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Companies Act 2006

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Disapplication of pre-emption rights

569Disapplication of pre-emption rights: private company with only one class of shares

(1)The directors of a private company that has only one class of shares may be given power by the articles, or by a special resolution of the company, to allot equity securities of that class as if section 561 (existing shareholders' right of pre-emption)—

(a)did not apply to the allotment, or

(b)applied to the allotment with such modifications as the directors may determine.

(2)Where the directors make an allotment under this section, the provisions of this Chapter have effect accordingly.

570Disapplication of pre-emption rights: directors acting under general authorisation

(1)Where the directors of a company are generally authorised for the purposes of section 551 (power of directors to allot shares etc: authorisation by company), they may be given power by the articles, or by a special resolution of the company, to allot equity securities pursuant to that authorisation as if section 561 (existing shareholders' right of pre-emption)—

(a)did not apply to the allotment, or

(b)applied to the allotment with such modifications as the directors may determine.

(2)Where the directors make an allotment under this section, the provisions of this Chapter have effect accordingly.

(3)The power conferred by this section ceases to have effect when the authorisation to which it relates—

(a)is revoked, or

(b)would (if not renewed) expire.

But if the authorisation is renewed the power may also be renewed, for a period not longer than that for which the authorisation is renewed, by a special resolution of the company.

(4)Notwithstanding that the power conferred by this section has expired, the directors may allot equity securities in pursuance of an offer or agreement previously made by the company if the power enabled the company to make an offer or agreement that would or might require equity securities to be allotted after it expired.

571Disapplication of pre-emption rights by special resolution

(1)Where the directors of a company are authorised for the purposes of section 551 (power of directors to allot shares etc: authorisation by company), whether generally or otherwise, the company may by special resolution resolve that section 561 (existing shareholders' right of pre-emption)—

(a)does not apply to a specified allotment of equity securities to be made pursuant to that authorisation, or

(b)applies to such an allotment with such modifications as may be specified in the resolution.

(2)Where such a resolution is passed the provisions of this Chapter have effect accordingly.

(3)A special resolution under this section ceases to have effect when the authorisation to which it relates—

(a)is revoked, or

(b)would (if not renewed) expire.

But if the authorisation is renewed the resolution may also be renewed, for a period not longer than that for which the authorisation is renewed, by a special resolution of the company.

(4)Notwithstanding that any such resolution has expired, the directors may allot equity securities in pursuance of an offer or agreement previously made by the company if the resolution enabled the company to make an offer or agreement that would or might require equity securities to be allotted after it expired.

(5)A special resolution under this section, or a special resolution to renew such a resolution, must not be proposed unless—

(a)it is recommended by the directors, and

(b)the directors have complied with the following provisions.

(6)Before such a resolution is proposed, the directors must make a written statement setting out—

(a)their reasons for making the recommendation,

(b)the amount to be paid to the company in respect of the equity securities to be allotted, and

(c)the directors' justification of that amount.

(7)The directors' statement must—

(a)if the resolution is proposed as a written resolution, be sent or submitted to every eligible member at or before the time at which the proposed resolution is sent or submitted to him;

(b)if the resolution is proposed at a general meeting, be circulated to the members entitled to notice of the meeting with that notice.

572Liability for false statement in directors' statement

(1)This section applies in relation to a directors' statement under section 571 (special resolution disapplying pre-emption rights) that is sent, submitted or circulated under subsection (7) of that section.

(2)A person who knowingly or recklessly authorises or permits the inclusion of any matter that is misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular in such a statement commits an offence.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine (or both);

(b)on summary conviction—

(i)in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or both);

(ii)in Scotland or Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or both).

573Disapplication of pre-emption rights: sale of treasury shares

(1)This section applies in relation to a sale of shares that is an allotment of equity securities by virtue of section 560(2)(b) (sale of shares held by company as treasury shares).

(2)The directors of a company may be given power by the articles, or by a special resolution of the company, to allot equity securities as if section 561 (existing shareholders' right of pre-emption)—

(a)did not apply to the allotment, or

(b)applied to the allotment with such modifications as the directors may determine.

(3)The provisions of section 570(2) and (4) apply in that case as they apply to a case within subsection (1) of that section.

(4)The company may by special resolution resolve that section 561—

(a)shall not apply to a specified allotment of securities, or

(b)shall apply to the allotment with such modifications as may be specified in the resolution.

(5)The provisions of section 571(2) and (4) to (7) apply in that case as they apply to a case within subsection (1) of that section.

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