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Companies Act 1989

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Section 130(7).

SCHEDULE 17Company Contracts, Seals, &c.: Further Provisions

Execution of deeds abroad

1(1)Section 38 of the [1985 c. 6.] Companies Act 1985 (execution of deeds abroad) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) (appointment of attorney to execute deeds), after “A company may” insert “under the law of England and Wales”.

(3)For subsection (2) (effect of deed executed by attorney) substitute—

(2)A deed executed by such an attorney on behalf of the company has the same effect as if it were executed under the company’s common seal..

Official seal for use abroad

2(1)Section 39 of the Companies Act 1985 (power to have official seal for use abroad) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1), after “A company” insert “which has a common seal” and for “the common seal of the company” substitute “its common seal”.

(3)For subsection (2) (effect of sealing with official seal) substitute—

(2)The official seal when duly affixed to a document has the same effect as the company’s common seal..

(4)In subsection (3) (instrument authorising person to affix official seal), after “by writing under its common seal” insert “or, in the case of a company registered in Scotland, subscribed in accordance with section 36B,”.

Official seal for share certificates, &c.

3(1)Section 40 of the [1985 c. 6.] Companies Act 1985 (official seal for share certificates, &c.) is amended as follows.

(2)After “A company” insert “which has a common seal” and for “the company’s common seal” substitute “its common seal”.

(3)At the end add—

The official seal when duly affixed to a document has the same effect as the company’s common seal..

Authentication of documents

4In section 41 of the Companies Act 1985 (authentication of documents), for the words from “may be signed” to the end substitute “is sufficiently authenticated for the purposes of the law of England and Wales by the signature of a director, secretary or other authorised officer of the company.”.

Share certificate as evidence of title

5For section 186 of the Companies Act 1985 (certificate to be evidence of title) substitute—

186Certificate to be evidence of title

(1)A certificate under the common seal of the company (or, in the case of a company registered in Scotland, subscribed in accordance with section 36B) specifying any shares held by a member is—

(a)in England and Wales, prima facie evidence, and

(b)in Scotland, sufficient evidence unless the contrary is shown,

of his title to the shares..

Share warrants to bearer

6For section 188 of the Companies Act 1985 (issue and effect of share warrant to bearer) substitute—

188Issue and effect of share warrant to bearer

(1)A company limited by shares may, if so authorised by its articles, issue with respect to any fully paid shares a warrant (a “share warrant”) stating that the bearer of the warrant is entitled to the shares specified in it.

(2)A share warrant issued under the company’s common seal (or, in the case of a company registered in Scotland, subscribed in accordance with section 36B) entitles the bearer to the shares specified in it; and the shares may be transferred by delivery of the warrant.

(3)A company which issues a share warrant may, if so authorised by its articles, provide (by coupons or otherwise) for the payment of the future dividends on the shares included in the warrant..

Identification of company on common seal

7In section 350 of the [1985 c. 6.] Companies Act 1985 (identification of company on company seal), for subsection (1) substitute—

(1)A company which has a common seal shall have its name engraved in legible characters on the seal; and if it fails to comply with this subsection it is liable to a fine..

Floating charges under Scots law

8In section 462 of the Companies Act 1985 (power of company to create floating charge), for subsections (2) and (3) substitute—

(2)In the case of a company which the Court of Session has jurisdiction to wind up, a floating charge may be created only by a written instrument which is presumed under section 36B to be subscribed by the company..

9In section 466(2) of the Companies Act 1985 (execution of instrument altering floating charge)—

(a)at the beginning of the subsection insert “Without prejudice to any enactment or rule of law regarding the execution of documents,”;

(b)omit paragraph (a);

(c)at the end of paragraph (b) insert “; or”, and

(d)omit paragraph (d) and the word “or” preceding it.

10In section 53(3) of the [1986 c. 45.] Insolvency Act 1986 (execution of instrument appointing receiver), in paragraph (a) for “in accordance with the provisions of section 36 of the Companies Act as if it were a contract” substitute “in accordance with section 36B of the Companies Act 1985”.

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