Once a year, as required by state law, corporations have annual shareholder meetings. The primary purpose of these meetings is to elect the corporation’s board of directors for the next year; however, other important issues may also be addressed, and other votes taken. The date of the annual meeting is usually contained in the corporation’s bylaws.
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Apart from annual shareholder meetings, which are required by state law, corporations also sometimes have “special” shareholder meetings. Unlike annual meetings, special meetings do not occur on a set schedule and are not enshrined in a corporation’s bylaws.
Mergers can be among the most complicated of all business transactions. However, in simplest terms, a merger combines two or more companies into a single business entity. For example, one corporation might pay a second corporation to acquire all of the second corporation’s assets and liabilities; in the process, the second corporation would effectively become part of the first corporation, and otherwise cease to exist.