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§ 11.02. Limitations on mergers by public benefit corporations
(a) Without the prior approval of the Superior Court of Washington County in a proceeding of which the Attorney General has been given written notice, a public benefit corporation may merge only with:
(1) another public benefit corporation;
(2) a foreign corporation which would qualify under this title as a public benefit corporation;
(3) a wholly owned foreign or domestic business corporation, provided the public benefit corporation is the surviving corporation and continues to be a public benefit corporation after the merger; or
(4) a business corporation, provided that:
(A) on or prior to the effective date of the merger, assets with a value equal to the greater of the fair market value of the net tangible and intangible assets (including goodwill) of the public benefit corporation or the fair market value of the public benefit corporation if it were to be operated as a business concern are transferred or conveyed to one or more persons who would have received its assets under subdivisions 14.05(a)(5) and (6) of this title had it dissolved;
(B) it shall return, transfer, or convey any assets held by it upon condition requiring return, transfer, or conveyance, which condition occurs by reason of the merger, in accordance with such condition; and
(C) the merger is approved by a majority of directors of the public benefit corporation who are not and will not become shareholders in or officers, employees, agents, or consultants of the business corporation.
(b) At least 20 days before consummation of any merger of a public benefit corporation, notice, including a copy of the proposed plan of merger, must be delivered to the Attorney General.
(c) Without the prior written consent of the Attorney General or of the Superior Court of Washington County in a proceeding in which the Attorney General has been given notice, when a public benefit corporation merges each member of a public benefit corporation may only receive or keep a membership or memberships in the surviving public benefit corporation, if any. (Added 1995, No. 179 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1997.)