[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 105: Simplified M&A transfer policy

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Policy Proposal 105: Simplified M&A transfer policy

Proposal Originator: Scott Leibrand

Proposal Version: 1.0

Date: 22 December 2009

Proposal type: new

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Replace section 8.2 with:

8.2. Mergers and Acquisitions

ARIN will consider requests for the transfer of number resources in the
case of properly documented mergers and acquisitions.  ARIN will
maintain an up-to-date list of acceptable types of documentation.

In the event that number resources of the acquired/merged
organization(s) are no longer efficiently utilized at the time ARIN
becomes aware of the transaction, through a transfer request or
otherwise, ARIN will work with the resource holder(s) to return or
aggregate resources as appropriate via the processes outlined in
sections 4.6, 4.7, or 12 of the NRPM.

Add "In addition to transfers under section 8.2, " at the beginning of
section 8.3. Transfers to Specified Recipients.


This policy proposal: attempts to simplify the M&A transfer section of
the NRPM; eliminates the ambiguity discussed at the ARIN Public Policy
Meeting (PPM) in Dearborn by clarifying that transfers can occur under
either 8.2 or 8.3 independently; and attempts to address the concerns
raised in the staff policy implementation report at the Dearborn PPM.

The idea here is to simply say that ARIN will allow M&A transfers, and
to require the return of any address space that is not efficiently
utilized after the acquisition. Preferably that would happen
voluntarily under the policies of NRPM 4.6 (Amnesty), but it also leaves
the door open for ARIN to revoke space under NRPM 12 (Resource Review)
if necessary. This also should dramatically increase the completion
rate for transfer requests, as the evaluation of whether space is
efficiently utilized after the transfer can occur in parallel,
completely independently of the transfer request, and can continue even
if the transfer request is abandoned.

The bulleted lists of acceptable documentation removed from the NRPM
should be maintained by ARIN elsewhere on the website, such as at

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

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