Chapter 78 — Investment Securities

 

2015 EDITION

 

 

INVESTMENT SECURITIES

 

COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

78.1010     Short title

 

78.1020     Definitions and index of definitions

 

78.1030     Rules for determining whether certain obligations and interests are securities or financial assets

 

78.1040     Acquisition of security or financial asset or interest therein

 

78.1050     Notice of adverse claim

 

78.1060     Control

 

78.1070     Whether indorsement, instruction or entitlement order is effective

 

78.1080     Warranties in direct holding

 

78.1090     Warranties in indirect holding

 

78.1100     Applicability; choice of law

 

78.1110     Clearing corporation rules

 

78.1120     Creditor’s legal process

 

78.1130     Statute of frauds inapplicable

 

78.1140     Evidentiary rules concerning certificated securities

 

78.1150     Securities intermediary and others not liable to adverse claimant

 

78.1160     Securities intermediary as purchaser for value

 

ISSUE; ISSUER

 

78.2010     “Issuer”

 

78.2020     Terms of security; issuer’s responsibility and defenses; notice of defect or defense

 

78.2030     Staleness as notice of defects or defenses

 

78.2040     Effect of issuer’s restriction on transfer

 

78.2050     Effect of unauthorized signature on security certificate

 

78.2060     Completion or alteration of security certificate

 

78.2070     Rights of issuer with respect to registered owners

 

78.2080     Effect of signature of authenticating trustee, registrar or transfer agent

 

78.2090     Issuer’s lien

 

78.2100     Overissue

 

TRANSFER OF CERTIFICATED AND UNCERTIFICATED SECURITIES

 

78.3010     Delivery

 

78.3020     Rights of purchaser

 

78.3030     “Protected purchaser”

 

78.3040     Indorsement

 

78.3050     Instruction

 

78.3060     Effect of guaranteeing signature, indorsement or instruction

 

78.3070     Purchaser’s rights to requisites for registration of transfer

 

REGISTRATION

 

78.4010     Duty of issuer to register transfer

 

78.4020     Assurance that indorsement or instruction is effective

 

78.4030     Demand that issuer not register transfer

 

78.4040     Wrongful registration

 

78.4050     Replacement of lost, destroyed or wrongfully taken security certificate

 

78.4060     Obligation to notify issuer of lost, destroyed or wrongfully taken security certificate

 

78.4070     Authenticating trustee, transfer agent and registrar

 

SECURITY ENTITLEMENTS

 

78.5010     Securities account; acquisition of security entitlement from securities intermediary

 

78.5020     Assertion of adverse claim against entitlement holder

 

78.5030     Property interest of entitlement holder in financial asset held by securities intermediary

 

78.5040     Duty of securities intermediary to maintain financial asset

 

78.5050     Duty of securities intermediary with respect to payments and distributions

 

78.5060     Duty of securities intermediary to exercise rights as directed by entitlement holder

 

78.5070     Duty of securities intermediary to comply with entitlement order

 

78.5080     Duty of securities intermediary to change entitlement holder’s position to other form of security holding

 

78.5090     Specification of duties of securities intermediary by other statute or regulation; manner of performance of duties of securities intermediary and exercise of rights of entitlement holder

 

78.5100     Rights of purchaser of security entitlement from entitlement holder

 

78.5110     Priority among security interests and entitlement holders

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

      78.1010 Short title. This chapter may be cited as Uniform Commercial Code–Investment Securities. [1961 c.726 §78.1010; 1985 c.676 §78.1010; 1995 c.328 §1]

 

      78.1020 Definitions and index of definitions. (1) In this chapter:

      (a) “Adverse claim” means a claim in which a claimant who has a property interest in a financial asset asserts that it is a violation of the rights of the claimant for another person to hold, transfer or deal with the financial asset.

      (b) “Bearer form,” as applied to a certificated security, means a form in which the security is payable to the bearer of the security certificate according to its terms but not by reason of an indorsement.

      (c) “Broker” means a person defined as a broker or dealer under the federal securities laws, but does not exclude a bank acting in that capacity.

      (d) “Certificated security” means a security that is represented by a certificate.

      (e) “Clearing corporation” means:

      (A) A person that is registered as a clearing agency under the federal securities laws;

      (B) A federal reserve bank; or

      (C) Any other person that provides clearance or settlement services with respect to financial assets that would require it to register as a clearing agency under the federal securities laws but for an exclusion or exemption from the registration requirement, if its activities as a clearing corporation, including promulgation of rules, are subject to regulation by a federal or state governmental authority.

      (f) “Communicate” means to:

      (A) Send a signed writing; or

      (B) Transmit information by any mechanism agreed upon by the persons transmitting and receiving the information.

      (g) “Entitlement holder” means a person identified in the records of a securities intermediary as the person having a security entitlement against the securities intermediary. If a person acquires a security entitlement by virtue of ORS 78.5010 (2)(b) or (c), that person is the entitlement holder.

      (h) “Entitlement order” means a notification communicated to a securities intermediary directing transfer or redemption of a financial asset to which the entitlement holder has a security entitlement.

      (i)(A) “Financial asset,” except as otherwise provided in ORS 78.1030, means:

      (i) A security;

      (ii) An obligation of a person or a share, participation, or other interest in a person or in property or an enterprise of a person, that is, or is of a type, dealt in or traded on financial markets, or that is recognized in any area in which it is issued or dealt in as a medium for investment; or

      (iii) Any property that is held by a securities intermediary for another person in a securities account if the securities intermediary has expressly agreed with the other person that the property is to be treated as a financial asset under this chapter.

      (B) As context requires, “financial asset” means either the interest itself or the means by which a person’s claim to it is evidenced, including a certificated or uncertificated security, a security certificate or a security entitlement.

      (j) “Indorsement” means a signature that alone or accompanied by other words is made on a security certificate in registered form or on a separate document for the purpose of assigning, transferring or redeeming the security or granting the power to assign, transfer or redeem it.

      (k) “Instruction” means a notification communicated to the issuer of an uncertificated security that directs that the transfer of the security be registered or that the security be redeemed.

      (L) “Registered form,” as applied to a certificated security, means a form in which:

      (A) The security certificate specifies a person entitled to the security; and

      (B) A transfer of the security may be registered upon books maintained for that purpose by or on behalf of the issuer, or the security certificate so states.

      (m) “Securities intermediary” means:

      (A) A clearing corporation; or

      (B) A person, including a bank or broker, that in the ordinary course of business maintains securities accounts for others and is acting in that capacity.

      (n) “Security,” except as otherwise provided in ORS 78.1030, means an obligation of an issuer or a share, participation or other interest in an issuer or in property or an enterprise of an issuer:

      (A) That is represented by a security certificate in bearer or registered form, or the transfer of which may be registered upon books maintained for that purpose by or on behalf of the issuer;

      (B) That is one of a class or series or by its terms is divisible into a class or series of shares, participations, interests or obligations; and

      (C)(i) That is, or is of a type, dealt in or traded on securities exchanges or securities markets; or

      (ii) That is a medium for investment and by its terms expressly provides that it is a security governed by this chapter.

      (o) “Security certificate” means a certificate representing a security.

      (p) “Security entitlement” means the rights and property interest of an entitlement holder with respect to a financial asset specified in ORS 78.5010 to 78.5110.

      (q) “Uncertificated security” means a security that is not represented by a certificate.

      (2) Other definitions applying to this chapter and the sections in which they appear are:

      (a) “Appropriate person” as defined in ORS 78.1070.

      (b) “Control” as defined in ORS 78.1060.

      (c) “Delivery” as defined in ORS 78.3010.

      (d) “Investment company security” as defined in ORS 78.1030.

      (e) “Issuer” as defined in ORS 78.2010.

      (f) “Overissue” as defined in ORS 78.2100.

      (g) “Protected purchaser” as defined in ORS 78.3030.

      (h) “Securities account” as defined in ORS 78.5010.

      (3) In addition, ORS chapter 71 contains general definitions and principles of construction and interpretation applicable throughout this chapter.

