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Delaware Division of Corporations Report 2011
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Delaware Division of Corporations Report 2011

By Brett Melson Monday, May 7, 2012

Which state was domicile to more than 63% of the Fortune 500 companies and also the choice of 86% of all new Initial Public Offerings in 2011?  You’re right. Delaware!

There isn’t just one reason why Delaware has long been the favored state for incorporating. This enviable position is because of the State’s total package of incorporation services, including fair and flexible laws, a responsive state government, and a unique court of Chancery that has 200 years of case law which has refined and literally defined “Corporate Law” for two centuries.

Delaware’s centuries old Court of Chancery has written most modern U.S. case law while interpreting Delaware’s General Corporation Law, which is known as the most usable and advanced business formation statute in the nation. The Delaware Division of Corporations in this business-friendly state provides state-of-the-art service to customers.

The Division’s 2011 Annual Report, summarized below, reviews progress, developments, and marketing efforts, which keep Delaware the premier state for incorporations.

  • Overall new entity formation grew 13 % in 2011
  • 70% of all new entities are LLC’s
  • 4% increase in active business entities since 2010
  • 86% of all new Initial Public Offerings (IPO’s) incorporated in Delaware in 2011
  • Incorporation revenue made up 24% of the State’s general fund for 2011
  • 9% increase in paid transactions via the internet, due to leadership in technology in order to better serve customers
  • International marketing outreach included worldwide trips and conference leadership promoting the Delaware Advantage.

The total package, combining Delaware’s General Corporation Law and LLC law, Court of Chancery, and Division of Corporations working together, make Delaware the leading home for entities today.


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