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Sharing Proceeds Upon Liquidation of Corporate Assets

When a corporation dissolves, one of its first actions is the liquidation of corporate assets. Creditors of the corporation are the first to be paid with the funds received from the liquidation. Owners of debt securities are also paid before shareholders. Once these debts are paid, the remainder is paid to the stockowners. Preferred stock is paid before common stock. Some preferred stock includes a liquidation preference that fixes a price per share of preferred stock. If preferred stock includes this preference, it must be paid before the corporation pays any amount to the common stock. Common stock owners do not have any special liquidation rights and will receive assets on dissolution only after senior claims have been paid.

Inside Sharing Proceeds Upon Liquidation of Corporate Assets