Texas Business Organizations Code
Sec. § 1.002
Definitions


In this code:

(1)

"Affiliate" means a person who controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with another person.

(2)

"Associate," when used to indicate a relationship with a person, means:

(A)

a domestic or foreign entity or organization for which the person:

(i)

is an officer or governing person; or

(ii)

beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, either individually or through an affiliate, 10 percent or more of a class of voting ownership interests or similar securities of the entity or organization;

(B)

a trust or estate in which the person has a substantial beneficial interest or for which the person serves as trustee or in a similar fiduciary capacity;

(C)

the persons spouse or a relative of the person related by consanguinity or affinity who resides with the person; or

(D)

a governing person or an affiliate or officer of the person.

(3)

"Association" means an entity governed as an association under Title 6 or 7. The term includes a cooperative association, nonprofit association, and professional association.

(4)

"Assumed name" means a name adopted for use by a person. The term includes an assumed name filed under Chapter 71, Business & Commerce Code.

(5)

"Business" means a trade, occupation, profession, or other commercial activity.

(6)

"Certificate of formation" means:

(A)

the document required to be filed with the filing officer under Chapter 3 to form a filing entity; and

(B)

if appropriate, a restated certificate of formation and all amendments of an original or restated certificate of formation.

(7)

"Certificated ownership interest" means an ownership interest of a domestic entity represented by a certificate issued in bearer or registered form.

(8)

"Close corporation" means a for-profit corporation that elects to be governed as a close corporation in accordance with Subchapter O, Chapter 21.

(9)

"Contribution" means a tangible or intangible benefit that a person transfers to an entity in consideration for an ownership interest in the entity or otherwise in the persons capacity as an owner or a member. The benefit includes cash, services rendered, a contract for services to be performed, a promissory note or other obligation of a person to pay cash or transfer property to the entity, or securities or other interests in or obligations of an entity, but does not include cash or property received by the entity:

(A)

with respect to a promissory note or other obligation to the extent that the agreed value of the note or obligation has previously been included as a contribution; or

(B)

that the person intends to be a loan to the entity.

(10)

"Conversion" means:

(A)

the continuance of a domestic entity as a non-code organization of any type;

(B)

the continuance of a non-code organization as a domestic entity of any type;

(C)

the continuance of a domestic entity of one type as a domestic entity of another type;

(D)

the continuance of a domestic entity of one type as a foreign entity of the same type that may be treated as a domestication, continuance, or transfer transaction under the laws of the jurisdiction of formation of the foreign entity; or

(E)

the continuance of a foreign entity of one type as a domestic entity of the same type that may be treated as a domestication, continuance, or transfer transaction under the laws of the jurisdiction of formation of the foreign entity.

(11)

"Converted entity" means an organization resulting from a conversion.

(12)

"Converting entity" means an organization as the organization existed before the organizations conversion.

(13)

"Cooperative" or "cooperative association" means an association governed as a cooperative association under Chapter 251.

(14)

"Corporation" means an entity governed as a corporation under Title 2 or 7. The term includes a for-profit corporation, nonprofit corporation, and professional corporation.

(15)

"Debtor in bankruptcy" means a person who is the subject of:

(A)

an order for relief under the United States bankruptcy laws (Title 11, United States Code); or

(B)

a comparable order under a:

(i)

successor statute of general applicability; or

(ii)

federal or state law governing insolvency.

(16)

"Director" means an individual who serves on the board of directors of a foreign or domestic corporation.

(17)

"Domestic" means, with respect to an entity, that the entity is formed under this code or the entitys internal affairs are governed by this code.

(18)

"Domestic entity" means an organization formed under or the internal affairs of which are governed by this code.

(19)

""Domestic entity subject to dissenters rights" means a domestic entity the owners of which have rights of dissent and appraisal under this code or the governing documents of the entity.

(20)

"Effective date of this code" means January 1, 2006. The applicability of this code is governed by Title 8.

(20-a)

"Electronic transmission" means a form of communication that:

(A)

does not directly involve the physical transmission of paper;

(B)

creates a record that may be retained, retrieved, and reviewed by the recipient; and

(C)

may be directly reproduced in paper form by the recipient through an automated process.

