I am in the process of taking on the CEO role in a young company. The founder has previously given away about one third of the outstanding stock in the company for various reasons not many which were justified. The Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund (VCFCF) provides limited restitution to victims of corporate fraud who have otherwise been unable to collect on their judgment for corporate fraud. The Secretary of State's office is the central filing office for certain Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and other lien documents including notices of judgment liens, attachment liens and federal and state tax liens. Filing with our office serves to perfect a security interest in named collateral and establish priority in case of debtor default or bankruptcy. The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests. The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year. The Secretary of State administers numerous other filings including immigration consultant and various business bonds, notices of joint powers, successor-in-interest, statement of facts – roster of public agencies, and athlete agents. If any word, clause or sentence of the foregoing provisions regarding indemnification or advancement of the attorney fees or expenses shall be held invalid as contrary to law or public policy, it shall be severable and the provisions remaining shall not be otherwise affected. All references in these Articles of Incorporation to “director", “officer”, “employee”, and “agent” shall include the heirs, estates, administrators, executors, and personal representatives of such persons.