officers listing persons who may, upon designation, act as administrative hearing officers in proceedings brought by the Securities Division under the Delaware Securities Act. Persons eligible for listing on the Register of Administrative Hearing Officers shall include any Deputy Attorney General (other than a Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Securities Division) and any other attorney admitted to practice law in the State of Delaware. Any person’s listing on the Register of Administrative Hearing Officers shall be subject to the approval of the Attorney General (or his or her designee).

(b) Upon receipt of a notice from the Commissioner that a complaint has been filed, the Attorney General (or his or her designee) shall issue an Order delegating the responsibility for conducting the hearing to a hearing officer selected by the Attorney General (or his or her designee) from the Register of Administrative Hearing Officers. The Order shall grant to the hearing officer all powers that are reasonably necessary to adjudicate the matter before him or her, provided, however, that the hearing officer’s powers shall not include any power that these rules and regulations specifically limit to the Attorney General or the Commissioner.

(c) The Rules of Practice and Procedure in Administrative Hearings (Rules 200-272) shall govern all proceedings by and before the hearing officer.

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226 Pre-hearing Conferences

(a) Purpose of conferences. The purpose of prehearing conferences include, but are not limited to:

(1) Expediting the disposition of the proceeding;

(2) Establishing early and continuing control of the proceeding by the hearing officer; and

(3) Improving the quality of the hearing through more thorough preparation.

(b) Procedure. On his or her own motion or at the request of a party, the hearing officer may, in his or her discretion, direct counsel or any party to meet for an initial, final or other prehearing conference. Such conferences may be held with or without the hearing officer present as the hearing officer deems appropriate. Where such a conference is held outside the presence of the hearing officer, the hearing officer shall be advised promptly by the parties of any agreements reached. Such conferences also may be held with one or more persons participating by telephone or other remote means.

(c) Subjects to be discussed. At a prehearing conference consideration may be given and action taken with respect to any and all of the following:

(1) Simplification and clarification of the issues;

(2) Exchange of witness and exhibit lists and copies of exhibits;

(3) Stipulations, admissions of fact, and stipulations concerning the contents, authenticity or admissibility into evidence of documents;

(4) Matters of which official notice may be taken;

(5) The schedule for exchanging prehearing motions or briefs, if any;

(6) The method of service for papers;

(7) Summary disposition of any or all issues;

(8) Settlement of any or all issues;

(9) Determination of hearing dates;

(10) Amendments to the complaint or answers thereto;

(11) Disclosure of evidence by the parties as set forth in Rule 228 and production of witness statements as set forth in Rule 229; and

(12) Such other matters as may aid in the orderly and expeditious disposition of the proceeding.

(d) Prehearing orders. At or following the conclusion of any conference held pursuant to this section, the hearing officer shall enter a ruling or order which recites the agreements reached and any procedural determinations made by the hearing officer.

(e) Failure to appear: default. Any person who is named as a respondent in a complaint and who fails to appear, in person or through a representative, at a prehearing conference of which he or she has been duly notified may be deemed in default pursuant to Rule 232(a). A party may make a motion to set aside a default pursuant to Rule 232(b).

227 Prehearing Submissions Repealed

(a) Submissions generally. The hearing officer, on his or her own motion, or at the request of a party or other participant, may order any party, including the Securities Division, to furnish such information as deemed appropriate, including any or all of the following:

(1) An outline or narrative summary of its case or defense;

(2) The legal theories upon which it will rely;

(3) Copies and a list of documents that it intends to introduce at the hearing; and

(4) A list of witnesses who will testify on its behalf, including the witnesses' names, occupations, addresses and a brief summary of their expected testimony.

(b) Expert witnesses. Each party who intends to call an expert witness shall submit, in addition to the information required by paragraph (a)(4) of this section, a statement of the expert's qualifications, a listing of other proceedings in which the expert has given expert testimony, and a list of publications authored or co-authored by the expert.

228 Disclosure of Evidence by the Parties Repealed

(a) Disclosure of Evidence by the Securities Division. Upon request of a respondent, the Securities Division shall disclose to respondent and make available for inspection, copying or photographing:

(1) Any relevant written or recorded statements made by the respondent or co-respondent, or copies thereof, within the possession, custody or control of the Securities Division, the existence of which is known, or by the exercise of due diligence may become known, to the Securities Division; and that portion of any written record containing the substance of any relevant oral statement made by the respondent in response to interrogation by any person then known to the respondent to be a state agent. Where the respondent is a corporation, partnership or association, the Securities Division shall disclose any written or recorded statements of any witness who (i) was, at the time of that testimony, so situated as an officer or employee as to have been able legally to bind the respondent in respect to conduct constituting the offense, or (ii) was, at the time of the offense, personally involved in the alleged conduct constituting the offense and so situated as an officer or employee as to have been able legally to bind the respondent in respect to that alleged conduct in which the witness was involved.

(2) Documents and tangible objects. Upon request of the respondent the Securities Division shall permit the respondent to inspect and copy or photograph books, papers, documents, photographs, tangible objects, buildings or places, or copies or portions thereof, which are within the possession, custody or control of the Securities Division, and which are intended for use by the Securities Division as evidence in chief at the hearing, or were obtained from or belong to the respondent.

(3) Reports of examinations and tests. Upon request of a respondent, the Securities Division shall permit respondent to inspect and copy or photograph any results or reports of physical or mental examinations, and of scientific tests or experiments, or copies thereof, which are within the possession, custody or control of the Securities Division, the existence of which is known, or by the exercise of due diligence may become known, to the Securities Division, and which are intended for use by the Securities Division as evidence in chief at the hearing.

(4) Expert witnesses. Upon request of a respondent, the Securities Division shall disclose to the respondent any evidence which the Division may present at the hearing, which if presented at a court proceeding would be submitted pursuant to Rules 702, 703, or 705 of the Delaware Uniform Rules of Evidence. This disclosure shall be in the form of a written response that includes the identity of the witness and the substance of the opinions to be expressed.

(5) Information not subject to disclosure. Except as provided in Rule 228(a)(1), (2) and (3), this rule does not authorize the discovery or inspection of reports, memoranda, or other internal documents made by the Securities Division or its agents in connection with the investigation or prosecution of the case, or of statements by Division witnesses or prospective Division witnesses.

(b) Disclosure of evidence by the respondent.

(1) Documents and tangible objects. Upon request of the Securities Division, the respondent shall permit the Division to inspect and copy or photograph books, papers, documents, photographs, tangible objects, or copies or portions thereof, which are within the possession, custody or control of the respondent and which the respondent intends to introduce as evidence in chief at the hearing.

(2) Reports of examination and tests. The respondent, on request of the Securities Division, shall permit the Division to inspect and copy or photograph any results or reports of physical or mental examinations and of scientific tests or experiments made in connection with the particular case, or copies thereof, within the possession or control of the respondent, which the respondent intends to introduce as evidence in chief at the hearing or which were prepared by a witness whom the respondent intends to call at the hearing when the results or reports relate to that witness' testimony.

(3) Expert witnesses. The respondent, on request of the Securities Division, shall disclose to the Division any evidence the respondent may present at the hearing, which if presented at a court proceeding would be submitted pursuant to Rules 702, 703 or 705 of the Delaware Uniform Rules of Evidence. This disclosure shall be in the form of a written response that includes the identity of the witnesses and the substance of the opinions to be expressed.

(4) Information not subject to disclosure. Except as to scientific or medical reports, this subdivision does not authorize the discovery or inspection of reports, memoranda, or other internal defense documents made by the respondent or the respondent's attorneys or agents in connection with the investigation or defense of the case, or of statements made by the respondent, or by Division or respondent witnesses, or by prospective Division or respondent witnesses, to the respondent, the respondent's agents or attorneys.

(c) Procedure. Any party may serve a request for disclosure after filing of respondent's answer or, if no answer has been filed, after expiration of the period for filing an answer. The request shall set forth the items sought with reasonable particularity and shall specify a reasonable time, place and manner of compliance with the request. The party upon whom the request is served shall serve a response within 20 days after service of the request or at such other time as ordered by the hearing officer. The response shall comply with the request or specify any objection to it. The response may specify a reasonable alternative time, place and manner of compliance.

(d) Continuing duty to disclose. If, prior to or during an administrative hearing, a party discovers additional evidence or material previously requested or ordered, which is subject to discovery or inspection under this rule, such party shall promptly notify the other party or that other party's attorney or the hearing officer of the existence of the additional evidence or material.

(e) Regulation of disclosure.

(1) Protective and modifying orders. Upon a sufficient showing the hearing officer may at any time order that the disclosure or inspection be denied, restricted or deferred, or make such other order as is appropriate. Upon motion by a party, the hearing officer may permit the party to make such showing, in whole or in part, in the form of a written statement to be inspected by the hearing officer alone. If the hearing officer enters an order granting relief following such an ex parte showing, the entire text of the party's statement shall be sealed and preserved in the records of the proceeding to be made available to the Chancery Court in the event of an appeal.

(2) Failure to comply with a request. If at any time during the course of the proceedings it is brought to the attention of the hearing officer that a party has failed to comply with this rule, the hearing officer may order such party to permit the disclosure or inspection, grant a continuance, or prohibit the party from introducing evidence not disclosed, or he may enter such other order as he deems just under the circumstances. The hearing officer may specify the time, place and manner of making the disclosure and inspection and may prescribe such terms and conditions as are just.

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229 Production of Witness Statements Repealed

Any party may file a motion requesting that any other party produce for inspection and copying a statement in its possession, custody or control of any person called or to be called as a witness that pertain, or is expected to pertain, to his or her direct testimony, including statements that would be required to be produced pursuant to Rule 26.2 of the Delaware Superior Court Criminal Rules. The production shall be made at a time and place fixed by the hearing officer and shall be made available to all parties.

230 Repealed

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231 Motion for Summary Disposition on the Pleadings

(a) After a respondent's answer has been filed and documents have been made available to that respondent for inspection and copying pursuant to Rule 228, the respondent or the Division may make a motion for summary disposition of any or all allegations of the complaint with respect to that respondent. Any motion for summary disposition on the pleadings shall be filed within 30 days after the filing of the respondent's answer unless otherwise ordered by the hearing officer. Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 207, any opposition or response to a motion for summary disposition shall be filed within 14 days after service of the motion. Reply briefs shall be filed within five days after service of the opposition or response.

(b) A motion for summary disposition pursuant to paragraph (a) shall be accompanied by a supporting memorandum of points and authorities. The motion for summary disposition and supporting memorandum of points and authorities shall not exceed 25 pages in length

(c) Unless the hearing officer decides to defer decision on the motion, he or she shall promptly file with the Commissioner and serve on the parties a proposed opinion and order (with supporting rationale) regarding the motion for summary disposition. Upon receipt of the hearing officers proposed opinion and order, the Commissioner may grant the motion for summary disposition if, considering the facts in a light most favorable to the nonmoving party, there is no material issue of fact and the moving party is entitled to a summary disposition as a matter of law. Otherwise, the Commissioner shall deny or defer the motion.

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232 Repealed

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Administrative Hearings

240 Hearings

Hearings for the purpose of taking evidence shall be held upon order of the hearing officer. All hearings shall be conducted in a fair, impartial, expeditious and orderly manner.

241 Hearings to be public

All hearings, except hearings on ex parte applications for a summary order under Sections 7308(c), 7309(c), 7316(c) or 7325(c) of the Act, shall be public unless otherwise ordered by the hearing officer on his or her own motion or the motion of a party. No hearing shall be nonpublic where all respondents request that the hearing be made public.

242 Continuance of Hearing

Any motion for a continuance of the hearing date shall be filed as far in advance of the hearing date as practicable. Motions should state with specificity the reason for the continuance request.

243 Procedure

(a) Unless otherwise ordered by the hearing officer, no later than three days prior to the hearing each party shall submit to all other parties and to the hearing officer copies of all documentary evidence and the names of the witnesses each party intends to present in its case-in-chief at the hearing.

(b) In the administrative hearing, each party is entitled to present its case or defense by oral or documentary evidence, to submit rebuttal evidence, and to conduct such cross-examination as, in the discretion of the hearing officer, may be required for a full and true disclosure of the facts.

244 Testimony

Witnesses shall testify under oath or affirmation. The oath or affirmation may be administered by a Deputy Attorney General, notary public or any other officer authorized to administer oaths and affirmations under Delaware law.

245 Evidence: Admissibility

The hearing officer shall receive relevant evidence and may exclude all evidence that is irrelevant, immaterial or unduly repetitious.

246 Evidence: Objections and Offers of Proof

(a) Objections. Objections to the admission or exclusion of evidence must be made on the record and shall be in short form, stating the grounds relied upon. Exceptions to any ruling thereon by the hearing officer need not be noted at the time of the ruling. Such exceptions will be deemed waived on appeal to the Court of Chancery, however, unless raised in a proposed finding or conclusion filed pursuant to Rule 248.

(b) Offers of proof. Whenever evidence is excluded from the record, the party offering such evidence may make an offer of proof, which shall be included in the record. Excluded material shall be retained pursuant to Rule 249.

247 Evidence: Reference to Delaware Uniform Rules of Evidence

The hearing officer may make reference to and be guided by the Delaware Uniform Rules of Evidence in receiving relevant evidence under Rule 245 and ruling on objections under Rule 246. Notwithstanding those rules, the hearing officer may admit any evidence that reasonable and prudent individuals would commonly accept in the conduct of their affairs, and give probative effect to that evidence. Evidence may not be excluded solely on the ground that it is hearsay.

248 Proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Post-Hearing Briefs

(a) At the discretion of the hearing officer, the parties may be ordered to file proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, or post-hearing briefs, or both. The hearing officer may order that such proposed findings and conclusions be filed together with, or as part of, post-hearing briefs.

(b) Proposed findings of fact or other statements of fact in briefs shall be supported by specific references to the record.

(c) In any case in which the hearing officer has ordered the filing of proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, or post-hearing briefs, the hearing officer shall, after consultation with the parties, prescribe the period within which proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law or post-hearing briefs are to be filed. Such period shall be reasonable under all the circumstances but the total period allowed for the filing of post-hearing submissions shall not exceed 60 days after the conclusion of the hearing unless the hearing officer, for good cause shown, permits a different period and sets forth in an order the reasons why a longer period is necessary.

(d) Unless the hearing officer orders otherwise, each post-hearing submission shall not exceed 25 pages, exclusive of cover sheets, tables of contents and tables of authorities.

249 Record of Hearings

(a) Contents of the record. The record shall consist of:

(1) The complaint and answers thereto; the notice of hearing; and any amendments to those documents;

(2) Each application, motion, submission or other paper, and any amendments, motions, objections, and exceptions to or regarding them;

(3) Each stipulation, transcript of testimony and document or other item admitted into evidence;

(4) With respect to a request to disqualify a hearing officer or to allow the hearing officer's withdrawal under Section 9.0, each affidavit or transcript of testimony taken and the decision made in connection with the request;

(5) All proposed findings and conclusions;

(6) Each written order issued by the hearing officer; and

(7) Any other document or item accepted into the record by the hearing officer.

