California Merger Information

Mergers are business agreements designed to combine two or more entities into a single surviving entity. This process is complex and typically involves filing applications with several government agencies. See the information below for details on filing merger documents with the secretary of state.

For Domestic Corporations:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Corporate Mergers

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Domestic Corporations:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Interspecies Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1)

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Foreign Corporations:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Corporate Mergers

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Foreign Corporations:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Interspecies Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1)

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Domestic Limited Liability Companies:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Limited Liability Company Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1)

Agency Fee:

$70

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Domestic Limited Liability Companies:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Interspecies Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1)

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Foreign Limited Liability Companies:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Limited Liability Company Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1)

Agency Fee:

$70

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Foreign Limited Liability Companies:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Interspecies Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Domestic Limited Partnerships:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Limited Partnership Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1)

Agency Fee:

$70

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Domestic Limited Partnerships:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Interspecies Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1)

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Foreign Limited Partnerships:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Limited Partnership Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1

Agency Fee:

$70

Fact Checked:6/13/17

For Foreign Limited Partnerships:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

Interspecies Mergers (Form OBE MERGER-1)

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:6/13/17

Acquisition - When one company purchases ownership of another company.

Consolidation - Occurs when two or more companies merge and a new entity is formed as a result. (Some states now classify consolidations as mergers for filings purposes.)

Merger - When two or more companies combine and one of the companies becomes the surviving entity.

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