      (4) The characterization of a person, business or transaction for purposes of this chapter does not determine the characterization of the person, business or transaction for purposes of any other law, regulation or rule. [1961 c.726 §78.1020; 1965 c.271 §3; 1973 c.362 §1; 1985 c.676 §78.1020; 1995 c.328 §2; 2009 c.181 §89]

 

      78.1030 Rules for determining whether certain obligations and interests are securities or financial assets. (1) A share or similar equity interest issued by a corporation, business trust, joint stock company or similar entity is a security.

      (2) An “investment company security” is a security. “Investment company security” means a share or similar equity interest issued by an entity that is registered as an investment company under the federal investment company laws, an interest in a unit investment trust that is so registered or a face-amount certificate issued by a face-amount certificate company that is so registered. “Investment company security” does not include an insurance policy, endowment policy or annuity contract issued by an insurance company.

      (3) An interest in a partnership or limited liability company is not a security unless it is dealt in or traded on securities exchanges or in securities markets, its terms expressly provide that it is a security governed by this chapter or it is an investment company security. However, an interest in a partnership or limited liability company is a financial asset if it is held in a securities account.

      (4) A writing that is a security certificate is governed by this chapter and not by ORS chapter 73, even though it also meets the requirements of that chapter. However, a negotiable instrument governed by ORS chapter 73 is a financial asset if it is held in a securities account.

      (5) An option or similar obligation issued by a clearing corporation to its participants is not a security, but is a financial asset.

      (6) A commodity contract, as defined in ORS 79.0102, is not a security or a financial asset.

      (7) A document of title is not a financial asset unless ORS 78.1020 (1)(i)(A)(iii) applies. [1961 c.726 §78.1030; 1985 c.676 §78.1030; 1995 c.328 §3; 2001 c.445 §151; 2009 c.181 §90]

 

      78.1040 Acquisition of security or financial asset or interest therein. (1) A person acquires a security or an interest therein under this chapter if:

      (a) The person is a purchaser to whom a security is delivered pursuant to ORS 78.3010; or

      (b) The person acquires a security entitlement to the security pursuant to ORS 78.5010.

      (2) A person acquires a financial asset other than a security or an interest therein under this chapter if the person acquires a security entitlement to the financial asset.

      (3) A person who acquires a security entitlement to a security or other financial asset has the rights specified in ORS 78.5010 to 78.5110, but is a purchaser of any security, security entitlement or other financial asset held by the securities intermediary only to the extent provided in ORS 78.5030.

      (4) Unless the context shows that a different meaning is intended, a person who is required by other law, regulation, rule or agreement to transfer, deliver, present, surrender, exchange or otherwise put in the possession of another person a security or financial asset satisfies that requirement by causing the other person to acquire an interest in the security or financial asset pursuant to subsection (1) or (2) of this section. [1961 c.726 §78.1040; 1985 c.676 §78.1040; 1995 c.328 §4]

 

      78.1050 Notice of adverse claim. (1) A person has notice of an adverse claim if:

      (a) The person knows of the adverse claim;

      (b) The person is aware of facts sufficient to indicate that there is a significant probability that the adverse claim exists and deliberately avoids information that would establish the existence of the adverse claim; or

      (c) The person has a duty, imposed by statute or regulation, to investigate whether an adverse claim exists, and the investigation so required would establish the existence of the adverse claim.

      (2) Having knowledge that a financial asset or interest therein is or has been transferred by a representative imposes no duty of inquiry into the rightfulness of a transaction and is not notice of an adverse claim. However, a person who knows that a representative has transferred a financial asset or interest therein in a transaction that is, or whose proceeds are being used, for the individual benefit of the representative or otherwise in breach of duty has notice of an adverse claim.

      (3) An act or event that creates a right to immediate performance of the principal obligation represented by a security certificate or sets a date on or after which the certificate is to be presented or surrendered for redemption or exchange does not itself constitute notice of an adverse claim except in the case of a transfer more than:

      (a) One year after a date set for presentment or surrender for redemption or exchange; or

      (b) Six months after a date set for payment of moneys against presentation or surrender of the certificate, if moneys were available for payment on that date.

      (4) A purchaser of a certificated security has notice of an adverse claim if the security certificate:

      (a) Whether in bearer or registered form, has been indorsed “for collection” or “for surrender” or for some other purpose not involving transfer; or

      (b) Is in bearer form and has on it an unambiguous statement that it is the property of a person other than the transferor. The mere writing of a name on the certificate is not such a statement.

      (5) Filing of a financing statement under ORS chapter 79 is not notice of an adverse claim to a financial asset. [1961 c.726 §78.1050; 1985 c.676 §78.1050; 1995 c.328 §5]

 

      78.1060 Control. (1) A purchaser has control of a certificated security in bearer form if the certificated security is delivered to the purchaser.

      (2) A purchaser has control of a certificated security in registered form if the certificated security is delivered to the purchaser, and:

      (a) The certificate is indorsed to the purchaser or in blank by an effective indorsement; or

      (b) The certificate is registered in the name of the purchaser, upon original issue or registration of transfer by the issuer.

      (3) A purchaser has control of an uncertificated security if:

      (a) The uncertificated security is delivered to the purchaser; or

      (b) The issuer has agreed to comply with instructions originated by the purchaser without further consent by the registered owner.

      (4) A purchaser has control of a security entitlement if:

      (a) The purchaser becomes the entitlement holder;

      (b) The securities intermediary has agreed to comply with entitlement orders originated by the purchaser without further consent by the entitlement holder; or

      (c) Another person has control of the security entitlement on behalf of the purchaser or, having previously acquired control of the security entitlement, acknowledges that the person has control on behalf of the purchaser.

      (5) If an interest in a security entitlement is granted by the entitlement holder to the entitlement holder’s own securities intermediary, the securities intermediary has control.

      (6) A purchaser who has satisfied the requirements of subsection (3) or (4) of this section has control, even if the registered owner in the case of subsection (3) of this section, or the entitlement holder in the case of subsection (4) of this section, retains the right to make substitutions for the uncertificated security or security entitlement, to originate instructions or entitlement orders to the issuer or securities intermediary or otherwise to deal with the uncertificated security or security entitlement.

      (7) An issuer or a securities intermediary may not enter into an agreement of the kind described in subsection (3)(b) or (4)(b) of this section without the consent of the registered owner or entitlement holder, but an issuer or a securities intermediary is not required to enter into such an agreement even though the registered owner or entitlement holder so directs. An issuer or securities intermediary that has entered into such an agreement is not required to confirm the existence of the agreement to another party unless requested to do so by the registered owner or entitlement holder. [1961 c.726 §78.1060; 1985 c.676 §78.1060; 1995 c.328 §6; 2001 c.445 §152]

 

      78.1070 Whether indorsement, instruction or entitlement order is effective. (1) “Appropriate person” means:

      (a) With respect to an indorsement, the person specified by a security certificate or by an effective special indorsement to be entitled to the security;

      (b) With respect to an instruction, the registered owner of an uncertificated security;

      (c) With respect to an entitlement order, the entitlement holder;

      (d) If the person designated in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of this subsection is deceased, the designated person’s successor taking under other law, or the designated person’s personal representative acting for the estate of the decedent; or

      (e) If the person designated in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of this subsection lacks capacity, the designated person’s guardian, conservator or other similar representative who has power under other law to transfer the security or financial asset.

      (2) An indorsement, instruction or entitlement order is effective if:

      (a) It is made by the appropriate person;

      (b) It is made by a person who has power under the law of agency to transfer the security or financial asset on behalf of the appropriate person, including, in the case of an instruction or entitlement order, a person who has control under ORS 78.1060 (3)(b) or (4)(b); or

      (c) The appropriate person has ratified it or is otherwise precluded from asserting its ineffectiveness.