(b) Retention of documents not admitted. Any document offered in evidence but excluded, and any document marked for identification but not offered as an exhibit, shall not be considered a part of the record but shall be retained until the later of the date upon which an order ending the proceeding becomes final, or the conclusion of any judicial review of the Commissioner's order.

(c) Substitution of copies. A true copy of a document may be substituted for any document in the record or any document retained pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section.

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250 Supplementation of Record

Upon motion filed within ten days of the conclusion of the hearing, any party may seek leave from the hearing officer to supplement the record with additional relevant material evidence. Where the party shows to the satisfaction of the hearing officer that there were reasonable grounds for failure to adduce the evidence in the hearing, the hearing officer may allow the evidence to be heard in such manner and upon such conditions as the hearing officer considers proper.

251 Final Decision After a Hearing.

(a) In any administrative proceeding in which a hearing is held, the hearing officer shall file with the Commissioner and serve upon the parties a proposed decision containing the following matter arranged in the following order:

(1) A summary of the evidence;

(2) Proposed findings of fact and the evidentiary bases therefor;

(3) Proposed conclusions of law and the legal bases therefor; and

(4) Proposed sanctions or relief, if any.

(b) Upon the filing of his or her proposed decision, the hearing officer shall certify the administrative record and submit the record to the Commissioner, who shall, at that time, have exclusive jurisdiction over the proceeding.

(c) Upon receipt of the record and the hearing officer’s proposed decision, the Commissioner shall give notice to the parties of receipt of the record and proposed decision and afford the parties, including the Securities Division, the opportunity to submit, within thirty (30) days of the Commissioner’s receipt of the record and proposed decision, exceptions to the proposed decision.

(d) After review of the record, the hearing officer’s proposed decision, and the parties’ exceptions (if any), the Commissioner shall issue a final decision in the matter.

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252 Final decision upon default; motion to set aside default.

(a) The hearing officer may file with the Commissioner a proposed decision (and the Commissioner, upon the receipt of such a filing, may issue an order) deeming a party to be in default and determining the proceeding against that party upon consideration of the record, including the complaint, the allegations of which may be deemed to be true, if that party fails:

(1) To appear, in person or through a representative, at a hearing or conference of which that party has been notified;

(2) To answer, to respond to a dispositive motion within the time provided, or otherwise to defend the proceeding; or

(3) To cure a deficient filing within the time specified by the hearing officer.

(b) A motion to set aside a default may be filed with the Commissioner within a reasonable time and shall state the reasons for the failure to appear or defend, and shall specify the nature of the proposed defense in the proceeding. In order to prevent injustice and on such conditions as may be appropriate, the Commissioner may for good cause shown set aside a default.

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253 Contemptuous Conduct

If a party, counsel to a party or witness engages in conduct in violation of an order of the hearing officer, or other contemptuous conduct during an administrative proceeding, the hearing officer may impose sanctions therefor, including the issuance of an order: (i) excluding the party and/or his or her counsel from any further participation in the proceeding; (ii) striking pleadings or evidence from the record; (iii) providing that certain facts shall be taken to be established for purposes of the proceeding; or (iv) providing for such other relief as is just and equitable under the circumstances.

Practice and Procedure Regarding Summary Orders Issued Pursuant to Sections 7308(c), 7309(c), 7316(c) and 7325(c) of the Act

260 Basis for Issuance of Summary Order Postponing or Suspending the Effectiveness of a Registration Statement Pursuant to Section 7308(c)

Except as provided in subsection (i) of this Rule, the Securities Division may make application for, and the Commissioner may issue, a summary order postponing or suspending the effectiveness of any registration statement, if such an order is in the public interest and any of the following criteria are met:

(a) The registration statement as of its effective date or as of any earlier date in the case of an order denying effectiveness, or any amendment or report is incomplete in any material respect or contains any statement which was, in the light of the circumstances under which it was made, false or misleading with respect to any material fact;

(b) Any provision of the Act or any rule, order, or condition lawfully imposed under the Act has been violated, in connection with the offering, by (i) the person filing the registration statement, (ii) the issuer, any partner, officer, or director of the issuer, any person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions, or any 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 (iii) any underwriter;

(c) The security registered or sought to be registered is the subject of an administrative stop order or similar order or permanent or temporary injunction of any court of competent jurisdiction entered under any federal or state act applicable to the offering;

(d) The issuer's enterprise or method of business includes or would include activities which are illegal where performed;

(e) The offering has worked or tended to work a fraud upon purchasers or would so operate;

(f) The offering has been or would be made with unreasonable amounts of underwriters' and sellers' discounts, commissions, or other compensation, or promoters' profits or participation, or unreasonable amounts or kinds of options;

(g) The applicant or registrant has failed to pay the proper filing fee; but the hearing officer shall vacate any such order when the deficiency has been corrected;

(h) When a security is sought to be registered by coordination, there has been a failure to comply with the undertaking required by Section 7305(b)(4) of the Act.

(i) A summary order may be issued suspending the offer or sale of a covered security under Section 18(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 only if the order is in the public interest and the issuer has failed to comply with the requirements of Section 7309A.

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261 Basis for Issuance of Summary Order Denying or Revoking Exemption Pursuant to Section 7309(c)

The Securities Division may make application for, and the Commissioner may issue, a summary order denying or revoking any exemption claimed under Sections 7309(a)(9), (a)(11), or (b)(1)-(13) of the Act, whenever it appears that such exemption is inapplicable, either generally or with respect to a specific security or transaction.

262 Basis for Issuance of Summary Order Postponing or Suspending the Registration of a Broker-Dealer, Broker-Dealer Agent, Investment Adviser or Investment Adviser Representative Pursuant to Section 7316(c)

The Securities Division may make application for, and the Commissioner may issue, a summary order postponing or suspending the registration of a broker-dealer, broker-dealer agent, investment adviser or investment adviser representative if such an order is in the public interest and the applicant or registrant or, in the case of a broker-dealer or investment adviser, any partner, officer, director, or any person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions, or any person directly or indirectly controlling the broker-dealer or investment adviser:

(a) Has filed an application for registration which as of its effective date, or as of any date after filing in the case of an order denying effectiveness, was incomplete in any material respect or contained any statement which was, in light of the circumstances under which it was made, false or misleading with respect to any material fact; or

(b) Has wilfully violated or wilfully failed to comply with any provision of the Act; or

(c) Has been convicted of a felony, infamous crime, or other crime involving moral turpitude; or

(d) Is permanently or temporarily enjoined by any court of competent jurisdiction from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice involving any aspect of the securities business; or

(e) Is the subject of a cease and desist order or of an order denying, suspending, or revoking registration as a broker-dealer, broker-dealer agent, investment adviser or investment adviser representative; or

(f) Is the subject of an order entered within the past ten years by the securities administrator of any other state or by the Securities and Exchange Commission either ordering the person to cease and desist from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice involving any aspect of the securities business, or suspending, denying or revoking registration as a broker-dealer, broker-dealer agent, investment adviser or investment adviser representative, or the substantial equivalent of those terms as defined in the Act and these rules; or is suspended or expelled from or found to have violated a rule of a national securities exchange or national securities association registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [15 U.S.C. §78a et seq.] either by action of a national securities exchange or national securities association, the effect of which action has not been stayed by administrative or judicial order or is the subject of a United States post office fraud order; or

(g) Has engaged in dishonest or unethical practices within or outside this State; or

(h) Is insolvent, either in the sense that his liabilities exceed his assets or in the sense that he cannot meet his obligations as they mature; or

(i) Is not qualified on the basis of such factors as training, experience, and knowledge of the securities business; or

(j) Has failed reasonably to supervise (1) his agents or employees, if he is a broker-dealer or broker-dealer agent with supervisory responsibilities; or (2) his adviser representatives or employees if he is an investment adviser or investment adviser representative with supervisory responsibilities, and such failure may be inferred from an agent's, investment adviser representative's, or employee's violations;

(k) Has failed to pay the proper filing fee, but the hearing officer shall vacate any denial or suspension order when the deficiency has been corrected; or

(l) Has violated or failed to comply with any lawful order issued by the Commissioner or by a hearing officer acting pursuant to delegated authority under Rule 225A; or

(m) Has within the past ten years been a partner, officer, director, controlling person or any person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions in a broker-dealer or investment adviser whose registration in this State or any state, or with the SEC, has been revoked for disciplinary reasons, or whose membership in a national securities exchange or national securities association has been terminated for disciplinary reasons.

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263 Basis for Issuance of Summary Cease and Desist Order Pursuant to Section 7325(c)

Whenever it appears that a person has violated the Delaware Securities Act by failing to register or engaging in fraud or other prohibited conduct, the Commissioner may summarily issue a cease and desist order against that person under Section 7325(c) of the Act.

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264 Application Procedure for Issuance of Summary Order

(a) Procedure. A summary order may be issued sua sponte by the Commissioner or by request of the Division. A request for entry of a summary order shall be made by application to the Commissioner in the form of an administrative complaint filed by the Division.

(b) Information required with application. The administrative complaint shall set forth a statement of the facts upon which the application is based, together with supporting documentation; cite to the relevant statutory provision or rule that each respondent is alleged to have violated; and, state the summary relief sought against each respondent. The application shall include a proposed order imposing the summary relief sought and notifying respondent of his right to a hearing as provided in Rule 265.

(c) Record of proceedings. A record from which a verbatim transcript can be prepared shall be made of all hearings, including ex parte presentations made by the Division.

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265 Procedure After Issuance of Order

(a) Notice. Any person who is the subject of a summary order shall promptly be given notice of that order and of the reasons therefor. Notice shall be given by means reasonably calculated to give actual notice of issuance of the order, including telephone notification and service of the order pursuant to Rule 210. Such notice shall include notification that the subject of the order may request a hearing and that if such a request is made in writing the hearing shall be scheduled within 15 days from the date the written request is received.

(b) Request for hearing. Any person who is the subject of a summary order may request a hearing before an administrative hearing officer on an application to set aside, limit or suspend the summary order. The request for hearing is to be filed with the Commissioner and served on the Division within 25 days of service of the administrative complaint notice of the order. If a hearing is requested, the Commissioner shall forthwith provide notice of the request to the Attorney General (or his or her designee). Upon receipt of a notice from the Commissioner that a party has requested a hearing, the Attorney General (or his or her designee) shall issue an Order delegating the responsibility for conducting the hearing to a hearing officer selected by the Attorney General (or his or her designee) from the Register of Administrative Hearing Officers. The Order shall grant to the hearing officer all powers that are reasonably necessary to adjudicate the matter before him or her, provided, however, that the hearing officers powers shall not include any power that these rules and regulations specifically limit to the Attorney General or the Commissioner

(c) Procedure at hearing. The procedure at a hearing on a summary order shall be determined by the hearing officer, with the understanding that each party shall be entitled to be heard in person or through counsel. The hearing officer shall rule on the admissibility of evidence and other matters, including, but not limited to whether oral testimony will be heard; the time allowed each party for the submission of evidence or argument; and whether post-hearing submission of briefs and/or proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law will be permitted and if so, the procedures for submissions.

(d) Final Decision After Hearing.

(1) After hearing evidence pursuant to subsection (c) of this Rule, the hearing officer shall, within fifteen (15) days of the hearing, file with the Commissioner and serve upon the parties a proposed decision containing the following matter arranged in the following order:

(A) A summary of the evidence;

(B) Proposed findings of fact and the evidentiary bases therefor;

(C) Proposed conclusions of law and the legal bases therefor; and

(D) Proposed relief, if any.

(2) Upon the filing of his or her proposed decision, the hearing officer shall certify the administrative record and submit the record to the Commissioner, who shall, at that time, have exclusive jurisdiction over the proceeding.

(3) Upon receipt of the record and the hearing officer’s proposed decision, the Commissioner shall forthwith give notice to the parties of receipt of the record and proposed decision and afford the parties, including the Securities Division, the opportunity to submit, within ten (10) days of the Commissioner’s receipt of the record and proposed decision, exceptions to the proposed decision.

(4) After review of the record, the hearing officer’s proposed decision, and the parties’ exceptions (if any), the Commissioner shall, no later than forty five (45) days from the end of the hearing, issue a final decision in the matter.

(e) Duration. Unless set aside, limited or suspended, either by the Commissioner or a court of competent jurisdiction, a summary order shall remain in effect until the completion of the proceedings on whether a permanent order shall be entered or, if no such proceedings occur, until otherwise modified or vacated by the Commissioner.

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266 Violation of Cease and Desist Orders

If any person who is the subject of a cease and desist order, or any agent or employee of such person, subsequent to the issuance of the order engages in the prohibited conduct, the Commissioner may certify the facts and apply for a contempt order to any Judge of the Superior Court, who shall upon such application hear the evidence as to the acts complained of. If the evidence warrants, the Judge shall punish such person, in the same manner and to the same extent as for a contempt committed before the Superior Court, or shall commit such person upon the same conditions as if the doing of the forbidden act had occurred with reference to the process of, or in the presence of, the Superior Court.

Appeal to the Court of Chancery

270 Right to Judicial Review

Any person aggrieved by an order of the Commissioner may obtain a review of the order in the Court of Chancery. Upon review, the Court of Chancery has the authority to determine questions of law de novo. The factual findings of the Commissioner, if supported by material and substantial evidence, shall be conclusive on the Court of Chancery. The filing of a complaint seeking review does not operate as a stay of the Commissioner's order unless specifically ordered by the Court.

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271 Procedure

A party seeking review must file a written complaint with the Court of Chancery within 60 days of entry of the Commissioner’s order. The complaint shall be forthwith served on the Commissioner and the other parties to the administrative proceeding. The party seeking review must pay the costs of transcribing the record. Upon completion of the record transcription, the Commissioner shall certify and file with the Court of Chancery a copy of the record transcription; all evidence upon which the order was entered; and any documents or other proffered evidence retained pursuant to Rule 249(b) relevant to the complaint (together, the “Administrative Record”). If the Administrative Record is not filed with the Chancery Court within 20 days of the filing of the complaint, the Commissioner shall notify the Court and receive additional time in which to file and certify the record. A continued failure by the party seeking review to pay the costs of transcription shall result in dismissal of the complaint without any need for the Commissioner to file the record in Court.

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272 Repealed

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300 Scope of Rules Regarding Investigations

The rules of this part apply only to investigations conducted by the Securities Division. They do not apply to administrative proceedings under the Act.

301 Nature and Purpose of Investigations

(a) The Commissioner may in his or her discretion make such public or private investigations within or outside the State as he or she deems necessary to determine whether any person has violated, is violating, or is about to violate any provision of the Act or the rules or regulations thereunder or otherwise to aid in the enforcement of the Act. Where, from complaints received from members of the public, communications from Federal or State agencies, examination of filings made with the Division, or otherwise, it appears that there may be violations of the Securities Act, or the rules or regulations thereunder, a preliminary investigation is generally made. Unless otherwise ordered by the Division, all investigations are non-public and the reports thereon are for Division use only.

