(a) A foreign corporation may not transact business in this state until it obtains a certificate of authority from the Secretary of State.
(b) The following activities, among others, do not constitute transacting business within the meaning of subsection (a):
(1) Maintaining, defending or settling any proceeding;
(2) Holding meetings of the board of directors or shareholders or carrying on other activities concerning internal corporate affairs;
(3) Maintaining bank accounts;
(4) Maintaining offices or agencies for the transfer, exchange and registration of the corporation'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 this state before they become contracts;
(7) Creating or acquiring indebtedness, mortgages and security interests in real or personal property;
(8) Securing or collecting debts or enforcing mortgages and security interests in property securing the debts;
(9) Owning, without more, real or personal property;
(10) Conducting an isolated transaction that is completed within thirty (30) days and that is not one in the course of repeated transactions of a like nature;
(11) Transacting business in interstate commerce;
(12) Being a shareholder in a corporation or a foreign corporation that transacts business in this state;
(13) Being a limited partner of a limited partnership or foreign limited partnership that is transacting business in this state;
(14) Being a member or manager of a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company that is transacting business in this state.
(c) The list of activities in subsection (b) is not exhaustive.
(d) A foreign corporation which is general partner of any general or limited partnership, which partnership is transacting business in this state, is hereby declared to be transacting business in this state.
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