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Relaxation and removal of restrictionsN.I.

449.—(1) Where shares in a company are by order made subject to the restrictions of this Part, application may be made to the court for an order directing that the shares be no longer so subject.

[F1(1A) Where the court is satisfied that an order subjecting the shares to the restrictions of this Part unfairly affects the rights of third parties in respect of shares then the court, for the purpose of pretecting such rights and subject to such terms as it thinks fit and in addition to any order it may make under paragraph (1), may direct on an application made under that paragraph that such acts by such persons and for such purposes as may be set out in the order, shall not constitute breach of the restrictions of Part XVI.

Paragraph (3) does not apply to an order made under this paragragh.]

(2) If the order applying the restrictions was made by the Department, or it has refused to make an order disapplying them, the application may be made by any person aggrieved; F2. . .

(3) Subject as follows, and order of the court or the Department directing that shares shall cease to be subject to the restrictions may be made only if—

(a)the court or (as the case may be) the Department is satisfied that the relevant facts about the shares have been disclosed to the company and no unfair advantage has accrued to any person as a result of the earlier failure to make that disclosure, or

(b)the shares are to be[F3 transferred for valuable consideration] and the court (in any case) or the Department (if the order was made under Article F4. . . 438) approves the[F3 transfer].

(4) [F1Without prejudice to the power of the court to give directions under paragraph (1A),] where shares in a company are subject to the restrictions, the court may on application order the shares to be sold, subject to the court's approval as to the sale, and may also direct that the shares shall cease to be subject to the restrictions.

An application to the court under this paragraph may be made by the Department F5. . . , or by the company.

(5) Where an order has been made under paragraph (4), the court may on application make such further order relating to the sale or transfer of the shares as it thinks fit.

An application to the court under this paragraph may be made—

(a)

by the Department F6. . . , or

(b)

by the company, or

(c)

by the person appointed by or in pursuance of the order to effect the sale, or

(d)

by any person interested in the shares.

(6) An order (whether of the Department or the court) directing that shares shall cease to be subject to the restrictions of this Part, if it is—

(a)expressed to be made with a view to permitting a transfer of the shares, or

(b)made under paragraph (4),

may continue the restrictions mentioned in Article 447(1)(c) and (d), either in whole or in part, so far as they relate to any right acquired or offer made before the transfer.

(7) Paragraph (3) does not apply to an order directing that shares shall cease to be subject to any restrictions which have been continued in force in relation to those shares under paragraph (6).

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