[Ads-l] Who Is Anyone?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 18 14:02:01 UTC 2015

I'd just write in the company name and let the form-makers figure it out?

Especially if there's no actual human being to be named. What else can you
do except give incomplete information?

Of course, I'm not a lawyer, and the very fact of your asking suggests
possible complications and implications far beyond those of mortal men.


On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

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> Does "anyone" include a company?  I'm struggling with an instruction on a
> f=
> orm that defines a "management person" as "anyone with the power to
> exercis=
> e, directly or indirectly, a controlling influence over your firm's
> managem=
> ent or policies."  The form goes on to give examples, and all of the
> exampl=
> es involve natural persons (i.e., human beings).
> Now, if the form said "any person with the power . . ." it would certainly
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> include companies, because the form defines "person" to mean a natural
> pers=
> on or a company.   Does the use of the word "anyone" instead narrow the
> def=
> inition so that I only need to worry about human beings with this power?
> John Baker
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