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Title 9 : Commerce and Trade

Chapter 150 : SECURITIES ACT

Subchapter 002 : Exemptions from Registration of Securities

(Cite as: 9 V.S.A. § 5201)
  • § 5201. Exempt securities

    The following securities are exempt from the requirements of sections 5301 through 5306 and 5504 of this chapter:

    (1) A security, including a revenue obligation or a separate security as defined in 17 C.F.R. § 230.131, issued, insured, or guaranteed by the United States; by a state; by a political subdivision of a state; by a public authority, agency, or instrumentality of one or more states; by a political subdivision of one or more states; by a person controlled or supervised by and acting as an instrumentality of the United States under authority granted by the Congress; or a certificate of deposit for any of the foregoing.

    (2) A security issued, insured, or guaranteed by a foreign government with which the United States maintains diplomatic relations, or any of its political subdivisions, if the security is recognized as a valid obligation by the issuer, insurer, or guarantor.

    (3) A security issued by and representing or that will represent an interest in or a direct obligation of or be guaranteed by:

    (A) An international banking institution.

    (B) A banking institution organized under the laws of the United States; a member bank of the Federal Reserve System; or a depository institution a substantial portion of the business of which consists or will consist of receiving deposits or share accounts that are insured to the maximum amount authorized by statute by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, or a successor authorized by federal law or exercising fiduciary powers that are similar to those permitted for national banks under the authority of the Comptroller of Currency pursuant to 12 U.S.C. § 92a.

    (C) Any other depository institution, unless by rule or order the Commissioner proceeds under section 5204 of this chapter.

    (4) A security issued by and representing an interest in, or a debt of, or insured or guaranteed by an insurance company authorized to do business in this State.

    (5) A security issued or guaranteed by a railroad, other common carrier, public utility, or public utility holding company that is:

    (A) regulated in respect to its rates and charges by the United States or a state;

    (B) regulated in respect to the issuance or guarantee of the security by the United States, a state, Canada, or a Canadian province or territory; or

    (C) a public utility holding company registered under 15 U.S.C. § 79 et seq. or a subsidiary of such a registered holding company within the meaning of 15 U.S.C. § 79 et seq.

    (6) A federal covered security specified in 15 U.S.C. § 77r(b)(1) or by rule adopted under that provision or a security listed or approved for listing on another securities market specified by rule under this chapter; a put or a call option contract; a warrant; a subscription right on or with respect to such securities; or an option or similar derivative security on a security or an index of securities or foreign currencies issued by a clearing agency registered under 15 U.S.C. § 78a et seq. and listed or designated for trading on a national securities exchange, a facility of a national securities exchange, a facility of a national securities association registered under 15 U.S.C. § 78a et seq., or an offer or sale, of the underlying security in connection with the offer, sale, or exercise of an option or other security that was exempt when the option or other security was written or issued; or an option or a derivative security designated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under 15 U.S.C. § 78i(b).

    (7) A security issued by a person organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, benevolent, fraternal, charitable, social, athletic, or reformatory purposes, or as a chamber of commerce, and not for pecuniary profit, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of a private stockholder or other person, except that with respect to the offer or sale of a note, bond, debenture, or other evidence of indebtedness issued by such a person, a rule may be adopted under this chapter limiting the availability of this exemption by classifying securities, persons, and transactions, imposing different requirements for different classes, specifying with respect to subdivision (B) of this subdivision (7) the scope of the exemption and the grounds for denial or suspension, and requiring an issuer:

    (A) to file a notice specifying the material terms of the proposed offer or sale and copies of any proposed sales and advertising literature to be used and provide that the exemption becomes effective if the Commissioner does not disallow the exemption within the period established by the rule;

    (B) to file a request for exemption authorization for which a rule under this chapter may specify the scope of the exemption, the requirement of an offering statement, the filing of sales and advertising literature, the filing of consent to service of process complying with section 5611 of this chapter, and grounds for denial or suspension of the exemption; and

    (C) to register under section 5304 of this chapter.

    (8) A member's or owner's interest in or a retention certificate or like security given in lieu of a cash patronage dividend issued by a cooperative organized and operated as a nonprofit membership cooperative under the cooperative laws of a state, but not a member's or owner's interest, retention certificate, or like security sold to persons other than bona fide members of the cooperative.

    (9) An equipment trust certificate with respect to equipment leased or conditionally sold to a person, if any security issued by the person would be exempt under this section or would be a federal covered security under 15 U.S.C. § 77r(b)(1). (Added 2005, No. 11, § 1, eff. July 1, 2006.)