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TITLE 30
CORPORATIONS
CHAPTER 29
GENERAL BUSINESS CORPORATIONS
PART 11
MERGERS AND SHARE EXCHANGES
30-29-1104.  ACTION ON A PLAN OF MERGER OR SHARE EXCHANGE. In the case of a domestic corporation that is a party to a merger or the acquired entity in a share exchange, the plan of merger or share exchange shall be adopted in the following manner notwithstanding the provisions of sections 30-22-203(a) and 30-22-303(a), Idaho Code:
(a)  The plan of merger or share exchange shall first be adopted by the board of directors.
(b)  Except as provided in subsections (h), (j), and (l) of this section and in section 30-29-1105, Idaho Code, the plan of merger or share exchange shall then be approved by the shareholders. In submitting the plan of merger or share exchange to the shareholders for approval, the board of directors shall recommend that the shareholders approve the plan or, in the case of an offer referred to in subsection (j)(2) of this section, that the shareholders tender their shares to the offeror in response to the offer, unless either the board of directors makes a determination that because of conflicts of interest or other special circumstances it should not make such a recommendation, or section 30-29-826, Idaho Code, applies. In either case, the board shall inform the shareholders of the basis for its so proceeding.
(c)  The board of directors may set conditions for the approval of the plan of merger or share exchange by the shareholders or the effectiveness of the plan of merger or share exchange.
(d)  If the plan of merger or share exchange is required to be approved by the shareholders, and if the approval is to be given at a meeting, the corporation shall notify each shareholder, regardless of whether entitled to vote, of the meeting of shareholders at which the plan is to be submitted for approval. The notice must state that the purpose, or one (1) of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider the plan and must contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the plan. If the corporation is to be merged into an existing foreign or domestic corporation or eligible entity, the notice must also include or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the organic rules of that corporation or eligible entity. If the corporation is to be merged with a domestic or foreign corporation or eligible entity and a new domestic or foreign corporation or eligible entity is to be created pursuant to the merger, the notice must include or be accompanied by a copy or a summary of the articles of incorporation and bylaws or the organic rules of the new corporation or eligible entity.
(e)  Unless the articles of incorporation, or the board of directors acting pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, require a greater vote or a greater quorum, approval of the plan of merger or share exchange requires the approval of the shareholders at a meeting at which a quorum exists consisting of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast on the plan, and, if any class or series of shares is entitled to vote as a separate group on the plan of merger or share exchange, the approval of each such separate voting group is present at a meeting at which a quorum of the voting group consisting of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast on the merger or share exchange by that voting group.
(f)  Subject to subsection (g) of this section, separate voting by voting groups is required:
(1)  On a plan of merger, by each class or series of shares that:
(i)   Are to be converted under the plan of merger into shares, other securities, eligible interests, obligations, rights to acquire shares, other securities or eligible interests, cash, other property, or any combination of the foregoing; or
(ii)  Are entitled to vote as a separate group on a provision in the plan that constitutes a proposed amendment to the articles of incorporation of a surviving corporation that requires action by separate voting groups under section 30-29-1004, Idaho Code;
(2)  On a plan of share exchange by each class or series of shares included in the exchange, with each class or series constituting a separate voting group; and
(3)  On a plan of merger or share exchange, if the voting group is entitled under the articles of incorporation to vote as a voting group to approve a plan of merger or share exchange, respectively.
(g)  The articles of incorporation may expressly limit or eliminate the separate voting rights provided in paragraph (i) of subsection (f)(1) and subsection (f)(2) of this section as to any class or series of shares, except when the plan of merger or share exchange includes what is or would be in effect an amendment subject to paragraph (i) of subsection (f)(1) of this section and paragraph (ii) of subsection (f)(1) of this section will not effect a substantive business combination.
(h)  Unless the articles of incorporation otherwise provide, approval by the corporation’s shareholders of a plan of merger is not required if:
(1)  The corporation will survive the merger;
(2)  Except for amendments permitted by section 30-29-1005, Idaho Code, its articles of incorporation will not be changed;
(3)  Each shareholder of the corporation whose shares were outstanding immediately before the effective date of the merger or share exchange will hold the same number of shares, with identical preferences, rights and limitations, immediately after the effective date of the merger; and
(4)  The issuance in the merger of shares or other securities convertible into or rights exercisable for shares does not require a vote under section 30-29-621(f), Idaho Code.
