2018 Tennessee Code
Title 48 - Corporations and Associations
Chapter 61 - Mergers, Membership Exchanges, Entity Conversions, and For-Profit Conversions
§ 48-61-109. Plan of entity conversion.
(a) Subject to the limitations on public benefit corporations in § 48-61-122, a domestic nonprofit corporation may become a domestic unincorporated entity pursuant to a plan of entity conversion.
(b) Subject to the limitations on public benefit corporations in § 48-61-122, a domestic nonprofit corporation may become a foreign unincorporated entity if the entity conversion is permitted by the laws of the foreign jurisdiction.
(c) A domestic unincorporated entity may become a domestic nonprofit corporation. If the organic law of a domestic unincorporated entity does not provide procedures for the approval of an entity conversion, the conversion shall be adopted and approved, and the entity conversion effectuated, in the same manner as a merger of the unincorporated entity. If the organic law of a domestic unincorporated entity does not provide procedures for the approval of either an entity conversion or a merger, a plan of entity conversion shall be adopted and approved, and the entity conversion effectuated, in accordance with the procedures in this chapter. Without limiting the provisions of this subsection (c), a domestic unincorporated entity whose organic law does not provide procedures for the approval of an entity conversion shall be subject to subsection (e) and § 48-61-111(7). For purposes of applying this chapter:
(1) The unincorporated entity, its interest holders, interests, and organic documents taken together, shall be deemed to be a domestic nonprofit corporation, members, memberships and charters, respectively, and vice versa, as the context may require; and
(2) If the business and affairs of the unincorporated entity are managed by a group of persons that is not identical to the interest holders, that group shall be deemed to be the board of directors.
(d) A foreign unincorporated entity may become a domestic nonprofit corporation if the organic law of the foreign unincorporated entity authorizes it to become a nonprofit corporation in another jurisdiction.
(e) If any provision of a debt security, note or similar evidence of indebtedness for money borrowed, whether secured or unsecured, or a contract of any kind, issued, incurred or executed by a domestic nonprofit corporation before January 1, 2015, applies to a merger of the corporation and the document does not refer to an entity conversion of the corporation, the provision shall be deemed to apply to an entity conversion of the corporation until such time as the provision is amended on or subsequent to January 1, 2015.
(f) If a plan of entity conversion includes a for-profit conversion of the corporation, the corporation must also comply with §§ 48-61-116 -- 48-61-121.