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Abstract delete: </h2> delete: <p> This document provides guidelines to Local Internet Registries (LIRs) on the steps to take when the organisation operating an LIR changes ownership (due to a merger, sale or takeover) or stops serving entirely as an LIR. delete: </p> delete: <p> _________________________________________________________________ delete: </p> delete: <h2 class="western"> Table of Contents

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insert: <span> 2.0 insert: <a href="#2"> Introduction delete: </p> delete: <p> delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#2.0"> 2.0 LIR Ownership Change delete: </a> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> 3.0 insert: <a href="#3"> Transfer of Internet Number Resource Records insert: </a> insert: </span>

delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#2.1"> 2.1 IP Address Space delete: </a> insert: <span> 3.1 insert: <a href="#31"> Submission of the Request for Transfer insert: </a> insert: </span>

delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#2.2"> 2.2 Service Agreement delete: </a> insert: <span> 3.2 insert: <a href="#32"> If the Receiving insert: </a> insert: <a href="#32"> Party insert: </a> insert: <a href="#32"> insert: </a> insert: <a href="#32"> is insert: </a> insert: <a href="#32"> not insert: </a> insert: <a href="#32"> a insert: </a> insert: <span> insert: <a href="#32"> Member insert: </a> insert: </span> insert: </span>

delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#2.3"> 2.3 Change in Operating Organisation delete: </a> insert: <span> 3.3 insert: <a href="#33"> Financial Consequences insert: </a> insert: </span>

delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#2.4"> 2.4 Contact Person(s) delete: </a> delete: </p> delete: <p style="padding-left: 30px; "> delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#2.5"> 2.5 RegID delete: </a> delete: </p> delete: <p style="padding-left: 30px; "> delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#2.6"> 2.6 Transfers of Address Allocations delete: </a> delete: </p> delete: <p style="padding-left: 30px; "> delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#2.7"> 2.7 Takeover fee delete: </a> delete: </p> delete: <p> delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#3.0"> 3.0 Closing an LIR delete: </a> delete: </p> delete: <p> This section is replaced by the RIPE NCC organisational document " delete: <a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/docs/closure"> Closure of LIR insert: <span> 3.4 insert: <a href="#34"> Internet Number Resource Registration and Deregistration of Internet Number Resources delete: </a> ". delete: </p> delete: <p> delete: <a class="anchor-link" href="#4.0"> RIPE Database Issues insert: </a> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> 4.0 When an LIR is Closed by the RIPE NCC delete: </a> delete: </p> delete: <p> This section is replaced by the RIPE NCC organisational document " delete: <a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/docs/closure"> Closure of LIR and Deregistration of Internet Number Resources delete: </a> ". delete: </p> delete: <h2 class="western"> delete: <a name="1.0"> delete: </a> insert: <a href="#4"> The insert: <span> Member insert: </span> Changes its Official Legal Name insert: </a> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <a name="1"> insert: </a> insert: <span> insert: <span> 1.0 Introduction delete: </h2> delete: <p> When an organisation or company operating an LIR changes ownership status or stops serving as an LIR there are financial, IP address space and RIPE Database issues that need resolving. Therefore, the RIPE NCC must always be contacted when an LIR changes ownership or closes. delete: </p> delete: <h2 class="western"> delete: <a name="2.0"> delete: </a> 2.0 LIR Ownership Change delete: </h2> delete: <p> In the case of an LIR ownership change, the LIR should contact the RIPE NCC at delete: <a href="mailto:[email protected]"> [email protected] delete: </a> . delete: </p> delete: <p> Only registered LIR contact person(s) can discuss the change of an LIR ownership with the RIPE NCC. delete: </p> delete: <p> The following steps are required to change the organisation operating an LIR: delete: </p> delete: <p> delete: </p> delete: <p> 1. Clarify the type of change: Definitions insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </h3>

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insert: <span> Internet number resource records refer to insert: </span>

  • A takeover of one LIR by another LIR, closing one of the LIRs. insert: <span> The registered insert: <span> allocations and assignments of a Member insert: </span> insert: </span>