(21)

"Entity" means a domestic entity or foreign entity.

(21-a)

"Fictitious name" means an assumed name:

(A)

that a foreign filing entity adopts for use because the name of the entity as stated in the entitys certificate of formation or similar organizational instrument is not available for use under the laws of this state; and

(B)

under which the foreign filing entity is registered to transact business in this state, in accordance with Chapter 9.

(22)

"Filing entity" means a domestic entity that is a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, professional association, cooperative, or real estate investment trust.

(23)

"Filing instrument" means an instrument, document, or statement that is required or authorized by this code to be filed by or for an entity with the filing officer in accordance with Chapter 4.

(23)

"Filing instrument" means an instrument, document, consent, or statement that is required or authorized by this code to be filed by or for an entity with the filing officer in accordance with Chapter 4.

(24)

"Filing officer" means:

(A)

with respect to an entity other than a domestic real estate investment trust, the secretary of state; or

(B)

with respect to a domestic real estate investment trust, the county clerk of the county in which the real estate investment trusts principal office is located in this state.

(25)

"For-profit corporation" means a corporation governed as a for-profit corporation under Chapter 21.

(26)

"For-profit entity" means an entity other than a nonprofit entity.

(27)

"Foreign" means, with respect to an entity, that the entity is formed under, and the entitys internal affairs are governed by, the laws of a jurisdiction other than this state.

(28)

"Foreign entity" means an organization formed under, and the internal affairs of which are governed by, the laws of a jurisdiction other than this state.

(29)

"Foreign filing entity" means a foreign entity, other than a foreign limited liability partnership, that registers or is required to register as a foreign entity under Chapter 9.

(30)

"Foreign governmental authority" means a governmental official, agency, or instrumentality of a jurisdiction other than this state.

(31)

"Foreign nonfiling entity" means a foreign entity that is not a foreign filing entity.

(32)

"Fundamental business transaction" means a merger, interest exchange, conversion, or sale of all or substantially all of an entitys assets.

(33)

"General partner" means:

(A)

each partner in a general partnership; or

(B)

a person who is admitted to a limited partnership as a general partner in accordance with the governing documents of the limited partnership.

(34)

"General partnership" means a partnership governed as a general partnership under Chapter 152. The term includes a general partnership registered as a limited liability partnership.

(35)

(A) "Governing authority" means a person or group of persons who are entitled to manage and direct the affairs of an entity under this code and the governing documents of the entity, except that if the governing documents of the entity or this code divide the authority to manage and direct the affairs of the entity among different persons or groups of persons according to different matters, "governing authority" means the person or group of persons entitled to manage and direct the affairs of the entity with respect to a matter under the governing documents of the entity or this code. The term includes:

(i)

the board of directors of a corporation or other persons authorized to perform the functions of the board of directors of a corporation;

(ii)

the general partners of a general partnership or limited partnership;

(iii)

the managers of a limited liability company that is managed by managers;

(iv)

the members of a limited liability company that is managed by members who are entitled to manage the company;

(v)

the board of directors of a cooperative association; and

(vi)

the trust managers of a real estate investment trust.

(B)

The term does not include an officer who is acting in the capacity of an officer.

(36)

"Governing documents" means:

(A)

in the case of a domestic entity:

(i)

the certificate of formation for a domestic filing entity or the document or agreement under which a domestic nonfiling entity is formed; and

(ii)

the other documents or agreements adopted by the entity under this code to govern the formation or the internal affairs of the entity; or

(B)

in the case of a foreign entity, the instruments, documents, or agreements adopted under the law of its jurisdiction of formation to govern the formation or the internal affairs of the entity.

(37)

"Governing person" means a person serving as part of the governing authority of an entity.

(38)

"Individual" means a natural person.

(39)

"Insolvency" means the inability of a person to pay the persons debts as they become due in the usual course of business or affairs.

(40)

"Insolvent" means a person who is unable to pay the persons debts as they become due in the usual course of business or affairs.

