Whiting Petroleum Corporation
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Exhibit 3.1

AMENDED AND RESTATED

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

OF

WHITING PETROLEUM CORPORATION

Pursuant to Sections 242, 245 and 303 of the

Delaware General Corporation Law

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, (the “Corporation”), a corporation organized and existing under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), does hereby certify as follows:

(1)    The name of the Corporation is Whiting Petroleum Corporation. The Corporation was originally incorporated under the name Whiting Petroleum Holdings, Inc. The original certificate of incorporation of the Corporation was filed with the office of the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on the 18th day of July, 2003 (the “Original Certificate”).

(2)    The Original Certificate was subsequently restated by the filing of the Restated Certificate of Incorporation with the office of the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on November 8, 2017 (as restated, the “Existing Certificate”).

(3)    This Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (this “Certificate”), which amends and restates in their entirety the provisions of the Existing Certificate, was duly adopted, without the need for approval by the Board of Directors of the Corporation or the stockholders of the Corporation, in accordance with Sections 242, 245 and 303 of the DGCL and in accordance with that certain Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization of Whiting Petroleum Corporation and its debtor affiliates approved by order of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in In re: Whiting Petroleum Corporation, et al., Case No. 20-32021, under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. §§ 101- 1330), as amended.

(4)    The text of the Existing Certificate is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

FIRST:    Name. The name of the Corporation is Whiting Petroleum Corporation (the “Corporation”).

SECOND:    Agent for Service. The address of the registered office of the Corporation in the State of Delaware shall be at 1209 Orange Street, City of Wilmington, County of New Castle; and the name of its registered agent at such address shall be Corporation Trust Company.

THIRD:    Purpose. The purpose of the Corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized under the DGCL.


FOURTH:    Capital Stock.

(a)    Authorized Capital Stock. The total number of shares of stock which the Corporation shall have authority to issue is 550,000,000 shares of capital stock, consisting of (i) 500,000,000 shares of common stock, each having a par value of $0.001 per share, (the “Common Stock”), and (ii) 50,000,000 shares of preferred stock, each having a par value of $0.001 per share (the “Preferred Stock”).

(b)    Common Stock. The powers, preferences and rights, and the qualifications, limitations and restrictions, of each class of the Common Stock are as follows:

(1)    No Cumulative Voting. The holders of shares of Common Stock shall not have cumulative voting rights.

(2)    Dividends; Stock Splits. Subject to the rights of the holders of Preferred Stock, and subject to any other provisions of this Certificate, as it may be amended from time to time, holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive such dividends and other distributions in cash, stock or property of the Corporation when, as and if declared thereon by the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board of Directors”) from time to time out of assets or funds of the Corporation legally available therefor.

(3)    Liquidation, Dissolution, etc. In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up (either voluntary or involuntary) of the Corporation, the holders of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive the assets and funds of the Corporation available for distribution after payments to creditors and to the holders of any Preferred Stock of the Corporation that may at the time be outstanding, in proportion to the number of shares held by them, respectively.

(4)    Merger, etc. In the event of a merger or consolidation of the Corporation with or into another entity (whether or not the Corporation is the surviving entity), the holders of each share of Common Stock shall be entitled to receive the same per share consideration on a per share basis.

(5)    No Preemptive or Subscription Rights. No holder of shares of Common Stock shall be entitled to preemptive or subscription rights.

(c)    Preferred Stock. The Board of Directors is hereby expressly authorized to provide for the issuance of all or any shares of the Preferred Stock in one or more classes or series, and to fix for each such class or series such voting powers, full or limited, or no voting powers, and such designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights and such qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, as shall be stated and expressed in the resolution or resolutions adopted by the Board of Directors providing for the issuance of such class or series, including, without limitation, the authority to provide that any such class or series may be (i) subject to redemption at such time or times and at such price or prices; (ii) entitled to receive dividends (which may be cumulative or non-cumulative) at such rates (which may be fixed or variable), on such conditions, and at such times, and payable in preference to, or in such relation to, the dividends payable on any other class or classes or any other series; (iii) entitled to such rights upon the dissolution of, or upon any distribution of the assets of, the Corporation; or (iv) convertible into, or exchangeable for, shares of any other class or classes of stock, or of any other series of the same or any other class or classes of stock, of the Corporation at such price or prices or at such rates of exchange and with such adjustments; all as may be stated in such resolution or resolutions.

 

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(d)    Non-Voting Equity. The Corporation shall not issue nonvoting equity securities to the extent prohibited by Section 1123(a)(6) of the Bankruptcy Code; provided, however, that the foregoing restriction shall (i) have no further force and effect beyond that required under Section 1123(a)(6) of the Bankruptcy Code, (ii) only have such force and effect for so long as Section 1123(a)(6) of the Bankruptcy Code is in effect and applicable to the Corporation and (iii) in all events may be amended or eliminated in accordance with applicable law as from time to time may be in effect.

