2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 180. Business corporations.
180.1301 Definitions.

180.1301

SUBCHAPTER XIII
DISSENTERS' RIGHTS
180.1301 Definitions. In ss. 180.1301 to 180.1331:

180.1301(1)

(1) "Beneficial shareholder" means a person who is a beneficial owner of shares held by a nominee as the shareholder.

180.1301(1m)

(1m) "Business combination" has the meaning given in s. 180.1130 (3).

180.1301(2)

(2) "Corporation" means the issuer corporation or, if the corporate action giving rise to dissenters' rights under s. 180.1302 is a merger or share exchange that has been effectuated, the surviving domestic corporation or foreign corporation of the merger or the acquiring domestic corporation or foreign corporation of the share exchange.

180.1301(3)

(3) "Dissenter" means a shareholder or beneficial shareholder who is entitled to dissent from corporate action under s. 180.1302 and who exercises that right when and in the manner required by ss. 180.1320 to 180.1328.

180.1301(4)

(4) "Fair value", with respect to a dissenter's shares other than in a business combination, means the value of the shares immediately before the effectuation of the corporate action to which the dissenter objects, excluding any appreciation or depreciation in anticipation of the corporate action unless exclusion would be inequitable. "Fair value", with respect to a dissenter's shares in a business combination, means market value, as defined in s. 180.1130 (9) (a) 1. to 4.

180.1301(5)

(5) "Interest" means interest from the effectuation date of the corporate action until the date of payment, at the average rate currently paid by the corporation on its principal bank loans or, if none, at a rate that is fair and equitable under all of the circumstances.

180.1301(6)

(6) "Issuer corporation" means a domestic corporation that is the issuer of the shares held by a dissenter before the corporate action.

180.1301 - ANNOT.

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

180.1301 - ANNOT.

"Date of payment" in sub. (5) refers to the actual payment date by a corporation following a special proceeding, even if the payment occurs after a "verdict, decision or report," within the meaning of s. 814.04 (4), or after "judgment," within the meaning of s. 815.05 (8). Thus the definition of interest contained in sub. (5) applies to the time period following a court decision on fair value until final payment is made. HMO-W Incorporated v. SSM Health Care System, 2003 WI App 137, 266 Wis. 2d 69, 667 N.W.2d 733, 02-0042.

180.1301 - ANNOT.

The phrase "rate that is fair and equitable under all of the circumstances" in sub. (5) directs the circuit court to consider the circumstances of the particular case in determining the interest rate to be paid. It was appropriate under this standard to look at the borrowing power of a parent corporation to determine if the rate the subsidiary would obtain would be the rate the parent could obtain. HMO-W Incorporated v. SSM Health Care System, 2003 WI App 137, 266 Wis. 2d 69, 667 N.W.2d 733, 02-0042.

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