(41)

"Interest exchange" means the acquisition of an ownership or membership interest in a domestic entity as provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 10. The term does not include a merger or conversion.

(42)

"Internal Revenue Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The term includes corresponding provisions of subsequent federal tax laws.

(43)

"Jurisdiction of formation" means:

(A)

in the case of a domestic filing entity, this state;

(B)

in the case of a foreign entity for which a certificate of formation or similar organizational instrument is filed in connection with its formation, the jurisdiction in which the entitys certificate of formation or similar organizational instrument is filed; or

(C)

in the case of a domestic nonfiling entity or a foreign entity for which a certificate of formation or similar organizational instrument is not filed in connection with its formation:

(i)

the jurisdiction the laws of which are chosen in the entitys governing documents to govern its internal affairs if that jurisdiction bears a reasonable relation to the owners or members or to the entitys business and affairs under the principles of this state that otherwise would apply to a contract among the owners or members; or

(ii)

if Subparagraph (i) does not apply, the jurisdiction in which the entity has its chief executive office.

(44)

"Law" means, unless the context requires otherwise, both statutory and common law.

(45)

"License" means a license, certificate of registration, or other legal authorization.

(46)

"Limited liability company" means an entity governed as a limited liability company under Title 3 or 7. The term includes a professional limited liability company.

(47)

"Limited liability limited partnership" means a partnership governed as a limited liability partnership and a limited partnership under Title 4.

(48)

"Limited liability partnership" means a partnership governed as a limited liability partnership under Title 4.

(49)

"Limited partner" means a person who has been admitted to a limited partnership as a limited partner as provided by:

(A)

in the case of a domestic limited partnership, Chapter 153; or

(B)

in the case of a foreign limited partnership, the laws of its jurisdiction of formation.

(50)

"Limited partnership" means a partnership that is governed as a limited partnership under Title 4 and that has one or more general partners and one or more limited partners. The term includes a limited partnership registered as a limited liability limited partnership.

(51)

"Manager" means a person designated as a manager of a limited liability company that is not managed by members of the company.

(52)

"Managerial official" means an officer or a governing person.

(53)

"Member" means:

(A)

in the case of a limited liability company, a person who is a member or has been admitted as a member in the limited liability company under its governing documents;

(B)

in the case of a nonprofit corporation, a person who has membership rights in the nonprofit corporation under its governing documents;

(C)

in the case of a cooperative association, a member of a nonshare or share association;

(D)

in the case of a nonprofit association, a person who has membership rights in the nonprofit association under its governing documents; or

(E)

in the case of a professional association, a person who has membership rights in the professional association under its governing documents.

(54)

"Membership interest" means a members interest in an entity. With respect to a limited liability company, the term includes a members share of profits and losses or similar items and the right to receive distributions, but does not include a members right to participate in management.

(55)

"Merger" means:

(A)

the division of a domestic entity into two or more new domestic entities or other organizations or into a surviving domestic entity and one or more new domestic or foreign entities or non-code organizations; or

(B)

the combination of one or more domestic entities with one or more domestic entities or non-code organizations resulting in:

(i)

one or more surviving domestic entities or non-code organizations;

(ii)

the creation of one or more new domestic entities or non-code organizations; or

(iii)

one or more surviving domestic entities or non-code organizations and the creation of one or more new domestic entities or non-code organizations.

(55-a)

"National securities exchange" means an exchange registered as a national securities exchange under Section 6, Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. Section 78f).

(56)

"Non-code organization" means an organization other than a domestic entity.

(56-a)

"Non-United States entity" means a foreign entity formed under, and the internal affairs of which are governed by, the laws of a non-United States jurisdiction.

(56-b)

"Non-United States jurisdiction" means a foreign country or other foreign jurisdiction that is not the United States or a state of the United States.

(57)

"Nonfiling entity" means a domestic entity that is not a filing entity. The term includes a domestic general partnership and nonprofit association.

(58)

"Nonprofit association" means an association governed as a nonprofit association under Chapter 252.

(59)

"Nonprofit corporation" means a corporation governed as a nonprofit corporation under Chapter 22.