(b) After investigation or otherwise, the Division may in its discretion take one or more of the following actions: Institution of administrative proceedings looking to the imposition of remedial sanctions, initiation of injunctive proceedings in the courts, and, in the case of a willful violation, criminal prosecution. The Division may also, in an appropriate case, refer the matter to, or grant requests for access to its files made by, domestic and foreign governmental authorities or foreign securities authorities, self-regulatory organizations (such as stock exchanges or the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.), and other persons or entities.

302 Information Obtained in Investigations

(a) Information or documents obtained by the Division in the course of any investigation or examination, unless made a matter of public record, shall be deemed non-public.

(b) The Commissioner may in his discretion and upon a showing that such information is needed, provide nonpublic information in his possession to any of the following persons if the person receiving such nonpublic information provides such assurances of confidentiality as the Commissioner deems appropriate:

(1) A federal, state, local or foreign government or any political subdivision, authority, agency or instrumentality of such government;

(2) A self-regulatory organization as defined in Section 3(a)(26) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78, et seq.) (the "Exchange Act"), or any similar organization empowered with self-regulatory responsibilities under the federal securities laws (as defined in Section 3(a)(47) of the Exchange Act), the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 1, et seq.) or any substantially equivalent foreign statute or regulation;

(3) A foreign financial regulatory authority as defined in Section 3(a)(51) of the Exchange Act;

(4) The Securities Investor Protection Corporation or any trustee or counsel for a trustee appointed pursuant to Section 5(b) of the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970;

(5) A trustee in bankruptcy;

(6) A bar association, state accountancy board or other federal, state, local or foreign licensing or oversight authority, or a professional association or self-regulatory authority to the extent that it performs similar functions; or

(7) A duly authorized agent, employee or representative of any of the above persons.

(c) Nothing contained in this section shall affect:

(1) The Commissioner's authority or discretion to provide or refuse to provide access to, or copies of, nonpublic information in the Division's possession in accordance with such other authority or discretion as the Commissioner possesses by statute, rule or regulation; or

(2) The Commissioner's responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act, 29 Del.C. §10001 et seq.

303 Rights of Witnesses

(a) Any person compelled to appear, or who appears by request or permission of the Division, in person in any investigative proceeding may be accompanied, represented and advised by counsel, provided, however, that all witnesses shall be sequestered, and unless permitted in the discretion of the Division, no witness or counsel accompanying any such witness shall be permitted to be present during the examination of any other witness called in such proceeding.

(b) The right to be accompanied, represented and advised by counsel shall mean the right of a person testifying to have an attorney present with him during any investigative proceeding and to have this attorney (1) advise such person before, during and after the conclusion of such examination, (2) question such person briefly at the conclusion of the examination to clarify any of the answers such person has given, and (3) make summary notes during such examination solely for the use of such person.

304 Subpoenas

(a) For the purpose of any investigation or proceeding under the Act, the Commissioner or any officer designated by him may administer oaths and affirmations, subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, take evidence, and require the production of any books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, agreements, or other documents or records which the Commissioner deems relevant or material to the inquiry. The Commissioner's authority to subpoena witnesses and documents outside the State shall exist to the maximum extent permissible under federal constitutional law.

(b) Subpoenas may be issued to any person (provided, however, that no subpoena shall issue, except upon request by the Division, to any complaining witness) and may require that person among other things, to:

(1) Testify under oath;

(2) Answer written interrogatories under oath;

(3) Produce documents and tangible things; and

(4) Permit inspection and copying of documents.

(c) Content of subpoena. A subpoena shall:

(1) Describe generally the nature of the investigation;

(2) If the subpoena requires testimony under oath, specify the date, time and place for the taking of testimony;

(3) If the subpoena requires answers to written interrogatories, contain a copy of the written interrogatories;

(4) If the subpoena requires the production of tangible things or documents: (a) describe the things and documents to be produced with reasonable specificity, and (b) specify a date, time, and place at which the things and documents are to be produced;

(5) Notify the person to whom the subpoena is directed of the obligation to supplement responses under Section 60.0;

(6) Advise the person to whom the subpoena is directed that the person may be represented by counsel; and

(7) Identify a member of the Securities Division who may be contacted in reference to the subpoena.

(d) Subpoenas to corporations and other entities.

(1) A subpoena directed to a corporation, partnership, or other entity that requires testimony under oath shall describe with reasonable particularity the subject matter of the testimony.

(2) An entity that receives a subpoena to answer written interrogatories or to testify under oath shall designate one or more of its officers, agents, employees, or other authorized persons familiar with the subject matter specified in the subpoena to respond to the subpoena on its behalf.

(3) The persons designated by an entity to respond to a subpoena on its behalf shall answer the interrogatories or testify as to all matters known or reasonably available to the entity.

(4) A subpoena directed to an entity that requires testimony under oath or answers to written interrogatories shall advise the entity of its obligations under this regulation.

(e) Service of subpoena.

(1) A subpoena may be served by personal service or by mail.

(2) The person who serves a subpoena shall complete a certificate of service attesting to the method and date of service.

(f) Effect of other proceedings. The pendency or beginning of administrative or judicial proceedings against a person by the Commissioner does not relieve the person of his obligation to respond to a subpoena issued under this regulation.

(g) Refusal to testify or produce documents.

(1) No person is excused from attending and testifying or from producing any document or record before the Commissioner, or in obedience to the subpoena of the Commissioner or any officer designated by him or in any proceeding instituted by the Commissioner, on the ground that the testimony or evidence (documentary or otherwise) required of him may tend to incriminate him or subject him to penalty or forfeiture; but no individual may be prosecuted or subjected to any penalty or forfeiture for or on account of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he is compelled, after claiming his privilege against self-incrimination, to testify or produce evidence (documentary or otherwise), except that the individual testifying is not exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury or contempt committed in testifying.

(2) In case of contumacy by, or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to, any person registered under Section 7313 of the Act, the Commissioner may suspend or revoke that registrant's license pursuant to the provisions of Section 7316 of the Act.

(h) Petition to modify or quash subpoena.

(1) A person served with a subpoena under this regulation may request that the subpoena be modified or quashed.

(2) A petition to modify or quash a subpoena issued under this regulation shall be filed with the administrative hearing officer within ten days of service of the subpoena or by the date specified for compliance with the subpoena, whichever is earlier. The petition shall set forth good cause why the subpoena should be modified or quashed.

(i) Application to Court of Chancery upon refusal to obey subpoena. In case of contumacy by, or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to, any person, the Court of Chancery, upon application by the Commissioner, may issue to the person an order requiring him to appear before the Court of Chancery or the officer designated by him, there to produce documentary evidence if so ordered or to give evidence touching the matter under investigation or in question. Failure to obey the order of the Court may be punished by the court as a contempt of court.

305 Testimony Under Oath

A witness may be required to provide testimony under oath as part of an investigation under the Act. A witness who provides testimony under oath may be accompanied and represented by counsel as provided for in Section 57.0. Testimony shall be recorded by tape recorder, stenographer or other device. The recording of the testimony shall be maintained in the custody of the Division.

306 Production of Things and Documents

(a) Any person may be required to produce things or documents in response to a subpoena under the Act.

(b) If a person responding to a subpoena for production of things or documents withholds a record or document on the basis of a privilege, the person shall state, with respect to each document:

(1) The name and title of the author of the document;

(2) The names and titles of all persons to whom the document was addressed;

(3) The names and titles of all persons to whom copies of the document were sent;

(4) The date on which the document was written or otherwise produced and the date on which it was mailed, sent, or delivered to its addressee;

(5) The number of pages in the document;

(6) A brief description of the nature or subject matter of the document;

(7) The basis on which the document is being withheld; and

(8) The paragraph number of the subpoena to which the document is responsive.

(c) Obligation to supplement responses.If a person has responded to a subpoena under this regulation and later discovers or obtains additional documents or things responsive to the subpoena, the person shall supplement the response as soon as reasonably possible.

307 Written Submissions by Interested Persons

(a) Persons who become involved in an investigation may, on their own initiative, submit a written statement to the Commissioner setting forth their interests and position in regard to the subject matter of the investigation. Upon request, the Division, in its discretion, may advise such persons of the general nature of the investigation, including the indicated violations as they pertain to them, and the amount of time that may be available for preparing and submitting a statement prior to the presentation of a Division recommendation to the Commissioner for the commencement of an administrative or injunction proceeding. Submissions by interested persons should be forwarded to the Securities Commissioner with a copy to the staff members conducting the investigation and should be clearly referenced to the specific investigation to which they relate. In the event a recommendation for the commencement of an enforcement proceeding is presented by the Division, any submissions by interested persons will be considered prior to commencement of any proceeding.

(b) Regardless of any voluntary written submission provided under Section 61.1, the Commissioner may, pursuant to Section 7319(a) of the Act, require any person to file a statement in writing, under oath or otherwise as the Commissioner determines, as to any or all of the facts and circumstances concerning the matter under investigation.

Part D. Securities Registration and Notice Filings

400 Registration by Coordination

(a) Any security for which a registration statement has been filed under the Securities Act of 1933 in connection with the same offering may be registered by coordination.

(b) A person who seeks to register a security by coordination shall file with the Division the following documents and information:

(1) A completed application Form U-1, Uniform Application to Register Securities;

(2) An irrevocable consent appointing the Securities Commissioner agent for service of process, executed by the issuer on Form U-2, Uniform Consent to Service of Process;

(3) One copy of the registration statement, as amended, filed with the SEC, which shall include (or which information shall otherwise be provided): a specification of the amount of the securities offered in Delaware; the states in which the offering has been or is being made; and any adverse order, judgment or decree entered in connection with the offering by any regulatory authority, court or the SEC;

(4) One copy of the prospectus in the latest form on file with the SEC;

(5) The appropriate filing fee as determined under Rule 66.0; and

(6) Any other document or information requested by the Division.

(c) An application for registration by coordination shall become effective in Delaware simultaneously with the registration statement filed with the SEC provided the following conditions have been met:

(1) All documents and information required by 62.2 above have been filed with the Division;

(2) No stop order is in effect and no proceeding is pending under Section 7308 of the Act;

(3) The registration statement has been on file with the Division for at least ten days; and

(4) A statement of the maximum and minimum proposed offering prices and the maximum underwriting discounts and commissions have been on file for at least two business days and the offering is made within those limitations.

401 Registration by Qualification

(a) Any security may be registered by qualification. A person who seeks to register a security by qualification shall file with the Division the following documents and information:

(1) A completed application Form U-1, Uniform Application to Register Securities;

(2) An irrevocable consent appointing the Securities Commissioner agent for the service of process, executed by the issuer on Form U-2, Uniform Consent to Service of Process;

(3) One copy of an executed registration statement which complies with SEC Form S-1, together with all exhibits, which shall include all information required under Sections 7306(b)(1)-(16) and 7307(b) of the Act.

(4) One copy of the Prospectus which is to be provided to offerees under Section 7306(d) of the Act;

(5) The appropriate filing fee as determined under Section 66.0; and

(6) Any other document or information requested by the Division.

(b) Unless otherwise ordered by the Commissioner, the prospectus which is sent or given to each person to whom an offer is made shall contain all the information contained in the registration statement filed with the Division under subsection 63.1 of this Rule. The prospectus shall be written in plain English and presented in a format that is clear and easy to understand, with appropriate headings and subheadings.

(c) An application for registration by qualification shall become effective in Delaware when so ordered by the Securities Commissioner provided no order has been issued pursuant to Section 7308 of the Act.

402 Small Company Offering Registrations Repealed

(a) Availability of Small Company Offering Registration ("SCOR").

(1) An issuer may register securities by qualification under Section 7306 of the Act by using the Form U-7 (Small Company Offerings Registration Form) if the conditions set forth in this regulation and in the instructions to Form U-7 are satisfied.

(2) In general, a company may do a SCOR offering if it is relying upon an exemption from registration with the SEC under the Federal Securities Act of 1933 provided by SEC Regulation A (17 C.F.R. §§230.251-263); Rule 504 of SEC Regulation D (17 C.F.R. §230.504); or by Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 147 promulgated thereunder (17 C.F.R. §230.147).

(3) Under SEC Regulation A, the aggregate amount of the offering cannot exceed $5,000,000.00. Under Rule 504 of SEC Regulation D, the aggregate offering amount cannot be more than $1,000,000.00. An offering under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933 and SEC Rule 147 may be in any amount but, among other requirements, all securities must be offered and sold only to Delaware residents. The company also must be resident and doing business in Delaware and eighty percent of the net proceeds of the offering must be used in the operation of the company's business in Delaware.

(b) Prospectus. A completed Form U-7 that has been declared effective by the Commissioner shall serve as the prospectus for an offering registered under this regulation.

(c) Eligibility of Issuer. To be eligible to register securities under this regulation, the issuer must satisfy the following conditions:

(1) The issuer is a corporation or centrally managed limited liability company organized under the law of the United States or Canada, or any state, province, or territory or possession thereof, or the District of Columbia and have its principal place of business in one of the foregoing;

(2) The issuer is not subject to the reporting requirements of Sections 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. §§78m, 78o(d);

(3) The issuer is not an investment company registered or required to be registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. §§80a-1 to 80a-52;

(4) The issuer is not engaged in and does not propose to be engaged in petroleum exploration and production, mining, or other extractive industries;

(5) The issuer is not a development stage company that either has no specific business plan or purpose or has indicated that its business plan is to engage in a merger or acquisition with an unidentified company or companies or other entity or person; and

(6) The issuer is not disqualified under subsection 64.9 of this regulation.

(d) Minimum price. The offering price for common stock or common ownership interests (hereinafter, collectively referred to as common stock), the exercise price for options, warrants, or rights to common stock, or the conversion price for securities convertible into common stock, must be greater or equal to $5.00 per share or unit of interest. The issuer must agree with the administrator that it will not split its common stock, or declare a stock dividend for two years after the effective date of the registration if such action has the effect of lowering the price below $5.00.

(e) Commissions, fees or other remuneration for soliciting any prospective purchaser in connection with the offering in the state are only paid to persons who, if required to be registered or licensed, the issuer believes, and has reason to believe, are appropriately registered or licensed in the state.

(f) Financial statements shall be prepared in accordance with either U.S. or Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. If appropriate, a reconciliation note should be provided. If the company has not conducted significant operations, statements of receipts and disbursements shall be included in lieu of statements of income. Interim financial statements may be unaudited. All other financial statements shall be audited by independent certified public accountants; provided, however, that if each of the following four conditions are met, such financial statements in lieu of being audited may be reviewed by independent certified public accountants in accordance with the Accounting and Review Service Standards promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or the Canadian equivalent:

(1) the company shall not have previously sold securities through an offering involving the general solicitation of prospective investors by means of advertising, mass mailing, public meetings, "cold call" telephone solicitation, or any other method directed toward the public;

(2) the company has not been previously required under federal, state, provincial or territorial securities laws to provide audited financial statements in connection with any sale of its securities;

(3) the aggregate amount of all previous sales of securities by the company (exclusive of debt financing with banks and similar commercial lenders) shall not exceed $1,000,000.00; and

(4) the amount of the present offering does not exceed $1,000,000.00.

