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Inspecting Foreign Corporation Shareholder Lists

Recently, I’ve written about the “absolute” right of shareholders to inspect the shareholders list pursuant to California Corporations Code Section 1600.  Readers at, or representing, foreign corporations may have skipped these posts as inapposite to their circumstances.  That could be a mistake. A foreign corporation may be subject to Section 1600 if it meets the conditions set…

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More On Inspecting The Shareholder List And The Regulation Of Alien Implants

Yesterday’s post discussed California’s “absolute” right of shareholders to inspect the shareholder list established by Section 1600 of the California Corporations Code.  Some additional points are briefly worth noting: Neither the articles of incorporation or bylaws may limit this statutory inspection right.  Cal. Corp. Code § 1600(d). The right to inspect the shareholder list is…

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Where To Meet? The Answer May Have Surprising Consequences

In my experience, companies most often hold board and shareholder meetings at or near their principal executive offices.  As a result, many corporations hold their meetings in California even though they may be incorporated in Delaware, Nevada or some other jurisdiction.  Geographical convenience, however, can have unforeseen consequences.  Several provisions of the California General Corporation…

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Comparing Books And Records Stockholder Inspection Rights In California, Delaware and Nevada

The right of a stockholder to inspect a corporate books and records was originally a common law right. California, Delaware and Nevada have since codified stockholder inspection rights. However, as summarized by the table below, these rights differ significantly amongst the three states. (This table doesn’t address what may be inspected which is a subject…

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Did The California Legislature Dip Into The Future And See Email?

California Corporations Code § 1600 grants a shareholder or group of shareholders holding specified percentages of a corporation’s outstanding voting shares the absolute right to inspect and copy the corporation’s “record of shareholders’ names and addresses and shareholdings”.  The the legislature enacted this statute in 1975, long before e-mail was widely known or used.  Thus,…

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