      (3) An indorsement, instruction or entitlement order made by a representative is effective even if:

      (a) The representative has failed to comply with a controlling instrument or with the law of the state having jurisdiction of the representative relationship, including any law requiring the representative to obtain court approval of the transaction; or

      (b) The representative’s action in making the indorsement, instruction or entitlement order or using the proceeds of the transaction is otherwise a breach of duty.

      (4) If a security is registered in the name of or specially indorsed to a person described as a representative, or if a securities account is maintained in the name of a person described as a representative, an indorsement, instruction or entitlement order made by the person is effective even though the person is no longer serving in the described capacity.

      (5) Effectiveness of an indorsement, instruction or entitlement order is determined as of the date the indorsement, instruction or entitlement order is made, and an indorsement, instruction or entitlement order does not become ineffective by reason of any later change of circumstances. [1985 c.676 §78.1070; 1995 c.328 §7]

 

      78.1080 Warranties in direct holding. (1) A person that transfers a certificated security to a purchaser for value warrants to the purchaser, and an indorser, if the transfer is by indorsement, warrants to any subsequent purchaser, that:

      (a) The certificate is genuine and has not been materially altered;

      (b) The transferor or indorser does not know of any fact that might impair the validity of the security;

      (c) There is no adverse claim to the security;

      (d) The transfer does not violate any restriction on transfer;

      (e) If the transfer is by indorsement, the indorsement is made by an appropriate person, or if the indorsement is by an agent, the agent has actual authority to act on behalf of the appropriate person; and

      (f) The transfer is otherwise effective and rightful.

      (2) A person that originates an instruction for registration of transfer of an uncertificated security to a purchaser for value warrants to the purchaser that:

      (a) The instruction is made by an appropriate person, or if the instruction is by an agent, the agent has actual authority to act on behalf of the appropriate person;

      (b) The security is valid;

      (c) There is no adverse claim to the security; and

      (d) At the time the instruction is presented to the issuer:

      (A) The purchaser will be entitled to the registration of transfer;

      (B) The transfer will be registered by the issuer free from all liens, security interests, restrictions and claims other than those specified in the instruction;

      (C) The transfer will not violate any restriction on transfer; and

      (D) The requested transfer will otherwise be effective and rightful.

      (3) A person that transfers an uncertificated security to a purchaser for value and does not originate an instruction in connection with the transfer warrants that:

      (a) The uncertificated security is valid;

      (b) There is no adverse claim to the security;

      (c) The transfer does not violate any restriction on transfer; and

      (d) The transfer is otherwise effective and rightful.

      (4) A person who indorses a security certificate warrants to the issuer that:

      (a) There is no adverse claim to the security; and

      (b) The indorsement is effective.

      (5) A person who originates an instruction for registration of transfer of an uncertificated security warrants to the issuer that:

      (a) The instruction is effective; and

      (b) At the time the instruction is presented to the issuer, the purchaser will be entitled to the registration of transfer.

      (6) A person who presents a certificated security for registration of transfer or for payment or exchange warrants to the issuer that the person is entitled to the registration, payment or exchange, but a purchaser for value and without notice of adverse claims to whom transfer is registered warrants only that the person has no knowledge of any unauthorized signature in a necessary indorsement.

      (7) If a person acts as agent in delivering a certificated security to a purchaser, the identity of the principal was known to the person to whom the certificate was delivered and the certificate delivered by the agent was received by the agent from the principal or received by the agent from another person at the direction of the principal, the person delivering the security certificate warrants only that the delivering person has authority to act for the principal and does not know of any adverse claim to the certificated security.

      (8) A secured party who redelivers a security certificate received, or after payment and on order of the debtor delivers the security certificate to another person, makes only the warranties of an agent under subsection (7) of this section.

      (9) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (7) of this section, a broker acting for a customer makes to the issuer and a purchaser the warranties provided in subsections (1) to (6) of this section. A broker that delivers a security certificate to its customer, or causes its customer to be registered as the owner of an uncertificated security, makes to the customer the warranties provided in subsection (1) or (2) of this section, and has the rights and privileges of a purchaser under this section. The warranties of and in favor of the broker acting as an agent are in addition to applicable warranties given by and in favor of the customer. [1985 c.676 §78.1080; 1995 c.328 §8]

 

      78.1090 Warranties in indirect holding. (1) A person who originates an entitlement order to a securities intermediary warrants to the securities intermediary that:

      (a) The entitlement order is made by an appropriate person, or if the entitlement order is by an agent, the agent has actual authority to act on behalf of the appropriate person; and

      (b) There is no adverse claim to the security entitlement.

      (2) A person who delivers a security certificate to a securities intermediary for credit to a securities account or originates an instruction with respect to an uncertificated security directing that the uncertificated security be credited to a securities account makes the warranties specified in ORS 78.1080 (1) or (2) to the securities intermediary.

      (3) If a securities intermediary delivers a security certificate to its entitlement holder or causes its entitlement holder to be registered as the owner of an uncertificated security, the securities intermediary makes the warranties specified in ORS 78.1080 (1) or (2) to the entitlement holder. [1995 c.328 §9]

 

      78.1100 Applicability; choice of law. (1) The local law of the issuer’s jurisdiction, as defined in subsection (4) of this section, governs:

      (a) The validity of a security;

      (b) The rights and duties of the issuer with respect to registration of transfer;

      (c) The effectiveness of registration of transfer by the issuer;

      (d) Whether the issuer owes any duties to an adverse claimant to a security; and

      (e) Whether an adverse claim can be asserted against a person to whom transfer of a certificated or uncertificated security is registered or a person who obtains control of an uncertificated security.

      (2) The local law of the securities intermediary’s jurisdiction, as specified in subsection (5) of this section, governs:

      (a) Acquisition of a security entitlement from the securities intermediary;

      (b) The rights and duties of the securities intermediary and entitlement holder arising out of a security entitlement;

      (c) Whether the securities intermediary owes any duties to an adverse claimant to a security entitlement; and

      (d) Whether an adverse claim can be asserted against a person who acquires a security entitlement from the securities intermediary or a person who purchases a security entitlement or interest therein from an entitlement holder.

      (3) The local law of the jurisdiction in which a security certificate is located at the time of delivery governs whether an adverse claim can be asserted against a person to whom the security certificate is delivered.

      (4) “Issuer’s jurisdiction” means the jurisdiction under which the issuer of the security is organized or, if permitted by the law of that jurisdiction, the law of another jurisdiction specified by the issuer. An issuer organized under the law of this state may specify the law of another jurisdiction as the law governing the matters specified in subsection (1)(b) to (e) of this section.

      (5) The following rules determine a securities intermediary’s jurisdiction for purposes of this section:

      (a) If an agreement between the securities intermediary and its entitlement holder governing the securities account expressly provides that a particular jurisdiction is the securities intermediary’s jurisdiction for purposes of ORS 78.1010 to 78.1160, this chapter or ORS chapter 79, that jurisdiction is the securities intermediary’s jurisdiction.

      (b) If paragraph (a) of this subsection does not apply and an agreement between the securities intermediary and its entitlement holder governing the securities account expressly provides that the agreement is governed by the law of a particular jurisdiction, that jurisdiction is the securities intermediary’s jurisdiction.

      (c) If neither paragraph (a) nor (b) of this subsection applies and an agreement between the securities intermediary and its entitlement holder governing the securities account expressly provides that the securities account is maintained at an office in a particular jurisdiction, that jurisdiction is the securities intermediary’s jurisdiction.

      (d) If paragraphs (a) to (c) of this subsection do not apply, the securities intermediary’s jurisdiction is the jurisdiction in which the office identified in an account statement as the office serving the entitlement holder’s account is located.

      (e) If paragraphs (a) to (d) of this subsection do not apply, the securities intermediary’s jurisdiction is the jurisdiction in which the chief executive office of the securities intermediary is located.