(g) The offering shall be made in compliance with Rule 504 of Regulation D, Regulation A, or Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933.

(h) Filing Requirements and Fees. The issuer shall file an executed Form U-1, Form U-2, Form U-2A, Form U-7 with exhibits, and shall include the fee required by Rule 66.0. In addition, if the offering is made pursuant to Rule 504 of Regulation D, the issuer shall file a copy of its Form D as part of its SCOR application; if the offering is made pursuant to Regulation A, the issuer shall file a copy of its Form 1-A as part of its SCOR application. That filing shall be made with the Commissioner at the same time it is filed with the SEC.

(i) Disqualification. Unless the Commissioner determines that it is not necessary under the circumstances that the disqualification under this section be applied, application for registrations under this regulation shall be denied if the issuer, any of its officers, directors, ten percent or greater stockholders, promoters, or selling agents, or, any officer, director or partner of any selling agent:

(1) has filed an application for registration which is subject to a currently effective stop order entered pursuant to any state or provincial securities laws within ten years prior to the filing of the registration statement;

(2) has been convicted, within ten years prior to the filing of the current application for registration, of any felony or misdemeanor in connection with the offer, purchase, or sale of securities, or of any felony involving fraud or deceit, including, but not limited to, forgery, embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses, larceny, or conspiracy to defraud;

(3) is currently subject to any state or provincial administrative enforcement order or judgment entered by that state's or province's securities administrator within ten years prior to the filing of the current application for registration;

(4) is subject to any state or provincial administrative enforcement order or judgment in which fraud or deceit, including, but not limited to, making untrue statements of material facts and omitting to state material facts, was found, and the order or judgment was entered within ten years prior to the filing of the current application for registration;

(5) is subject to any state or provincial administrative enforcement order or judgment which prohibits, denies, or revokes the use of any exemption from registration in connection with the offer, purchase or sale of securities;

(6) is currently subject to any order, judgment, or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction that temporarily, preliminarily, or permanently restrains or enjoins such party from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice in connection with the purchase or sale of any security, or involving the making of any false filing with the state, entered within ten years prior to the filing of the current application for registration; or

(7) has violated the law of a foreign jurisdiction governing or regulating any aspect of the business of securities or banking or, within the past ten years, has been the subject of an action of a securities regulator of a foreign jurisdiction denying, revoking or suspending the right to engage in the business of securities as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser or investment adviser representative, or is the subject of an action of any securities exchange or self-regulatory organization operating under the authority of the securities regulator of a foreign jurisdiction suspending or expelling such person from membership in such exchange or self-regulatory organization.

(j) Waiver of disqualifications. Any of the disqualifications listed in subsection 64.9 of this Regulation may be waived if the Commissioner in the exercise of his discretion should find good cause for such waiver.

403 Notice Filings for Offerings of Investment Company Securities

(a) Except as provided in subsection 65.2 hereof, no investment company that is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or that has currently filed a registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 is required to file with the Commissioner, either prior to the initial offer or after the initial offer in this state of a security which is a covered security under Section 18(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, a copy of any document which is part of a federal registration statement filed with the SEC or is part of an amendment to such federal registration statement; provided, however, that if an investment company does not file with the Commissioner a copy of its federal registration statement and any amendments thereto, together with a consent to service of process and the fees provided herein, such investment company shall, prior to the initial offer of such a covered security, file with the Commissioner a Form NF for such security, together with a consent to service of process signed by the issuer and a filing fee equal to one half of one percent of the maximum aggregate offering price of securities to be offered in Delaware in the initial offering, but not less than $200.00 or more than $1,000.00. An issuer that indicates on the Form NF that it is offering an "indefinite" amount of shares in Delaware shall pay a filing fee of $1,000.00.

(b) An investment company that is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or that has filed a registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 shall file, upon written request of the Commissioner and within the time period set forth in the request, a copy of any document identified in the request that is part of the federal registration statement filed with the SEC or part of an amendment of such federal registration statement.

(c) An investment company offering in Delaware will be treated as a separate security where the offering involves a fund with a share price, asset value, class of shareholders, or set of assets that differs from those of other securities for which other notice filings have been made. Generally, this means that separate investment company "series" or "portfolios" will be treated as separate securities for purposes of notice filings under this section.

(d) The initial filing of a Form NF by an investment company pursuant to paragraph (a) hereof is effective for one year commencing upon the later of receipt by the Commissioner of the Form NF and fees or the effectiveness of the offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The investment company must renew its notice filing (or notice filings, where multiple filings were made for multiple series or portfolios) annually by filing with the Commissioner prior to the expiration of a current notice filing, either a copy of the issuer's registration statement or a Form NF and a filing fee in accordance with paragraph (a) hereof. A notice filing renewed pursuant to this subsection shall take effect upon the expiration of the notice filing being renewed.

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404 Fees

(a) Fees for registering securities by coordination or by qualification shall be one half of one percent of the maximum aggregate offering price of securities to be offered in Delaware during the initial registration period, but not less than $200.00 or more than $1,000.00.

(b) The amount of securities to be registered in Delaware shall be specifically stated in the Form U-1. However, if the applicant pays the maximum filing fee of $1,000.00, the amount to be registered in Delaware may be stated in the Form U-1 as "indefinite" or "unlimited."

(c) All filing fees are due at the time of the initial application. No application fee is refundable even though an application may be withdrawn or denied.

405 Filing of Sales Literature

Any prospectus, pamphlet, circular, form letter, advertisement, or other sales literature or advertising communication addressed or intended for distribution to prospective investors, including clients or prospective clients of an investment adviser must be filed with the Securities Commissioner unless the security or transaction is exempted by Section 7309 of the Act or the security is a federal covered security under Section 7309A of the Act.

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406 Notice Filings for SEC Regulation D Filings

(a) An issuer offering a security that is a covered security under section 18(b)(4)(D) of the Securities Act of 1933 shall file with the Commissioner a notice on SEC Form D and a consent to service of process on a Form U-2, Uniform Consent to Service of Process, no later than 15 days after the first sale of such federal covered security in this state.

(b) For purposes of this section, "SEC Form D" is defined as the document adopted by the SEC and in effect on September 1, 1996 (and as may be amended by the SEC from time to time), entitled "FORM D; Notice of Sale of Securities pursuant to Regulation D, Section 4(6), and/or Uniform Limited Offering Exemption", including Part E and the Appendix.

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Part E. Exemptions from Registration

500 Registration Not Required of Federal Covered Securities

Federal covered securities, as defined in Section 7302(a)(17) of the Act, are not required to be registered under Section 7304 of the Act. Notwithstanding this rule, however, notice filings are required for registered investment company offerings under Rule 403; and for offers or sales of securities in Delaware pursuant to SEC Rule 506, 17 C.F.R. §230.506. Federal covered securities, as defined in Section 7302(a)(17) of the Act, are not required to be registered under Section 7304 of the Act. Notwithstanding this rule, however, notice filings are required for registered investment company offerings under Rule 403; and for offers or sales of securities in Delaware pursuant to SEC Rule 505 (17 C.F.R. sec. 230.505), and SEC Rule 506 (17 C.F.R. sec. 230.506).

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501 Designated Exchange Exemption

Any security listed or approved for listing upon notice of issuance on the Boston Stock Exchange or the Chicago Board Options Exchange is exempted from Sections 7304, 7309A and 7312 of the Act pursuant to Section 7309(a)(8) of the Act.

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502 Limited Offering Exemption

(a) Any offer or sale of securities made in compliance with SEC Rule 505, 17 C.F.R. §230.505 (Exemption for Limited Offers and Sales of Securities Not Exceeding $5,000,000) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933 and the provisions of this Rule is exempt from registration under Section 7309(b)(9) of the Act.

(b) To qualify for the limited offering exemption under Section 7309(b)(9), the following conditions and limitations must be met:

(1) No commission, fee or other remuneration shall be paid or given, directly or indirectly, to any person for soliciting any prospective purchaser in this state unless such person is appropriately registered under the Act. It is a defense to a violation of this subsection if the issuer sustains the burden of proof to establish that he or she did not know and in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known that the person who received a commission, fee or other remuneration was not appropriately registered under the Act.

(2) The limited offering exemption is not available if the issuer, any of its directors, officers, general partners, trustees, beneficial owners of ten percent or more of a class of its equity interests, promoters currently connected with it in any capacity, or any person (other than a broker-dealer currently registered under the Act) that has been or will be paid or given, directly or indirectly, a commission or similar remuneration for the solicitation of a prospective purchaser or in connection with sales of securities under this exemption:

(i) within ten years before the first sale of securities in an offering under this exemption has filed a registration statement or application for exemption from registration that is currently subject to a stop order under any state's securities laws;

(ii) within ten years before the first sale of securities in an offering under this exemption has been convicted of or has pleaded nolo contendere to a felony or misdemeanor in connection with the offer, purchase, or sale of a security or in connection with the making of a false filing with the SEC or with a state securities administrator, or a felony involving fraud or deceit, including, but not limited to, forgery, embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses, larceny, conspiracy to defraud, or theft;

(iii) is subject to an order, judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction temporarily or preliminarily restraining or enjoining, or is subject to an order, judgment, or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction entered within ten years before the first sale of securities in an offering under this exemption permanently restraining or enjoining, that person from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice in connection with the offer, purchase, or sale of a security or in connection with the making of a false filing with the SEC or a state securities administrator;

(iv) is the subject of any order or judgment which prohibits, denies or revokes the use of any exemption from registration in connection with the offer, purchase or sale of securities;

(v) is subject to a state administrative order entered by a state securities administrator in which fraud or deceit was found, if the final order was entered within ten years before the first sale of securities in an offering under this exemption.

(3) Not later than 15 days after the first sale of securities under this regulation, the issuer shall file with the Commissioner a manually signed notice on a completed SEC Form D (Notice of Sale of Securities Pursuant to Regulation D, Section 4(6), and/or Uniform Limited Offering Exemption), as filed with the SEC and as that form may be amended from time to time. That filing shall constitute an affirmation by the issuer that it has complied with SEC Rule 505 and that upon written request the issuer shall furnish to the Commissioner any and all information furnished by the issuer or its agents to the offerees.

(4) An issuer relying on the exemption from registration under Section 7309(b)(9) of the Act and this regulation that is not filing SEC From D with the SEC shall file with the Commissioner, not later than 15 days after the first sale of securities under this regulation, or within six months of commencement of the offering (whichever occurs first), a Delaware Form D-1 (Notice of Sale of Securities Pursuant to Delaware Securities Act Section 7309(b)(9)).

(5) In all sales to nonaccredited investors in Delaware, one of the following conditions must be satisfied or the issuer and any person acting on its behalf shall have reasonable grounds to believe and after making reasonable inquiry shall believe that one of the following conditions are satisfied:

(i) The investment is suitable for the purchaser upon the basis of the facts, if any, disclosed by the purchaser as to the purchaser's other security holdings, financial situation and needs.

(ii) The purchaser either alone or with his or her purchaser representative(s) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that he or she is or they are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the prospective investment.

(c) Neither this regulation nor the Act provide an exemption from the provisions of Section 7303 of the Act.

(d) The burden of proving an exemption under this regulation is on the person claiming the exemption.

(e) The Commissioner may, by rule or order, increase the number of purchasers or waive any other condition of this exemption. The exemption under section 7309(b)(9) of the Act is withdrawn as to any security offered or sold in Delaware.

503 Accredited Investor Exemption

Any offer or sale of a security by an issuer in a transaction that meets the following requirements of this rule is exempted from the securities registration requirements of the Act.

(a) Sales of securities shall be made only to persons who are or the issuer reasonably believes are "accredited investors" as that term is defined in SEC Rule 501(a) of Regulation D.

(b) The exemption is not available to an issuer that is in the development stage that either has no specific business plan or purpose or has indicated that its business plan is to engage in a merger or acquisition with an unidentified company or companies, or other entity or person.

(c) The issuer reasonably believes that all purchasers are purchasing for investment and not with the view to or for sale in connection with a distribution of the security. Any resale of a security sold in reliance on this exemption within 12 months of sale shall be presumed to be with a view to distribution and not for investment, except a resale pursuant to a registration statement effective under the securities registration requirements of the Act or to an accredited investor pursuant to another applicable exemption under the Act.

(d) Disqualification.

(1) This exemption is not available to an issuer if the issuer, any of the issuer's predecessors, any affiliated issuer, any of the issuer's directors, officers, general partners, beneficial owners of ten percent or more of any class of its equity securities, any of the issuer's promoters presently connected with the issuer in any capacity, any underwriter of the securities to be offered, or any partner, director or officer of such underwriter:

(i) within the last ten years, has filed a registration statement that is the subject of a currently effective registration stop order entered by any state securities administrator or the SEC;

(ii) within the last ten years, has been convicted of any criminal offense in connection with the offer, purchase or sale of any security, or involving fraud or deceit;

(iii) is currently subject to any order, judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, entered within the last ten years, temporarily, preliminarily or permanently restraining or enjoining such party from engaging in or continuing to engage in any conduct or practice involving fraud or deceit in connection with the purchase or sale of any security.

(e) General Announcement.

(1) A general announcement of the proposed offering may be made by any means.

(2) The general announcement shall include only the following information, unless additional information is specifically permitted by the Commissioner:

(i) The name, address and telephone number of the issuer of the securities;

(ii) The name, a brief description and price (if known) of any security to be issued;

(iii) A brief description of the business of the issuer in 25 words or less;

(iv) The type, number and aggregate amount of securities being offered;

(v) The name, address and telephone number of the person to contact for additional information; and

(vi) A statement that:

(1) sales will only be made to accredited investors;

(2) no money or other consideration is being solicited or will be accepted by way of this general announcement; and

(3) the securities have not been registered with or approved by any state securities agency or the SEC and are being offered and sold pursuant to an exemption from registration.

(f) The issuer, in connection with an offer, may provide information in addition to the general announcement under paragraph 72.6, if such information:

(1) is delivered through an electronic database that is restricted to persons who have been prequalified as accredited investors; or

(2) is delivered after the issuer reasonably believes that the prospective purchaser is an accredited investor.

(g) No telephone solicitation shall be permitted unless prior to placing the call, the issuer reasonably believes that the prospective purchaser to be solicited is an accredited investor.

(h) Dissemination of the general announcement of the proposed offering to persons who are not accredited investors shall not disqualify the issuer from claiming the exemption under this rule.

(i) The issuer must file or cause to be filed with the Commissioner a notice of exemption in the form prescribed by the Commissioner and a copy of any general announcement, within 15 days after the first sale in this state.

