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Delaware Law Amendments Affect M&A
August 24, 2023
The Delaware State Legislature has approved several amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law that affect voting and approval requirements. The changes, detailed in the above-referenced article, are significant. They may impact pending or contemplated M&A transactions and stock splits. Subject to certain conditions, they: permit a corporation to sell mortgaged or pledged assets without stockholder approval; lower the stockholder voting requirement for the transfer, domestication, or continuance of Delaware corporations into other jurisdictions from a unanimous vote to a majority vote; eliminate the need for board or stockholder approval by a converted entity with a plan of conversion approved by the converting company’s board and stockholders. They also include additional exceptions to the general requirement of a stockholder vote to effectuate a charter amendment relating to a forward or reverse stock split.
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