      (6) A securities intermediary’s jurisdiction is not determined by the physical location of certificates representing financial assets, by the jurisdiction in which is organized the issuer of the financial asset for which an entitlement holder has a security entitlement or by the location of facilities for data processing or other record keeping concerning the account. [1995 c.328 §10; 2001 c.445 §153]

 

      78.1110 Clearing corporation rules. A rule adopted by a clearing corporation governing rights and obligations of the clearing corporation and its participants in the clearing corporation is effective even if the rule conflicts with chapter 328, Oregon Laws 1995, and affects another party who does not consent to the rule. [1995 c.328 §11]

 

      Note: Legislative Counsel has substituted “chapter 328, Oregon Laws 1995,” for the words “this 1995 Act” in section 11, chapter 328, Oregon Laws 1995, compiled as 78.1110. Specific ORS references have not been substituted pursuant to 173.160. These sections may be determined by referring to the 1995 Comparative Section Table located in Volume 20 of ORS.

 

      78.1120 Creditor’s legal process. (1) The interest of a debtor in a certificated security may be reached by a creditor only by actual seizure of the security certificate by the officer making the attachment or levy, except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) of this section. However, a certificated security for which the certificate has been surrendered to the issuer may be reached by a creditor by legal process upon the issuer.

      (2) The interest of a debtor in an uncertificated security may be reached by a creditor only by legal process upon the issuer at the issuer’s chief executive office in the United States, except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) of this section.

      (3) The interest of a debtor in a security entitlement may be reached by a creditor only by legal process upon the securities intermediary with whom the debtor’s securities account is maintained, except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) of this section.

      (4) The interest of a debtor in a certificated security for which the certificate is in the possession of a secured party, in an uncertificated security registered in the name of a secured party or in a security entitlement maintained in the name of a secured party may be reached by a creditor by legal process upon the secured party.

      (5) A creditor whose debtor is the owner of a certificated security, uncertificated security or security entitlement is entitled to aid from a court of competent jurisdiction, by injunction or otherwise, in reaching the certificated security, uncertificated security or security entitlement or in satisfying the claim by means allowed at law or in equity in regard to property that cannot readily be reached by other legal process. [1995 c.328 §12]

 

      78.1130 Statute of frauds inapplicable. A contract or modification of a contract for the sale or purchase of a security is enforceable whether or not there is a writing signed or record authenticated by a party against whom enforcement is sought, even if the contract or modification is not capable of performance within one year of its making. [1995 c.328 §13]

 

      78.1140 Evidentiary rules concerning certificated securities. The following rules apply in an action on a certificated security against the issuer:

      (1) Unless specifically denied in the pleadings, each signature on a security certificate or in a necessary indorsement is admitted.

      (2) If the effectiveness of a signature is put in issue, the burden of establishing effectiveness is on the party claiming under the signature, but the signature is presumed to be genuine or authorized.

      (3) If signatures on a security certificate are admitted or established, production of the certificate entitles a holder to recover on it unless the defendant establishes a defense or a defect going to the validity of the security.

      (4) If it is shown that a defense or defect exists, the plaintiff has the burden of establishing that the plaintiff or some person under whom the plaintiff claims is a person against whom the defense or defect cannot be asserted. [1995 c.328 §14]

 

      78.1150 Securities intermediary and others not liable to adverse claimant. A securities intermediary that has transferred a financial asset pursuant to an effective entitlement order, or a broker or other agent or bailee that has dealt with a financial asset at the direction of its customer or principal, is not liable to a person having an adverse claim to the financial asset, unless the securities intermediary, or broker or other agent or bailee:

      (1) Took the action after it had been served with an injunction, restraining order or other legal process enjoining it from doing so, issued by a court of competent jurisdiction, and had a reasonable opportunity to act on the injunction, restraining order or other legal process;

      (2) Acted in collusion with the wrongdoer in violating the rights of the adverse claimant; or

      (3) In the case of a security certificate that has been stolen, acted with notice of the adverse claim. [1995 c.328 §15]

 

      78.1160 Securities intermediary as purchaser for value. A securities intermediary that receives a financial asset and establishes a security entitlement to the financial asset in favor of an entitlement holder is a purchaser for value of the financial asset. A securities intermediary that acquires a security entitlement to a financial asset from another securities intermediary acquires the security entitlement for value if the securities intermediary acquiring the security entitlement establishes a security entitlement to the financial asset in favor of an entitlement holder. [1995 c.328 §16]

 

ISSUE; ISSUER

 

      78.2010 “Issuer.” (1) With respect to an obligation on or a defense to a security, an “issuer” includes a person that:

      (a) Places or authorizes the placing of its name on a security certificate, other than as authenticating trustee, registrar, transfer agent or the like, to evidence a share, participation or other interest in its property or in an enterprise, or to evidence its duty to perform an obligation represented by the certificate;

      (b) Creates a share, participation or other interest in its property or in an enterprise, or undertakes an obligation, that is an uncertificated security;

      (c) Directly or indirectly creates a fractional interest in its rights or property, if the fractional interest is represented by a security certificate; or

      (d) Becomes responsible for, or stands in place of, another person described as an issuer in this section.

      (2) With respect to an obligation on or defense to a security, a guarantor is an issuer to the extent of its guaranty, whether or not its obligation is noted on a security certificate.

      (3) With respect to a registration of a transfer, “issuer” means a person on whose behalf transfer books are maintained. [1961 c.726 §78.2010; 1985 c.676 §78.2010; 1995 c.328 §17]

 

      78.2020 Terms of security; issuer’s responsibility and defenses; notice of defect or defense. (1) Even against a purchaser for value and without notice, the terms of a certificated security include terms stated on the certificate and terms made part of the security by reference on the certificate to another instrument, indenture or document or to a constitution, statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, order or the like, to the extent that the terms referred to do not conflict with terms stated on the certificate. A reference under this subsection does not of itself charge a purchaser for value with notice of a defect going to the validity of the security, even if the certificate expressly states that a person accepting it admits notice. The terms of an uncertificated security include those stated in any instrument, indenture or document or in a constitution, statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, order or the like, pursuant to which the security is issued.

      (2) The following rules apply if an issuer asserts that a security is not valid:

      (a) A security other than one issued by a government or governmental subdivision, agency or instrumentality, even though issued with a defect going to its validity, is valid in the hands of a purchaser for value and without notice of the particular defect unless the defect involves a violation of a constitutional provision. In that case, the security is valid in the hands of a purchaser for value and without notice of the defect, other than one who takes by original issue.

      (b) Paragraph (a) of this subsection applies to an issuer that is a government or governmental subdivision, agency or instrumentality only if there has been substantial compliance with the legal requirements governing the issue or the issuer has received a substantial consideration for the issue as a whole or for the particular security and a stated purpose of the issue is one for which the issuer has power to borrow money or issue the security.

      (3) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 78.2050, lack of genuineness of a certificated security is a complete defense, even against a purchaser for value and without notice.

      (4) All other defenses of the issuer of a security, including nondelivery and conditional delivery of a certificated security, are ineffective against a purchaser for value who has taken the certificated security without notice of the particular defense.

      (5) This section does not affect the right of a party to cancel a contract for a security “when, as and if issued” or “when distributed” in the event of a material change in the character of the security that is the subject of the contract or in the plan or arrangement pursuant to which the security is to be issued or distributed.

