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Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

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62Conversion of company into registered society.F9N.I.

(1)A company formed and registered under[F1the Companies Act 2006] may,[F2 by special resolution], determine to convert itself into a registered society; and for this purpose, in any case where the nominal value of the company's shares held by any member other than a registered society exceeds [F3 the maximum for the time being permitted by section 6(1)], the resolution may provide for the conversion of the shares representing that excess into a transferable loan stock bearing such rate of interest as may be fixed, and repayable on such conditions only as are determined by the resolution.

(2)Any such resolution as aforesaid shall be accompanied by a copy of the rules of the society therein referred to and shall appoint[F4 three] persons, being members of the company, who, together with the secretary [F5(or if the company has no secretary, a director)], shall sign the rules and who may either—

(a)be authorised to accept any alterations made by the registrar therein without further consulting the company; or

(b)be required to lay any such alterations before the company in general meeting for acceptance as the resolution may direct.

(3)A copy of the resolution aforesaid shall be sent with a copy of the rules aforesaid to the registrar who, upon the registration of the society under this Act, shall give to it, in addition to an acknowledgment of registration under section 2(3), a certificate that the rules of the society referred to in the resolution have been registered.

(4)A copy of any such resolution as aforesaid F6. . . together with the certificate issued as aforesaid by the registrar shall be sent for registration to the registrar of companiesF7. . . and, upon his registering the copy of the resolution and the certificate, the conversion shall take effect and the property of the company shall vest in the society without any conveyance or assignment.

(5)The name under which any company is registered under this section as a registered society shall not include the word “company” .

(6)Subject to subsection (7), upon the conversion of a company into a registered society under this section, the registration of the company under[F8the Companies Act 2006] shall become void and the registrar of companies shall thereupon strike the name of the company off the register.

(7)The registration of a company as a registered society shall not affect any right or claim for the time being subsisting against the company or any penalty for the time being incurred by the company; and—

(a)for the purpose of enforcing any such right, penalty or claim the company may be sued and proceeded against in the same manner as if it had not been registered as a society;

(b)any such right or claim and the liability to any such penalty shall have priority as against the property of the registered society over all other rights or claims against or liabilities of the society.

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C1S. 62 applied (with modifications) by S.I. 2005/1788, reg. 6A(b) (as inserted (1.10.2009) by Community Interest Company (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/1942), reg. 5)

Non-textual amendments applied to the whole Legislation can be found in the Introduction

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