  • A takeover of one LIR by another LIR, both remain open. delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> A takeover of insert: <span> The independent Internet number resources assigned through the Member as a “sponsoring LIR” to an LIR by a non-LIR. delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: </ul> delete: <p> delete: </p> delete: <p> 2. Outline the details of the change, stating: delete: </p> delete: <ul> delete: <li> delete: <p> The reason for the change of organisation. delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> The name of the company/companies involved. delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> The number of LIRs affected by the change. delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> The RegID(s) of the LIR(s) affected by the change. delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: </ul> delete: <p> delete: </p> delete: <p> 3. Present the following documents to the RIPE NCC: delete: </p> delete: <ul> delete: <li> delete: <p> Confirmation from all parties agreeing to the change (See section 2.3). delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> Updated list of contact person(s) (See section 2.4). delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> Updated billing e-mail contact details, including any changes to VAT number. delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> A new service agreement, if applicable (See section 2.2). delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> Legal documentation supporting the name change, if applicable (See section 2.2). delete: </p> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <p> Overview of utilisation in all allocations (See section 2.6). End User insert: </span>

delete: <a name="2.1"> delete: </a> 2.1 IP Address Space insert: <a name="2"> insert: </a> insert: <span> insert: <span> 2.0 Introduction insert: </span> insert: </span>

Following any type of change (such as mergers, acquisitions insert: <span> In order for the RIPE NCC to maintain an accurate registry, it must hold accurate data concerning: insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> The natural or takeovers) of an organisation operating an LIR, the RIPE NCC will review the status of any IP address allocations legal persons holding the registration of Internet number resources insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> The Internet number resource records that are held by the new organisation. delete: </p> delete: <h3 class="western"> delete: <a name="2.2"> delete: </a> 2.2 Service Agreement delete: </h3> delete: <p> When an organisation operating an LIR registered to the natural and legal persons insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> This means that any transfer of Internet number resources from one party to another, or any change to the legal status of a party holding the registration of Internet number resources, must be communicated to the RIPE NCC. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> The Member must inform the RIPE NCC if insert: <i> one or both insert: </i> of the following changes ownership, a new service agreement occurs: insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> Internet Number Resource records are transferred. Such transfers may need to be signed. The RIPE NCC will need to request a new service agreement from the new owners if: take place: insert: </span>

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    insert: <span> The Member changes its official legal name insert: <b> . insert: </b> Such a change may occur, for example, because of a merger or acquisition of the Member's organisation. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> This document describes the procedures to be followed for such changes to be properly communicated to, and registered with, the RIPE NCC. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> If a change in the RIPE NCC Service Region" available from the RIPE Document Store at: delete: </p> delete: <p> delete: <a href="http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/ipv4-policies"> http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/ipv4-policies delete: </a> Member's official legal name is accompanied by a transfer of Internet number resource records, the Member must first inform the RIPE NCC of the name change and then of the transfer. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> If a change in the Member's business structure is insert: <i> not insert: </i> accompanied by a transfer of Internet number resource records or a change in the Member's official legal name, then the RIPE NCC does not need to be informed of this change. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> This document does not describe the procedure to be followed in the case of changes with regards to independent Internet number resources assigned to End Users or any changes to the End User's business structure. This procedure is described in the RIPE NCC Procedural Document, “ insert: <a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/docs/lir-end-user-contractual-changes"> Independent Internet Number Resources – Contractual Relationship Changes Between Sponsoring LIR and End User insert: </a> ”. insert: </span>

delete: <a name="2.7"> delete: </a> 2.7 Takeover Fee insert: <a name="3"> insert: </a> insert: <span> insert: <span> 3.0 Transfer of Internet Number Resource Records insert: </span> insert: </span>

In cases where an organisation operating an LIR takes over one or more LIRs, a takeover fee insert: <span> If a Member transfers their Internet number resource records to a third party for any reason, this transfer must be declared to, and approved by, the RIPE NCC. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <a name="31"> insert: </a> 3.1 Submission of the Request for Transfer insert: </h4>