      (6) If a security is held by a securities intermediary against whom an entitlement holder has a security entitlement with respect to the security, the issuer may not assert any defense that the issuer could not assert if the entitlement holder held the security directly. [1961 c.726 §78.2020; 1985 c.676 §78.2020; 1995 c.328 §18]

 

      78.2030 Staleness as notice of defects or defenses. After an act or event, other than a call that has been revoked, creating a right to immediate performance of the principal obligation represented by a certificated security or setting a date on or after which the security is to be presented or surrendered for redemption or exchange, a purchaser is charged with notice of any defect in the security’s issue or defense of the issuer, if the act or event:

      (1) Requires the payment of money, the delivery of a certificated security, the registration of transfer of an uncertificated security, or any of them on presentation or surrender of the security certificate, the money or security is available on the date set for payment or exchange and the purchaser takes the security more than one year after that date; or

      (2) Is not covered by subsection (1) of this section and the purchaser takes the security more than two years after the date set for surrender or presentation or the date on which performance became due. [1961 c.726 §78.2030; 1995 c.328 §19]

 

      78.2040 Effect of issuer’s restriction on transfer. A restriction on transfer of a security imposed by the issuer, even if otherwise lawful, is ineffective against a person without knowledge of the restriction unless:

      (1) The security is certificated and the restriction is noted conspicuously on the security certificate; or

      (2) The security is uncertificated and the registered owner has been notified of the restriction. [1961 c.726 §78.2040; 1985 c.676 §78.2040; 1995 c.328 §20]

 

      78.2050 Effect of unauthorized signature on security certificate. An unauthorized signature placed on a security certificate before or in the course of issue is ineffective, but the signature is effective in favor of a purchaser for value of the certificated security if the purchaser is without notice of the lack of authority and the signing has been done by:

      (1) An authenticating trustee, registrar, transfer agent or other person entrusted by the issuer with the signing of the security certificate or of similar security certificates, or the immediate preparation for signing of any of them; or

      (2) An employee of the issuer, or of any of the persons listed in subsection (1) of this section, entrusted with responsible handling of the security certificate. [1961 c.726 §78.2050; 1985 c.676 §78.2050; 1995 c.328 §21]

 

      78.2060 Completion or alteration of security certificate. (1) If a security certificate contains the signatures necessary to its issue or transfer but is incomplete in any other respect:

      (a) Any person may complete it by filling in the blanks as authorized; and

      (b) Even if the blanks are incorrectly filled in, the security certificate as completed is enforceable by a purchaser who took it for value and without notice of the incorrectness.

      (2) A complete security certificate that has been improperly altered, even if fraudulently, remains enforceable, but only according to its original terms. [1961 c.726 §78.2060; 1985 c.676 §78.2060; 1995 c.328 §22]

 

      78.2070 Rights of issuer with respect to registered owners. (1) Before due presentment for registration of transfer of a certificated security in registered form or of an instruction requesting registration of transfer of an uncertificated security, the issuer or indenture trustee may treat the registered owner as the person exclusively entitled to vote, receive notifications and otherwise exercise all the rights and powers of an owner.

      (2) This chapter does not affect the liability of the registered owner of a security for a call, assessment, or the like. [1961 c.726 §78.2070; 1985 c.676 §78.2070; 1995 c.328 §23]

 

      78.2080 Effect of signature of authenticating trustee, registrar or transfer agent. (1) A person signing a security certificate as authenticating trustee, registrar, transfer agent or the like, warrants to a purchaser for value of the certificated security, if the purchaser is without notice of a particular defect, that:

      (a) The certificate is genuine;

      (b) The person’s own participation in the issue of the security is within the person’s capacity and within the scope of the authority received by the person from the issuer; and

      (c) The person has reasonable grounds to believe that the certificated security is in the form and within the amount the issuer is authorized to issue.

      (2) Unless otherwise agreed, a person signing under subsection (1) of this section does not assume responsibility for the validity of the security in other respects. [1961 c.726 §78.2080; 1985 c.676 §78.2080; 1995 c.328 §24]

 

      78.2090 Issuer’s lien. A lien in favor of an issuer upon a certificated security is valid against a purchaser only if the right of the issuer to the lien is noted conspicuously on the security certificate. [1995 c.328 §25]

 

      78.2100 Overissue. (1) In this section, “overissue” means the issue of securities in excess of the amount the issuer has corporate power to issue, but an overissue does not occur if appropriate action has cured the overissue.

      (2) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (3) and (4) of this section, the provisions of this chapter that validate a security or compel its issue or reissue do not apply to the extent that validation, issue or reissue would result in overissue.

      (3) If an identical security not constituting an overissue is reasonably available for purchase, a person entitled to issue or validation may compel the issuer to purchase the security and deliver it if certificated or register its transfer if uncertificated, against surrender of any security certificate the person holds.

      (4) If a security is not reasonably available for purchase, a person entitled to issue or validation may recover from the issuer the price the person or the last purchaser for value paid for it with interest from the date of the person’s demand. [1995 c.328 §26]

 

TRANSFER OF CERTIFICATED AND UNCERTIFICATED SECURITIES

 

      78.3010 Delivery. (1) Delivery of a certificated security to a purchaser occurs when:

      (a) The purchaser acquires possession of the security certificate;

      (b) Another person, other than a securities intermediary, either acquires possession of the security certificate on behalf of the purchaser or, having previously acquired possession of the certificate, acknowledges that it holds for the purchaser; or

      (c) A securities intermediary acting on behalf of the purchaser acquires possession of the security certificate, only if the certificate is in registered form and is (i) registered in the name of the purchaser, (ii) payable to the order of the purchaser, or (iii) specially indorsed to the purchaser by an effective indorsement and has not been indorsed to the securities intermediary or in blank.

      (2) Delivery of an uncertificated security to a purchaser occurs when:

      (a) The issuer registers the purchaser as the registered owner, upon original issue or registration of transfer; or

      (b) Another person, other than a securities intermediary, either becomes the registered owner of the uncertificated security on behalf of the purchaser or, having previously become the registered owner, acknowledges that it holds for the purchaser. [1961 c.726 §78.3010; 1985 c.676 §78.3010; 1995 c.328 §27; 2001 c.445 §154]

 

      78.3020 Rights of purchaser. (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, a purchaser of a certificated or uncertificated security acquires all rights in the security that the transferor had or had power to transfer.

      (2) A purchaser of a limited interest acquires rights only to the extent of the interest purchased.

      (3) A purchaser of a certificated security who as a previous holder had notice of an adverse claim does not improve its position by taking from a protected purchaser. [1961 c.726 §78.3020; 1985 c.676 §78.3020; 1995 c.328 §28; 2001 c.445 §155]

 

      78.3030 “Protected purchaser.” (1) “Protected purchaser” means a purchaser of a certificated or uncertificated security, or of an interest therein, who:

      (a) Gives value;

      (b) Does not have notice of any adverse claim to the security; and

      (c) Obtains control of the certificated or uncertificated security.

      (2) In addition to acquiring the rights of a purchaser, a protected purchaser also acquires its interest in the security free of any adverse claim. [1961 c.726 §78.3030; 1985 c.676 §78.3030; 1995 c.328 §29]

 

      78.3040 Indorsement. (1) An indorsement may be in blank or special. An indorsement in blank includes an indorsement to bearer. A special indorsement specifies to whom a security is to be transferred or who has power to transfer it. A holder may convert a blank indorsement to a special indorsement.

      (2) An indorsement purporting to be only of part of a security certificate representing units intended by the issuer to be separately transferable is effective to the extent of the indorsement.

      (3) An indorsement, whether special or in blank, does not constitute a transfer until delivery of the certificate on which it appears or, if the indorsement is on a separate document, until delivery of both the document and the certificate.

      (4) If a security certificate in registered form has been delivered to a purchaser without a necessary indorsement, the purchaser may become a protected purchaser only when the indorsement is supplied. However, against a transferor, a transfer is complete upon delivery and the purchaser has a specifically enforceable right to have any necessary indorsement supplied.

      (5) An indorsement of a security certificate in bearer form may give notice of an adverse claim to the certificate, but it does not otherwise affect a right to registration that the holder possesses.

      (6) Unless otherwise agreed, a person making an indorsement assumes only the obligations imposed by ORS 78.1080 and not an obligation that the security will be honored by the issuer. [1961 c.726 §78.3040; 1985 c.676 §78.3040; 1995 c.328 §30]

 

      78.3050 Instruction. (1) If an instruction has been originated by an appropriate person but is incomplete in any other respect, any person may complete it as authorized and the issuer may rely on it as completed, even though it has been completed incorrectly.