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504 World Class Foreign Issuer Exemptions

Any security that meets all of the following conditions shall be exempt from the securities registration requirements of the Act:

(a)

(1) Equity securities, except options, warrants, preferred stock, subscription rights, securities convertible into equity securities or any right to subscribe to or purchase such options, warrants, convertible securities or preferred stock;

(2) Units consisting of equity securities permitted under subparagraph 73.1.1 and warrants to purchase the same equity security being offered in the unit;

(3) Non-convertible debt securities rated in one of the four highest rating categories of Standard and Poor's, Moody's, Dominion Bond Rating Services of Canadian Bond Rating Services or such other rating organization the Commissioner by rule or order may designate. For purpose of this subparagraph 73.1.2, the term "non-convertible debt securities" means securities that cannot be converted for at least one year from the date of issuance and then, only into equity shares of the issuer or its parent; or

(4) American Depository Receipts representing securities described in subparagraphs 73.1.1 and 73.1.2 above;

(b) The issuer is not organized under the laws of the United States, or of any state, territory or possession of the United States, or of the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico;

(c) The issuer, at the time an offer or sale is made in reliance on the securities exemption embodied in this rule, has been a going concern engaged in continuous business operations for the immediate past five years and during that period has not been the subject of a proceeding relating to insolvency, bankruptcy, involuntary administration, receivership or similar proceeding. For purposes of this paragraph, the operating history of any predecessor that represented more than 50 percent of the value of the assets of the issuer that otherwise would have met the conditions of this rule may be used toward the five year requirement;

(d) The issuer, at the time an offer or sale is made in reliance on the securities exemption embodied in this rule, has a public float of US $1 billion or more. For purposes of this paragraph:

(1) The term "public float" means the market value of all outstanding equity shares owned by non-affiliates;

(2) The term "equity shares" means common shares, non-voting equity shares and subordinate or restricted voting equity shares, but does not include preferred shares; and

(3) An "affiliate" is anyone who owns beneficially, directly or indirectly, or exercises control or direction over, more than ten percent of the outstanding equity shares of such person;

(e) The market value of the issuer's equity shares, at the time an offer or sale is made in reliance on the securities exemption embodied in this rule, is US $3 billion or more. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "equity shares" means common shares, non-voting equity shares and subordinate or restricted voting equity shares, but does not include preferred shares; and

(f) The issuer, at the time an offer or sale is made in reliance on the securities exemption embodied in this rule, has a class of equity securities listed for trading on or through the facilities of a foreign securities market included in SEC Rule 902(a)(1) or designated by the SEC under SEC Rule 902(a)(2).

505 Offers of Securities Through the Internet

(a) A communication that is placed on the Internet by or on behalf of an issuer that is designed to raise capital and/or to distribute information on securities, products or services and that is directed generally to anyone having access to the Internet, whether through postings on "Bulletin Boards," displays on "Home Pages," or otherwise (an "Internet Communication") shall not constitute an offer within the meaning of Section 7302(11)(a) of the Act, and shall therefore not be required to be registered under the Act, provided that:

(1) The Internet Communication indicates by a prominent legend at the beginning of the Internet Communication that the securities are not being offered to any person in a state where such offer or sale would be in violation of the law;

(2) An offer of the issuer's securities is not otherwise directed to any person in Delaware by, or on behalf of, the issuer; and

(3) Unless otherwise exempt under the Act, no sale of the issuer's securities is made in Delaware, as a result of the Internet Communication.

(b) Reliance on the exemption provided by this rule does not preclude an issuer from relying on other available exemptions for offers provided under the Act.

(c) The term “Internet” for the purposes of this rule includes the Internet, the World Wide Web and similar proprietary and common carrier electronic systems.

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506 Claim of Exemption by Persons Organized and Operated Not for Private Profit but Exclusively for Religious Purposes

Any security issued by a person organized and operated not for private profit but exclusively for religious, educational, benevolent or charitable purposes shall be exempt from the securities registration requirement of the Act provided as follows:

(a) The issuer is (1) a religious organization affiliated with, associated with, or authorized by a religious denomination or denominations; or (2) a religious organization that consists of or acts on behalf of individual or local churches or local or regional church organizations.

(b) The issuer is an organization that qualifies and operates under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;

(c) The issuer, alone or through its predecessor organization:

(1) Has been in existence for over ten years;

(2) Has received audited financial statements with an unqualified opinion from a certified public accountant for its most recent three fiscal years; and

(3) Has experienced no defaults on any outstanding obligations to investors for the period that it has issued securities.

(d) The issuer's:

(1) Cash, cash equivalents and readily marketable assets have had a market value of at least five percent of the principal balance of its total outstanding debt securities for the last three fiscal years or 36 months prior to the issue; or

(2) Net worth, as that term is used in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, has been at least equal to three percent of its total assets for the last three fiscal years or 36 months prior to the issue.

(e) Prior to any sale of the securities, the issuer provides an investor with a disclosure document reflecting financial and other information concerning the issuer and relevant risks involved in the investment.

(f) The issuer makes loans to or otherwise utilizes the net proceeds of the offering in support of:

(1) Local churches, or other religious organizations affiliated or associated with such churches; or

(2) Related religious organizations.

(g) The issuer:

(1) Has a net worth, as that term is used in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, of $5,000,000.00 or more which includes all church owned property; or

(2) Makes loans, secured by either real property or by a pledge of readily marketable securities, at all times, having equal or greater value than the loan amount, to finance the purchase, construction or improvement of church related property, buildings, related capital expenditures, or to refinance existing debt to be secured by such property, or for other operating expenses of the entities described in 75.6 above, provided the obligation is secured by such property.

507 Claim of Exemption for Nine-Month Commercial Paper

Section 7309(a)(10) of the Act exempts from registration any commercial paper which arises out of a current transaction (or the proceeds of which have been or are to be used for current transactions), and which evidences an obligation to pay cash within nine months of the date of issuance, exclusive of days of grace, or any renewal of such paper which is likewise limited, or any guarantee of such paper or of any such renewal. This exemption is a narrow and specialized one. It applies only to prime quality negotiable commercial paper of a type not ordinarily purchased by the general public, that is, paper issued to facilitate well recognized types of current operational business requirements and of a type eligible for discounting by Federal Reserve Banks. The exemption is not available for the unregistered public offering of promissory or collateral trust notes or similar evidences of debt of any issuer directly to public investors through solicitation or otherwise. Pursuant to Section 7304 of the Act, any such offering must be registered or exempt from registration under an exemption other than that provided by Section 7309(a)(10) of the Act.

508 Recognized Securities Manuals

(a) Each of the following manuals shall be deemed a "Recognized Securities Manual" for the purposes of 6 Del.C. §7309(b)(2):

(1) Mergent's Industrial Manual

(2) Mergent's Transportation Manual

(3) Mergent's Public Utility Manual

(4) Mergent's Bank and Finance Manual

(5) Standard & Poor's Standard Corporation Records

(6) Fitch's Individual Stock Bulletin

(7) Mergent's OTC Industrial Manual

(b) The term "manual" for purposes of this rule includes all commonly recognized formats of publications, including CD-ROM and electronic dissemination over the Internet.

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509 Unsolicited Sales

Acknowledgment by letter from a customer that a sale was unsolicited is a prerequisite to the application of the exemption set forth at 6 Del.C. §7309(b)(3).

510 Transactional Exemption for Certain Institutional Buyers

(a) Pursuant to Section 7309(b)(8) of the Act, offers or sales to institutional buyers are exempted from Sections 7304, 7309A and 7312 of the Act. For purposes of this exemption, "institutional buyers" include the following:

(1) an "accredited investor" as defined in SEC Rule 501(a)(1)-(4), (7) and (8), 17 C.F.R. §230.501(a)(1)-(4), (7), (8), excluding, however, any self-directed employee benefit plan with investment decisions made solely by persons that are "accredited investors" as defined in Rule 501(a)(5)-(6);

(2) any "qualified institutional buyer" as that term is defined in SEC Rule 144A(a)(1), 17 C.F.R. §230.144A(a)(1); and

(3) a corporation, partnership, trust, estate, or other entity (excluding individuals) having a net worth of not less than $5 million or a wholly-owned subsidiary of such entity, as long as the entity was not formed for the purpose of acquiring the specific securities.

(b) For purposes of determining a purchaser's total assets or net worth under this section, the issuer and the seller may rely upon the entity's most recent annual balance sheet or other financial statement which shall have been audited by an independent accountant or which shall have been verified by a principal of the purchaser.

(c) The offer or sale of securities is not exempt under Section 7309(b)(8) or this rule if the institutional buyer is in fact acting only as an agent for another purchaser that is not an institutional buyer or financial institution listed in Section 7309(b)(8).

511 Confirmation of Availability of Exemption

No oral communication with the Securities Division may be relied upon as proving the availability of any exemption or any exclusion from a definition. Such confirmation may only be obtained by a written opinion from the Securities Division. A written opinion may be obtained by submitting the fee set forth in Section 3.8 along with a full description of the subject matter, copies of any relevant documents and the identity of the section or sections of the Delaware Securities Act on which the exemption or exclusion is based.

Part F. Broker-Dealers, Broker-Dealer Agents, and Issuer Agents

600 Registration of Broker-Dealers

(a) A person applying for a license as a broker-dealer in Delaware shall make application for such license on Form BD (Uniform Application for Broker-Dealer Registration). Amendments to such applications shall also be made on Form BD.

(b) An applicant who is registered or registering under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 shall file its application, together with the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act, with the NASD Central Registration Depository ("CRD") and shall file with the Commissioner such other information as the Commissioner may reasonably require.

(c) An applicant who is not registered or registering under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 shall file its application; the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act; and an audited financial statement prepared in accordance with 17 C.F.R. §240.17a-5(d) with the Commissioner, together with such other information as the Commissioner may reasonably require.

(d) Except for a broker-dealer that is a sole proprietorship or the substantial equivalent, a broker-dealer registered with the Commissioner shall register with the Commissioner at least on broker-dealer agent.

(e) Registration expires at the end of the calendar year. Any broker-dealer may renew its registration by filing with the NASD CRD, or with the Commissioner in the case of a broker-dealer not registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, such information as is required by the NASD, together with the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act.

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601 Registration of Broker-Dealer Agents

(a) A person applying for a license as a broker-dealer agent in Delaware shall make application for such license on Form U-4 (Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer). Amendments to such application shall also be made on Form U-4.

(b) An applicant for registration as an agent for a broker-dealer that is a member of the NASD shall file his or her application, together with the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act, with the NASD CRD and shall file with the Commissioner such other information as the Commissioner may reasonably require.

(c) Any applicant for registration as an agent for a broker-dealer that is not an NASD member shall file his or her application, together with the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act, with the Commissioner, together with such other information as the Commissioner may reasonably require.

(d) Registration expires at the end of the calendar year. Any broker-dealer may renew its registration by filing with the NASD CRD, or with the Commissioner in the case of a broker-dealer not registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, such information as is required by the NASD, together with the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act.

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602 Registration of Issuer Agents

(a) A person applying for a license as an issuer agent in Delaware shall make application for such license on Form U-4 (Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer). Amendments to such application shall also be made on Form U-4.

(b) An applicant for registration as an issuer agent shall file his or her application and the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act with the Commissioner, together with such further information as the Commissioner may reasonably require.

(c) Any applicant for an issuer agent license must also successfully complete the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination (Series 63 or 66) administered by the NASD. The Commissioner may waive the exam requirement upon good cause shown.

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603 Continuing Obligation of Registrants to Keep Information Current

(a) Persons registering or registered as broker-dealers, broker-dealer agents or issuer agents are required to keep reasonably current the information set forth in their applications for registration and to notify the Commissioner of any material change to any information reported in their application for registration. An applicant or registrant who is registered with the NASD may notify the Commissioner of such material change by filing an amendment through the NASD CRD. All other persons shall notify the Commissioner directly.

(b) Failure to keep current the information set forth in an application or to notify the Commissioner of any material change to any information reported in the application shall constitute a waiver of any objection to or claim regarding any action taken by the Commissioner in reliance on information currently on file with the Commissioner.

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604 Minimum Financial Requirements and Financial Reporting Requirements of Broker-Dealers

(a) Each broker-dealer registered or required to be registered under the Act shall comply with SEC Rules 15c3-1 (17 C.F.R. §240.15c3-1), 15c3-2 (17 C.F.R. §240.15c3-2), and 15c3-3 (17 C.F.R. §240.15c3-3).

(b) Each broker-dealer registered or to be registered under the Delaware Securities Act shall comply with SEC Rule 17a-11 (17 C.F.R. §240.17a-11) and shall file with the Commissioner, upon request, copies of notices and reports required under SEC Rules 17a-5(17 C.F.R. §240.17a-5), 17a-10 (17 C.F.R. §240.17a-10), and 17a-11 (17 C.F.R. §240.17a-11).

(c) To the extent that the SEC promulgates changes to the above-referenced rules, broker-dealers in compliance with such rules as amended shall not be subject to enforcement action by the Securities Division for violation of this section to the extent that the violation results solely from the broker-dealer's compliance with the amended rule.

605 Bonding Requirements of Intrastate Broker-Dealers

Every broker-dealer registered or required to be registered under the Act whose business is exclusively intrastate, who does not make use of any facility of a national securities exchange, and who is not registered under Section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 shall be bonded in an amount of not less than $100,000 by a bonding company qualified to do business in this state.

606 Recordkeeping Requirements of Broker-Dealers

(a) Unless otherwise provided by order of the SEC, each broker-dealer registered or required to be registered under the Act shall make, maintain, and preserve books and records in compliance with SEC Rules 17a-3 (17 C.F.R. §240.17a-3), 17a-4 (17 C.F.R. §240.17a-4), 15c2-6 (17 C.F.R. §240.15c2-6) and 15c2-11 (17 C.F.R. §240.15c2-11).

(b) To the extent that the SEC promulgates changes to the above-referenced rules, broker-dealers in compliance with such rules as amended shall not be subject to enforcement action by the Securities Division for violation of this section to the extent that the violation results solely from the broker-dealer's compliance with the amended rule.

