Maine Revised Statutes

§954. Action on plan of entity conversion

In the case of an entity conversion of a domestic business corporation, referred to in this section as the "corporation," to a domestic or foreign unincorporated entity: [2001, c. 640, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2001, c. 640, Pt. B, §7 (AFF).]

1. Plan adopted by board.  The plan of entity conversion must be adopted by the corporation's board of directors;
[ 2001, c. 640, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2001, c. 640, Pt. B, §7 (AFF) .]
2. Shareholders' approval.  After adopting the plan of entity conversion, the corporation's board of directors shall submit the plan to the shareholders for their approval. The board of directors shall also transmit to the shareholders a recommendation that the shareholders approve the plan, unless:
A. The board of directors makes a determination that because of conflicts of interest or other special circumstances the board of directors should not make such a recommendation; or [2011, c. 274, §46 (NEW).]
B. Section 827 applies. [2011, c. 274, §46 (NEW).]
If paragraph A or B applies, the board of directors shall transmit to the shareholders the basis for so proceeding;
[ 2011, c. 274, §46 (RPR) .]
3. Conditional submission.  The corporation's board of directors may condition its submission of the plan of entity conversion to the shareholders on any basis;
[ 2001, c. 640, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2001, c. 640, Pt. B, §7 (AFF) .]
4. Notice of meeting.  If the approval of the shareholders of the plan of entity conversion under subsection 2 is to be given at a meeting, the corporation shall notify each shareholder, whether or not entitled to vote, of the meeting of shareholders at which the plan of entity conversion is to be submitted for approval. The notice must state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider the plan and must contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the plan. The notice must include or be accompanied by a copy of the organic documents of the surviving entity as they will be in effect immediately after the entity conversion;
[ 2001, c. 640, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2001, c. 640, Pt. B, §7 (AFF) .]
5. Majority approval.  Unless the corporation's articles of incorporation or its board of directors acting pursuant to subsection 3 requires a greater vote, approval of the plan of entity conversion requires the approval of the shareholders at a meeting by a majority of all the votes entitled to be cast on the plan by the shareholders, voting as a single voting group. The articles of incorporation may provide that the plan may be approved by a lesser vote of each voting group entitled to vote on the plan but in no case less than a majority of the votes cast by that voting group at a meeting at which there exists, for each such voting group, a quorum consisting of at least a majority of the votes entitled to be cast on the plan by each voting group entitled to vote on the plan;
[ 2003, c. 344, Pt. B, §88 (AMD) .]
6. Voting groups.  In addition to the vote required under subsection 5, separate voting by voting groups is also required by each class or series of shares. Unless the corporation's articles of incorporation or the board of directors acting pursuant to subsection 3 requires a greater vote or a greater number of votes to be present, if the corporation has more than one class or series of shares outstanding, approval of the plan of entity conversion requires the approval of each such separate voting group by a majority of the votes entitled to be cast on the conversion by that voting group. The articles of incorporation may provide that the plan may be approved by a lesser vote of each class or series of shares as provided in subsection 5;
[ 2003, c. 344, Pt. B, §88 (AMD) .]
7. Transitional rule.  If any provision of the corporation's articles of incorporation or bylaws or of an agreement to which any of the directors or shareholders are parties, adopted or entered into before July 1, 2003, other than a provision that eliminates or limits voting or appraisal rights, applies to a merger and the document does not refer to an entity conversion of the corporation, the provision is deemed to apply to an entity conversion of the corporation until the provision is amended;
[ 2011, c. 274, §47 (AMD) .]
8. Written consent.  If as a result of an entity conversion one or more shareholders of the corporation would become subject to owner liability for the debts, obligations or liabilities of any other person or entity, approval of the plan of conversion requires the execution by each such shareholder of a separate written consent to become subject to such owner liability; and
[ 2003, c. 344, Pt. B, §88 (AMD) .]
9. Consent of shareholders.  A plan of entity conversion may be approved for a participating corporation by written consent of shareholders entitled to vote, as provided in section 704. If the plan of entity conversion is approved by written consent of all shareholders, whether or not entitled to vote, a resolution of the board of directors of the participating corporation approving, proposing, submitting, recommending or otherwise respecting the plan of entity conversion is not necessary and shareholders of the participating corporation are not entitled to receive notice of or to dissent from the plan of nonprofit conversion.
[ 2003, c. 344, Pt. B, §89 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2001, c. 640, §A2 (NEW). 2001, c. 640, §B7 (AFF). 2003, c. 344, §§B88,89 (AMD). 2011, c. 274, §§46, 47 (AMD).