Rather than being a simple hybrid, the U.S. limited liability company is better described as a recombinant entity that combines attributes of four different types of business organizations. The LLC offers an almost ineffably flexible structure, but that flexibility does not place the LLC beyond the range of traditional, formalist analysis. To the contrary, parsing the LLC in pursuit of conventional forms may allow us “to know the place for the first time.” This essay uses conventional concepts to: (i) explore whether “labels matter” when LLC membership interests are described as Contract or as Property; and (ii) examine how the plight of the “bare naked assignee” relates to the LLC’s status as a legal person distinct from its members.



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