Connecticut has adopted legislation to update the Connecticut Business Corporation Act, which governs stock corporations formed under Connecticut law. Public Act 10-35 (the "Act") was adopted as part of the ongoing process of keeping Connecticut's corporation statutes current with changes in the Model Business Corporation Act, the national model act that has been adopted in more than 30 states, including Connecticut.
The Act was signed by Governor Jodi Rell on May 10, 2010. It will become effective on October 1, 2010. Among other things, the Act provides the following:
The "force the vote" provisions would apply to mergers, share exchanges, asset sales, dissolutions and amendments to the corporation's certificate of incorporation. If the target is a Connecticut corporation, the "force the vote" clause will be expressly authorized by statute as of October 1.
Prior to the Act, awards of rights, options, warrants and other equity compensation required the approval of the board of directors, not designated officers.
The legislation was supported by the Business Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, which monitors business entity legislation in Connecticut, in light of the advantages of having a modern form of corporation statute with rules similar to those in other states.
Our corporate law attorneys would be pleased to discuss the impact of these amendments on your corporation.
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