607 Use of the Internet for General Dissemination of Information on Products and Services

(a) Broker-dealers and broker-dealer agents who use the Internet to distribute information on securities, products or services through communications made on the Internet directed generally to anyone having access to the Internet, and transmitted through postings on Bulletin Boards, displays on "Home Pages" or otherwise (an "Internet Communication") shall not be deemed to be "transacting business" in Delaware for purposes of Section 7313 of the Act based solely on the Internet Communication if the following conditions are met:

(1) The Internet Communication contains a legend in which it is clearly stated that:

(i) the broker-dealer or agent in question may only transact business in a state requiring registration if first registered, excluded or exempted from state broker-dealer or agent registration requirements, as the case may be; and

(ii) follow-up, individual responses to persons in Delaware by such broker-dealer, or agent that involve either the effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities, will not be made absent compliance with state broker-dealer or agent registration requirements, or an applicable exemption or exclusion;

(2) The Internet Communication contains a mechanism, including and without limitations, technical "firewalls" or other implemented policies and procedures, designed reasonably to ensure that prior to any subsequent, direct communication with prospective customers or clients in Delaware, said broker-dealer or agent is first registered in Delaware or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from such requirement. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to relieve a state registered broker-dealer or agent from any applicable securities registration requirement in Delaware;

(3) The Internet Communication does not involve either effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities in Delaware over the Internet, but is limited to the dissemination of general information on securities, products or services; and

(4) In the case of an agent:

(i) the affiliation with the broker-dealer is prominently disclosed within the Internet Communication;

(ii) the broker-dealer with whom the agent is associated retains responsibility for reviewing and approving the content of any Internet Communication by the agent;

(iii) the broker-dealer or investment adviser with whom the agent is associated first authorizes the distribution of information on the securities, products or services through the Internet Communication; and

(iv) in disseminating information through the Internet Communication, the agent acts within the scope of the authority granted by the broker-dealer;

(b) The position expressed in this rule extends to state broker-dealer and agent registration requirements only, and does not excuse compliance with applicable securities registration, antifraud or related provisions;

(c) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to affect the activities of any broker-dealer and agent 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.

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608 Registration Exemption for Certain Canadian Broker-Dealers

(a) A Canadian broker-dealer which meets the conditions of this rule as set forth below shall be exempt from the registration requirement of Section 7313 of the Act.

(b) To be eligible for this exemption, the broker-dealer must be resident in Canada, have no office or other physical presence in Delaware, and comply with the following conditions:

(1) Only effects or attempts to effect transactions in securities with, or for, one or more of the following;

(i) A person from Canada who is temporarily present in Delaware, with whom the Canadian broker-dealer had a bona fide business-client relationship before the person entered Delaware;

(ii) A person from Canada who is present in Delaware, whose transactions are in a self-directed tax advantaged retirement plan in Canada of which the person is the holder or contributor; or

(iii) As otherwise permitted by the act; and

(2) Is registered in its home province or territory, and a member in good standing of a self-regulatory organization or stock exchange in Canada;

(3) Files with the Securities Commissioner a notice in the form of the current application required by the jurisdiction in which its head office is located;

(4) Files with the Securities Commissioner a consent to service of process in a form which complies with the requirements of Section 7327 of the Act.

(5) Discloses to its clients in Delaware that it is not subject to the full regulatory requirements of the Act; and

(6) Is not in violation of Section 7303 of the Act or any rules promulgated thereunder.

(c) Exempt transactions. Offers or sales of any security effected by a broker-dealer who is exempt from registration under this Regulation are exempt from the registration requirements of Section 7304 of the Act and the filing requirements of Section 7312 of the Act.

(d) Agent exemption: An agent who represents a Canadian broker-dealer who is exempt from registration under this Regulation is also exempt from the registration requirement of Section 7313 of the Act, provided such agent maintains his or her provincial or territorial registration in good standing.

(e) Denial, Suspension or Revocation. The Commissioner may by order deny, suspend, or revoke the exemption of a particular Canadian broker-dealer provided pursuant to Section 89.0 if he finds that the order is in the public interest and that the Canadian broker-dealer (or any partner, officer, director, or any person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions, or any person directly or indirectly, controlling the broker-dealer) has done anything prohibited by Section 7316(a)(1) to (8),(12) or (13).

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609 Dishonest or Unethical Practices

(a) Each broker-dealer and broker-dealer agent registered in Delaware is required to observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade in the conduct of their business. The acts and practices described below in this rule, among others, are considered contrary to such standards and may constitute grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of registration or such other action authorized by the Act.

(b) Broker-Dealers. For the purposes of 6 Del.C. §7316(a)(7), dishonest or unethical practices by a broker-dealer shall include, but not be limited to, the following conduct:

(1) Engaging in an unreasonable and unjustifiable delay in the delivery of securities purchased by any of its customers or in the payment, upon request, of free credit balances reflecting completed transactions of any of its customers, or failing to notify customers of their right to receive possession of any certificate of ownership to which they are entitled;

(2) Inducing trading in a customer's account that is excessive in size or frequency in view of the customer's investment objective, level of sophistication in investments, and financial situation and needs;

(3) Recommending a transaction without reasonable grounds to believe that such transaction is suitable for the customer in light of the customer's investment objective, level of sophistication in investments, financial situation and needs, and any other information material to the investment;

(4) Executing a transaction on behalf of a customer without prior authorization to do so;

(5) Exercising any discretionary power in effecting a transaction for a customer's account without first obtaining written discretionary authority from the customer, unless the discretionary power relates solely to the time and/or price for the execution of orders;

(6) Executing any transaction in a margin account without securing from the customer a properly executed written margin agreement promptly after the initial transaction in the account;

(7) Failing to segregate and identify customer's free securities or securities held in safekeeping;

(8) Hypothecating a customer's securities without having a lien thereon unless the broker-dealer secures from the customer a properly executed written consent promptly after the initial transaction, except as permitted by SEC regulations;

(9) Entering into a transaction with or for a customer at a price not reasonably related to the current market price of the security or receiving an unreasonable commission or profit (commissions or profits equal to 10% or more of the price of a security are presumed to be unreasonable);

(10) Failing to furnish to a customer purchasing securities in an offering, no later than the date of confirmation of the transaction, either a final prospectus or a preliminary prospectus and an additional document, which, together with the preliminary prospectus, includes all information set forth in the final prospectus;

(11) Charging unreasonable and inequitable fees for services performed, including miscellaneous services such as collection of monies due for principal, dividends or interest, exchange or transfer of securities, appraisals, safekeeping, or custody of securities and other services related to its securities business;

(12 Charging any fee for which no notice is given to the customer, and consent obtained, prior to the event incurring the fee;

(13 Offering to buy from or sell to any person any security at a stated price, unless such broker-dealer is prepared to purchase or sell, as the case may be, at such price and under such conditions as are stated at the time of such offer to buy or sell;

(14 Representing that a security is being offered to a customer “at the market” or a price relevant to the market price, unless such broker-dealer knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that a market for such security exists other than that made, created or controlled by such broker-dealer, or by any person for whom he is acting or with whom he is associated in such distribution, or any person controlled by, controlling or under common control with such broker-dealer;

(15 Effecting any transaction in, or inducing the purchase or sale of, any security by means of any manipulative or deceptive device, practice, plan, program, design or contrivance, that may include but not be limited to:

(i) Effecting any transaction in a security that involves no change in the beneficial ownership thereof;

(I) Entering an order or orders for the purchase or sale of any security with the knowledge that an order or orders of substantially the same size, at substantially the same time and substantially the same price, for the sale of any such security, has been or will be entered by or for the same or different parties for the purpose of creating a false or misleading appearance of active trading in the security or false or misleading appearance with respect to the market for the security; provided, however, nothing in this subparagraph shall prohibit a broker-dealer from entering bona fide agency cross transactions for its customers; or

(iii) Effecting, or with one or more other persons, a series of transactions in any security creating actual or apparent active trading in such security or raising or depressing the price of such security for the purpose of inducing the purchase or sale of such security by others;

(16) Guaranteeing a customer against loss in any securities account of such customer carried by the broker-dealer or in any securities transaction effected by the broker-dealer with or for such customer;

(17) Publishing or circulating or causing to be published or circulated, any notice, circular, advertisement, newspaper article, investment service, or communication of any kind that purports to report any transaction as a purchase or sale of any security, unless such broker-dealer believes that such transaction was a bona fide purchase or sale of such security; or that purports to quote the bid price or asked price for any security, unless such broker-dealer believes that such quotation represents a bona-fide bid for, or offer of, such security;

(18) Using any advertising or sales presentation in such a fashion as to be deceptive or misleading. An example of such practice would be a distribution of any nonfactual data, material, or presentation based on conjecture, unfounded or unrealistic claims or assertions in a brochure, flyer, or display by words, pictures, graphs or otherwise designed to supplement, detract from, supersede or defeat the purpose or effect of any prospectus or disclosure;

(19) Failing to disclose that the broker-dealer is controlled by, controlling, affiliated with or under common control with the issuer of any security before entering into any contract with or for a customer for the purchase or sale of such security, and, if such disclosure is not made in writing, it shall be supplemented by the giving or sending of written disclosure at or before the completion of the transaction;

(20) Failing to make a bona fide public offering of all the securities allotted to a broker-dealer for distribution, whether acquired as an underwriter or a selling group member, or from a member participating in the distribution as an underwriter or selling group member;

(21) Failing or refusing to furnish a customer, upon reasonable request, information to which he is entitled, including:

(i) with respect to a security recommended by the broker-dealer, material information that is reasonably available; and

(ii) a written response to any written request or complaint;

(22) Making a recommendation that one customer buy a particular security and that another customer sell that security, where the broker-dealer acts as a principal and such recommendations are made within a reasonably contemporaneous time period, unless individual suitability considerations or preferences justify the different recommendations;

(23) Where the broker-dealer holds itself out as a market maker in a particular security, or publicly quotes bid prices in a particular security, failing to buy that security from a customer promptly upon the customer's request to sell;

(24) Recommending a security to its customers without conducting a reasonable inquiry into the risks of that investment or communicating those risks to its agents and its customers in a reasonably detailed manner and with such emphasis as is necessary to make the disclosure meaningful;

(25) Representing itself as a financial or investment planner, consultant, or adviser, when the representation does not fairly describe the nature of the services offered, the qualifications of the person offering the services, and the method of compensation for the services;

(26 Falsifying any record or document or failing to create or maintain any required record or documents;

(27) Violating any ethical standard in the conduct rules promulgated by the National Association of Securities Dealers; or

(28) Aiding or abetting any of the conduct listed above.

(c) Broker-Dealer Agents and Issuer Agents. For the purposes of 6 Del.C. §7316(a)(7), dishonest or unethical practices by a broker-dealer agent or an issuer agent shall include, but not be limited to, the following conduct:

(1) Engaging in the practice of lending or borrowing money or securities from a customer, or acting as a custodian for money, securities or an executed stock power of a customer;

(2) Effecting securities transactions not recorded on the regular books or records of the broker-dealer that the agent represents, unless the transactions are authorized in writing by the broker-dealer prior to execution of the transaction;

(3) Establishing or maintaining an account containing fictitious information in order to execute transactions that would otherwise be prohibited;

(4) Sharing directly or indirectly in profits or losses in the account of any customer without the written authorization of the customer and the broker-dealer that the agent represents;

(5) Dividing or otherwise splitting the agent's commissions, profits or other compensation from the purchase or sale of securities with any person not also registered as an agent for the same broker-dealer or for a broker-dealer under direct or indirect common control;

(6) Where a recommendation is made that an unsophisticated customer purchase an over-the-counter security that (A) trades sporadically or in small volume, and (B) is not traded on any United States securities exchange (excluding the Spokane Exchange) or on the NASDAQ National Market System, failing to inform the customer that he may not be able to find a buyer if the customer would subsequently want to sell the security;

(7) Where a recommendation is made to purchase an over-the-counter security in which the asked price is greater than the bid by 25 percent or more, failing to inform the customer of the bid and the asked prices and of the significance of the spread between them should the customer wish to resell the security;

(8) Using excessively aggressive or high pressure sales tactics, such as repeatedly telephoning and offering securities to individuals who have expressed disinterest and have requested that the calls cease, or using profane or abusive language, or calling prospective customers at home at an unreasonable hour at night or in the morning;

(9) Conducting or facilitating securities transactions outside the scope of the agent's relationship with his broker-dealer employer unless he has provided prompt written notice to his employer;

(10) Acting or registering as an agent of more than one broker-dealer without giving written notification to and receiving written permission from all such broker-dealers; or

(11) Holding himself out as an objective investment adviser or financial consultant without fully disclosing his financial interest in a recommended securities transaction at the time the recommendation is made;

(12) Engaging in any of the conduct specified in subparagraph 90.2 above; or

(13) Aiding or abetting any of the conduct listed above.

(d) Prohibited practices in connection with investment company shares. For purposes of 6 Del.C. §7316(a)(7), unethical practices by a broker-dealer, broker-dealer agent or issuer agent shall include, but not be limited to, the following conduct:

(1) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, failing to adequately disclose to a customer all sales charges, including asset based and contingent deferred sales charges, which may be imposed with respect to the purchase, retention or redemption of such shares;

(2) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, stating or implying to a customer, either orally or in writing, that the shares are sold without a commission, are "no load" or have "no sales charge" if there is associated with the purchase of the shares a front-end loan, a contingent deferred sales load, a SEC Rule 12 b-1 fee or a service fee which exceeds .25 percent of average net fund assets per year, or in the case of closed-end investment company shares, underwriting fees, commissions or other offering expenses;

(3) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, failing to disclose to a customer any relevant sales charge discount on the purchase of shares in dollar amounts at or above a breakpoint or the availability of a letter of intent feature which will reduce the sales charges to the customer;

(4) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, recommending to a customer the purchase of a specific class of investment company shares in connection with a multi-class sales charge or fee arrangement without reasonable grounds to believe that the sales charge or fee arrangement associated with such class of shares is suitable and appropriate based on the customer's investment objectives, financial situation and other securities holdings, and the associated transaction or other fees;

(5) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, recommending to a customer the purchase of investment company shares which results in the customer simultaneously holding shares in different investment company portfolios having similar investment objectives and policies without reasonable grounds to believe that such recommendation is suitable and appropriate based on the customer's investment objectives, financial situation and other securities holdings, and any associated transaction charges or other fees;

(6) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, recommending to a customer the liquidation or redemption of investment company shares for the purpose of purchasing shares in a different investment company portfolio having similar investment objectives and policies without reasonable grounds to believe that such recommendation is suitable and appropriate based on the customer's investment objectives, financial situation and other securities holdings and any associated transaction charges or other fees;

(7) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, stating or implying to a customer, either orally or in writing, the fund's current yield or income without disclosing the fund's most recent average annual total return, calculated in a manner prescribed in SEC Form N-1A, for one, five and ten year periods and fully explaining the difference between current yield and total return; provided, however, that if the fund's registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 has been in effect for less than one, five, or ten years, the time during which the registration statement was in effect shall be substituted for the periods otherwise prescribed;

(8) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, stating or implying to a customer, either orally or in writing, that the investment performance of an investment company portfolio is comparable to that of a savings account, certificate of deposit or other bank deposit account without disclosing to the customer that the shares are not insured or otherwise guaranteed by the FDIC or any other government agency and the relevant differences regarding risk, guarantees, fluctuation of principal and/or return, and any other factors which are necessary to ensure that such comparisons are fair, complete and not misleading;

(9) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, stating or implying to a customer, either orally or in writing, the existence of insurance, credit quality, guarantees or similar features regarding securities held, or proposed to be held, in the investment company's portfolio without disclosing to the customer other kinds of relevant investment risks, including but not limited to, interest rate, market, political, liquidity, or currency exchange risks, which may adversely affect investment performance and result in loss and/or fluctuation of principal notwithstanding the creditworthiness of such portfolio securities;

(10) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, stating or implying to a customer, either orally or in writing,

(i) that the purchase of such shares shortly before an ex-dividend date is advantageous to such customer unless there are specific, clearly described tax or other advantages to the customer, or

(ii) that a distribution of long-term capital gains by an investment company is part of the income yield from an investment in such shares;

(11) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, making representations to a customer, either orally or in writing, that the broker-dealer or agent knows or has reason to know are based in whole or in part on information contained in dealer-use-only material which has not been approved for public distribution; or

(12) Aiding or abetting any of the conduct listed above.

