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[F1422 Controller.U.K.

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(1) In this Act “controller”, in relation to an undertaking (“B”), means a person (“A”) who falls within any of the cases in subsection (2).

(2)The cases are where A holds—

(a)10% or more of the shares in B or in a parent undertaking of B (“P”);

(b)10% or more of the voting power in B or P; or

(c)shares or voting power in B or P as a result of which A is able to exercise significant influence over the management of B.

(3)For the purposes of calculations relating to this section, the holding of shares or voting power by a person (“A1”) includes any shares or voting power held by another (“A2”) if A1 and A2 are acting in concert.

(4)In this section “shares”—

(a)in relation to an undertaking with a share capital, means allotted shares;

(b)in relation to an undertaking with capital but no share capital, means rights to share in the capital of the undertaking;

(c)in relation to an undertaking without capital, means interests—

(i)conferring any right to share in the profits, or liability to contribute to the losses, of the undertaking; or

(ii)giving rise to an obligation to contribute to the debts or expenses of the undertaking in the event of a winding up.

(5)In this section “voting power”—

(a)includes, in relation to a person (“H”)—

(i)voting power held by a third party with whom H has concluded an agreement, which obliges H and the third party to adopt, by concerted exercise of the voting power they hold, a lasting common policy towards the management of the undertaking in question;

(ii)voting power held by a third party under an agreement concluded with H providing for the temporary transfer for consideration of the voting power in question;

(iii)voting power attaching to shares which are lodged as collateral with H, provided that H controls the voting power and declares an intention to exercise it;

(iv)voting power attaching to shares in which H has a life interest;

(v)voting power which is held, or may be exercised within the meaning of subparagraphs (i) to (iv), by a [F2controlled undertaking] of H;

(vi)voting power attaching to shares deposited with H which H has discretion to exercise in the absence of specific instructions from the shareholders;

(vii)voting power held in the name of a third party on behalf of H;

(viii)voting power which H may exercise as a proxy where H has discretion about the exercise of the voting power in the absence of specific instructions from the shareholders; and

(b)in relation to an undertaking which does not have general meetings at which matters are decided by the exercise of voting rights, means the right under the constitution of the undertaking to direct the overall policy of the undertaking or alter the terms of its constitution.

[F3(6)For the purposes of this section, an undertaking “B” is a controlled undertaking of H if any of the conditions in section 89J(4)(a) to (d) (read with section 89J(5)) is met (reading references in those provisions to A as references to H).]]

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