House Bill 343
150th 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 17-101(14)b. of the Act to correct a cross-reference. Section 2. This section amends Section 17-102(3) of the Act to clarify requirements regarding the name of a limited partnership in its certificate of limited partnership. Section 3. This section amends Sections 17-104(a)(2)d. and 17-104(f)(2) of the Act to identify the types of foreign entities that may be a registered agent of a limited partnership. Sections 3 and 12. These sections amend Sections 17-104(b) and 17-904(c) of the Act to eliminate the requirement that the Secretary of State issue a certified copy of any certificate filed by the registered agent changing the address of the registered office or the name of the registered agent. These sections also amend Sections 17-104(b) and 17-904(c) of the Act to provide that the conversion of the registered agent or a division of the registered agent in which a resulting person succeeds to all of the registered agent business of such registered agent shall be deemed to be a change of name for purposes of these Sections of the Act. These sections also amend Sections 17-104(c) and 17-904(d) of the Act to eliminate the requirement that the Secretary of State issue a certificate in connection with the resignation of the registered agent of a domestic or foreign limited partnership and the appointment of the successor registered agent. Section 4. This section amends Section 17-113(a)(2) of the Act to clarify that a person may “execute” a document by using any type of signature contemplated by such Section. Section 5. This section amends Section 17-212 of the Act to confirm that no appraisal rights are available with respect to a partnership interest or another interest in a limited partnership, including in connection with the enumerated transactions unless otherwise provided in the enumerated documents. Sections 6, 7, and 10. These sections amend Sections 17-216(c), 17-219(f) and 17-223(f) of the Act with regard to certifications provided by the Secretary of State in connection with the filing of a certificate of transfer, a certificate of transfer and domestic continuance, a certificate of conversion to non-Delaware entity and a certificate of conversion of registered series to protected series. Section 8. This section amends Section 17-220(h) of the Act to provide specifically that flexibility exists to state other information in a certificate of division. Section 9. This section amends Section 17-221(d)(4) of the Act to confirm that a certificate of registered series shall be promptly amended if the certificate of registered series no longer complies with the requirements of Section 17-221(e)(1) of this title. This section also amends Section 17-221(e)(3) of the Act to clarify requirements regarding the name of a registered series in its certificate of registered series. Section 11. This section amends Section 17-301 of the Act (i) to confirm that a partnership agreement may provide for the admission of limited partners in connection with formation, (ii) to eliminate any statutory requirement that a limited partner’s admission after formation is subject to the admission being reflected in the records of the limited partnership, and (iii) to clarify that an assignee of a partnership interest is admitted as a limited partner as provided in Section 17-704(a) of the Act. Section 12. This section amends Section 17-305(c) of the Act to confirm that a limited partnership may maintain its books, records and other information in other than paper form (including electronic form) if such form is capable of conversion into paper form within a reasonable time. Section 13. This section amends Section 17-904(a) of the Act to clarify requirements regarding the name under which a foreign limited partnership may register with the Secretary of State. This section also amends Section 17-904(b)(2)c. of the Act to identify the types of foreign entities that may be a registered agent of a foreign limited partnership. This section also amends Section 17-904(e) of the Act to provide that if a foreign limited partnership has ceased to be registered pursuant to Section 17-1109(g) of the Act, its registered agent may resign without appointing a successor registered agent. The amendment also adds requirements regarding the content and form of the certificate of resignation filed with the Delaware Secretary of State when the registered agent resigns without appointing a successor, and provides that such information regarding the communications contact that must be included in such a certificate shall not be deemed public. Section 14. This section provides that the proposed amendments to the Act shall become effective upon their enactment into law.