(13) In connection with the offer or sale of investment company shares, the delivery of a prospectus shall not be dissipative that the broker-dealer or agent has fulfilled the duties set forth in the subparagraphs of this rule.

(e) The conduct set forth above is not exclusive. Engaging in other conduct such as forgery, embezzlement, theft, exploitation, nondisclosure, incomplete disclosure or misstatement of material facts, manipulative or deceptive practices, or aiding or abetting any unethical practice, shall be deemed an unethical business practice and shall also be grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of registration.

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610 Examination Requirement

An individual applying to be registered as a broker-dealer or a broker-dealer agent under the Act must successfully complete the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination (Series 63 or 66) administered by the NASD. The Commissioner may waive the exam requirement upon good cause shown.

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Part G. Investment Advisers and Investment Adviser Representatives

700 Registration of Investment Advisors

(a) A person applying for a license as an investment adviser in Delaware shall make application for such license on Form ADV (Uniform Application for Investment Adviser Registration under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940). Amendments to such application shall also be made on Form ADV.

(b) The applicant shall file the following items with the Commissioner: (i) the application on Form ADV; (ii) the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act; (iii) a balance sheet prepared in accordance with Schedule G of Form ADV; (iv) a list of all investment adviser representatives employed by the investment adviser; and (v) proof of compliance with Section 102.0 by filing an Investment Adviser Affidavit available at http://www.state.de.us/securities or by contacting the Division of Securities; and (vi) such other information as the Commissioner may reasonably require.

(c) Registration expires at the end of the calendar year. Any investment adviser may renew its registration by filing with the Commissioner an updated Form ADV, together with the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act and a list of all investment adviser representatives employed by the investment adviser.

(d) Except for an investment advisor that is a sole proprietorship or the substantial equivalent, an investment adviser registered with the Commissioner shall register with the Commissioner at least one investment advisor representative.

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701 Registration of Investment Adviser Representatives

(a) A person applying for a license as an investment adviser representative in Delaware shall make application for such license on Form U-4 (Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer). Amendments to such application shall also be made on Form U-4.

(b) The applicant shall file the following items with the Commissioner: (i) the application on Form U-4; (ii) the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act; (iii); proof of compliance with Rule 710 by filing an Investment Adviser Affidavit available at http://www.state.de.us/securities or by contacting the Division of Securities; and (iv) such other information as the Commissioner may reasonably require.

(c) Registration expires at the end of the calendar year. Any investment adviser representative may renew his or her registration by filing with the Commissioner a letter of intent to renew and the fee required by Section 7314 of the Act.

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702 Notice Filing Requirements for Federal Covered Advisers

(a) The notice filing for a federal covered adviser pursuant to 6 Del.C. §7314 shall be filed with the Commissioner on an executed Form ADV (Uniform Application for Investment Adviser Registration (17 C.F.R. §279)) and shall include the fee required by Sec. 7314 of the Act. A notice filing shall be effective from its receipt by the Commissioner until the next December 31st.

(b) The renewal of the notice filing for a federal covered adviser pursuant to Section 7314(b) of the Act shall be filed prior to December 31st upon Schedule I to Form ADV, and shall contain the fee required by Section 7314(c) of the Act. A renewal filing under this rule shall take effect upon the expiration of the filing being renewed.

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703 Continuing Obligation of Registrants and Notice Filers to Keep Information Correct

(a) Persons registering as investment advisers or investment adviser representatives are required to keep reasonably current the information set forth in their applications for registration and to notify the Commissioner of any material change to any information reported in their applications for registration.

(b) A federal covered adviser who has made a notice filing under the Act shall file with the Commissioner a copy of any amendment to its Form ADV or any schedule thereto as and when such amendment is filed with the SEC. Failure to keep current the information set forth in an application or to notify the Commissioner of any material change to any information reported in the application shall constitute a waiver of any objection to or claim regarding any action taken by the Commissioner in reliance on information currently on file with the Commissioner.

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704 Minimum Financial Requirements for Investment Advisers

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Rule, unless an investment adviser posts a bond pursuant to Section 97.0, an investment adviser registered or reguired to be registered under the Act who has custody of client funds or securities shall maintain at all times a minimum net worth of $35,000, every investment adviser registered or required to be registered under the Act who has discretionary authority over client funds or securities but does not have custody of client funds or securities, shall maintain at all times a minimum net worth of $10,000.

(b) Unless otherwise exempted, as a condition of the right to continue to transact business in this state, every investment adviser registered or required to be registered under the Act whose total net worth falls below the minimum required shall notify the Commissioner by the close of business on the next day of such net worth deficiency. After transmitting such notice, each investment adviser shall, by the close of business on the next business day, file a report with the Commissioner of its financial condition, including the following:

(1) A trial balance of all ledger accounts;

(2) A statement of all client funds, securities or assets which are not segregated;

(3) A computation of the aggregate amount of client ledger debit balances; and

(4) A statement as to the number of client accounts.

(c) For purposes of this Regulation, the term "net worth" shall mean the excess of assets over liabilities, as determined by generally accepted accounting principles, but shall not include as assets: prepaid expenses (except as to items properly classified as current assets under generally accepted accounting principles), deferred charges, goodwill, franchise rights, organizational expenses, patents, copyrights, marketing rights, unamortized debt discount and expense, any asset of intangible nature, home, home furnishings, automobile(s), any personal item not readily marketable (in the case of an individual), advances or loans to stockholders and officers (in the case of a corporation), and advances or loans to partners (in the case of a partnership). For purposes of this Rule, the term "net capital" in Section 222(c) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 shall have the same meaning as "net worth" as defined in this subsection.

(d) The Commissioner may require that a current appraisal be submitted in order to establish the worth of any asset.

(e) Every investment adviser that has its principal place of business in a state other than this state shall maintain such minimum capital as required by the state in which the investment adviser maintains its principal place of business, provided the investment adviser is licensed in such state and is in compliance with such state's minimum capital requirements.

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705 Bonding Requirements of Certain Investment Advisers

(a) Any bond required by this rule shall be issued by a company qualified to do business in this state in the form determined by the Commissioner and shall be subject to the claims of all clients of the investment adviser regardless of the client's state of residence. "Assets under management" for purposes of this rule shall mean the assets under management as disclosed on the adviser's current Form ADV or any schedule or supplement thereto filed with the Commissioner.

(b) Every investment adviser having custody of or discretionary authority over client funds or securities shall be bonded in an amount of not less than $35,000 by a bonding company qualified to do business in Delaware. The requirements of this Rule shall not apply to those applicants or registrants who comply with the requirements of Rule 704.

(c) An investment adviser that has its principal place of business in a state other than Delaware shall be exempt from the requirements of subsection 97.1 of this section, provided that the investment adviser is registered as an investment adviser in the state where it has its principal place of business and is in compliance with such state's requirements relating to bonding.

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706 Recordkeeping Requirements of Investment Advisers

(a) Every investment adviser registered or required to be registered under this Act shall make and keep true, accurate and current the following books, ledgers and records:

(1) A journal or journals, including cash receipts and disbursements records, and any other records of original entry forming the basis of entries in any ledger.

(2) General and auxiliary ledgers (or other comparable records) reflecting asset, liability, reserve, capital, income and expense accounts.

(3) A memorandum of each order given by the investment adviser for the purchase or sale of any security, of any instruction received by the investment adviser from the client concerning the purchase, sale, receipt or delivery of a particular security, and of any modification or cancellation of any such order or instruction. Such memoranda shall show the terms and conditions of the order, instruction, modification or cancellation; shall identify the person connected with the investment adviser who recommended the transaction to the client and the person who placed such order; and shall show the account for which entered, the date of entry, and the bank or broker-dealer by or through whom executed where appropriate. Orders entered pursuant to the exercise of discretionary power shall be so designated.

(4) All check books, bank statements, cancelled checks and cash reconciliations of the investment adviser.

(5) All bills or statements (or copies thereof) paid or unpaid, relating to the business of the investment adviser as such.

(6) All trial balances, financial statements, and internal audit working papers relating to the business of such investment adviser.

(7) Originals of all written communications received and copies of all written communications sent by such investment adviser relating to: (i) Any recommendation made or proposed to be made and any advice given or proposed to be given; (ii) any receipt, disbursement or delivery of funds or securities; or (iii) the placing or execution of any order to purchase or sell any security, provided, however: (A) that the investment adviser shall not be required to keep any unsolicited market letters and other similar communications of general public distribution not prepared by or for the investment adviser, and (B) that if the investment adviser sends any notice, circular or other advertisement offering any report, analysis, publication or other investment advisory service to more than 10 persons, the investment adviser shall not be required to keep a record of the names and addresses of the persons to whom it was sent; except that if such notice, circular or advertisement is distributed to persons named on any list, the investment adviser shall retain with the copy of such notice, circular or advertisement a memorandum describing the list and the source thereof.

(8) A list or other record of all accounts in which the investment adviser is vested with any discretionary power with respect to the funds, securities or transactions of any client.

(9) All powers of attorney and other evidences of the granting of any discretionary authority by any client to the investment adviser, or copies thereof.

(10) All written agreements (or copies thereof) entered into by the investment adviser with any client or otherwise relating to the business of such investment adviser as such.

(11) A copy of each notice, circular, advertisement, newspaper article, investment letter, bulletin or other communication recommending the purchase or sale of a specific security, which the investment adviser circulates or distributes, directly or indirectly, to 10 or more persons (other than clients receiving investment supervisory services or persons connected with such investment adviser), and if such notice, circular, advertisement, newspaper article, investment letter, bulletin or other communication does not state the reasons for such recommendation, a memorandum of the investment adviser indicating the reasons therefor.

(12)

(i) A record of every transaction in a security in which the investment adviser or any advisory representative of such investment adviser has, or by reason of such transaction acquires, any direct or indirect beneficial ownership, except: (A) transactions effected in any account over which neither the investment adviser nor any advisory representative of the investment adviser has any direct or indirect influence or control; and (B) transactions in securities which are direct obligations of the United States. Such record shall state the title and amount of the security involved; the date and nature of the transaction (i.e., purchase, sale or other acquisition or disposition); the price at which it was effected; and the name of the broker-dealer or bank with or through whom the transaction was effected. Such record may also contain a statement declaring that the reporting or recording or any such transaction shall not be construed as an admission that the investment adviser or advisory representative has any direct or indirect beneficial ownership in the security. A transaction shall be recorded not later than 10 days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the transaction was effected.

(ii) For purposes of this subdivision 98.1.12 the term "advisory representative" shall mean any partner, officer or director of the investment adviser, any employee who makes any recommendation, who participates in the determination of which recommendation shall be made, or whose functions or duties relate to the determination of which recommendation shall be made; any employee who, in connection with his duties, obtains any information concerning which securities are being recommended prior to the effective dissemination of such recommendations or of the information concerning such recommendations; and any of the following persons who obtain information concerning securities recommendations being made by such investment adviser prior to the effective dissemination of such recommendations or of the information concerning such recommendations: (A) any person in a control relationship to the investment adviser; (B) any affiliated person of such controlling person; and (C) any affiliated person of such affiliated person. "Control" shall have the same meaning as that set forth in Section 2(a)(9) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. (iii) An investment adviser shall not be deemed to have violated the provisions of this subparagraph because of his failure to record securities transactions of any investment adviser representative if he establishes that he instituted adequate procedures and used reasonable diligence to obtain promptly reports of all transactions required to be recorded.

(13)

(i) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (12) above, where the investment adviser is primarily engaged in a business or businesses other than advising registered investment companies or other advisory clients, a record must be maintained of every transaction in a security in which the investment adviser or any advisory representative of such investment adviser has, or by reason of such transaction requires, any direct or indirect beneficial ownership, except: (A) transactions effected in any account over which neither the investment adviser nor any advisory representative of the investment adviser has any direct or indirect influence or control; and (B) transactions in securities which are direct obligations of the United States. Such record shall state the title and amount of the security involved; the date and nature of the transaction (i.e., purchase, sale or other acquisition or disposition); the price at which it was effected; and the name of the broker-dealer or bank with or through whom the transaction was effected. Such record may also contain a statement declaring that the reporting or recording of any such transaction shall not be construed as an admission that the investment adviser ir advisory representative has any direct or indirect beneficial ownership in the security. A transaction shall be recorded not later than 10 days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the transaction was effected.

(ii) An investment adviser is "primarily engaged in a business or businesses other than advising registered investment companies or other advisory clients" when, for each of its most recent three fiscal years or for the period of time since organization, whichever is lesser, the investment adviser derived, on an unconsolidated basis, more than 50% of (1) its total sales and revenues, and (2) its income (or loss) before income taxes and extraordinary items, from such other business or businesses.

(iii) For purposes of paragraph (13) the term "advisory representative", when used in connection with a company primarily engaged in a business or businesses other than advising registered investment companies or other advisory clients, shall mean any partner, officer, director or employee of the investment adviser who makes any recommendation, who participates in the determination of which recommendation shall be made, or who, in connection with his duties, obtains any information concerning which securities are being recommended prior to the effective dissemination of such recommendations or of the information concerning such recommendations; and any of the following persons who obtain information concerning securities recommendations being made by such investment adviser prior to the effective dissemination of such recommendations or of the information concerning such recommendations: (A) any person in a control relationship to the investment adviser; (B) any affiliated person of such controlling person; and (C) any affiliated person of such affiliated person. "Control" shall have the same meaning as that set forth in Section 2(a)(9) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

(iv) An investment adviser shall not be deemed to have violated the provisions of this subdivision 98.1.13 because of his failure to record securities transactions of any advisory representative if he establishes that he instituted adequate procedures and used reasonable diligence to obtain promptly reports of all transactions required to be recorded.

(14) A copy of each written statement and each amendment or revision thereof, given or sent to any client or prospective client of such investment adviser in accordance with the provisions of Rule 709(a)(16), and a record of the dates that each written statement, and each amendment or revision thereof, was given, or offered to be given, to any client or prospective client who subsequently becomes a client.

(b) If an investment adviser subject to subsection 98.1 of this Regulation has custody or possession of securities or funds on any client, the records required to be made and kept under subsection 98.1above shall also include: (1) a journal or other record showing all purchases, sales, receipts and deliveries of securities (including certificate numbers) for such accounts and all other debits and credits to such accounts; (2) a separate ledger account for each such client showing all purchases, sales, receipts and deliveries of securities, the date and price of each such purchase and sale, and all debits and credits; (3) copies of confirmations of all transactions effected by or for the account of any such client; and (4) a record for each security in which any such client has a position, which record shall show the name of each such client having any interest in each security, the amount of interest of each such client, and the location of each such security.

