Philip McGough


The purpose of this paper is to review the law of distribution in the 1984 Model Business Corporation Act. As we shall see, the 1950 MBCA's basic stance was that distributions should be made from earnings and that any distribution from contributed capital should require notification and approval of shareholders. The 1984 MBCA rejects the original stance and provides for minimal restrictions on distributions. What follows is in two parts: the first is a general survey of the law of distribution, the second compares the 1950 and 1984 versions of the MBCA in how they regulate distributions to shareholders.