180.0401(4)(a) (a) Merged with the other domestic corporation or foreign corporation.
180.0401(4)(b) (b) Been formed by reorganization of the other domestic corporation or foreign corporation.
180.0401(4)(c) (c) Acquired all or substantially all of the assets, including the corporate name, of the other domestic corporation or foreign corporation.
180.0402 180.0402 Reserved name.
180.0402(1)(1) A person may reserve the exclusive use of a corporate name, including a fictitious name for a foreign corporation whose corporate name is not available, by delivering an application to the department for filing or by making a telephone application. The application shall include the name and address of the applicant and the name proposed to be reserved. If the department finds that the corporate name applied for under this subsection is available, the department shall reserve the name for the applicant's exclusive use for a 120-day period, which may be renewed by the applicant or a transferee under sub. (2) from time to time.
180.0402(2) (2) A person who has the right to exclusive use of a reserved corporate name under sub. (1) may transfer the reservation to another person by delivering to the department a written and signed notice of the transfer that states the name and address of the transferee.
180.0402 History History: 1989 a. 303; 1993 a. 214; 1995 a. 27; 2001 a. 44.
180.0403 180.0403 Registered name.
180.0403(1)(a)(a) A foreign corporation may register its corporate name if the name is distinguishable upon the records of the department from the names described in s. 180.1506 (2) (a) 1. to 7. and if the foreign corporation delivers to the department for filing an application complying with par. (b).
180.0403(1)(b) (b) A foreign corporation's application to register a corporate name shall be accompanied by a certificate of status or similar document from the state or country of incorporation and shall include all of the following information:
180.0403(1)(b)1. 1. The foreign corporation's corporate name.
180.0403(1)(b)2. 2. The state or country and the date of its incorporation.
180.0403(1)(b)3. 3. The street address of its principal office.
180.0403(1)(c) (c) The registration expires December 31. The foreign corporation may renew its registration by delivering to the department for filing a renewal application, which complies with par. (b), between October 1 and December 31 of each year that the registration is in effect. The renewal application when filed renews the registration for the next year.
180.0403(2) (2) A domestic corporation or a foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state may, upon merger, change of name or dissolution, register its corporate name for no more than 10 years by delivering to the department for filing an application, executed by the domestic corporation or foreign corporation, simultaneously with the delivery for filing of the articles of merger or dissolution, the articles of amendment or restated articles that change the corporate name or an application for an amended certificate of authority that changes the corporate name.
180.0403(3) (3) A corporate name is registered under sub. (1) or (2) for the applicant's exclusive use on the effective date of the application.
180.0403(3m) (3m) A person who has the right to exclusive use of a registered name under sub. (1) or (2) may transfer the registration to another person by delivering to the department a written and signed notice of the transfer that states the name and address of the transferee.
180.0403(4)(a)(a) A foreign corporation whose registration is effective under sub. (1) may thereafter apply for a certificate of authority under the registered name or consent in writing to the use of that name by a domestic corporation thereafter incorporated under this chapter or by another foreign corporation thereafter authorized to transact business in this state. The registration terminates when the domestic corporation is incorporated or the foreign corporation obtains a certificate of authority or consents to another foreign corporation obtaining a certificate of authority under the registered name.
180.0403(4)(b) (b) The holder of a registration effective under sub. (2) may thereafter incorporate as a domestic corporation or obtain a certificate of authority under the registered name or consent in writing to use of that name by a domestic corporation thereafter incorporated under this chapter or by a foreign corporation thereafter authorized to transact business in this state. The registration terminates when any of the following occurs:
180.0403(4)(b)1. 1. The holder incorporates as a domestic corporation or obtains a certificate of authority under the registered name.
180.0403(4)(b)2. 2. The domestic corporation that has consent to use the registered name is incorporated.
180.0403(4)(b)3. 3. The holder consents to another foreign corporation obtaining a certificate of authority under the registered name.
