15 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes § 1502 - General Powers

§ 1502. General powers.

(a) General rule.--Subject to the limitations and restrictions imposed by statute or contained in its articles, every business corporation shall have power:

(1) To have perpetual succession by its corporate name unless a limited period of duration is specified in its articles, subject to the power of the Attorney General under section 503 (relating to actions to revoke corporate franchises) and to the power of the General Assembly under the Constitution of Pennsylvania.

(2) To sue and be sued, complain and defend and participate as a party or otherwise in any judicial, administrative, arbitrative or other proceeding in its corporate name.

(3) To have a corporate seal, which may be altered at pleasure, and to use the seal by causing it or a facsimile thereof to be impressed or affixed or in any other manner reproduced.

(4) To acquire, own and utilize any real or personal property, or any interest therein, wherever situated.

(5) To sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of all or any part of its property and assets, or any interest therein, wherever situated.

(6) To guarantee, become surety for, acquire, own and dispose of obligations, capital stock and other securities.

(7) To borrow money, issue or incur its obligations and secure any of its obligations by mortgage on or pledge of or security interest in all or any part of its property and assets, wherever situated, franchises or income, or any interest therein.

(8) To invest its funds, lend money and take and hold real and personal property as security for the repayment of funds so invested or loaned.

(9) To make contributions and donations.

(10) To use abbreviations, words, logos or symbols upon the records of the corporation, and in connection with the registration of, and inscription of ownership or entitlement on, certificates evidencing shares in or other securities or obligations of the corporation, or upon any notice such as the notice provided by section 1528(f) (relating to uncertificated shares), and upon checks, proxies, notices and other instruments and documents relating to the foregoing, which abbreviations, words, logos or symbols shall have the same force and effect as though the respective words and phrases for which they stand were set forth in full for the purposes of all statutes of this Commonwealth and all other purposes.

(11) To be a promoter, partner, member, associate or manager of any partnership, enterprise or venture or in any transaction, undertaking or arrangement that the corporation would have power to conduct itself, whether or not its participation involves sharing or delegation of control with or to others.

(12) To transact any lawful business that the board of directors finds will aid governmental policy.

(13) To continue the salaries of such of its employees as may be serving in the active or reserve armed forces of the United States, or in the National Guard or in any other organization established for the protection of the lives and property of citizens of this Commonwealth or the United States, during the term of that service or during such part thereof as the employees, by reason of that service, may be unable to perform their duties as employees of the corporation.

(14) To pay pensions and establish pension plans, pension trusts, profit sharing plans, share bonus plans, share option plans, incentive and deferred compensation plans and other plans or trusts for any or all of its present or former representatives and, after their death, to grant allowances or pensions to their dependents or beneficiaries, whether or not the grant was made during their lifetime.

(15) To conduct its business, carry on its operations, have offices and exercise the powers granted by this subpart or any other provision of law in any jurisdiction within or without the United States.

(16) To elect or appoint and remove officers, employees and agents of the corporation, define their duties, fix their compensation and the compensation of directors, to lend any of the foregoing money and credit and to pay bonuses or other additional compensation to any of the foregoing for past services.

(17) To enter into any obligation appropriate for the transaction of its affairs, including contracts or other agreements with its shareholders.

(18) To accept, reject, respond to or take no action in respect of an actual or proposed acquisition, divestiture, tender offer, takeover or other fundamental change under Chapter 19 (relating to fundamental changes) or otherwise.

(19) To have and exercise all of the powers and means appropriate to effect the purpose or purposes for which the corporation is incorporated.

(20) To have and exercise all other powers enumerated elsewhere in this subpart or otherwise vested by law in the corporation.

(b) Enumeration unnecessary.--It shall not be necessary to set forth in the articles of the corporation the powers enumerated in subsection (a).

(c) Board to exercise.--See section 1721 (relating to board of directors).

Cross References. Section 1502 is referred to in sections 1715, 1721, 7521 of this title.

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