Category Archives: Shareholder

Showing Shareholders the Money in Iowa Corporations

Are Iowa corporations required to disclose financial information to shareholders? Iowa law requires Iowa corporations to provide certain financial information to their shareholders.  In particular, Iowa Code Section 490.1620 mandates Iowa corporations provide their shareholders with “annual financial statements.”  As … Continue reading

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7 Corporate Records an Iowa Corporation Must Keep

Iowa shareholders who are either seeking to learn more about their corporation or who are investigating potential corporate wrongdoing, often inquire as to what corporate records (i.e. documents) their corporation must keep.  Not surprisingly, reviewing a corporation’s records often provides shareholders … Continue reading

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Ousting a Corporate Director in Iowa

A Shareholder’s Power to Remove a Director From the Board of Directors Shareholders often inquire: How is a director removed from a corporation’s board of directors?  The question may be posed out of concern that the shareholder – who also … Continue reading

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Are Shareholders in Small Family Businesses Personally Liable for Business Debts and Liabilities?

Regardless of whether your family business may be considering taking on debt for a much-needed expansion or whether it is facing liability from a lawsuit or other matter, one question frequently arises:  As a shareholder in an Iowa corporation, can … Continue reading

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What you Need to Consider When Selling a Majority Ownership in a Corporation

As discussed in several previous posts (here and here), Iowa law recognizes the existence of fiduciary duties between majority and minority shareholders in Iowa corporations.  See Linge v. Ralston Purina Co., 293 N.W.2d 191, 194 (Iowa 1980); see also Cookies Food Prods., Inc. v. … Continue reading

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Discounts at Wal-Mart, But What About Your Minority Ownership Interest in an Iowa Business?

Will your minority ownership interest in an Iowa business be discounted when determining fair value? As described in detail here, on June 14, 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion that clarifies the definition of minority shareholder oppression in Iowa. … Continue reading

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Shareholder Frustration – Iowa’s Standard for Minority Shareholder Oppression PART II

On June 14, 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court published its opinion in John R. Baur vs. Baur Farms, Inc. and Robert F. Baur, (No. 11-0601) (June 14, 2013).  A very short recap of the facts are as follows:  Baur Inc. was a family farm … Continue reading

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PART I – A Director’s Fiduciary Duty to Question and Disclose Information?

PART I – 2013 Changes to the Iowa Business Corporation Act. This post is the first in a series of posts that will address several changes to the Iowa Business Corporation Act (Iowa Code Chapter 490) as approved by the … Continue reading

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Governor Branstad Approves Changes to Iowa’s Business Corporation Act

As originally noted here, on March 6, 2013 a bill was introduced in the Iowa legislature to enact several changes to Iowa’s Business Corporation Act (Iowa Code Chapter 490).  After receiving unanimous approval from both the Iowa House of Representatives … Continue reading

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Changes to the Iowa Model Business Corporation Act?

In the 2013 Legislative Session (the 85th General Assembly), which began January 14, 2013, Iowa Legislators introduced new legislation that proposes several changes to Iowa’s Model Business Corporation Act.  As of March 6, 2013, the bill, HSB143, has been introduced, … Continue reading

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