The Texas Securities Act - Part 14
Sec. 25-1. Receiverships of Persons or Assets.
A. Whenever it shall appear to the commissioner, either upon complaint or otherwise, that:
(1) any person or company acting as a dealer, agent, investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or issuer (as defined in Section 4 of this Act), or an affiliate of a dealer, agent, investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or issuer, whether or not required to be registered by the commissioner as in this Act provided, shall have engaged in any act, transaction, practice, or course of business declared by Section 32 of this Act to be a fraudulent practice;
(2) such person or company shall have acted as a dealer, agent, investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or issuer or an affiliate of a dealer, agent, investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or issuer in connection with such fraudulent practice; and
(3) the appointment of a receiver for such person or company, or the assets of such a person or company is necessary in order to conserve and protect the assets of such person or company for the benefit of customers, security holders, and other actual and potential claimants of such person or company the commissioner may request the attorney general to bring an action for the appointment of a receiver for such person or company or the assets of such person or company.
B. Upon request by the commissioner pursuant to Subsection A of this Section 25-1, and if it appears to the attorney general that the facts enumerated in Paragraphs (1) through (3) of Subsection A of this Section 25-1 exist with respect to any person or company, the attorney general may bring an action in the name and on behalf of the State of Texas for the appointment of a receiver for such person or company. The facts set forth in the petition for such relief shall be verified by the commissioner upon information and belief. Such action may be brought in a district court of any county wherein the fraudulent practice complained of has been committed in whole or part, or of any county wherein any defendant with respect to whom appointment of a receiver is sought has its principal place of business, and such district court shall have jurisdiction and venue of such action; this provision shall be superior to any other provision of law fixing jurisdiction or venue with regard to suits for receivership. In any such action the attorney general may apply for and on due showing be entitled to have issued the court's subpoena requiring the forthwith appearance of any defendant and his employees, investment adviser representatives, or agents and the production of documents, books, and records as may appear necessary for any hearing, to testify and give evidence concerning matters relevant to the appointment of a receiver.
C. In any action brought by the Attorney General pursuant to Subsection B of this Section 25-1, the court, upon a proper showing by the Attorney General of the existence of the facts enumerated in Paragraphs (1) through (3) of Subsection A of this Section 25-1 with respect to any person or company, may appoint a receiver for such person or company or the assets of such person or company. If such receiver is appointed without notice to and opportunity to be heard for such person or company, such person or company shall be entitled to apply in writing to the court for an order dissolving the receivership, and, if such application is made within 30 days after service upon such person or company of the court's order making such appointment, shall be entitled to a hearing thereon upon 10 days written notice to the Attorney General.
D. No person shall be appointed a receiver pursuant to this Section 25-1 unless such person be found by the court, after hearing the views of the Attorney General, the Commissioner, and, if deemed by the court to be practicable, the person or company against whom such relief is sought, to be qualified to discharge the duties of receiver giving due consideration to the probable nature and magnitude of the duties of receiver in the particular case. No bond for receivership shall be required of the Commissioner or Attorney General in any proceeding under this Section 25-1, but the court shall require a bond of any receiver appointed hereunder, conditioned upon faithful discharge of the receiver's duties, in an amount found by the court to be sufficient giving due consideration to the probable nature and magnitude of the duties of receiver in the particular case.
E. The remedy of receivership provided by this Section 25-1 shall be in addition to any and all other remedies afforded the Commissioner or the Attorney General by other provisions of statutory or decisional law of this state, including, without limitation of the generality of the foregoing, any such provision authorizing receiverships.
Sec. 26. Notices by Registered Mail.
Any notice required by this Act shall be sufficient if sent by registered or certified mail unless otherwise specified in this Act, addressed to a person at the address designated in any filings submitted by the person to the Commissioner or the person's last known address. A full and complete record shall be kept of all proceedings had before the Commissioner on any hearing or investigation.
Sec. 27. Judicial Review.
Judicial review of a decision of the Commissioner or Board is under the substantial evidence rule.
Sec. 28. Investigations, Investigatory Materials, and Registration Related Materials.
A. Investigations by Commissioner. The Commissioner shall conduct investigations as the Commissioner considers necessary to prevent or detect the violation of this Act or a Board rule or order. For this purpose, the Commissioner may require, by subpoena or summons issued by the Commissioner, the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of all records, whether maintained by electronic or other means, relating to any matter which the Commissioner has authority by this Act to consider or investigate, and may sign subpoenas, administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses and receive evidence; provided, however, that all information of every kind and nature received in connection with an investigation and all internal notes, memoranda, reports, or communications made in connection with an investigation shall be treated as confidential by the Commissioner and shall not be disclosed to the public except under order of court for good cause shown. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prohibit or limit the publication of rulings or decisions of the Commissioner nor shall this limitation apply if disclosure is made, in the discretion of the Commissioner, as part of an administrative proceeding or a civil or criminal action to enforce this Act. In case of disobedience of any subpoena, or of the contumacy of any witness appearing before the Commissioner, the Commissioner may invoke the aid of the District Court within whose jurisdiction any witness may be found, and such court may thereupon issue an order requiring the person subpoenaed to obey the subpoena or give evidence, or produce books, accounts, records, papers, and correspondence touching the matter in question. Any failure to obey such order of the court may be punished by such court as contempt thereof.
In the course of an investigation looking to the enforcement of this Act, or in connection with the application of a person or company for registration or to qualify securities, the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner shall have free access to all records and reports of and to any department or agency of the state government. In the event, however, that the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner should give out any information which the law makes confidential, the affected corporation, firm or person shall have a right of action on the official bond of the Commissioner or Deputy for the corporation's, firm's, or person's injuries, in a suit brought in the name of the state at the relation of the injured party.
The Commissioner may in any investigation cause the deposition of witnesses residing within or without the state to be taken in the manner prescribed for depositions in civil actions under the laws of Texas.
Each witness required to attend before the Commissioner shall receive a fee, for each day's attendance, in an amount set by Board rule. All disbursements made in the payment of such fees shall be made in accordance with Board rule and shall be included in, and paid in the same manner as is provided for, the payment of other expenses incident to the administration and enforcement of this Act.
The sheriff's or constable's fee for serving the subpoena shall be the same as those paid the sheriff or constable for similar services. The fees, expenses and costs incurred at or in connection with any hearing may be imposed by the Commissioner upon any party to the record, or may be divided between any and all parties to the record in such proportions as the Commissioner may determine.
Any subpoena, summons, or other process issued by the Commissioner may be served, at the Commissioner's discretion, by the Commissioner, the Commissioner's authorized agent, a sheriff, or a constable.
The Commissioner may, at the Commissioner's discretion, disclose any confidential information in the Commissioner's possession to any governmental or regulatory authority or association of governmental or regulatory authorities approved by Board rule or to any receiver appointed under Section 25-1 of this Act. The disclosure does not violate any other provision of this Act or Chapter 552, Government Code.