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insert: <span> One of the involved parties must submit a request by email to the RIPE NCC for the transfer to be executed: insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> A registered contact or an authorised person (e.g., senior manager, legal successor) must send the request. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> The RIPE NCC will ask for the following information: insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <b> i. Information regarding the parties involved, including: insert: </b> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> The full official legal names of all parties involved insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> Which party will transfer the Internet number resource records and which party will receive them insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> Recent registration papers issued by the relevant national authorities for all involved parties insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> I insert: </span> insert: <span> insert: <span> f the current official legal names of the involved Members are different from the ones in the relevant signed RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement, then the procedure described under insert: <a href="#4"> Section insert: </a> insert: <a href="#4"> 4.0 insert: </a> must be followed prior to the transfer of the Internet number resource records. insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <span> The procedure described under Section 4.0 is not necessary for the transferring Member if the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement of the transferring Member is terminated (see Closure of LIR taken over (e.g. if three LIRs and Deregistration of Internet number resources, insert: <a title="" href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/docs/closure#11" class="external-link" target="_self"> Section A.1.1. insert: </a> and insert: <a title="" href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/docs/closure#12" class="external-link" target="_self"> Section A.1.2. insert: </a> ). insert: </span> insert: <b> insert: <span> insert: </span> insert: </b> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <b> insert: <span> ii. A description of the reason for the transfer (for exa insert: </span> mple, due to merger, acquisition, transfer of allocation according to the RIPE policies) insert: </b> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> If the transfer is taking place due to a change in the structure of the organisation(s) involved, a description of the changes among the organisation(s) is necessary. The description must be accompanied by all official legal documents proving/supporting the changes the request is based on. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <b> iii. A list of the Internet number resource records that are taken over, the fee requested to be transferred. If insert: </b> insert: <i> insert: <b> all insert: </b> insert: </i> insert: <b> of the transferring Member's Internet number resource records registered are being transferred, a confirmation of this is paid three times). requested. insert: </b> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> The Member must also indicate any End User assignment agreements that are requested to be transferred. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> If a Member transfers all of their Internet number resource records, the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement of the Member may be terminated (see Closure of LIR and Deregistration of Internet number resources, insert: <a title="" href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/docs/closure#11" class="external-link" target="_self"> Section A.1.1. insert: </a> ). insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <b> iv. The correct contact details of all parties involved insert: </b> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> The RIPE NCC may ask the parties involved to confirm the correctness of their contact details or to update them. The contact details include the billing contact details and the VAT number details. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <b> v. A Transfer Agreement signed by both parties or by their legal successors insert: </b> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> The RIPE NCC will make a template of the Transfer Agreement available. Either party may submit the Transfer Agreement to the RIPE NCC, signed by authorised persons for both parties. The RIPE NCC may ask the other party/parties to confirm their agreement to the transfer. The confirmation must be authorised (signed or sent) by a contact person or authorised person (e.g., senior manager, legal successor). insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> If the transferring party no longer exists by the time the RIPE NCC is being informed, the receiving party must send: insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> an official document (issued by a national authority) confirming the closure of the transferring party; and insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> a copy of an older signed agreement between the relevant parties mentioning the transfer of the Internet number resource records. If such an agreement is not available, the receiving party must send confirmation of the transfer to the RIPE NCC signed by an authorised person (e.g., senior manager, legal successor). The RIPE NCC reserves the right to reverse the transfer should another party object to this transfer and provide an agreement that proves that the Internet number resource records should have been transferred to them. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <b> insert: <span> insert: <span> v insert: </span> insert: <span> insert: <span> i. insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: <span> insert: <span> An overview of the utilisation of all allocations and of the status of all independent Internet number resource assignments insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </b> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <span> The RIPE NCC may ask for an overview of the utilisation of all Internet number resources registered to the Member and of all End User assignment agreements signed by the Member. insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <a name="32"> insert: </a> 3.2 If the Receiving Party is not a Member insert: </h4>

