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Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Share certificates

40.—(1) Subject to regulation 41, an investment company with variable capital shall prepare documentary evidence of title to its shares (“share certificates”) as follows—

(a)in respect of any new shares issued by it;

(b)where a shareholder has transferred part only of his holding back to the company, in respect of the remainder of that holding;

(c)where a shareholder has transferred part only of his holding to any person who is designated in the company’s instrument of incorporation for the purposes of paragraph 4 of Schedule 5, in respect of the remainder of that holding;

(d)where a company has registered a transfer of shares made to a person other than either the company or a person designated as mentioned in sub-paragraph (c)—

(i)in respect of the shares transferred to the transferee; and

(ii)in respect of any shares retained by the transferor which were evidenced by any certificate sent to the company for the purposes of registering the transfer;

(e)in respect of any holding of bearer shares for which a certificate evidencing title has already been issued but where the certificate has been surrendered to the company for the purpose of being replaced by two or more certificates which between them evidence title to the shares comprising that holding;

(f)in respect of any shares for which a certificate has already been issued but where it appears to the company that the certificate needs to be replaced as a result of having been lost, stolen or destroyed or having become damaged or worn out.

(2) A company shall exercise due diligence and take all reasonable steps to ensure that certificates prepared in accordance with paragraph (1)(a) to (e) are ready for delivery as soon as reasonably practicable.

(3) Certificates need be prepared in the circumstances referred to in paragraph (1)(e) and (f) only if the company has received—

(a)a request for a new certificate;

(b)the old certificate (if there is one);

(c)such indemnity as the company may require; and

(d)such reasonable sum as the company may require in respect of the expenses incurred by it in complying with the request.

(4) Each share certificate shall state—

(a)the number of shares the title to which is evidenced by the certificate;

(b)where the company has more than one class of shares, the class of shares title to which is evidenced by the certificate; and

(c)except in the case of bearer shares, the name of the holder.

(5) Where, in respect of any class of shares, the rights that attach to shares of that class are expressed in two denominations, the reference in paragraph (4)(a) (as it applies to shares of that class) to the number of shares is a reference to the total of—

(6) In paragraph (5)—

(a)N is the relevant number of the larger denomination shares of the class in question;

(b)n is the relevant number of the smaller denomination shares of that class; and

(c)p is the number of smaller denomination shares of that class that are equivalent to one larger denomination share of that class.

(7) Nothing in these Regulations shall be taken as preventing the total arrived at under paragraph (5) being expressed on the certificate as a single entry representing the result derived from the formula set out in that paragraph.

(8) A share certificate specifying any shares held by any person which is—

(a)under the common seal of the company; or

(b)authenticated in accordance with regulation 53;

is prima facie evidence of that person’s title to the shares.

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