Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 180.0720
- 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.
- State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
(1) After fixing a record date for a meeting, a corporation shall prepare a list of the names of all its shareholders who are entitled to notice of a shareholders’ meeting. The list shall be arranged by class or series of shares and show the address of and number of shares held by each shareholder.
(a) The corporation shall make the shareholders’ list available for inspection by any shareholder, beginning 2 business days after notice of the meeting is given for which the list was prepared and continuing to the date of the meeting. The list shall be made available at the corporation’s principal office, at a place identified in the meeting notice in the city where the meeting will be held, or on a reasonably accessible electronic network if the information required to gain access to the list is provided with the notice of the meeting.
(b) A shareholder or his or her agent or attorney may, on written demand, inspect and, subject to s. 180.1602 (2) (b) 3. to 5., copy the list, during regular business hours and at his or her expense, during the period that it is available for inspection under par. (a). If the corporation determines that the list will be made available on an electronic network, the corporation may take reasonable steps to ensure that such information is available only to shareholders of the corporation.
(3) The corporation shall make the shareholders’ list available at the meeting, and any shareholder or his or her agent or attorney may inspect the list at any time during the meeting or any adjournment. If the meeting is held solely by means of remote communication, the list shall be open to the examination of any shareholder during the entire time of the meeting on a reasonably accessible electronic network, and the information required to access the list shall be provided with the notice of the meeting.
(4) If the corporation refuses to allow a shareholder or his or her agent or attorney to inspect the shareholders’ list before or at the meeting, or to copy the list as permitted by sub. (2) (b), on petition of the shareholder, the circuit court for the county where the corporation’s principal office or, if none in this state, its registered office is located may, after notice to the corporation and an opportunity to be heard, order the inspection or copying at the corporation’s expense. The court may also postpone the meeting for which the list was prepared until the inspection or copying is complete.
(5) Refusal or failure to prepare or make available the shareholders’ list does not affect the validity of action taken at the meeting.