2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 180. Business corporations.
180.1202 Sale of assets other than in regular course of business.


180.1202 Sale of assets other than in regular course of business.


(1) Except as provided in sub. (5), a corporation may sell, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of all, or substantially all, of its property, with or without goodwill, otherwise than in the usual and regular course of business, on the terms and conditions and for the consideration determined by the corporation's board of directors, upon adoption of a resolution by the board of directors approving the proposed transaction and approval by its shareholders of the proposed transaction.


(2) The corporation shall notify each shareholder, whether or not entitled to vote, of the proposed shareholders' meeting in accordance with s. 180.0705, except the notice shall be given no fewer than 20 days before the meeting date. The notice shall 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 of the corporation and contain or be accompanied by a description of the transaction.


(3) Unless this chapter, the articles of incorporation or bylaws adopted under authority granted in the articles of incorporation require a greater vote or a vote by voting groups, the proposed transaction is authorized if approved by a majority of all the votes entitled to be cast on the transaction.


(4) After a sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of property is authorized, the transaction may be abandoned, subject to any contractual rights, without further shareholder action.


(5) A transaction that constitutes a distribution is governed by s. 180.0640 and not by this section.

180.1202 - ANNOT.

History: 1989 a. 303; 1991 a. 16; 1997 a. 254.

180.1202 - ANNOT.

In determining whether "substantially all" corporate assets are transferred within the meaning of s. 180.71 [now s. 180.1202] more than dollar values must be considered. The determinitive factor is whether the sale changes the nature of corporate activity. Sterman v. Hornbeck, 156 Wis. 2d 556, 457 N.W.2d 874 (Ct. App. 1990).

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