(c) Every investment adviser subject to subsection 98.1 of this Regulation who renders any investment supervisory or management service to any client shall, with respect to the portfolio being supervised or managed and to the extent that the information is reasonably available to or obtainable by the investment adviser, make and keep true, accurate and current: (1) records showing separately for each such client the securities purchased and sold, and the date, amount and price of each such purchase and sale; and (2) for each security in which any such client has a current position, information from which the investment adviser can promptly furnish the name of each such client, and the current amount or interest of such client.

(d) Any books or records required by this Rule may be maintained by the investment adviser in such manner that the identity of any client to whom such investment adviser renders investment advisory services is indicated by numerical or alphabetical code or some similar designation.

(e)

(1) All books and records required to be made under the provisions of subsections (a) to (c), inclusive, of this Rule shall be maintained and preserved in an easily accessible place for a period of not less than five years from the end of the fiscal year during which the last entry was made on such record, the first two years in an appropriate office of the investment adviser. (2) Partnership articles and any amendments thereto, articles of incorporation, charters, minute books, and stock certificate books of the investment adviser and of any predecessor, shall be maintained in the principal office of the investment adviser and preserved until at least three years after termination of the enterprise.

(f) An investment adviser subject to subsection 98.1 of this Regulation, before ceasing to conduct or discontinuing business as an investment adviser shall arrange for and be responsible for the preservation of the books and records required to be maintained and preserved under this Regulation, and shall notify the Commissioner in writing of the exact address where such books and records will be maintained during such period.

(g)

(1) The records required to be maintained and preserved pursuant to this Rule may be immediately produced or reproduced by photograph on film or, as provided in paragraph 98.7.2 below, on magnetic disk, tape or other computer storage medium, and be maintained and preserved for the required time in that form. If records are produced or reproduced by photographic film or computer storage medium, the investment adviser shall: (i) arrange the records and index the films or computer storage medium so as to permit the immediate location of any particular record; (ii) be ready at all times to provide, and promptly provide, any facsimile enlargement of film or computer printout or copy of the computer storage medium the Commissioner by its examiners or other representatives may request; (iii) store separately from the original one other copy of the film or computer storage medium for the time required; (iv) with respect to records stored on computer storage medium, maintain procedures for maintenance and preservation of, and access to, records so as to reasonable safeguard records from loss, alteration, or destruction; and (v) with respect to records stored on photographic film, at all times have available for the Commissioner's examination of its records pursuant to section 7315(e) of the Act, facilities for immediate, easily readable projection of the film and for producing easily readable facsimile enlargements.

(2) Pursuant to this paragraph 98.7 an adviser may maintain and preserve on computer tape or disk or other computer storage medium records which, in the ordinary course of the adviser's business, are created by the adviser on electronic media or are received by the adviser solely on electronic media or by electronic data transmission.

(h) For purposes of this rule "investment supervisory services" means the giving of continuous advice as to the investment of funds on the basis of the individual needs of each client.

(i) Every investment adviser that has its principal place of business in a state other than Delaware shall be exempt from the requirements of this section, provided the investment adviser is licensed in such state and is in compliance with the state's recordkeeping requirements.

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707 Use of the Internet for General Dissemination of Information on Products and Services

(a) Investment advisers and investment adviser representatives who use the Internet to distribute information on available products and services through communications made on the Internet directed generally to anyone having access to the Internet, and transmitted through postings on "Bulletin Boards", displays on "Home Pages" or otherwise (an "Internet Communication") shall not be deemed to be "transacting business" in Delaware for purposes of Section 7313 of the Act based solely on the Internet Communication if the following conditions are met:

(1) The Internet Communication contains a legend in which it is clearly stated that:

(i) The investment adviser or representative in question may only transact business in a state requiring registration if first registered, excluded or exempted from state investment adviser or representative registration requirement, as the case may be; and

(ii) Follow-up individualized responses to persons in Delaware by such investment adviser or representative that involve the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation will not be made absent compliance with state investment adviser or representative 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, designed reasonably to ensure that prior to any subsequent, direct communication with prospective customers or clients in this state, said investment adviser or representative is first registered in Delaware or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from such requirement. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to relieve a state registered investment adviser or representative from any applicable securities registration requirement in Delaware;

(3) The Internet Communication does not involve the rendering of personalized advice for compensation in Delaware over the Internet, but is limited to the dissemination of general information on products and services; and

(4) In the case of a representative:

(i) the affiliation with the investment adviser is prominently disclosed within the Internet Communication;

(ii) the investment adviser with whom the representative is associated retains responsibility for reviewing and approving the content of any Internet Communication by the representative;

(iii) the investment adviser with whom the representative is associated first authorizes the distribution of information on the particular products and services through the Internet Communication; and

(iv) in disseminating information through the Internet Communication, the representative acts within the scope of the authority granted by the investment adviser;

(b) The position expressed in this rule extends to state investment adviser and representative registration requirements only, and does not excuse compliance with applicable securities registration, antifraud or related provisions;

(c) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to affect the activities of any investment adviser and representative engaged in business in Delaware that is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Commissioner as a result of the National Securities Markets Improvements Act of 1996, as amended.

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708 Custody of Client Funds or Securities

It is unlawful for an investment adviser to take or have custody of any securities or funds of any client unless:

(a) The investment adviser notifies the Commissioner in writing that the investment adviser has or may have custody;

(b) The securities of each client are segregated, marked to identify the particular client having the beneficial interest in those securities, and held in safekeeping in a place reasonably free from risk of destruction or other loss;

(c) All client funds are deposited as follows:

(1) In one or more bank accounts containing only clients' funds;

(2) The account or accounts are maintained in the name of the investment adviser as agent or trustee for the clients; and

(3) The investment adviser maintains a separate record for each account showing the name and address of the bank where the account is maintained, the dates and amounts of deposits in and withdrawals from the account, and the exact amount of each client's beneficial interest in the account;

(d) Immediately after accepting custody or possession of funds or securities from any client, the investment adviser notifies the client in writing of the place and manner in which the funds and securities will be maintained and subsequently, if or when there is a change in the place or the manner in which the funds or securities are maintained, the investment adviser gives written notice to the client;

(e) At least once every 3 months, the investment adviser sends to each client an itemized statement showing the client's funds and securities in the investment adviser's custody at the end of the period, and all debits, credits and transactions in the client's account during that period; and

(f) At least once every calendar year, an independent certified public accountant or public accountant verifies all client funds and securities by an actual examination, which shall be made at a time chosen by the accountant without prior notice to the investment adviser. A report stating that the accountant has made an examination of the client funds and securities in the custody of the investment adviser, and describing the nature and extent of the examination, shall be filed with the Commissioner within 30 days after each examination.

709 Dishonest or Unethical Practices

(a) 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 the client. While the extent and nature of this duty varies according to the nature of the relationship with the client and the circumstances of each case, no investment adviser, federal covered adviser or representative shall engage in any dishonest or unethical business practice. The provisions of this section apply to federal covered advisers only to the extent permitted by the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104-290). For purposes of §7316(a)(7) of the Act, the term "dishonest or unethical practices" shall include but not be limited to the following:

(1) Recommending to a client, to whom investment 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.

(2) 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 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 specific security that shall be executed, or both.

(3) Inducing trading in a client's account that is excessive in size or frequency in view of the client's financial resources and investment objectives and the character of the account.

(4) Placing an order to purchase or sell a security for the account of a client without authority to do so.

(5) 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.

(6) 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.

(7) Extending arranging for, or participating in arranging for credit to a customer in violation of the provisions of Regulation T promulgated by the Federal Reserve Board, 12 C.F.R. §§220.1-220.131.

(8) 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.

(9) Providing a report or recommendation prepared by someone other than the adviser to any advisory client prepared by someone other than the adviser without disclosing the fact; provided, however, that this prohibition does not apply to a situation where the adviser uses published research reports or statistical analyses to render advice or where an adviser orders such a report in the normal course of providing service.

(10) Charging a client an advisory fee that is unreasonable in light of the type of services to be provided, the experience and expertise of the adviser, the sophistication and bargaining power of the client, and whether the adviser has disclosed that lower fees for comparable services may be available from other sources.

(11) Failing to disclose to clients, in writing, before any advice is rendered, any material conflict of interest relating to the adviser or any of its employees which could reasonably be expected to impair the rendering of unbiased and objective advice, including:

(i) Compensation arrangements connected with advisory services which are in addition to compensation from such clients for such services; and

(ii) Charging a client an advisory fee for rendering advice when a commission for executing securities transactions pursuant to such advice will be received by the adviser or its employees.

(12) Guaranteeing a client that a specific result will be achieved (gain or no loss) with advice to be rendered.

(13) Publishing, circulating, or distributing any advertisement which does not comply with Rule 206(4)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

(14) Disclosing the identity, affairs, or investments of any client, unless required by law to do so, or unless consented to by the client.

(15) Violating Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, irrespective of whether such investment adviser is registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

(16) Entering into, extending, or renewing any investment advisory contract, unless such contract is in writing and discloses, in substance, the information required by Part II of Form ADV, 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. The information required by Part II of form ADV may be disclosed in a document advisory contract, so long as it is disclosed at the time the contract is entered into, extended or renewed.

(17) Failing to establish, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent the misuse of material nonpublic information in violation of Section 204A of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940

(18) Entering into, extending, or renewing any advisory contract which would violate Section 205 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. This provision shall apply to all advisers registered or required to be registered under the Delaware Securities Act.

(19) To include in an advisory contract any condition, stipulation, or provision binding any person to waive compliance with any applicable provision of the Delaware Securities Act, any rule promulgated thereunder, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, or any rule promulgated thereunder, or to engage in any other practice that would violate Section 215 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

(20) Engaging in any act, practice, or course of business which is fraudulent, deceptive, or manipulative in contravention 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 Advisers Act of 1940.

(21) Engaging in any conduct, indirectly or through or by any other person, which would be unlawful for such person to do directly under the provisions of the Delaware Securities Act or any rule thereunder.

(22) Aiding or abetting any of the conduct listed above.

(b) The conduct set forth in subparagraph (a) of this Regulation is not exclusive. Engaging in other conduct such as forgery, embezzlement, theft, exploitation, non-disclosure, incomplete disclosure or misstatement of material facts, manipulative or deceptive practices, or aiding or abetting any unethical practice, shall be deemed an unethical business practice and shall also be grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of registration. The federal statutory and regulatory provisions referenced herein shall apply to all investment advisers, federal covered advisers and investment adviser representatives only to the extent permitted by the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104-290).

1 DE Reg. 1978 (6/1/98)

710 Examination Requirements

(a) Examination Requirements. An individual applying to be registered as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative under the Act shall provide the Commissioner with proof of obtaining a passing score on one of the following examinations:

(1) The Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination (Series 65 examination); or

(2) The General Securities Representative Examination (Series 7 examination) and the Uniform Combined State Law Examination (Series 66 examination).

(b) Grandfathering.

(1) Any individual who is registered as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative in any jurisdiction in the United States on the effective date of this Regulation shall not be required to satisfy the examination requirements for continued registration, except that the Commissioner may require additional examinations for any individual found to have violated any state or federal securities law.

(2) An individual who has not been registered in any jurisdiction for a period of two (2) years shall be required to comply with the examinations requirements for this Regulation.

(c) Waivers. The examination shall not apply to an individual who currently holds one of the following professional designations:

(1) Certified Financial Planner (CFP) awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

(2) Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) awarded by the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania;

(3) Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;

(4) Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) awarded by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts;

(5) Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) awarded by the Investment Counsel Association of America, Inc.; or

(6) Such other professional designation as the Commissioner may by rule or order recognize.

(d) The Commissioner reserves the power to waive the exam requirements upon good cause shown.

4 DE Reg. 510 (9/1/00)

Part H. Provisions Applicable to Broker-Dealers, Agents, Investment Advisers and Investment Adviser Representatives

§800. Senior Specific Designations.

(a) The use of a senior specific certification or designation by any person in connection with the offer, sale, or purchase of securities, or the provision of advice as to the value of or the advisability of investing in, purchasing, or selling securities, either directly or indirectly or through publications or writings, or by issuing or promulgating analyses or reports relating to securities, that indicates or implies that the user has special certification or training in advising or servicing senior citizens or retirees, in such a way as to mislead any person shall be a dishonest and unethical practice within the meaning of section 7316(a)(7) of the Act. The prohibited use of such certifications or professional designation includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) use of a certification or professional designation by a person who has not actually earned or is otherwise ineligible to use such certification or designation;

(2) use of a nonexistent or self-conferred certification or professional designation;

(3) use of a certification or professional designation that indicates or implies a level of occupational qualifications obtained through education, training, or experience that the person using the certification or professional designation does not have; and

(4) use of a certification or professional designation that was obtained from a designating or certifying organization that:

(A) is primarily engaged in the business of instruction in sales and/or marketing;

(B) does not have reasonable standards or procedures for assuring the competency of its designees or certificants;

(C) does not have reasonable standards or procedures for monitoring and disciplining its designees or certificants for improper or unethical conduct; or

(D) does not have reasonable continuing education requirements for its designees or certificants in order to maintain the designation or certificate.

(b) there is a rebuttable presumption that a designating or certifying organization is not disqualified solely for purposes of paragraph (a)(4) above when the organization has been accredited by:

(1) The American National Standards Institute; or

(2) The National Commission for Certifying Agencies; or

(3) an organization that is on the United States Department of Education’s list entitled “Accrediting Agencies Recognized for Title IV Purposes” and the designation or credential issued therefrom does not primarily apply to sales and/or marketing.

(c) In determining whether a combination of words (or an acronym standing for a combination of words) constitutes a certification or professional designation indicating or implying that a person has special certification or training in advising or servicing senior citizens or retirees, factors to be considered shall include:

(1) use of one or more words such as “senior,” “retirement,” “elder,” or like words, combined with one or more words such as “certified,” “registered,” “chartered,” “adviser,” “specialist,” “consultant,” “planner,” or like words, in the name of the certification or professional designation; and

(2) the manner in which those words are combined.

(d) (1) For purposes of this rule, a certification or professional designation does not include a job title within an organization that is licensed or registered by a state or federal financial services regulatory agency, when that job title:

(A) indicates seniority or standing within the organization; or

(B) specifies an individual’s area of specialization within the organization.

(2) For purposes of this subsection, financial services regulatory agency includes, but is not limited to, an agency that regulates broker-dealers, investment advisers, or investment companies as defined under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

(e) Nothing in this rule shall limit the Commissioner’s authority to enforce existing provisions of law.

13 DE Reg. 667 (11/01/09)

14 DE Reg. 367 (11/01/10) (Prop.)