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Authority of company required for certain allotmentsN.I.

90.—(1) The directors of a company shall not exercise any power of the company to allot relevant securities unless they are, in accordance with this Article[F1 or Article 90A], authorised to do so by—

(a)the company in general meeting; or

(b)the company's articles.

(2) In this Article “relevant securities” means—

(a)shares in the company other than shares shown in the memorandum to have been taken by the subscribers to it or shares allotted in pursuance of an employees' share scheme, and

(b)any right to subscribe for, or to convert any security into, shares in the company (other than shares so allotted);

and a reference to the allotment of relevant securities includes the grant of such a right but (subject to paragraph (6)) not the allotment of shares pursuant to such a right.

(3) Authority under this Article may be given for a particular exercise of the power or for its exercise generally, and may be unconditional or subject to conditions.

(4) The authority must state the maximum amount of relevant securities that may be allotted under it and the date on which it will expire, which must be not more than 5 years from whichever is relevant of the following dates—

(a)in the case of an authority contained in the company's articles at the time of its original incorporation, the date of that incorporation; and

(b)in any other case, the date on which the resolution is passed by virtue of which the authority is given;

but such an authority (including an authority contained in the company's articles) may be previously revoked or varied by the company in general meeting.

(5) The authority may be renewed or further renewed by the company in general meeting for a further period not exceeding 5 years; but the resolution must state (or restate) the amount of relevant securities which may be allotted under the authority or, as the case may be, the amount remaining to be allotted under it, and must specify the date on which the renewed authority will expire.

(6) In relation to an authority under this Article for the grant of such rights as are mentioned in paragraph (2)(b), the reference in paragraph (4) (as also the corresponding reference in paragraph (5)) to the maximum amount of relevant securities that may be allotted under the authority is to the maximum amount of shares which may be allotted pursuant to the rights.

(7) The directors may allot relevant securities, notwithstanding that any authority under this Article has expired, if they are allotted in pursuance of an offer or agreement made by the company before the authority expired and the authority allowed it to make an offer or agreement which would or might require relevant securities to be allotted after the authority expired.

(8) A resolution of a company to give, vary, revoke or renew such an authority may, notwithstanding that it alters the company's articles, be an ordinary resolution; [F2but in any case Chapter 3 of Part 3 of the Companies Act 2006 (resolutions affecting a company's constitution) applies to it.]

(9) A director who knowingly and wilfully contravenes, or permits or authorises a contravention of, this Article is liable to a fine.

(10) Nothing in this Article affects the validity of any allotment.

(11) This Article does not apply to any allotment of relevant securities by a company, other than a public company registered as such on its original incorporation, if it is made in pursuance of an offer or agreement made before the earlier of the following two dates—

(a)the date of the holding of the first general meeting of the company after its registration or re-registration as a public company, and

(b)1st January 1985;

but any resolution to give, vary or revoke an authority for the purposes of Article 16 of the Order of 1981 or this Article has effect for those purposes if passed at any time on or after 10th June 1981.

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F2Art. 90(8): word beginning "but it is in any case subject to Article 388" to the end omitted and substituted (1.10.2007) by virtue of Companies Act 2006 (Commencement No. 3, Consequential Amendments, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/2194), arts. 1(3), 10(1), Sch. 4 para. 17(3) (with art. 12)

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