(e)    Power to Sell and Purchase Shares. Subject to the requirements of applicable law, the Corporation shall have the power to issue and sell all or any part of any shares of any class of stock herein or hereafter authorized to such persons, and for such consideration, as the Board of Directors shall from time to time, in its discretion, determine, whether or not greater consideration could be received upon the issue or sale of the same number of shares of another class, and as otherwise permitted by law. Subject to the requirements of applicable law, the Corporation shall have the power to purchase any shares of any class of stock herein or hereafter authorized from such persons, and for such consideration, as the Board of Directors shall from time to time, in its discretion, determine, whether or not less consideration could be paid upon the purchase of the same number of shares of another class, and as otherwise permitted by law.

FIFTH:    Directors. The following provisions are inserted for the management of the business and the conduct of the affairs of the Corporation, and for further definition, limitation and regulation of the powers of the Corporation and of its directors and stockholders:

(a)    Business and Affairs of the Corporation. The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board of Directors.

(b)    Number of Directors. The number of directors of the Corporation shall be as from time to time fixed by, or in the manner provided in, the by-laws of the Corporation (as in effect from time to time, the “By-Laws”).

(c)    Term. The directors shall consist of a single class, with the initial term of office to expire at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, which shall be held no later than September 1, 2021, and each director shall hold office until his or her successor shall be duly elected and qualified, subject, however, to prior death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal from office. At each annual meeting of stockholders, directors elected to succeed those directors whose terms then expire shall be elected for a term of office to expire at the next succeeding annual meeting of stockholders after their election, with each director to hold office until his or her successor shall be duly elected and qualified, subject, however, to prior death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal from office.

(d)    Vacancies; Removal. Subject to the rights of the holders of Preferred Stock, any vacancy on the Board of Directors that results from an increase in the number of directors and any other vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors may be filled only by a majority of the

 

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Board of Directors then in office, even if less than a quorum, or by a sole remaining director. Any director elected to fill a vacancy shall hold office until the next annual meeting of the stockholders and until his or her successor shall be duly elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation, retirement, disqualification or removal from office. Subject to the rights, if any, of the holders of shares of Preferred Stock then outstanding, any or all of the directors of the Corporation may be removed from office at any time, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the voting power of the Corporation’s then outstanding capital stock entitled to vote generally in the election of directors. Notwithstanding the foregoing, whenever the holders of any one or more classes or series of Preferred Stock issued by the Corporation shall have the right, voting separately by class or series, to elect directors at an annual or special meeting of stockholders, the election, term of office, filling of vacancies and other features of such directorships shall be governed by the terms of this Certificate applicable thereto.

(e)    Power of the Directors. In addition to the powers and authority hereinbefore or by statute expressly conferred upon them, the directors are hereby empowered to exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things as may be exercised or done by the Corporation, subject, nevertheless, to the provisions of the DGCL, this Certificate, and the By-Laws; provided, however, that no By-Laws hereafter adopted, nor any alteration or amendment thereto or repeal thereof, shall invalidate any prior act of the directors which would have been valid if such By-Laws had not been adopted, altered, amended or repealed.

SIXTH:    Director Liability. No director shall be personally liable to the Corporation or any of its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except to the extent such exemption from liability or limitation thereof is not permitted under the DGCL as the same exists or may hereafter be amended. If the DGCL is amended hereafter to authorize the further elimination or limitation of the liability of directors, then the liability of a director of the Corporation shall be eliminated or limited to the fullest extent authorized by the DGCL, as so amended. Any repeal or modification of this Article SIXTH shall not adversely affect any right or protection of a director of the Corporation existing at the time of such repeal or modification with respect to acts or omissions occurring prior to such repeal or modification.

SEVENTH:    Indemnification. The Corporation shall indemnify its directors and officers to the fullest extent authorized or permitted by law, as now or hereafter in effect, and such right to indemnification shall continue as to a person who has ceased to be a director or officer of the Corporation and shall inure to the benefit of his or her heirs, executors and personal and legal representatives; provided, however, that, except for proceedings to enforce rights to indemnification, the Corporation shall not be obligated to indemnify any director or officer (or his or her heirs, executors or personal or legal representatives) in connection with a proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such person unless such proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized or consented to by the Board of Directors. The right to indemnification conferred by this Article SEVENTH shall include the right to be paid by the Corporation the expenses incurred in defending or otherwise participating in any proceeding in advance of its final disposition.

The Corporation may, to the extent authorized from time to time by the Board of Directors, provide rights to indemnification and to the advancement of expenses to employees and agents of the Corporation similar to those conferred in this Article SEVENTH to directors and officers of the Corporation.

 

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The rights to indemnification and to the advance of expenses conferred in this Article SEVENTH shall not be exclusive of any other right which any person may have or hereafter acquire under this Certificate, the By-Laws, any statute, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors or otherwise.

