§ 2553. Interested shareholder.
(a) General rule.--The term "interested shareholder," when used in reference to any registered corporation, means any person (other than the corporation or any subsidiary of the corporation) that:
(1) is the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of shares entitling that person to cast at least 20% of the votes that all shareholders would be entitled to cast in an election of directors of the corporation; or
(2) is an affiliate or associate of such corporation and at any time within the five-year period immediately prior to the date in question was the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of shares entitling that person to cast at least 20% of the votes that all shareholders would be entitled to cast in an election of directors of the corporation.
(b) Exception.--For the purpose of determining whether a person is an interested shareholder:
(1) the number of votes that would be entitled to be cast in an election of directors of the corporation shall be calculated by including shares deemed to be beneficially owned by the person through application of the definition of "beneficial owner" in section 2552 (relating to definitions), but excluding any other unissued shares of such corporation which may be issuable pursuant to any agreement, arrangement or understanding, or upon exercise of conversion or option rights, or otherwise; and
(2) there shall be excluded from the beneficial ownership of the interested shareholder any:
(i) shares which have been held continuously by a natural person since January 1, 1983, and which are then held by that natural person;
(ii) shares which are then held by any natural person or trust, estate, foundation or other similar entity to the extent such shares were acquired solely by gift, inheritance, bequest, devise or other testamentary distribution or series of those transactions, directly or indirectly, from a natural person who had acquired such shares prior to January 1, 1983; or
(iii) shares which were acquired pursuant to a stock split, stock dividend, reclassification or similar recapitalization with respect to shares described under this paragraph that have been held continuously since their issuance by the corporation by the natural person or entity that acquired them from the corporation, or that were acquired, directly or indirectly, from the natural person or entity, solely pursuant to a transaction or series of transactions described in subparagraph (ii), and that are then held by a natural person or entity described in subparagraph (ii).
Cross References. Section 2553 is referred to in sections 1106, 2521, 2552 of this title.Section: Previous 2544 2545 2546 2547 2548 2551 2552 2553 2554 2555 2556 2561 2562 2563 2564 Next
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