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Companies Act 2006

Effect of provisions in company’s articles

259.Section 145 protects arrangements through company articles to enfranchise indirect investors and provides that where a company makes provision, through its articles, to extend rights to those holding shares through intermediaries, the provision is legally effective in relation to various statutory requirements.

Section 145: Effect of provisions of articles as to enjoyment of exercise of members’ rights

260.This section (subsection (1)) allows a company’s articles to enable a member to identify another person or persons as entitled to enjoy or exercise all or any specified rights of a member. The articles may specify that this entitlement can apply only to certain rights or to all rights, except the right to transfer the shares. As subsection (4)(b) makes clear, the right to transfer shares must remain, as under the 1985 Act, with the member whose name is on the register.

261.Subsection (2) provides that where a company makes relevant provision in its articles, all the relevant references in the Companies Acts to ‘member’ should be read as if the reference to member was a reference to the person or persons nominated by the member. Subsection (3) provides a non-exhaustive list of the provisions in question.

262.Subsection (4)(a) makes clear that non-members do not have direct enforceable rights against the company. They should enforce their rights through the member whose name is on the register and who has the right to enforce the articles.

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