Senate Bill 115
151st General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CREATION, REGULATION, OPERATION, AND DISSOLUTION OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS AND THE REGISTRATION AND REGULATION OF FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIPS.
This bill continues the practice of amending periodically the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act (the “Act”) to keep it current and to maintain its national preeminence. The following is a section-by-section review of the proposed amendments of the Act. Section 1. This section amends Section 15-103 of the Act to confirm and clarify the effect of modifications provided in a statement of partnership existence or a statement of qualification and in a partnership agreement as contemplated by Sections 15-201(a), 15-203, and 15-501. Notwithstanding any modifications provided, such as, that a partnership is not a separate legal entity, all other provisions of this chapter, including Section 15-801, continue to apply, unless the partnership agreement provides that such other provisions do not apply. Section 2. This section amends Section 15-202 of the Act to add subsection (g) to provide a safe harbor procedure for ratifying acts or transactions that may be taken by or in respect of a partnership under the Act or a partnership agreement that are void or voidable and waiving failures to comply with requirements of a partnership agreement that make such acts and transactions void or voidable. New subsection (g) is intended to provide a rule different from the rule applied in Composecure, L.L.C. v. Cardux, LLC, 206 A.3d 807 (Del. 2018), and Absalom Absalom Trust v. Saint Gervais LLC, 2019 WL 2655787 (Del. Ch. June 27, 2019), that acts or transactions determined to be void generally may not be ratified. The penultimate sentence of new subsection (g) confirms that void or voidable actions may be ratified or requirements may be waived by other means permitted by law, and accordingly, new subsection (g) is not intended to preempt or restrict other valid means of ratifying acts or transactions or waiving requirements or to impair the effectiveness of any valid ratification or waiver previously effected. Section 3. This section amends Section 15-401(l) of the Act to provide that a partner may delegate any of its rights, powers or duties irrespective of whether it has a conflict of interest with respect to the matter as to which such rights, powers or duties are being delegated, and that the person or persons to whom any such rights, powers or duties are being delegated shall not be deemed conflicted solely by reason of the conflict of interest of the partner. The amendments to Section 15-401(l) create a different rule than the rule applied in cases such as Wenske v. Bluebell Creameries, Inc., 214 A.3d 958 (Del. Ch. 2019), that a conflicted principal is legally disabled from delegating authority over the subject matter as to which the principal is conflicted even to an independent delegatee. Section 4. This section amends Section 15-403 of the Act to make certain clarifying and conforming changes, and to provide that when a partner is entitled to obtain information for a stated purpose (whether pursuant to Section 15-403 or a partnership agreement), the partner’s right shall be to obtain such information as is necessary and essential to achieving that purpose, unless such right has been expanded or restricted in the partnership agreement. To the extent current law is that the “necessary and essential” test does not apply by default to (i) a partner’s right under Section 15-403(a) of the Act to obtain information from a partnership for a purpose reasonably related to the partner’s interest as a partner, or (ii) a partner’s right under a partnership agreement to obtain information from a partnership for a stated purpose, the first sentence of subsection (f) is intended to change that law. Section 5. This section provides that the proposed amendments to the Act shall become effective August 1, 2021.