The New York and Delaware LLC and Limited Partnership Acts both provide that an LLC or limited partnership may be dissolved “whenever it is not reasonably practicable to carry on the business in conformity with the [LLC articles of organization, operating agreement or limited partnership agreement].”  This is the standard, but what does it mean?
When can an LLC member or limited partner seek dissolution, with some reasonable basis to believe that he will be successful? These situations arise fairly frequently and there are no clear-cut rules. Many courts have noted the dearth of case law which explicitly define the standard of what it means for it not to be “reasonably practicable” to carry on the business in conformity with the entity’s governing documents.
The starting point for a “reasonably practicable” analysis is always what these documents say. The documents take on great significance and small differences in their language can be decisive. For example, entity documents with broad “purpose” clauses are likely to give the managers much greater latitude as to what they can do and make them more impervious to efforts to cause dissolution. On the other hand, if the entitiy’s stated purpose includes generating “cash flow” or “profits,” a failure to do so is much more likely to lead to dissolution that if the documents are silent on this point.