(a)  In lieu of filing a copy of the federal registration statement, an investment company offering securities covered under Section 18(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, may satisfy the notice filing requirement of G.S. 78A-31(a) by filing the fees required by that section, together with Form NF, Uniform Investment Company Notice Filing.  This filing need not be made nor fees paid on any security issued by an investment company if such security is exempt pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 78A-16 or G.S. 78A-17.

(b)  By filing Form NF, an investment company thereby agrees that, upon receipt of a request from the Securities Division, the investment company will promptly provide to the Division a copy of its current prospectus and statement of additional information, if any, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(c)  By executing the Form NF, the investment company thereby agrees, that for purposes of complying with the laws of this State, such execution shall be deemed to be the consent of the investment company to have the Administrator irrevocably appointed as its agent in this State upon whom may be served any notice, process or pleading in any action or proceeding against it arising out of, or in connection with, the sale of securities covered by such Form NF or arising out of the violation of the securities laws of this State; and that any action or proceeding against the investment company may be commenced in any court of competent jurisdiction and proper venue within this State by service of process upon the Administrator with the same effect as if the investment company was organized or created under the laws of this State and had been served lawfully with process in this State.  In the event any notice, process or pleading is served on the investment company through the Administrator, the Administrator shall promptly provide a copy of such notice, process, or pleading to the person indicated in Item 5 of Form NF.

(d)  Upon filing Form NF and paying fee required by G.S. 78A-31(a)(1), the securities of the investment company may be offered for sale and sold into, from, and within this State until the expiration of the notice filing period pursuant to G.S. 78A-31(a)(4).  In order to offer or sell its securities after the expiration of its notice filing, the investment company must extend its notice filing as provided in Paragraph (e) of this Rule.  In the event that the Securities Division requests that the investment company provide it with a copy of the investment company's prospectus or statement of additional information, such request shall not restrict the ability of the investment company to offer its securities for sale in this State provided that the Division has received the Form NF and fees as required by G.S. 78A-31(a).

(e)  A notice filing may be renewed by the investment company by filing a current Form NF and paying such fees as are required by G.S. 78A-31(a) within two months after the expiration of the prior notice filing period.  Each renewal of a notice filing shall expire on December 31.

(f)  Amendments to increase the amount of shares to be offered may be made by filing a revised Form NF, together with the fees required by G.S. 78A-31(a)(5).


History Note:        Authority G.S. 78A-31(a); 78A-49(a);

Temporary Adoption Eff. October 1, 1997;

Eff. August 1, 1998;

Temporary Amendment Eff. January 1, 1999;

Codifier determined that agency findings did not meet criteria for temporary rule;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 29, 1999;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2000;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. December 6, 2016.