(i)  If as a result of a merger or share exchange one (1) or more shareholders of a domestic corporation would become subject to new interest holder liability, approval of the plan of merger or share exchange requires the signing in connection with the transaction, by each such shareholder, of a separate written consent to become subject to such new interest holder liability unless in the case of a shareholder that already has interest holder liability with respect to such domestic corporation, the new interest holder liability is with respect to a domestic or foreign corporation, which may be a different or the same domestic corporation in which the person is a shareholder; and the terms and conditions of the new interest holder liability are substantially identical to those of the existing interest holder liability other than for changes that eliminate or reduce such interest holder liability.
(j)  Unless the articles of incorporation otherwise provide, approval by the shareholders of a plan of merger or share exchange is not required if:
(1)  The plan of merger or share exchange expressly permits or requires the merger or share exchange to be effected under this subsection and provides that, if the merger or share exchange is to be effected under this subsection, the merger or share exchange will be effected as soon as practicable following the satisfaction of the requirement set forth in paragraph (6) of this subsection;
(2)  Another party to the merger, the acquiring entity in the share exchange, or a parent of another party to the merger or the acquiring entity in the share exchange, makes an offer to purchase, on the terms provided in the plan of merger or share exchange, any and all of the outstanding shares of the corporation that, absent this subsection, would be entitled to vote on the plan of merger or share exchange, except that the offer may exclude shares of the corporation that are owned at the commencement of the offer by the corporation, the offeror, or any parent of the offeror, or by any wholly owned subsidiary of any of the foregoing;
(3)  The offer discloses that the plan of merger or share exchange provides that the merger or share exchange will be effected as soon as practicable following the satisfaction of the requirement set forth in paragraph (6) of this subsection and that the shares of the corporation that are not tendered in response to the offer will be treated as set forth in paragraph (8) of this subsection;
(4)  The offer remains open for at least ten (10) days;
(5)  The offeror purchases all shares properly tendered in response to the offer and not properly withdrawn;
(6)  The shares listed below are collectively entitled to cast at least the minimum number of votes on the merger or share exchange that, absent this subsection, would be required by this chapter and by the articles of incorporation for the approval of the merger or share exchange by the shareholders and by any other voting group entitled to vote on the merger or share exchange at a meeting at which all shares entitled to vote on the approval were present and voted:
(i)   Shares purchased by the offeror in accordance with the offer;
(ii)  Shares otherwise owned by the offeror or by any parent of the offeror or any wholly owned subsidiary of any of the foregoing; and
(iii) Shares subject to an agreement that they are to be transferred, contributed or delivered to the offeror, any parent of the offeror, or any wholly owned subsidiary of any of the foregoing in exchange for shares or eligible interests in such offeror, parent or subsidiary;
(7)  The offeror or a wholly owned subsidiary of the offeror merges with or into, or effects a share exchange in which it acquires shares of, the corporation; and
(8)  Each outstanding share of each class or series of shares of the corporation that the offeror is offering to purchase in accordance with the offer, and that is not purchased in accordance with the offer, is to be converted in the merger into, or into the right to receive, or is to be exchanged in the share exchange for, or for the right to receive, the same amount and kind of securities, eligible interests, obligations, rights, cash, or other property to be paid or exchanged in accordance with the offer for each share of that class or series of shares that is tendered in response to the offer, except that shares of the corporation that are owned by the corporation or that are described in paragraph (6)(ii) or (iii) of this subsection need not be converted into or exchanged for the consideration described in this paragraph.
(k)  As used in subsection (j) of this section:
(1)  "Offer" means the offer referred to in subsection (j)(2) of this section;
(2)  "Offeror" means the person making the offer;
(3)  "Parent" of an entity means a person that owns, directly or indirectly, through one (1) or more wholly owned subsidiaries, all of the outstanding shares of or eligible interests in that entity;
(4)  Shares tendered in response to the offer shall be deemed to have been "purchased" in accordance with the offer at the earliest time as of which the offeror has irrevocably accepted those shares for payment; and either in the case of shares represented by certificates, the offeror, or the offeror’s designated depository or other agent, has physically received the certificates representing those shares or in the case of shares without certificates, those shares have been transferred into the account of the offeror or its designated depository or other agent, or an agent’s message relating to those shares has been received by the offeror or its designated depository or other agent; and
(5)  "Wholly owned subsidiary" of a person means an entity of or in which that person owns, directly or indirectly, through one (1) or more wholly owned subsidiaries, all of the outstanding shares or eligible interests.
(l)  Unless the articles of incorporation otherwise provide:
(1)  Approval of a plan of share exchange by the shareholders of a domestic corporation is not required if the corporation is the acquiring entity in the share exchange; and
(2)  Shares not to be exchanged under the plan of share exchange are not entitled to vote on the plan.

History:
[30-29-1104, added 2015, ch. 243, sec. 66, p. 946; am. 2019, ch. 90, sec. 127, p. 301.]


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