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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: for professionals who dwell in the world of LLCs, whether as transactional, tax, or litigation counsel, attending the annual, two-day LLC Institute, sponsored by the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section, is the best way to stay abreast of developments in the law of alternative entities and to mix with leading scholars and practitioners from across the country. The Institute will be held this year on November 2-3 in Washington D.C. at Le Meridien Arlington and Waterview Conference Center where, if you book early, you can also reserve hotel accommodations at the group rate. This year’s agenda features LLC case law updates along with a variety of programs on veil piercing, tax-related issues, good faith, fiduciary duties, and lots more. For more information and to register, click here. Hope to see you there!
I’ve seen LLC operating agreements ranging from one page to over 100. Usually there’s a direct relationship between the length of the agreement and the complexity of the LLC’s capital and management structure.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about LLC agreements, it’s that no matter how comprehensive and tome-like their design, there’s no guarantee that a future, unanticipated dispute won’t expose the inevitable cracks in the design prompting the need for court intervention. Indeed, depending on the drafter’s skill, one can argue the more complex the LLC agreement, the greater the risk of a court contest over its interpretation.
Take the recent case of Tungsten Partners LLC v Ace Group International LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op 32025(U) [Sup Ct NY County Sept. 20, 2017], in which Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich was called upon to decide whether the plaintiff holder of a 4% non-voting profits interest, identified as a “Management Member” in a 65-page operating agreement (plus another 170 pages of schedules and exhibits), was a member of the subject Delaware LLC for purposes of demanding access to books and records under § 18-305 of the Delaware LLC Act. Continue Reading A Member By Any Other Name . . . May Have Access to LLC Books and Records