§ 15-1101 Law governing foreign limited liability partnership.
(a) The law under which a foreign limited liability partnership is formed governs relations among the partners and between the partners and the partnership and the liability of partners for obligations of the partnership.
(b) A foreign limited liability partnership may not be denied a statement of foreign qualification by reason of any difference between the law under which the partnership was formed and the law of the State of Delaware.
(c) A statement of foreign qualification does not authorize a foreign limited liability partnership to engage in any business or exercise any power that a partnership may not engage in or exercise in the State of Delaware as a limited liability partnership.
§ 15-1102 Statement of foreign qualification.
(a) Before doing business in the State of Delaware, a foreign limited liability partnership shall register with the Secretary of State by filing:
(1) A statement of foreign qualification which must contain:
a. The name of the foreign limited liability partnership which satisfies the requirements of the state, territory, possession or other jurisdiction or country under whose law it is formed and ends with the words “Registered Limited Liability Partnership” or “Limited Liability Partnership,” the abbreviation “R.L.L.P.” or “L.L.P.” or the designation “RLLP” or “LLP”;
b. The address of the registered office and the name and address of the registered agent for service of process required to be maintained by § 15-111 of this title;
c. The number of partners of the partnership; and
d. The future effective date or time (which shall be a date or time certain) of the statement of foreign qualification if it is not to be effective upon the filing of the statement of foreign qualification.
(2) A certificate, as of a date not earlier than 6 months prior to the filing date, issued by an authorized officer of the jurisdiction of its formation evidencing its existence. If such certificate is in a foreign language, a translation thereof, under oath of the translator, shall be attached thereto.
(b) The status of a partnership as a foreign limited liability partnership is effective on the later of the filing of the statement of foreign qualification or the future effective date or time specified in the statement of foreign qualification. The status remains effective, regardless of changes in the partnership, until it is canceled pursuant to § 15-105(d), § 15-111(d) or § 15-111(i)(4) of this title or revoked pursuant to § 15-1003 of this title.
(c) An amendment or cancellation of a statement of foreign qualification is effective when it is filed or on the future effective date or time specified in the amendment or cancellation.
§ 15-1103 Effect of failure to qualify.
(a) A foreign limited liability partnership doing business in the State of Delaware may not maintain an action or proceeding in the State of Delaware until it has in effect a statement of foreign qualification and has paid to the State of Delaware all fees and penalties for the years or parts thereof during which it did business in the State of Delaware without such qualification.
(b) The failure of a foreign limited liability partnership to have in effect a statement of foreign qualification does not impair the validity of a contract or act of the foreign limited liability partnership or preclude it from defending an action or proceeding in the State of Delaware or does not impair the right of any other party to a contract to maintain any action, suit or proceeding on the contract.
(c) A limitation on personal liability of a partner is not waived solely by doing business in the State of Delaware without a statement of foreign qualification having been filed.
(d) If a foreign limited liability partnership does business in the State of Delaware without a statement of foreign qualification having been filed, the Secretary of State is its agent for service of process with respect to a right of action arising out of the doing of business in the State of Delaware and service of process may be made in accordance with the procedures set forth in § 15-113 of this title.
§ 15-1104 Activities not constituting doing business.
(a) Activities of a foreign limited liability partnership in the State of Delaware which do not constitute doing business for the purpose of this subchapter include:
(1) Maintaining, defending or settling an action or proceeding;
(2) Holding meetings of its partners or carrying on any other activity concerning its internal affairs;
(3) Maintaining bank accounts;
(4) Maintaining offices or agencies for the transfer, exchange or registration of the partnership’s own securities or maintaining trustees or depositories with respect to those securities;
(5) Selling through independent contractors;
(6) Soliciting or obtaining orders, whether by mail or through employees or agents or otherwise, if the orders require acceptance outside the State of Delaware before they become contracts;
(7) Selling, by contract consummated outside the State of Delaware, and agreeing, by the contract, to deliver into the State of Delaware, machinery, plants or equipment, the construction, erection or installation of which within the State of Delaware requires the supervision of technical engineers or skilled employees performing services not generally available, and as part of the contract of sale agreeing to furnish such services, and such services only, to the vendee at the time of construction, erection or installation;
(8) Creating, as borrower or lender, or acquiring indebtedness with or without a mortgage or other security interest in property;
(9) Collecting debts or foreclosing mortgages or other security interests in property securing the debts, and holding, protecting and maintaining property so acquired;
(10) Conducting an isolated transaction that is not one in the course of similar transactions;
(11) Doing business in interstate commerce; and
(12) Doing business in the State of Delaware as an insurance company.
(b) A person shall not be deemed to be doing business in the State of Delaware solely by reason of being a partner in a partnership.
(c) This section does not apply in determining whether a foreign limited liability partnership is subject to service of process, taxation or regulation under any other law of the State of Delaware.
§ 15-1105 Foreign limited liability partnerships doing business without having qualified; injunctions.
(a) The Court of Chancery shall have jurisdiction to enjoin any foreign limited liability partnership, or any agent thereof, from doing any business in the State of Delaware if such foreign limited liability partnership has failed to register under this subchapter or if such foreign limited liability partnership’s statement of foreign qualification contains false or misleading representations. The Attorney General shall, upon his or her own motion or upon the relation of proper parties, proceed for this purpose by complaint in any county in which such foreign limited liability partnership is doing or has done business.
(b) Any foreign limited liability partnership doing business in the State of Delaware without first having registered shall pay to the Secretary of State a fee of $200 for each year or part thereof during which the foreign limited liability partnership failed to register in the State of Delaware.