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181.1108 181.1108 Bequests, devises and gifts. Any bequest, devise, gift, grant, or promise contained in a will or other instrument of donation, subscription, or conveyance, that is made to a constituent corporation and that takes effect or remains payable after the merger, inures to the surviving corporation unless the will or other instrument otherwise specifically provides.
181.1108 History History: 1997 a. 79.
181.1150 181.1150 Conversion of cooperative. A cooperative organized without capital stock may elect to convert itself to a corporation by adopting and filing restated articles of incorporation in the manner required under ch. 185. The restated articles of incorporation shall conform to the requirements of s. 181.0202 and shall contain a statement that the cooperative elects to convert itself to a corporation subject to this chapter. The election to become a corporation subject to this chapter is effective upon the filing of the restated articles of incorporation.
181.1150 History History: 1997 a. 79.
subch. XII of ch. 181 SUBCHAPTER XII
SALE OF ASSETS
181.1201 181.1201 Sale of assets in regular course of activities and mortgage of assets.
181.1201(1) (1)Role of board. A corporation may, on the terms and conditions and for the consideration determined by the board, do any of the following:
181.1201(1)(a) (a) Sell, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of all, or substantially all, of its property in the usual and regular course of its activities.
181.1201(1)(b) (b) Sell, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of less than substantially all of its property whether or not in the usual and regular course of activities.
181.1201(1)(c) (c) Mortgage, pledge, dedicate to the repayment of indebtedness, whether with or without recourse, or otherwise encumber any or all of its property whether or not in the usual and regular course of its activities.
181.1201(2) (2)Role of members. Unless required by the articles of incorporation or bylaws, approval of the members or any other person of a transaction described in sub. (1) is not required.
181.1201 History History: 1997 a. 79.
181.1202 181.1202 Sale of assets other than in regular course of activities.
181.1202(1)(1)When permitted. A corporation may sell, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of all, or substantially all, of its property, with or without the goodwill, other than in the usual and regular course of its activities on the terms and conditions and for the consideration determined by the corporation's board if the proposed transaction is authorized under sub. (2).
181.1202(2) (2)Approval requirements in general. Unless this chapter, the articles of incorporation or the bylaws require a greater vote or voting by class, the proposed transaction to be authorized must be approved by all of the following:
181.1202(2)(a) (a) Unless the articles of incorporation or bylaws provide otherwise, the board.
181.1202(2)(b) (b) The members with voting rights, if any, by two-thirds of the votes cast or a majority of the voting power, whichever is less.
181.1202(2)(c) (c) A 3rd person, in writing, whose approval is required by a provision of the articles of incorporation.
181.1202(3) (3)Corporation without members. If the corporation does not have members the transaction must be approved by a vote of a majority of the directors in office at the time the transaction is approved. In addition the corporation shall provide notice of any board meeting at which such approval is to be obtained in accordance with s. 181.0822 (3). The notice must also state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider the sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of all, or substantially all, of the property or assets of the corporation and contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of a description of the transaction.
181.1202(4) (4)Notice requirements. If the corporation seeks to have the transaction approved by the members at a membership meeting, the corporation shall give notice to its members of the proposed membership meeting in accordance with s. 181.0705. The notice must also state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider the sale, lease, exchange, or other disposition of all, or substantially all, of the property or assets of the corporation and contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of a description of the transaction.
181.1202(5) (5)Written consents or ballots. If the board needs to have the transaction approved by the members by written consent or written ballot, the material soliciting the approval shall contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of a description of the transaction.
181.1202(6) (6)Abandonment of transaction. After a sale, lease, exchange, or other disposition of property is authorized, the transaction may be abandoned, subject to any contractual rights, without further action by the members or any other person who approved the transaction in accordance with the procedure set forth in the resolution proposing the transaction or, if none is set forth, in the manner determined by the board.
181.1202 History History: 1997 a. 79.
subch. XIII of ch. 181 SUBCHAPTER XIII
DISTRIBUTIONS
181.1301 181.1301 Prohibited distributions. Except as provided in s. 181.1302, a corporation may not make any distributions.
181.1301 History History: 1997 a. 79.
181.1302 181.1302 Authorized distributions.
181.1302(1) (1)Purchase of memberships. A corporation may purchase its memberships if after the purchase is completed all of the following conditions are met:
181.1302(1)(a) (a) The corporation would be able to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of its activities.
181.1302(1)(b) (b) The corporation's total assets would at least equal the sum of its total liabilities.
181.1302(2) (2)Distributions on dissolution. Corporations may make distributions upon dissolution under subch. XIV.
181.1302(3) (3)Distributions to nonprofit corporations. A corporation may make a distribution or other payment to another domestic or foreign corporation, if all of the following conditions are met:
181.1302(3)(a) (a) The articles of incorporation, or, if the articles of incorporation so provide, the bylaws, state that a distribution or other payment may be made under this subsection.
181.1302(3)(b) (b) The distribution or other payment is made in accordance with the stated purpose of the corporation.
181.1302(3)(c) (c) The corporation would be able to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of its activities.
181.1302(3)(d) (d) The corporation's total assets would equal at least the sum of its total liabilities.
181.1302(3)(e) (e) The domestic or foreign corporation to which the distribution or other payment is made may not distribute any part of its income to members, directors or officers and is exempt from taxation under 26 USC 501.
181.1302(4) (4)Other distributions. A corporation may make a distribution that is not permitted under subs. (1) to (3) only if all of the following apply:
181.1302(4)(a) (a) The articles of incorporation state that a distribution may be made under this subsection.
181.1302(4)(b) (b) The distribution is made in accordance with the stated purpose of the corporation.
181.1302(4)(c) (c) The corporation would be able to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of its activities.
