House Bill 338

152nd General Assembly (Present)

Bill Progress

Passed 5/16/24
Ready for Governor for action

Bill Details

3/7/24
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 12 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CREATION, REGULATION, OPERATION, AND DISSOLUTION OF DOMESTIC STATUTORY TRUSTS.
This Act continues the practice of amending periodically the Delaware Statutory Trust Act (“the Statutory Trust Act”) to keep it current and to maintain its national preeminence. The following is a section-by-section review of proposed amendments to the Statutory Trust Act: Section 1 amends § 3801(e) of the Statutory Trust Act to confirm that any series of a statutory trust is bound by the governing instrument of such statutory trust regardless of whether the series executed the governing instrument. This amendment is not intended to imply that other references to “statutory trust” in the Statutory Trust Act do not include series thereof to the extent required by the context. Section 2 amends § 3806(b)(9) of the Statutory Trust Act to confirm that the governing instrument of a statutory trust may be amended as permitted by § 3825(f). Section 3 amends § 3806(l) of the Statutory Trust Act to conform the reference to the Investment Company Act of 1940 in this section to other references to the Investment Company Act of 1940 in the Statutory Trust Act. Section 4 adds a new § 3806(p) to the Statutory Trust Act to confirm that the trustees of a statutory trust may authorize the beneficial owners to direct the voting of securities held by the statutory trust. Many registered investment companies have implemented, or are considering implementing, forms of pass-through voting. Section 5 amends § 3811(c) of the Statutory Trust Act to conform the language to the analogous provision in the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act. Section 6 amends § 3815(b)(4) of the Statutory Trust Act to change a reference from “person” to “entity”. Section 7 amends § 3815(f) of the Statutory Trust Act to confirm that an amendment to a governing instrument or the adoption of a new governing instrument effected pursuant to § 3815(f) of the Statutory Trust Act may be effected only with respect to the governing instrument of the surviving or resulting statutory trust and not with respect to the governing instrument of a constituent statutory trust that is not the surviving or resulting statutory trust. Section 8 amends § 3820(g) of the Statutory Trust Act to provide that the approval of a conversion to a statutory trust, and the approval of the governing instrument of the statutory trust, are required to occur prior to the time a certificate of conversion to statutory trust becomes effective rather than prior to filing of the certificate of conversion to a statutory trust. Section 9 amends § 3822(g) of the Statutory Trust Act to provide that the approval of a domestication as a statutory trust, and the approval of the governing instrument of the statutory trust, are required to occur prior to the time a certificate of statutory trust domestication becomes effective rather than prior to filing of the certificate of statutory trust domestication. Sections 10, 11, and 12 amend §§ 3827, 3828, and 3829 of the Statutory Trust Act to clarify that §§ 3827, 3828, and 3829 apply to all of Chapter 38 of Title 12 of the Delaware Code rather than to only Subchapter I of Chapter 38. Section 13 provides that the amendments to the Statutory Trust Act take effect on August 1, 2024.
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