180.0403 History History: 1989 a. 303; 1993 a. 331; 1995 a. 27.
subch. V of ch. 180 SUBCHAPTER V
OFFICE AND AGENT
180.0501 180.0501 Registered office and registered agent. Each corporation shall continuously maintain in this state a registered office and registered agent. The registered office may, but need not, be the same as any of its places of business. The registered agent shall be any of the following:
180.0501(1) (1) A natural person who resides in this state and whose business office is identical with the registered office.
180.0501(2) (2) A domestic corporation, a nonstock corporation, a limited partnership, a registered limited liability partnership, or a limited liability company incorporated, registered, or organized in this state, whose business office is identical with the registered office.
180.0501(3) (3) A foreign corporation, nonstock corporation, limited partnership, registered limited liability partnership, or limited liability company authorized to transact business in this state whose business office is identical with the registered office.
180.0501 History History: 1989 a. 303; 1993 a. 112; 1997 a. 79; 2001 a. 44.
180.0502 180.0502 Change of registered office or registered agent.
180.0502(1)(1) A corporation may change its registered office or registered agent, or both, by doing any of the following:
180.0502(1)(a) (a) Delivering to the department for filing a statement of change.
180.0502(1)(b) (b) Including the name of its registered agent and the street address of its registered office, as changed, in articles of amendment to its articles of incorporation, in a restatement of its articles of incorporation or in articles of merger.
180.0502(1)(c) (c) If a domestic corporation, including the name of its registered agent and the street address of its registered office, as changed, in its annual report under s. 180.1622 or 180.1921. A change under this paragraph is effective on the date the annual report is filed by the department.
180.0502(2) (2) Except as provided in sub. (3), a statement of change shall include all of the following information:
180.0502(2)(a) (a) The name of the corporation and, if applicable, a statement that the corporation is incorporated under this chapter.
180.0502(2)(d) (d) The name of its registered agent, as changed.
180.0502(2)(e) (e) The street address of its registered agent, as changed.
180.0502(2)(f) (f) A statement that after the change or changes are made, the street addresses of its registered office and the business office of its registered agent will be identical.
180.0502(3) (3) If the name of a registered agent changes or if the street address of a registered agent's business office changes, the registered agent may change the name of the registered agent or street address of the registered office of any corporation for which he, she, or it is the registered agent. To make a change under this subsection, the registered agent shall notify the corporation in writing of the change and deliver to the department for filing a signed statement that complies with sub. (2) and recites that the corporation has been notified of the change.
180.0502 History History: 1989 a. 303; 1991 a. 269; 1995 a. 27; 2005 a. 476.
180.0503 180.0503 Resignation of registered agent.
180.0503(1) (1) The registered agent of a corporation may resign by signing and delivering to the department for filing a statement of resignation that includes all of the following information:
180.0503(1)(a) (a) The name of the corporation for which the registered agent is acting.
180.0503(1)(b) (b) The name of the registered agent.
180.0503(1)(c) (c) The street address of the corporation's current registered office and its principal office.
180.0503(1)(d) (d) A statement that the registered agent resigns.
180.0503(1)(e) (e) If applicable, a statement that the registered office is also discontinued.
180.0503(2) (2) After filing the statement, the department shall mail a copy to the corporation at its principal office.
180.0503(3) (3) The resignation is effective and, if applicable, the registered office is discontinued on the earlier of the following:
180.0503(3)(a) (a) Sixty days after the department receives the statement of resignation for filing.
180.0503(3)(b) (b) The date on which the appointment of a successor registered agent is effective.
180.0503 History History: 1989 a. 303; 1995 a. 27.
180.0504 180.0504 Service on corporation.
180.0504(1) (1) A corporation's registered agent is the corporation's agent for service of process, notice or demand required or permitted by law to be served on the corporation.
180.0504(2) (2) Except as provided in sub. (3), if a corporation has no registered agent or the agent cannot with reasonable diligence be served, the corporation may be served by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the corporation at its principal office. Service is perfected under this subsection at the earliest of the following:
180.0504(2)(a) (a) The date on which the corporation receives the mail.
180.0504(2)(b) (b) The date shown on the return receipt, if signed on behalf of the corporation.
180.0504(2)(c) (c) Five days after its deposit in the U.S. mail, if mailed postpaid and correctly addressed.