Any repeal or modification of this Article SEVENTH shall not adversely affect any rights to indemnification and to the advancement of expenses of a director or officer of the Corporation existing at the time of such repeal or modification with respect to any acts or omissions occurring prior to such repeal or modification.

EIGHTH:    Special Stockholder Meetings. Unless otherwise required by law, special meetings of stockholders, for any purpose or purposes, may be called only by (a) the Chairman of the Board of Directors, if there be one, (b) the President, (c) a majority of the entire Board of Directors or (d) the Secretary of the Corporation at the written request of a stockholder of record in accordance with the requirements and procedures provided in the By-Laws. At any special meeting of stockholders, only such business shall be conducted or considered as shall have been properly brought before the meeting pursuant to the Corporation’s notice of meeting. As used in this Certificate, the term “entire Board of Directors” means the total number of directors which the Corporation would have if there were no vacancies.

NINTH:    No Action by Written Consent. Any action required or permitted to be taken by the stockholders of the Corporation must be effected at a duly called annual or special meeting of stockholders of the Corporation, and the ability of the stockholders to consent in writing to the taking of any action is hereby specifically denied.

TENTH:    Place of Stockholder Meetings and Corporate Books. Meetings of stockholders may be held within or without the State of Delaware, as the By-Laws may provide. The books of the Corporation may be kept (subject to any provision contained in the DGCL) outside the State of Delaware at such place or places as may be designated from time to time by the Board of Directors or in the By-Laws.

ELEVENTH:    Amendment of By-Laws. In furtherance and not in limitation of the powers conferred upon it by the laws of the State of Delaware, the Board of Directors shall have the power to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the By-Laws. The affirmative vote of at least a majority of the entire Board of Directors shall be required to adopt, amend, alter or repeal the By-Laws. The By-Laws also may be adopted, amended, altered or repealed by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the voting power of the shares entitled to vote at an election of directors.

TWELFTH:    Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation. The Corporation reserves the right to amend, alter, change or repeal any provision contained in this Certificate in the manner now or hereafter prescribed in this Certificate, the By-Laws or the DGCL, and all rights herein conferred upon stockholders are granted subject to such reservation; provided, however, that, notwithstanding any other provision of this Certificate (and in addition to any other vote that

 

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may be required by law), the affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the voting power of the shares entitled to vote at an election of directors shall be required to amend, alter, change or repeal, or to adopt any provisions as part of this Certificate inconsistent with the purpose and intent of Articles FIFTH, SIXTH, EIGHTH, NINTH and ELEVENTH of this Certificate or this Article TWELFTH.

THIRTEENTH:    Severability. If any provision or provisions of this Certificate shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable as applied to any circumstance for any reason whatsoever: (i) the validity, legality and enforceability of such provisions in any other circumstance and of the remaining provisions of this Certificate (including, without limitation, each portion of any paragraph of this Certificate containing any such provision held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable that is not itself held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable) shall not, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, in any way be affected or impaired thereby and (ii) to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the provisions of this Certificate (including, without limitation, each such portion of any paragraph of this Certificate containing any such provision held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable) shall be construed so as to permit the Corporation to protect its directors, officers, employees and agents from personal liability in respect of their good faith service to or for the benefit of the Corporation to the fullest extent permitted by law.

FOURTEENTH:    Exclusive Forum.

(a)    Unless the Corporation consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (or, if and only if the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware does not have jurisdiction, a state court located within the State of Delaware (or, if no state court located within the State of Delaware has jurisdiction, the federal district court for the District of Delaware)) shall be the sole and exclusive forum for: (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of the Corporation; (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any current or former director or officer or other employee of the Corporation to the Corporation or the Corporation’s stockholders, including a claim alleging the aiding and abetting of such a breach of fiduciary duty; (iii) any action asserting a claim against the Corporation or any current or former director or officer or other employee of the Corporation arising pursuant to any provision of the DGCL or this Certificate or the By-Laws (as either may be amended from time to time); (iv) any action asserting a claim related to or involving the Corporation that is governed by the internal affairs doctrine; or (v) any action asserting an “internal corporate claim” as that term is defined in Section 115 of the DGCL. For the avoidance of doubt, this Article FOURTEENTH(a) shall not apply to any action or proceeding asserting a claim under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and/or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).

(b)    Unless the Corporation consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, the federal district courts of the United States of America shall be the exclusive forum for the resolution of any complaint asserting a cause of action arising under the Securities Act.

(c)    To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any person or entity purchasing or otherwise acquiring or holding any interest in any security of the Corporation shall be deemed to have notice of and consented to this Article FOURTEENTH.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to be executed on its behalf this 1st day of September, 2020.

 

WHITING PETROLEUM CORPORATION
By:  

/s/ Bruce R. DeBoer

Name:   Bruce R. DeBoer
Title:   Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

[Signature Page to Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation]