TITLE 7
Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships

CHAPTER 7-6
Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act

SECTION 7-6-48


§ 7-6-48 Merger or consolidation of domestic and foreign corporations.

(a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any general or public law, rule, or regulation, any two (2) or more corporations, whether defined in § 7-6-2 or § 7-1.2-106 may be merged or consolidated in the following manner, if the merger or consolidation is permitted by the laws of the state under which each foreign corporation is organized:

(1) Each domestic corporation shall comply with the provisions of this chapter regarding the merger or consolidation of domestic corporations and each foreign corporation shall comply with the applicable provisions of the laws of the state under which it is organized.

(2) If the surviving or new corporation is to be governed by the laws of any state other than this state, it shall comply with the provisions of this chapter with respect to foreign corporations if it is to conduct affairs in this state, and in every case it shall file with the secretary of state of this state:

(i) An agreement that it may be served with process in this state in any proceeding for the enforcement of any obligation of any domestic corporation which is a party to the merger or consolidation; and

(ii) An irrevocable appointment of the secretary of state of this state as its agent to accept service of process in any proceeding.

(b) The effect of the merger or consolidation shall be the same as in the case of the merger or consolidation of domestic corporations, if the surviving or new corporation is to be governed by the laws of this state. If the surviving or new corporation is to be governed by the laws of any state other than this state, the effect of the merger or consolidation is the same as in the case of the merger or consolidation of domestic corporations except insofar as the laws of the other state provide otherwise.

(c) After approval by the members or, if there are no members entitled to vote on it, by the board of directors, and at any time prior to the filing of the articles of merger or consolidation, the merger or consolidation may be abandoned pursuant to provisions for abandonment set forth in the plan of merger or consolidation.

(d) This section does not apply to insurance holding company systems as defined in § 27-35-1.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1984, ch. 380, § 1; P.L. 1984, ch. 444, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 36, § 4; P.L. 2005, ch. 72, § 4.)