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insert: <span> insert: <span> Members may wish to transfer their Internet number resource records to another Member or to a third party that is not a Member. insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <span> If the Internet number resource records are transferred to a non-Member, the receiving party must apply to be a Member by signing the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement before the transfer takes place ( insert: <a href="https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/member-support/become-a-member"> more information on how to become a Member is available insert: </a> ) If the receiving party refuses to do the above, the RIPE NCC will not transfer the Internet number resource records to them. insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <span> If the Internet number resource records to be transferred are Provider Independent (PI) addresses , the receiving party may either apply to be a Member by signing the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement or enter into a contractual relationship with a sponsoring LIR. insert: </span> insert: <span> insert: <span> For more information, please see: insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <a href="https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/resource-management/independent-resources/"> insert: <span> insert: <span> insert: <span> insert: <span> https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/resource-management/independent-resources/ insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </a> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <span> The request for the transfer can be submitted as described above (Section 1). insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <a name="33"> insert: </a> 3.3 Financial Consequences insert: </h4>

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insert: <span> insert: <span> All current outstanding invoices for the LIRs being taken over will also have to and all outstanding financial obligations must be paid in full. delete: </p> delete: <p> delete: </p> delete: <p> The transfer of If the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement is terminated in the course of the RIPE NCC financial year, the service fee for this Member must be paid for the full year. The payment is the responsibility of the receiving Member.If the receiving party is not a Member, then the payment is the responsibility of the transferring Member. insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> insert: <span> If the receiving party decides to sign the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement, then a sign-up fee must be paid (see insert: <a href="http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/charging"> RIPE NCC Charging Scheme insert: </a> ). insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <a name="34"> insert: </a> 3.4 Internet Number Resource Registration and RIPE Database Issues insert: </h4>

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insert: <span> insert: <b> insert: <span> The RIPE NCC will review the status of any IP address allocations also incurs a takeover fee allocation or independent Internet Number Resource assignment maintained by the party involved, in compliance with the RIPE Policies current at the time of the transfer. insert: </span> insert: </b> insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> The receiving Member must deregister from the RIPE Database any invalid or overlapping registrations or unused assignment approvals. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> The RIPE NCC will update the registry, including all RIPE Database objects maintained by the RIPE NCC that are related to this transfer. The transferring Member must update all RIPE Database objects maintained by them that are related to this transfer. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <a name="4"> insert: </a> insert: <span> insert: <span> 4.0 The Member Changes its Official Legal Name insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </h3>

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insert: <span> It is the obligation of the Member to inform the RIPE NCC immediately if any change in the Member's official legal name occurs. insert: </span> insert: </p>

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insert: <span> The Member must send an email to insert: <a href="mailto:[email protected]"> [email protected] insert: </a> informing the RIPE NCC of the name change. This email must include: insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> New registration papers from the national authority; and does not vary according to the amount of address space being transferred (e.g. if three allocations insert: </span> insert: </p>

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    insert: <span> The official legal documents supporting this change insert: </span> insert: <br />
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insert: <span> insert: <span> T insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: <span> insert: <span> insert: <span> he RIPE NCC will send a new insert: <a title="" href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/docs/service-agreement" class="external-link" target="_self"> RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement insert: </a> for the Member to sign under the new official legal name. When the RIPE NCC receives the new RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement properly signed by the Member, it will update the registry, including all RIPE Database objects maintained by the RIPE NCC that are being transferred from LIR A to LIR B, the fee is only paid once). delete: </p> delete: <h2 class="western"> delete: <a name="3.0"> delete: </a> 3.0 Closing an LIR delete: </h2> delete: <p> This section is replaced related to this change. The Member must update all RIPE Database objects maintained by the RIPE NCC organisational document "Closure of LIR and Deregistration of Internet Number Resources" available from the RIPE Document Store at: delete: <a href="http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/closure"> http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/closure delete: </a> . delete: </p> delete: <h2 class="western"> delete: <a name="4.0"> delete: </a> 4.0 When an LIR is Closed by the RIPE NCC delete: </h2> delete: <p> This section is replaced by the RIPE NCC organisational document "Closure of LIR and Deregistration of Internet Number Resources"available from the RIPE Document Store at: delete: <a href="http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/closure"> http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/closure delete: </a> . delete: </p> them that are related to this change. insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </span> insert: </p>

Mergers, Acquisitions, Takeovers Transfer of Internet Number Resource Records and Closures Change of Organisations Operating an LIR a Member’s Official Legal Name