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Series LLCs: Financial and Operational Flexibility Under New Delaware and Other State Laws

Advantages and Disadvantages; Formation and Governance; Drafting Strategies

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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This CLE course will add another option to the corporate attorney's arsenal of entities to use for clients looking to limit liability, define ownership rights, and reap tax advantages: the "series LLC." A series LLC is essentially a series of separate and distinct LLCs under the umbrella of one LLC without the need to form a new LLC for each part of the "series." Because this form is complex, corporate lawyers must be familiar with all the relevant nuances.


Series LLCs exist to remove the complications that come into play when a client chooses to form a new LLC for each asset the client possesses. When the series form is used, each otherwise independent entity resides in its own cell. Many commentators liken the series LLC concept to a honeycomb, and each cell within is but one "whole," but each part has its own walls.

The formation of a series LLC creates several challenges. First, it must be formed in one of the states that recognize the format of the entity. (Delaware and Nevada, two of the most common formation states, both do.) Second, counsel must take care to ensure that any state in which the series LLC operates will permit such operation (even if formation is not allowed).

Documentation and operation are not simple. Though there is but one entity, each cell can only maintain its separate liability shield if it remains independent of the other cells. Thus, corporate formalities must be observed on a cell-by-cell basis. Because each cell can have different ownership structures and rights, counsel must ensure that the documentation that exists meets the day to day realities of the businesses.

Listen as this cross-disciplinary panel provides detailed advice and guidance on not just these formation and operation issues, but also addresses related taxation issues.



  1. Legal parameters of series LLC
    1. Description and definition
    2. Available formation states
    3. Available operation states
  2. Selection of entity considerations
    1. Advantages
    2. Disadvantages
  3. Operational considerations
  4. Tax considerations
  5. Examples of Series LLC applications


The panel will review these and other high priority matters:

  • What is a series LLC, and how does it differ from a regular LLC?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the LLC format?
  • Are there ongoing documentation issues that must be observed?


Dacso, Sheryl
Dr. Sheryl Tatar Dacso

Seyfarth Shaw

Dr. Dacso has represented healthcare organizations, hospitals and physicians for over 35 years. She concentrates her...  |  Read More

Lehmberg, Philip
Philip R. Lehmberg

Schlanger Silver

Mr. Lehmberg's practice focuses on structuring and advising clients on issues related to LLCs, series LLCs,...  |  Read More

Wolf, Gene
Gene Wolf

Kemp Smith

Mr. Wolf is a partner in the Corporate and Business Department a member of the Management Committee. A native El...  |  Read More

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