(A) Upon the adoption of a declaration of conversion pursuant to section 1776.72 or 1776.73 of the Revised Code, or at a later time as authorized by the declaration of conversion, a certificate of conversion that is signed by an authorized representative of the converting entity shall be filed by the authorized representative with the secretary of state. The certificate shall be on a form prescribed by the secretary of state and shall set forth only the information required by this section.
(1) The certificate of conversion shall set forth all of the following:
(a) The name and the form of entity of the converting entity and the state under the laws of which the converting entity exists;
(b) A statement that the converting entity has complied with all of the laws under which it exists and that those laws permit the conversion;
(c) The name and mailing address of the person or entity that is to provide a copy of the declaration of conversion in response to any written request made by a shareholder, partner, or member of the converting entity;
(d) The effective date of the conversion, which date may be on or after the date of the filing of the certificate pursuant to this section;
(e) The signature of the representative or representatives authorized to sign the certificate on behalf of the converting entity and the office held or the capacity in which the representative is acting;
(f) A statement that the declaration of conversion is authorized on behalf of the converting entity and that each person who has signed the certificate on behalf of the converting entity is authorized to do so;
(g) The name and the form of the converted entity and the state under the laws of which the converted entity will exist;
(h) If the converted entity is a foreign entity that will not be licensed in this state, the name and address of the statutory agent upon whom any process, notice, or demand may be served.
(2) In the case of a conversion into a new domestic corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, or other partnership, any organizational document that would be filed upon the creation of the converted entity shall be filed with the certificate of conversion.
(3) If the converted entity is a foreign entity that desires to transact business in this state, the certificate of conversion shall be accompanied by the information required by division (B)(7), (8), (9), or (10) of section 1776.69 of the Revised Code.
(4) If a domestic corporation or a foreign corporation licensed to transact business in this state is the converting entity, the certificate of conversion shall be accompanied by the affidavits, receipts, certificates, or other evidence required by division (H) of section 1701.86 of the Revised Code with respect to a converting domestic corporation, or by the affidavits, receipts, certificates, or other evidence required by division (C) or (D) of section 1703.17 of the Revised Code with respect to a foreign corporation.
(C) If the converting entity or the converted entity is organized or formed under the laws of a state other than this state or under any chapter of the Revised Code other than this chapter, all documents required to be filed in connection with the conversion by the laws of that state or that chapter also shall be filed in the proper office.
(D) Upon the filing of a certificate of conversion and other filings required by division (C) of this section, or at any later date that the certificate of conversion specifies, the conversion is effective, subject to the limitation that no conversion shall be effected if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the conversion would render the converted entity unable to pay its obligations as the obligations become due in the usual course of the converted entity's affairs.
(E) Upon request and payment of the fee specified in division (K)(2) of section 111.16 of the Revised Code, the secretary of state shall furnish a certificate setting forth all of the following:
(1) The name and form of entity of the converting entity and the state under the laws of which it existed prior to the conversion;
(2) The name and the form of entity of the converted entity and the state under the law of which it will exist;
(3) The date of filing of the certificate of conversion with the secretary of state and the effective date of the conversion.
(F) The certificate of the secretary of state or a copy of the certificate of conversion certified by the secretary of state, may be filed for record in the office of the county recorder of any county in this state and, if filed, shall be recorded in the official records of that county. For the recording, the county recorder shall charge and collect the same fee as in the case of deeds.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 72, §1, eff. 1/30/2014.
Effective Date: 2008 HB332 08-06-2008