181.1302(4)(d) (d) The corporation's total assets would equal at least the sum of its total liabilities.
181.1302 History History: 1997 a. 79.
subch. XIV of ch. 181 SUBCHAPTER XIV
DISSOLUTION
181.1401 181.1401 Dissolution by incorporators, directors, members and 3rd persons.
181.1401(1) (1)In general.
181.1401(1)(a)(a) Prior to the election of directors, unless this chapter, the articles of incorporation or the bylaws require a greater vote or voting by class, dissolution is authorized if it is approved by a majority of the incorporators.
181.1401(1)(b) (b) After the election of directors, unless this chapter, the articles of incorporation or the bylaws require a greater vote or voting by class, dissolution is authorized if it is approved by all of the following:
181.1401(1)(b)1. 1. Unless the articles of incorporation or bylaws provide otherwise, the board.
181.1401(1)(b)2. 2. The members with voting rights, if any, by two-thirds of the votes cast or a majority of the voting power, whichever is less.
181.1401(1)(b)3. 3. A 3rd person, in writing, whose approval is required by a provision of the articles of incorporation.
181.1401(2) (2)Corporation without members with voting rights. If the corporation does not have members with voting rights, dissolution must be approved by a vote of a majority of the directors in office at the time the transaction is approved. In addition, the corporation shall provide notice of any board of directors' meeting at which such approval is to be obtained in accordance with s. 181.0822 (3). The notice must also state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider dissolution of the corporation and contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the plan of dissolution.
181.1401(3) (3)Notice requirements. If the board seeks to have dissolution approved by the members at a membership meeting, the corporation shall give notice to its members of the proposed membership meeting in accordance with s. 181.0705. The notice must also state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider dissolving the corporation and contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the plan of dissolution.
181.1401(4) (4)Written consents or ballots. If the board seeks to have dissolution approved by the members by written consent or written ballot, the material soliciting the approval shall contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the plan of dissolution.
181.1401(5) (5)Distribution of assets. The plan of dissolution shall indicate to whom the assets owned or held by the corporation will be distributed after all creditors have been paid.
181.1401 History History: 1997 a. 79.
181.1403 181.1403 Articles of dissolution.
181.1403(1) (1)Filing requirements. At any time after dissolution is authorized, the corporation may dissolve by delivering to the department for filing articles of dissolution that include all of the following information:
181.1403(1)(a) (a) The name of the corporation.
181.1403(1)(b) (b) The date dissolution was authorized.
181.1403(1)(c) (c) A statement that dissolution was approved by a sufficient vote of the board.
181.1403(1)(d) (d) If approval of members was not required, a statement to that effect and a statement that dissolution was approved by a sufficient vote of the board or of the incorporators.
181.1403(1)(e) (e) If approval by members was required, all of the following:
181.1403(1)(e)1. 1. The designation, number of memberships outstanding, number of votes entitled to be cast by each class entitled to vote separately on dissolution, and number of votes of each class indisputably voting on dissolution.
181.1403(1)(e)2. 2. Either the total number of votes cast for and against dissolution by each class entitled to vote separately on dissolution or the total number of undisputed votes cast for dissolution by each class and a statement that the number cast for dissolution by each class was sufficient for approval by that class.
181.1403(1)(f) (f) If approval of dissolution by a person other than the members, the board or the incorporators is required under s. 181.1401 (1) (b) 3., a statement that the approval was obtained.
181.1403(1)(g) (g) If the corporation is to retain the exclusive use of its name for less than 120 days after the effective date of its articles of dissolution, as provided in s. 181.1405 (3), a statement specifying the shorter period.
181.1403(2) (2)Effective date. A corporation is dissolved upon the effective date of its articles of dissolution.
181.1403 History History: 1997 a. 79.
181.1404 181.1404 Revocation of dissolution.
181.1404(1) (1)When permitted. A corporation may revoke its dissolution within 120 days of its effective date.
181.1404(2) (2)How authorized. Revocation of dissolution must be authorized in the same manner as the dissolution was authorized unless that authorization permitted revocation by action of the board alone, in which event the board may revoke the dissolution without action by the members or any other person.
181.1404(3) (3)Filing requirements. After the revocation of dissolution is authorized, the corporation may revoke the dissolution by delivering to the department for filing articles of revocation of dissolution, together with a copy of its articles of dissolution, that include all of the following information:
181.1404(3)(a) (a) The name of the corporation.
181.1404(3)(b) (b) The effective date of the dissolution that was revoked.
181.1404(3)(c) (c) The date that the revocation of dissolution was authorized.
181.1404(3)(d) (d) If the corporation's board or the incorporators revoked the dissolution, a statement to that effect.
181.1404(3)(e) (e) If the corporation's board revoked a dissolution authorized by the members alone or in conjunction with another person, a statement that revocation was permitted by action by the board alone pursuant to that authorization.
181.1404(3)(f) (f) If member or 3rd-person action was required to revoke the dissolution, the information required under s. 181.1403 (1) (e) and (f).
181.1404(4) (4)Effective date. Revocation of dissolution is effective upon the effective date of the articles of revocation of dissolution.
181.1404(5) (5)Effect of revocation. When the revocation of dissolution is effective, it relates back to and takes effect as of the effective date of the dissolution and the corporation resumes carrying on its activities as if dissolution had never occurred.
181.1404 History History: 1997 a. 79.
181.1405 181.1405 Effect of dissolution.
181.1405(1) (1)Powers of dissolved corporation. A dissolved corporation continues its corporate existence but may not carry on any activities except those appropriate to wind up and liquidate its affairs, including any of the following:
181.1405(1)(a) (a) Preserving and protecting its assets and minimizing its liabilities.
181.1405(1)(b) (b) Discharging or making provision for discharging its liabilities and obligations.
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