New Jersey Statutes Title 49. Sale of Securities 49 § 3-53

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person who receives, directly or indirectly, any compensation from another person for advising the other person as to the value of securities or their purchase or sale, whether through the issuance of analyses or reports or otherwise,

(1) to employ any device, scheme or artifice to defraud the other person;  

(2) to engage in any act, practice, or course of business which operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon the other person;  or

(3) to engage in dishonest or unethical practices as the bureau chief may by rule define in a manner consistent with and compatible with the laws and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the self-regulatory organizations, and uniformity with the other states, the remedies for which shall be civil or administrative only;

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person acting as an investment adviser, whether required to be registered or not, to enter into, extend, or renew any investment advisory contract unless it provides in writing

(1) that no assignment of the contract may be made by the investment adviser without the consent of the other party to the contract;  and

(2) that the investment adviser shall notify the other party to the contract of any change in control of the investment adviser within a reasonable time after the change;

(c) It shall be unlawful for any investment adviser required to be registered or any registered broker-dealer acting as an investment adviser to enter into, extend, or renew any investment advisory contract, unless it provides in writing that the investment adviser shall not be compensated on the basis of a share of capital gains upon or capital appreciation of the funds or any portion of the funds, of the client, except as may be authorized by rules issued by the bureau chief;

(d) The bureau chief may by rule or order prohibit any investment adviser, except an investment adviser that is registered or not required to be registered under the “Investment Advisers Act of 1940,” from being compensated on the basis of a share of capital gains upon, or capital appreciation of the funds, or any portion of the funds, of the client;

(e)Subsection (c) of this section does not prohibit an investment advisory contract which provides for compensation based upon the total value of a fund averaged over a definite period, or as of definite dates or taken as of a definite date. “Assignment,” as used in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of this section, includes any direct or indirect transfer or hypothecation of an investment advisory contract by the assignor or of a controlling block of the assignor's outstanding voting securities by a security holder of the assignor;  but, if the investment adviser is a partnership, no assignment of an investment advisory contract is considered to result from the death or withdrawal of a minority of the members of the investment adviser having only a minority interest in the business of the investment adviser, or from the admission to the investment adviser of one or more members who, after admission, will be only a minority of the members and will have only a minority interest in the business;

(f) It shall be unlawful for any person soliciting advisory clients to make any untrue statement of a material fact, or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading.


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