2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 12 - Corporations and Associations
RS 12:1-1320 - Notice of appraisal rights

SUBPART B. PROCEDURE FOR EXERCISE

OF APPRAISAL RIGHTS

§1-1320. Notice of appraisal rights

A. Where any corporate action specified in R.S. 12:1-1302(A) is to be submitted to a vote at a shareholders' meeting, the meeting notice must state that the corporation has concluded that the shareholders are, are not, or may be entitled to assert appraisal rights under this Part. If the corporation concludes that appraisal rights are or may be available, one of the following statements shall be included in the meeting notice sent to those record shareholders entitled to exercise appraisal rights:

(1) If the corporation wishes for shareholders to be subject to the requirements of R.S. 12:1-1321(A)(1):

"Appraisal rights allow a shareholder to avoid the effects of the proposed corporate action described in this notice by selling the shareholder's shares to the corporation at their fair value, paid in cash. To retain the right to assert appraisal rights, a shareholder is required by law: (1) to deliver to the corporation, before the vote is taken on the action described in this notice, a written notice of the shareholder's intent to demand appraisal if the corporate action proposed in this notice takes effect, and (2) not to vote, or cause or permit to be voted, in favor of the proposed corporate action any shares of the class or series for which the shareholder intends to assert appraisal rights. If a shareholder complies with those requirements, and the action proposed in this notice takes effect, the law requires the corporation to send to the shareholder an appraisal form that the shareholder must complete and return, and a copy of Part 13 of the Business Corporation Act, governing appraisal rights."

(2) If the corporation is waiving the requirements of R.S. 12:1-1321(A)(1):

"Appraisal rights allow a shareholder to avoid the effects of the proposed corporate action described in this notice by selling the shareholder's shares to the corporation at their fair value, paid in cash. To retain the right to assert appraisal rights, a shareholder is required by law not to vote, or cause or permit to be voted, in favor of the proposed corporation action any shares of the class or series for which the shareholder intends to assert appraisal rights. If a shareholder complies with the requirement, and the action proposed in this notice take effect, the law requires the corporation to send to the shareholder an appraisal form that the shareholder must complete and return, a copy of Part 13 of the Business Corporation Act, governing appraisal rights."

B. In a merger pursuant to R.S. 12:1-1105, the parent corporation must notify in writing all record shareholders of the subsidiary who are entitled to assert appraisal rights that the corporate action became effective. Such notice must be sent within ten days after the corporate action became effective and include the materials described in R.S. 12:1-1322.

C. Where any corporate action specified in R.S. 12:1-1302(A) is to be approved by written consent of the shareholders pursuant to R.S. 12:1-704.

(1) Written notice that appraisal rights are, are not, or may be available must be sent to each record shareholder from whom a consent is solicited at the time consent of such shareholder is first solicited and, if the corporation has concluded that appraisal rights are or may be available, the following statement must be included in the notice:

"Appraisal rights allow a shareholder to avoid the effects of the proposed corporate action described in this notice by selling the shareholder's shares to the corporation at their fair value, paid in cash. To retain the right to assert appraisal rights, a shareholder is required by law not to sign any consent in favor of the proposed corporate action with respect to any shares of the class or series for which the shareholder intends to assert appraisal rights. If a shareholder complies with this requirement, and the corporate action proposed in this notice takes effect, the law requires the corporation to send to the shareholder an appraisal form that the shareholder must complete and return, and a copy of Part 13 of the Business Corporation Act, governing appraisal rights."

(2) Written notice that appraisal rights are, are not, or may be available must be delivered together with the notice to nonconsenting and nonvoting shareholders required by R.S. 12:1-704(E) and (F), may include the materials described in R.S. 12:1-1322 and, if the corporation has concluded that appraisal rights are or may be available, must be accompanied by a copy of this Part and the following statement:

"Appraisal rights allow a shareholder to avoid the effects of the corporate action described in this notice by selling the shareholder's shares to the corporation at their fair value, paid in cash. A shareholder may obtain appraisal rights only by completing and returning an appraisal form that the law requires the corporation to send to the shareholder, and by complying with all other requirements of Part 13 of the Business Corporation Act, a copy of which is enclosed."

D. Where corporate action described in R.S. 12:1-1302(A) is proposed, or a merger pursuant to R.S. 12:1-1105 is effected, the notice referred to in Subsection A or C of this Section, if the corporation concludes that appraisal rights are or may be available, and in Subsection B of this Section shall be accompanied by both of the following:

(1) The annual financial statements specified in R.S. 12:1-1620(B) of the corporation that issued the shares that may be subject to appraisal, which shall be as of a date ending not more than sixteen months before the date of the notice and shall comply with R.S. 12: 1-1620(B); provided that, if such annual financial statements are not reasonably available, the corporation shall provide reasonably equivalent financial information.

(2) The latest available quarterly financial statements of such corporation, if any.

E. The right to receive the information described in Subsection D of this Section may be waived in writing by a shareholder before or after the corporate action. If the information described in Subsection D of this Section is not publicly available, the shareholder who receives it owes a duty to the corporation to use and disclose the information only for purposes of deciding whether to exercise appraisal rights and for other proper purposes.

Acts 2014, No. 328, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2015.

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