180.0504(3) (3) Except as provided in s. 180.1421 (2m) (b), if the address of the corporation's principal office cannot be determined from the records held by the department, the corporation may be served by publishing a class 3 notice, under ch. 985, in the community where the corporation's principal office or registered office, as most recently designated in the records of the department, is located.
180.0504(4) (4) This section does not limit or affect the right to serve any process, notice or demand required or permitted by law to be served on a corporation in any other manner permitted by law.
180.0504 History History: 1989 a. 303; 1995 a. 27; 2011 a. 234.
180.0504 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. 801.11 (5).
subch. VI of ch. 180 SUBCHAPTER VI
SHARES AND DISTRIBUTIONS
180.0601 180.0601 Authorized shares.
180.0601(1)(1) The articles of incorporation shall prescribe the classes of shares and the number of shares of each class that the corporation is authorized to issue, except that an investment company may prescribe that each class has an indefinite number of authorized shares. If more than one class of shares is authorized, the articles of incorporation shall prescribe a distinguishing designation for each class. Before the issuance of shares of a class, the corporation shall describe in its articles of incorporation the preferences, limitations and relative rights of that class. All shares of a class shall have preferences, limitations and relative rights identical with those of other shares of the same class unless the class is divided into series.
180.0601(2) (2) The articles of incorporation may create series of shares within a class of shares, except that an investment company may prescribe that each series has an indefinite number of authorized shares. Before the issuance of shares of a series, the corporation shall describe in its articles of incorporation the number of shares of each series that the corporation is authorized to issue or that there is an indefinite number of authorized shares, a distinguishing designation for each series within a class and the preferences, limitations and relative rights of that series. All shares of a series shall have preferences, limitations and relative rights identical with those of other shares of the same series and, except to the extent otherwise provided in the description of the series, with those of other series of the same class.
180.0601(3) (3) The articles of incorporation shall authorize all of the following:
180.0601(3)(a) (a) One or more classes of shares that together have unlimited voting rights.
180.0601(3)(b) (b) One or more classes of shares, which may be the same class or classes as those with voting rights under par. (a), that together are entitled to receive the net assets of the corporation upon dissolution.
180.0601(4) (4) The articles of incorporation may authorize one or more classes of shares that have designations, preferences, limitations and relative rights that may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
180.0601(4)(a) (a) Special, conditional or limited voting rights, or no right to vote, except to the extent prohibited by this chapter.
180.0601(4)(b) (b) Provisions for the redemption or conversion of the shares under any of the following terms specified by articles of incorporation:
180.0601(4)(b)1. 1. At the option of the corporation, the shareholder or another person, or upon the occurrence of a designated event.
180.0601(4)(b)2. 2. For cash, indebtedness, securities or other property.
180.0601(4)(b)3. 3. In a designated amount or in an amount determined in accordance with a designated formula or by reference to extrinsic data or events.
180.0601(4)(c) (c) Provisions entitling the holders to distributions calculated in any manner, including dividends that may be cumulative, noncumulative or partially cumulative.
180.0601(4)(d) (d) Preference over any other class of shares with respect to distributions, including dividends and distributions upon the dissolution of the corporation.
180.0601 History History: 1989 a. 303; 1995 a. 271.
180.0602 180.0602 Terms of class or series determined by board of directors.
180.0602(1)(1) To the extent provided in the articles of incorporation, the board of directors may, within the limits under s. 180.0601, do any of the following:
180.0602(1)(a) (a) Determine with respect to any class of shares the preferences, limitations and relative rights, in whole or in part, before the issuance of any shares of that class.
180.0602(1)(b) (b) Create one or more series within a class, and, with respect to any series, determine the number of shares of the series, the distinguishing designation and the preferences, limitations and relative rights, in whole or in part, before the issuance of any shares of that series, except that an investment company may prescribe that each series has an indefinite number of authorized shares.
180.0602(1)(c) (c) In the case of an investment company, change the distinguishing designation of a class or series of shares, whether or not shares of the class are issued and outstanding, if the change does not affect the preferences, limitations and relative rights, in whole or in part, of the class or series.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)