Terms Used In Tennessee Code 48-21-102

  • board of directors: means the governing board of a corporation, whether denominated the board of directors or otherwise, except that no person or group of persons is the board of directors because of powers delegated to that person or group pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 48-51-201
  • Business: includes every trade, occupation, profession, investment activity and other lawful purpose for gain or the preservation of assets whether or not carried on for profits. See Tennessee Code 48-202-101
  • Charter: includes amended and restated charters and articles of merger. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Court: includes every court and judge having jurisdiction in the case. See Tennessee Code 48-202-101
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • domestic business corporation: means a corporation for profit, which is not a foreign corporation, incorporated under or subject to chapters 11-27 of this title. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
  • domestic corporation: means a corporation for profit, which is not a foreign corporation, incorporated under or subject to the Tennessee Business Corporation Act, compiled in chapters 11-27 of this title, as amended. See Tennessee Code 48-202-101
  • Eligible entity: means a domestic or foreign unincorporated entity or a domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation. See Tennessee Code 48-21-101
  • Eligible interests: means interests or memberships. See Tennessee Code 48-21-101
  • Entity: includes the following, whether foreign or domestic: LLCs. See Tennessee Code 48-202-101
  • Foreign corporation: means a corporation for profit incorporated under a law other than the laws of this state. See Tennessee Code 48-202-101
  • Foreign unincorporated entity: means an unincorporated entity whose internal affairs are governed by an organic law of a jurisdiction other than this state. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
  • Interest: means either or both of the following rights under the organic law of an unincorporated entity:
    1. The right to receive distributions from the entity either in the ordinary course or upon liquidation. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
    2. Organic law: means the statute governing the internal affairs of a domestic or foreign business or nonprofit corporation or unincorporated entity. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
    3. Owners: means members in the case of an LLC, shareholders in the case of a corporation, partners in the case of general or limited partnerships and the equivalent with respect to other entities. See Tennessee Code 48-202-101
    4. Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    5. State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    6. Survivor: means the corporation or unincorporated entity that is in existence immediately after consummation of a merger or entity conversion pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 48-21-101
    7. Unincorporated entity: means an organization or artificial legal person that either has a separate legal existence or has the power to acquire an estate in real property in its own name and that is not any of the following: a domestic or foreign business or nonprofit corporation, an estate, a trust, a state, the United States, or a foreign government. See Tennessee Code 48-11-201
  1. One (1) or more corporations may merge with one (1) or more domestic or foreign business corporations or eligible entities pursuant to a plan of merger, or two (2) or more foreign business corporations or domestic or foreign eligible entities may merge into a new domestic business corporation to be created in the merger in the manner provided in this chapter. The merger shall result in a single survivor.
  2. A foreign business corporation, or a foreign eligible entity, may be a party to a merger with a domestic business corporation, or may be created by the terms of the plan of merger, only if the merger is permitted by the laws under which the foreign business corporation or eligible entity is organized or by which it is governed. If the organic law of a domestic eligible entity does not provide procedures for the approval of a merger, a plan of merger may be adopted and approved, the merger effectuated, and dissenters’ rights exercised in accordance with the procedures in this chapter and chapter 23 of this title. For the purposes of applying this chapter and chapter 23 of this title:
    1. The eligible entity, its members or interest holders, eligible interests, and organic documents taken together shall be deemed to be a domestic business corporation, shareholders, shares and charter, respectively and vice versa, as the context may require; and
    2. If the business and affairs of the eligible entity are managed by a group of persons that is not identical to the members or interest holders, that group shall be deemed to be the board of directors.
  3. The plan of merger must set forth:
    1. The name of each domestic or foreign business corporation or eligible entity planning to merge and the name of each domestic or foreign business corporation or eligible entity that shall survive the merger;
    2. The terms and conditions of the merger;
    3. The manner and basis of converting the shares of each merging domestic or foreign business corporation and eligible interest of each merging domestic or foreign eligible entity into shares or other securities, eligible interests, obligations, rights to acquire shares, other securities or eligible interest, cash, other property, or any combination of the foregoing;
    4. The charter of any domestic or foreign business corporation or nonprofit corporation, or the organic documents of any domestic or foreign unincorporated entity, to be created by the merger, or if a new domestic or foreign business or nonprofit corporation or unincorporated is not to be created by the merger, any amendments to the survivor’s charter or organic documents; and
    5. Any other provision required by the laws under which any party to the merger is organized or by which it is governed, or by the charter or organic documents of any such party.
  4. The plan of merger may set forth any other provisions relating to the merger.
  5. Terms of a plan of merger may be made dependent on facts objectively ascertainable outside the plan in accordance with § 48-11-301(j).
  6. The plan of merger may also include a provision that the plan may be amended prior to filing articles of merger, but if the shareholders of a domestic corporation that is a party to the merger are required or permitted to vote on the plan, the plan must provide that subsequent to approval of the plan by such shareholders the plan may not be amended to change:
    1. The amount or kind of shares or other securities, eligible interests, obligations, rights to acquire shares, other securities, or eligible interests, cash, or other property to be received under the plan by the shareholders of or owners of eligible interests in any party to the merger;
    2. The charter of any corporation, or the organic documents of any unincorporated entity, that will survive or be created as a result of the merger, except for changes permitted by § 48-20-102 or by comparable provisions of the organic laws of any such foreign corporation or domestic or foreign unincorporated entity; or
    3. Any of the other terms or conditions of the plan if the change would adversely affect such shareholders in any material respect.
  7. Property held in trust or for charitable purposes under the laws of this state by a domestic or foreign eligible entity shall not be diverted by a merger from the objects for which it was donated, granted, or devised, unless and until the eligible entity obtains a court order specifying the disposition of the property to the extent required by and pursuant to § 35-15-413.