      (2) Unless otherwise agreed, a person initiating an instruction assumes only the obligations imposed by ORS 78.1080 and not an obligation that the security will be honored by the issuer. [1961 c.726 §78.3050; 1985 c.676 §78.3050; 1995 c.328 §31]

 

      78.3060 Effect of guaranteeing signature, indorsement or instruction. (1) A person who guarantees a signature of an indorser of a security certificate warrants that at the time of signing:

      (a) The signature was genuine;

      (b) The signer was an appropriate person to indorse, or if the signature was by an agent, the agent had actual authority to act on behalf of the appropriate person; and

      (c) The signer had legal capacity to sign.

      (2) A person who guarantees a signature of the originator of an instruction warrants that at the time of signing:

      (a) The signature was genuine;

      (b) The signer was an appropriate person to originate the instruction, or if the signature was by an agent, the agent had actual authority to act on behalf of the appropriate person, if the person specified in the instruction as the registered owner was, in fact, the registered owner, as to which fact the signature guarantor does not make a warranty; and

      (c) The signer had legal capacity to sign.

      (3) A person who specially guarantees the signature of an originator of an instruction makes the warranties of a signature guarantor under subsection (2) of this section and also warrants that at the time the instruction is presented to the issuer:

      (a) The person specified in the instruction as the registered owner of the uncertificated security will be the registered owner; and

      (b) The transfer of the uncertificated security requested in the instruction will be registered by the issuer free from all liens, security interests, restrictions and claims other than those specified in the instruction.

      (4) A guarantor under subsections (1) and (2) of this section or a special guarantor under subsection (3) of this section does not otherwise warrant the rightfulness of the transfer.

      (5) A person who guarantees an indorsement of a security certificate makes the warranties of a signature guarantor under subsection (1) of this section and also warrants the rightfulness of the transfer in all respects.

      (6) A person who guarantees an instruction requesting the transfer of an uncertificated security makes the warranties of a special signature guarantor under subsection (3) of this section and also warrants the rightfulness of the transfer in all respects.

      (7) An issuer may not require a special guaranty of signature, a guaranty of indorsement or a guaranty of instruction as a condition to registration of transfer.

      (8) The warranties under this section are made to a person taking or dealing with the security in reliance on the guaranty, and the guarantor is liable to the person for loss resulting from their breach. An indorser or originator of an instruction whose signature, indorsement or instruction has been guaranteed is liable to a guarantor for any loss suffered by the guarantor as a result of breach of the warranties of the guarantor. [1961 c.726 §78.3060; 1985 c.676 §78.3060; 1995 c.328 §32]

 

      78.3070 Purchaser’s rights to requisites for registration of transfer. Unless otherwise agreed, the transferor of a security on due demand shall supply the purchaser with proof of authority to transfer or with any other requisite necessary to obtain registration of the transfer of the security, but if the transfer is not for value, a transferor need not comply unless the purchaser pays the necessary expenses. If the transferor fails within a reasonable time to comply with the demand, the purchaser may reject or rescind the transfer. [1961 c.726 §78.3070; 1985 c.676 §78.3070; 1995 c.328 §33]

 

      78.3080 [1961 c.726 §78.3080; 1985 c.676 §78.3080; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3090 [1961 c.726 §78.3090; 1985 c.676 §78.3090; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3100 [1961 c.726 §78.3100; 1985 c.676 §78.3100; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3110 [1961 c.726 §78.3110; 1985 c.676 §78.3110; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3120 [1961 c.726 §78.3120; 1985 c.676 §78.3120; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3130 [1961 c.726 §78.3130; 1965 c.271 §4; 1985 c.676 §78.3130; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3140 [1961 c.726 §78.3140; 1985 c.676 §78.3140; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3150 [1961 c.726 §78.3150; 1985 c.676 §78.3150; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3160 [1961 c.726 §78.3160; 1985 c.676 §78.3160; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3170 [1961 c.726 §78.3170; 1985 c.676 §78.3170; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3180 [1961 c.726 §78.3180; 1985 c.676 §78.3180; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3190 [1961 c.726 §78.3190; 1985 c.676 §78.3190; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3200 [1965 c.271 §2; 1985 c.676 §78.3200; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

      78.3210 [1985 c.676 §78.3210; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

REGISTRATION

 

      78.4010 Duty of issuer to register transfer. (1) If a certificated security in registered form is presented to an issuer with a request to register transfer or an instruction is presented to an issuer with a request to register transfer of an uncertificated security, the issuer shall register the transfer as requested if:

      (a) Under the terms of the security the person seeking registration of transfer is eligible to have the security registered in its name;

      (b) The indorsement or instruction is made by the appropriate person or by an agent who has actual authority to act on behalf of the appropriate person;

      (c) Reasonable assurance as described in ORS 78.4020 is given that the indorsement or instruction is genuine and authorized;

      (d) Any applicable law relating to the collection of taxes has been complied with;

      (e) The transfer does not violate any restriction on transfer imposed by the issuer in accordance with ORS 78.2040;

      (f) A demand that the issuer not register transfer has not become effective under ORS 78.4030, or the issuer has complied with ORS 78.4030 (2) but no legal process or indemnity bond has been obtained as provided in ORS 78.4030 (4); and

      (g) The transfer is in fact rightful or is to a protected purchaser.

      (2) If an issuer is under a duty to register a transfer of a security, the issuer is liable to a person presenting a certificated security or an instruction for registration or to the person’s principal for loss resulting from unreasonable delay in registration or failure or refusal to register the transfer. [1961 c.726 §78.4010; 1985 c.676 §78.4010; 1995 c.328 §34]

 

      78.4020 Assurance that indorsement or instruction is effective. (1) An issuer may require the following assurance that each necessary indorsement or each instruction is genuine and authorized:

      (a) In all cases, a guaranty of the signature of the person making an indorsement or originating an instruction including, in the case of an instruction, reasonable assurance of identity;

      (b) If the indorsement is made or the instruction is originated by an agent, appropriate assurance of actual authority to sign;

      (c) If the indorsement is made or the instruction is originated by a fiduciary pursuant to ORS 78.1070 (1)(d) or (1)(e), appropriate evidence of appointment or incumbency;

      (d) If there is more than one fiduciary, reasonable assurance that all who are required to sign have done so; and

      (e) If the indorsement is made or the instruction is originated by a person not covered by another provision of this subsection, assurance appropriate to the case corresponding as nearly as may be to the provisions of this subsection.

      (2) An issuer may elect to require reasonable assurance beyond that specified in this section.

      (3) In this section:

      (a) “Guaranty of the signature” means a guaranty signed by or on behalf of a person reasonably believed by the issuer to be responsible. An issuer may adopt standards with respect to responsibility if they are not manifestly unreasonable.

      (b) “Appropriate evidence of appointment or incumbency” means:

      (A) In the case of a fiduciary appointed or qualified by a court, a certificate issued by or under the direction or supervision of the court or an officer thereof and dated within 60 days before the date of presentation for transfer; or

      (B) In any other case, a copy of a document showing the appointment or a certificate issued by or on behalf of a person reasonably believed by an issuer to be responsible or, in the absence of that document or certificate, other evidence the issuer reasonably considered appropriate. [1961 c.726 §78.4020; 1985 c.676 §78.4020; 1995 c.328 §35]

 

      78.4030 Demand that issuer not register transfer. (1) A person who is an appropriate person to make an indorsement or originate an instruction may demand that the issuer not register transfer of a security by communicating to the issuer a notification that identifies the registered owner and the issue of which the security is a part and provides an address for communications directed to the person making the demand. The demand is effective only if it is received by the issuer at a time and in a manner affording the issuer reasonable opportunity to act on it.

      (2) If a certificated security in registered form is presented to an issuer with a request to register transfer or an instruction is presented to an issuer with a request to register transfer of an uncertificated security after a demand that the issuer not register transfer has become effective, the issuer shall promptly communicate to (i) the person who initiated the demand at the address provided in the demand and (ii) the person who presented the security for registration of transfer or initiated the instruction requesting registration of transfer a notification stating that:

      (a) The certificated security has been presented for registration of transfer or that instruction for registration of transfer of uncertificated security has been received;

      (b) A demand that the issuer not register transfer has previously been received; and

      (c) The issuer will withhold registration of transfer for a period of time stated in the notification in order to provide the person who initiated the demand an opportunity to obtain legal process or an indemnity bond.