(60)

"Nonprofit entity" means an entity that is a nonprofit corporation, nonprofit association, or other entity that is organized solely for one or more of the purposes specified by Section 2.002.

(61)

"Officer" means an individual elected, appointed, or designated as an officer of an entity by the entitys governing authority or under the entitys governing documents.

(62)

"Organization" means a corporation, limited or general partnership, limited liability company, business trust, real estate investment trust, joint venture, joint stock company, cooperative, association, bank, insurance company, credit union, savings and loan association, or other organization, regardless of whether the organization is for-profit, nonprofit, domestic, or foreign.

(63)

"Owner," for purposes of Title 1, 7, or 8, means:

(A)

with respect to a foreign or domestic for-profit corporation or real estate investment trust, a shareholder;

(B)

with respect to a foreign or domestic partnership, a partner;

(C)

with respect to a foreign or domestic limited liability company or professional association, a member; or

(D)

with respect to another foreign or domestic entity, an owner of an equity interest in that entity.

(63-a)

"Owner liability" means personal liability for a liability or other obligation of an organization that is imposed on a person:

(A)

by statute solely because of the persons status as an owner or member of the organization; or

(B)

by a governing document of an organization under a provision of this code or the law of the organizations jurisdiction of formation that authorizes the governing document to make one or more specified owners or members of the organization liable in their capacity as owners or members for all or specified liabilities or other obligations of the organization.

(64)

"Ownership interest" means an owners interest in an entity. The term includes the owners share of profits and losses or similar items and the right to receive distributions. The term does not include an owners right to participate in management.

(65)

"Parent" means an organization that, directly or indirectly through or with one or more of its subsidiaries:

(A)

owns at least 50 percent of the outstanding ownership or membership interests of another organization; or

(B)

possesses at least 50 percent of the voting power of the owners or members of another organization.

(66)

"Partner" means a limited partner or general partner.

(67)

"Partnership" means an entity governed as a partnership under Title 4.

(68)

"Partnership interest" means a partners interest in a partnership. The term includes the partners share of profits and losses or similar items and the right to receive distributions. The term does not include a partners right to participate in management.

(69)

"Party to the merger" means a domestic entity or non-code organization that under a plan of merger is divided or combined by a merger. The term does not include a domestic entity or non-code organization that is not to be divided or combined into or with one or more domestic entities or non-code organizations, regardless of whether ownership interest of the entity are to be issued under the plan of merger.

(69-a)

"Period of duration," in reference to when a domestic entity is required to wind up its business and affairs:

(A)

means:

(i)

a specified term or period of time, such as a specified number of months or years; or

(ii)

a period that expires as of a specified time or date; and

(B)

does not include:

(i)

a period that expires or whose expiration is made contingent on the occurrence of a future event or fact, other than the passage of time or the occurrence of a specified time or date; or

(ii)

a period specified to be perpetual.

(69-b)

"Person" means an individual or a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, business trust, trust, association, or other organization, estate, government or governmental subdivision or agency, or other legal entity, or a series of a domestic limited liability company or foreign entity.

(69-c)

"Plan of conversion" means a document that conforms with the requirements of Section 10.103.

(69-d)

"Plan of exchange" means a document that conforms with the requirements of Section 10.052.

(69-e)

"Plan of merger" means a document that conforms with the requirements of Sections 10.002 and 10.003.

(70)

"President" means the:

(A)

individual designated as president of an entity under the entitys governing documents; or

(B)

officer or committee of persons authorized to perform the functions of the principal executive officer of an entity without regard to the designated name of the officer or committee.

(71)

"Professional association" has the meaning assigned by Section 301.003.

(72)

"Professional corporation" has the meaning assigned by Section 301.003.

(73)

"Professional entity" has the meaning assigned by Section 301.003.

(74)

"Professional individual" has the meaning assigned by Section 301.003.

(75)

"Professional limited liability company" has the meaning assigned by Section 301.003.

(76)

"Professional service" has the meaning assigned by Section 301.003.

(77)

"Property" includes tangible and intangible property and an interest in that property.

