2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 179. Uniform limited partnership act.
179.77 Merger.

179.77

179.77 Merger.

179.77(1)

(1) One or more domestic limited partnerships may merge with or into one or more other business entities if the merger is permitted under the applicable laws of the jurisdiction that governs each other business entity that is a party to the merger and each business entity approves the plan of merger in the manner required by the laws applicable to the business entity.

179.77(2)

(2) The plan of merger shall set forth all of the following:

179.77(2)(a)

(a) The name, form of business entity, and identity of the jurisdiction governing each business entity that is a party to the merger and the name, form of business entity, and identity of the jurisdiction of the surviving business entity with, or into, which each other business entity proposes to merge.

179.77(2)(b)

(b) The manner and basis of converting the interests in each business entity that is a party to the merger into shares, interests, obligations, or other securities of the surviving business entity or any other business entity or into cash or other property in whole or in part.

179.77(3)

(3) The plan of merger may set forth any of the following:

179.77(3)(a)

(a) Amendments to the certificate of limited partnership or other similar governing document of the surviving business entity.

179.77(3)(b)

(b) Other provisions relating to the merger.

179.77(4)

(4) After a merger is authorized, and at any time before the articles of merger are filed with the department, the planned merger may be abandoned, subject to any contractual rights, without further action on the part of the shareholders or other owners, in accordance with the procedure set forth in the plan of merger or, if none is set forth, in the manner determined by the governing body of any business entity that is a party to the merger.

179.77(5)

(5) After a plan of merger is approved by each business entity that is a party to the merger in the manner required by the laws applicable to each business entity, the surviving business entity shall deliver to the department the fee specified under sub. (5m) and articles of merger that include all of the following:

179.77(5)(a)

(a) The plan of merger.

179.77(5)(b)

(b) A statement that the plan was approved by each business entity that is a party to the merger in the manner required by the laws applicable to each business entity.

179.77(5)(bm)

(bm) A statement indicating whether a business entity that merged with or into the surviving entity in the merger has a fee simple ownership interest in any Wisconsin real estate.

179.77(5)(c)

(c) The effective date and time of the merger, if the merger is to take effect at a time other than the close of business on the date of filing the articles of merger under s. 179.11 (2).

179.77(5)(d)

(d) Other provisions relating to the merger, as determined by the surviving business entity.

179.77(5m)

(5m) The fee for filing articles of merger is $150, except that the department, by rule, may specify a larger fee for filing articles in paper format.

179.77(5r)

(5r) If the department prescribes a form for the articles of merger under sub. (5), the form shall indicate that if a business entity that is acquired in the merger has a fee simple ownership interest in Wisconsin real estate, the business entity that survives the merger is required to file a report with the department of revenue under s. 73.14.

179.77(6)

(6) A merger has the following effects:

179.77(6)(a)

(a) Every other business entity that is a party to the merger merges into the surviving business entity, and the separate existence of every business entity, except the surviving business entity, ceases.

179.77(6)(b)

(b)

179.77(6)(b)1.

1. If, under the laws applicable to a business entity that is a party to the merger, one or more of the owners thereof is liable for the debts and obligations of such business entity, such owner or owners shall continue to be liable for the debts and obligations of the business entity, but only for such debts and obligations accrued during the period or periods in which such laws are applicable to such owner or owners.

179.77(6)(b)2.

2. If, under the laws applicable to the surviving business entity, one or more of the owners thereof is liable for the debts and obligations of such business entity, the owner or owners of a business entity that is party to the merger, other than the surviving business entity, who become subject to such laws shall be liable for the debts and obligations of the surviving business entity to the extent provided in such laws, but only for such debts and obligations accrued after the merger. The owner or owners of the surviving business entity prior to the merger shall continue to be liable for the debts and obligations of the surviving business entity to the extent provided in subd. 1.

179.77(6)(c)

(c) The title to all property owned by each business entity that is a party to the merger is vested in the surviving business entity without reversion or impairment.

179.77(6)(d)

(d) The surviving business entity has all liabilities of each business entity that is party to the merger.

179.77(6)(e)

(e) A civil, criminal, administrative, or investigatory proceeding pending by or against any business entity that is a party to the merger may be continued as if the merger did not occur, or the surviving business entity may be substituted in the proceeding for the business entity whose existence ceased.

179.77(6)(f)

(f) The articles of incorporation, articles of organization, certificate of limited partnership, or other similar governing document, whichever is applicable, of the surviving business entity shall be amended to the extent provided in the plan of merger.

179.77(6)(g)

(g) The shares or other interests of each business entity that is party to the merger that are to be converted into shares, interests, obligations, or other securities of the surviving business entity or any other business entity or into cash or other property are converted, and the former holders of the shares or interests are entitled only to the rights provided in the articles of merger or to their rights under the laws applicable to each business entity that is a party to the merger.

179.77(6)(h)

(h) If the surviving business entity is a foreign business entity, the department is the agent of the surviving foreign business entity for service of process in a proceeding to enforce any obligation of any business entity that is a party to the merger or the rights of the dissenting members or other owners of each business entity that is a party to the merger.

179.77(6)(i)

(i) When a merger takes effect, any surviving foreign business entity of the merger shall promptly pay to the dissenting shareholders of each domestic corporation or dissenting owners of each other domestic business entity that is a party to the merger the amount, if any, to which they are entitled under ss. 180.1301 to 180.1331 or under any law applicable to the other domestic business entity.

179.77 - ANNOT.

History: 2001 a. 44, 105; 2005 a. 476.

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