      (3) The period described in subsection (2)(c) of this section may not exceed 30 days after the date of communication of the notification. A shorter period may be specified by the issuer if it is not manifestly unreasonable.

      (4) An issuer is not liable to a person who initiated a demand that the issuer not register transfer for any loss the person suffers as a result of registration of a transfer pursuant to an effective indorsement or instruction if the person who initiated the demand does not, within the time stated in the issuer’s communication, either:

      (a) Obtain an appropriate restraining order, injunction or other process from a court of competent jurisdiction enjoining the issuer from registering the transfer; or

      (b) File with the issuer an indemnity bond, sufficient in the issuer’s judgment to protect the issuer and any transfer agent, registrar, or other agent of the issuer involved from any loss the issuer and any transfer agent, registrar or other agent of the issuer may suffer by refusing to register the transfer.

      (5) This section does not relieve an issuer from liability for registering transfer pursuant to an indorsement or instruction that was not effective. [1961 c.726 §78.4030; 1985 c.676 §78.4030; 1995 c.328 §36]

 

      78.4040 Wrongful registration. (1) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 78.4060, an issuer is liable for wrongful registration of transfer if the issuer has registered a transfer of a security to a person not entitled to it and the transfer was registered:

      (a) Pursuant to an ineffective indorsement or instruction;

      (b) After a demand that the issuer not register transfer became effective under ORS 78.4030 (1) and the issuer did not comply with ORS 78.4030 (2);

      (c) After the issuer had been served with an injunction, restraining order or other legal process enjoining it from registering the transfer, issued by a court of competent jurisdiction, and the issuer had a reasonable opportunity to act on the injunction, restraining order or other legal process; or

      (d) By an issuer acting in collusion with the wrongdoer.

      (2) An issuer that is liable for wrongful registration of transfer under subsection (1) of this section on demand shall provide the person entitled to the security with a like certificated or uncertificated security and any payments or distributions that the person did not receive as a result of the wrongful registration. If an overissue would result, the issuer’s liability to provide the person with a like security is governed by ORS 78.2100.

      (3) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (1) of this section or in a law relating to the collection of taxes, an issuer is not liable to an owner or other person suffering loss as a result of the registration of a transfer of a security if registration was made pursuant to an effective indorsement or instruction. [1961 c.726 §78.4040; 1985 c.676 §78.4040; 1995 c.328 §37]

 

      78.4050 Replacement of lost, destroyed or wrongfully taken security certificate. (1) If an owner of a certificated security, whether in registered or bearer form, claims that the certificate has been lost, destroyed or wrongfully taken, the issuer shall issue a new certificate if the owner:

      (a) So requests before the issuer has notice that the certificate has been acquired by a protected purchaser;

      (b) Files with the issuer a sufficient indemnity bond; and

      (c) Satisfies other reasonable requirements imposed by the issuer.

      (2) If, after the issue of a new security certificate, a protected purchaser of the original certificate presents it for registration of transfer, the issuer shall register the transfer unless an overissue would result. In that case, the issuer’s liability is governed by ORS 78.2100. In addition to any rights on the indemnity bond, an issuer may recover the new certificate from a person to whom it was issued or any person taking under that person, except a protected purchaser. [1961 c.726 §78.4050; 1985 c.676 §78.4050; 1995 c.328 §38]

 

      78.4060 Obligation to notify issuer of lost, destroyed or wrongfully taken security certificate. If a security certificate has been lost, apparently destroyed or wrongfully taken, and the owner fails to notify the issuer of that fact within a reasonable time after the owner has notice of it and the issuer registers a transfer of the security before receiving notification, the owner may not assert against the issuer a claim for registering the transfer under ORS 78.4040 or a claim to a new security certificate under ORS 78.4050. [1961 c.726 §78.4060; 1985 c.676 §78.4060; 1995 c.328 §39]

 

      78.4070 Authenticating trustee, transfer agent and registrar. A person acting as authenticating trustee, transfer agent, registrar or other agent for an issuer in the registration of a transfer of the issuer’s securities, in the issue of new security certificates or uncertificated securities or in the cancellation of surrendered security certificates has the same obligation to the holder or owner of a certificated or uncertificated security with regard to the particular functions performed as the issuer has in regard to those functions. [1985 c.676 §78.4070; 1995 c.328 §40]

 

      78.4080 [1985 c.676 §78.4080; repealed by 1995 c.328 §71]

 

SECURITY ENTITLEMENTS

 

      78.5010 Securities account; acquisition of security entitlement from securities intermediary. (1) “Securities account” means an account to which a financial asset is or may be credited in accordance with an agreement under which the person maintaining the account undertakes to treat the person for whom the account is maintained as entitled to exercise the rights that comprise the financial asset.

      (2) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (4) and (5) of this section, a person acquires a security entitlement if a securities intermediary:

      (a) Indicates by book entry that a financial asset has been credited to the person’s securities account;

      (b) Receives a financial asset from the person or acquires a financial asset for the person and, in either case, accepts it for credit to the person’s securities account; or

      (c) Becomes obligated under other law, regulation or rule to credit a financial asset to the person’s securities account.

      (3) If a condition of subsection (2) of this section has been met, a person has a security entitlement even though the securities intermediary does not itself hold the financial asset.

      (4) If a securities intermediary holds a financial asset for another person, and the financial asset is registered in the name of, payable to the order of, or specially indorsed to the other person, and has not been indorsed to the securities intermediary or in blank, the other person is treated as holding the financial asset directly rather than as having a security entitlement with respect to the financial asset.

      (5) Issuance of a security is not establishment of a security entitlement. [1995 c.328 §41]

 

      78.5020 Assertion of adverse claim against entitlement holder. An action based on an adverse claim to a financial asset, whether framed in conversion, replevin, constructive trust, equitable lien or other theory, may not be asserted against a person who acquires a security entitlement under ORS 78.5010 for value and without notice of the adverse claim. [1995 c.328 §42]

 

      78.5030 Property interest of entitlement holder in financial asset held by securities intermediary. (1) To the extent necessary for a securities intermediary to satisfy all security entitlements with respect to a particular financial asset, all interests in that financial asset held by the securities intermediary are held by the securities intermediary for the entitlement holders, are not property of the securities intermediary and are not subject to claims of creditors of the securities intermediary, except as otherwise provided in ORS 78.5110.

      (2) An entitlement holder’s property interest with respect to a particular financial asset under subsection (1) of this section is a pro rata property interest in all interests in that financial asset held by the securities intermediary, without regard to the time the entitlement holder acquired the security entitlement or the time the securities intermediary acquired the interest in that financial asset.

      (3) An entitlement holder’s property interest with respect to a particular financial asset under subsection (1) of this section may be enforced against the securities intermediary only by exercise of the entitlement holder’s rights under ORS 78.5050, 78.5060, 78.5070 and 78.5080.

      (4) An entitlement holder’s property interest with respect to a particular financial asset under subsection (1) of this section may be enforced against a purchaser of the financial asset or interest therein only if:

      (a) Insolvency proceedings have been initiated by or against the securities intermediary;

      (b) The securities intermediary does not have sufficient interests in the financial asset to satisfy the security entitlements of all of its entitlement holders to that financial asset;

      (c) The securities intermediary violated its obligations under ORS 78.5040 by transferring the financial asset or interest therein to the purchaser; and

      (d) The purchaser is not protected under subsection (5) of this section. The trustee or other liquidator, acting on behalf of all entitlement holders having security entitlements with respect to a particular financial asset, may recover the financial asset, or interest therein, from the purchaser. If the trustee or other liquidator elects not to pursue that right, an entitlement holder whose security entitlement remains unsatisfied has the right to recover its interest in the financial asset from the purchaser.