(78)

"Real estate investment trust" means an entity governed as a real estate investment trust under Title 5.

(79)

"Secretary" means the:

(A)

individual designated as secretary of an entity under the entitys governing documents; or

(B)

officer or committee of persons authorized to perform the functions of secretary of an entity without regard to the designated name of the officer or committee.

(80)

"Share" means a unit into which the ownership interest in a for-profit corporation, professional corporation, real estate investment trust, or professional association is divided, regardless of whether the share is certificated or uncertificated.

(81)

"Shareholder" or "holder of shares" means:

(A)

the person in whose name shares issued by a for-profit corporation, professional corporation, or real estate investment trust are registered in the share transfer records maintained by the for-profit corporation, professional corporation, or real estate investment trust; or

(B)

the beneficial owner of shares issued by a for-profit corporation, whose shares are held in a voting trust or by a nominee on the beneficial owners behalf, to the extent of the rights granted by a nominee statement on file with the for-profit corporation in accordance with Sections 21.201(b) and (c).

(82)

"Signature" means any symbol executed or adopted by a person with present intention to authenticate a writing. Unless the context requires otherwise, the term includes a digital signature, an electronic signature, and a facsimile of a signature.

(82-a)

"Social purposes" means one or more purposes of a for-profit corporation that are specified in the corporations certificate of formation and consist of promoting one or more positive impacts on society or the environment or of minimizing one or more adverse impacts of the corporations activities on society or the environment. Those impacts may include:

(A)

providing low-income or underserved individuals or communities with beneficial products or services;

(B)

promoting economic opportunity for individuals or communities beyond the creation of jobs in the normal course of business;

(C)

preserving the environment;

(D)

improving human health;

(E)

promoting the arts, sciences, or advancement of knowledge;

(F)

increasing the flow of capital to entities with a social purpose; and

(G)

conferring any particular benefit on society or the environment.

(83)

"Subscriber" means a person who agrees with or makes an offer to an entity to purchase by subscription an ownership interest in the entity.

(84)

"Subscription" means an agreement between a subscriber and an entity, or a written offer made by a subscriber to an entity before or after the entitys formation, in which the subscriber agrees or offers to purchase a specified ownership interest in the entity.

(85)

"Subsidiary" means an organization for which another organization, either directly or indirectly through or with one or more of its other subsidiaries:

(A)

owns at least 50 percent of the outstanding ownership or membership interests of the organization; or

(B)

possesses at least 50 percent of the voting power of the owners or members of the organization.

(86)

"Treasurer" means the:

(A)

individual designated as treasurer of an entity under the entitys governing documents; or

(B)

officer or committee of persons authorized to perform the functions of treasurer of an entity without regard to the designated name of the officer or committee.

(87)

"Uncertificated ownership interest" means an ownership interest in a domestic entity that is not represented by an instrument and is transferred by:

(A)

amendment of the governing documents of the entity; or

(B)

registration on books maintained by or on behalf of the entity for the purpose of registering transfers of ownership interests.

(88)

"Vice president" means the:

(A)

individual designated as vice president of an entity under the governing documents of the entity; or

(B)

officer or committee of persons authorized to perform the functions of the president of the entity on the death, absence, or resignation of the president or on the inability of the president to perform the functions of office without regard to the designated name of the officer or committee.

(89)

"Writing" or "written" means an expression of words, letters, characters, numbers, symbols, figures, or other textual information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium that is retrievable in a perceivable form. Unless the context requires otherwise, the term:

(A)

includes stored or transmitted electronic data, electronic transmissions, and reproductions of writings; and

(B)

does not include sound or video recordings of speech other than transcriptions that are otherwise writings.
Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 182, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 64 (H.B. 1319), Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2006.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 688 (H.B. 1737), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 885 (H.B. 2278), Sec. 2.07, eff. April 1, 2009.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 84 (S.B. 1442), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 139 (S.B. 748), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 100 (S.B. 849), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 32 (S.B. 860), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 74 (S.B. 1517), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 503 (H.B. 2856), Sec. 1, eff. June 1, 2018.
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