Senate Bill 116
151st General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 17, TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CREATION, REGULATION, OPERATION AND DISSOLUTION OF DOMESTIC LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS AND THE REGISTRATION AND REGULATION OF FOREIGN LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS.
This bill continues the practice of amending periodically the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited 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 17-106 of the Act to add subsection (e) to provide a safe harbor procedure for ratifying acts or transactions that may be taken by or in respect of a limited partnership under the Act or a limited 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 (e) 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 (e) confirms that void or voidable actions may be ratified or requirements may be waived by other means permitted by law, and accordingly, new subsection (e) 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 2. This section amends Section 17-220 of the Act to make a conforming change. Section 3. This section amends Section 17-305 of the Act to make certain clarifying and conforming changes, and to provide that when a limited partner is entitled to obtain information for a stated purpose (whether pursuant to Section 17-305 or a partnership agreement), the limited 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. The first sentence of subsection (f) is intended to (i) change current law, as set forth in Murfey v. WHC Ventures, LLC, 236 A.3d 337 (Del. 2020), that the “necessary and essential” test does not apply by default to a limited partner’s contractual right to obtain information from a limited partnership for a stated purpose, and (ii) clarify that the “necessary and essential” test applies to a limited partner’s right under Section 17-305(a) of the Act to obtain information from a limited partnership for a purpose reasonably related to the limited partner’s interest as a limited partner. Section 4. This section amends Section 17-403(c) of the Act to provide that a general 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 general partner. The amendments to Section 17-403(c) 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 5. This section amends Section 17-1201 of the Act to clarify the effect of subchapter XII of the Act and to provide for the manner in which a limited partnership may become a statutory public benefit limited partnership. Section 6. This section amends Section 17-1202(a) of the Act to provide that a partnership agreement of a statutory public benefit limited partnership must state that the limited partnership is a statutory public benefit limited partnership and must set forth the specific public benefit or benefits to be promoted by the limited partnership, to provide that the partnership agreement shall control as among the partners and other persons who are party to or otherwise bound by the partnership agreement in the event of any inconsistency between the public benefit(s) as set forth in such agreement and the certificate of limited partnership, to require amendment of the certificate of limited partnership of a statutory public benefit limited partnership in specified circumstances, and to clarify the effect of subchapter XII of the Act. Section 7. This section repeals Section 17-1203 of the Act. Section 8. This section amends Section 17-1204 of the Act to make conforming changes. Section 9. This section amends Section 17-1205 of the Act to make a conforming change. Section 10. This section provides that the proposed amendments to the Act shall become effective August 1, 2021.