      (5) An action based on the entitlement holder’s property interest with respect to a particular financial asset under subsection (1) of this section, whether framed in conversion, replevin, constructive trust, equitable lien or other theory, may not be asserted against any purchaser of a financial asset or interest therein who gives value, obtains control and does not act in collusion with the securities intermediary in violating the securities intermediary’s obligations under ORS 78.5040. [1995 c.328 §43]

 

      78.5040 Duty of securities intermediary to maintain financial asset. (1) A securities intermediary shall promptly obtain and thereafter maintain a financial asset in a quantity corresponding to the aggregate of all security entitlements it has established in favor of its entitlement holders with respect to that financial asset. The securities intermediary may maintain those financial assets directly or through one or more other securities intermediaries.

      (2) Except to the extent otherwise agreed by its entitlement holder, a securities intermediary may not grant any security interests in a financial asset it is obligated to maintain pursuant to subsection (1) of this section.

      (3) A securities intermediary satisfies the duty in subsection (1) of this section if:

      (a) The securities intermediary acts with respect to the duty as agreed upon by the entitlement holder and the securities intermediary; or

      (b) In the absence of agreement, the securities intermediary exercises due care in accordance with reasonable commercial standards to obtain and maintain the financial asset.

      (4) This section does not apply to a clearing corporation that is itself the obligor of an option or similar obligation to which its entitlement holders have security entitlements. [1995 c.328 §44]

 

      78.5050 Duty of securities intermediary with respect to payments and distributions. (1) A securities intermediary shall take action to obtain a payment or distribution made by the issuer of a financial asset. A securities intermediary satisfies the duty if:

      (a) The securities intermediary acts with respect to the duty as agreed upon by the entitlement holder and the securities intermediary; or

      (b) In the absence of agreement, the securities intermediary exercises due care in accordance with reasonable commercial standards to attempt to obtain the payment or distribution.

      (2) A securities intermediary is obligated to its entitlement holder for a payment or distribution made by the issuer of a financial asset if the payment or distribution is received by the securities intermediary. [1995 c.328 §45]

 

      78.5060 Duty of securities intermediary to exercise rights as directed by entitlement holder. A securities intermediary shall exercise rights with respect to a financial asset if directed to do so by an entitlement holder. A securities intermediary satisfies the duty if:

      (1) The securities intermediary acts with respect to the duty as agreed upon by the entitlement holder and the securities intermediary; or

      (2) In the absence of agreement, the securities intermediary either places the entitlement holder in a position to exercise the rights directly or exercises due care in accordance with reasonable commercial standards to follow the direction of the entitlement holder. [1995 c.328 §46]

 

      78.5070 Duty of securities intermediary to comply with entitlement order. (1) A securities intermediary shall comply with an entitlement order if the entitlement order is originated by the appropriate person, the securities intermediary has had reasonable opportunity to assure itself that the entitlement order is genuine and authorized and the securities intermediary has had reasonable opportunity to comply with the entitlement order. A securities intermediary satisfies the duty if:

      (a) The securities intermediary acts with respect to the duty as agreed upon by the entitlement holder and the securities intermediary; or

      (b) In the absence of agreement, the securities intermediary exercises due care in accordance with reasonable commercial standards to comply with the entitlement order.

      (2) If a securities intermediary transfers a financial asset pursuant to an ineffective entitlement order, the securities intermediary shall reestablish a security entitlement in favor of the person entitled to it, and pay or credit any payments or distributions that the person did not receive as a result of the wrongful transfer. If the securities intermediary does not reestablish a security entitlement, the securities intermediary is liable to the entitlement holder for damages. [1995 c.328 §47]

 

      78.5080 Duty of securities intermediary to change entitlement holder’s position to other form of security holding. A securities intermediary shall act at the direction of an entitlement holder to change a security entitlement into another available form of holding for which the entitlement holder is eligible, or to cause the financial asset to be transferred to a securities account of the entitlement holder with another securities intermediary. A securities intermediary satisfies the duty if:

      (1) The securities intermediary acts as agreed upon by the entitlement holder and the securities intermediary; or

      (2) In the absence of agreement, the securities intermediary exercises due care in accordance with reasonable commercial standards to follow the direction of the entitlement holder. [1995 c.328 §48]

 

      78.5090 Specification of duties of securities intermediary by other statute or regulation; manner of performance of duties of securities intermediary and exercise of rights of entitlement holder. (1) If the substance of a duty imposed upon a securities intermediary by ORS 78.5040, 78.5050, 78.5060, 78.5070 and 78.5080 is the subject of other statute, regulation or rule, compliance with that statute, regulation or rule satisfies the duty.

      (2) To the extent that specific standards for the performance of the duties of a securities intermediary or the exercise of the rights of an entitlement holder are not specified by other statute, regulation or rule or by agreement between the securities intermediary and the entitlement holder, the securities intermediary shall perform its duties and the entitlement holder shall exercise its rights in a commercially reasonable manner.

      (3) The obligation of a securities intermediary to perform the duties imposed by ORS 78.5040, 78.5050, 78.5060, 78.5070 and 78.5080 is subject to:

      (a) Rights of the securities intermediary arising out of a security interest under a security agreement with the entitlement holder or otherwise; and

      (b) Rights of the securities intermediary under other law, regulation, rule or agreement to withhold performance of its duties as a result of unfulfilled obligations of the entitlement holder to the securities intermediary.

      (4) ORS 78.5040, 78.5050, 78.5060, 78.5070 and 78.5080 do not require a securities intermediary to take any action that is prohibited by other statute, regulation or rule. [1995 c.328 §49]

 

      78.5100 Rights of purchaser of security entitlement from entitlement holder. (1) In a case not covered by the priority rules in ORS chapter 79 or the rules stated in subsection (3) of this section, an action based on an adverse claim to a financial asset or security entitlement, whether framed in conversion, replevin, constructive trust, equitable lien or other theory, may not be asserted against a person who purchases a security entitlement, or an interest therein, from an entitlement holder if the purchaser gives value, does not have notice of the adverse claim and obtains control.

      (2) If an adverse claim could not have been asserted against an entitlement holder under ORS 78.5020, the adverse claim cannot be asserted against a person who purchases a security entitlement, or an interest therein, from the entitlement holder.

      (3) In a case not covered by the priority rules in ORS chapter 79, a purchaser for value of a security entitlement, or an interest therein, who obtains control has priority over a purchaser of a security entitlement, or an interest therein, who does not obtain control. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4) of this section, purchasers who have control rank according to priority in time of:

      (a) The purchaser’s becoming the person for whom the securities account, in which the security entitlement is carried, is maintained, if the purchaser obtained control under ORS 78.1060 (4)(a);

      (b) The securities intermediary’s agreement to comply with the purchaser’s entitlement orders with respect to security entitlements carried or to be carried in the securities account in which the security entitlement is carried, if the purchaser obtained control under ORS 78.1060 (4)(b); or

      (c) If the purchaser obtained control through another person under ORS 78.1060 (4)(c), the time on which priority would be based under this subsection if the other person were the secured party.

      (4) A securities intermediary as purchaser has priority over a conflicting purchaser who has control unless otherwise agreed by the securities intermediary. [1995 c.328 §50; 2001 c.445 §156]

 

      78.5110 Priority among security interests and entitlement holders. (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section if a securities intermediary does not have sufficient interests in a particular financial asset to satisfy both its obligations to entitlement holders who have security entitlements to that financial asset and its obligation to a creditor of the securities intermediary who has a security interest in that financial asset, the claims of entitlement holders, other than the creditor, have priority over the claim of the creditor.

      (2) A claim of a creditor of a securities intermediary who has a security interest in a financial asset held by a securities intermediary has priority over claims of the securities intermediary’s entitlement holders who have security entitlements with respect to that financial asset if the creditor has control over the financial asset.

      (3) If a clearing corporation does not have sufficient financial assets to satisfy both its obligations to entitlement holders who have security entitlements with respect to a financial asset and its obligation to a creditor of the clearing corporation who has a security interest in that financial asset, the claim of the creditor has priority over the claims of entitlement holders. [1995 c.328 §51]

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