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Exclusion of right of pre-emptionE+W+S+N.I.

567Exclusion of requirements by private companiesE+W+S+N.I.

(1)All or any of the requirements of—

(a)section 561 (existing shareholders' right of pre-emption), or

(b)section 562 (communication of pre-emption offers to shareholders)

may be excluded by provision contained in the articles of a private company.

(2)They may be excluded—

(a)generally in relation to the allotment by the company of equity securities, or

(b)in relation to allotments of a particular description.

(3)Any requirement or authorisation contained in the articles of a private company that is inconsistent with either of those sections is treated for the purposes of this section as a provision excluding that section.

(4)A provision to which section 568 applies (exclusion of pre-emption right: corresponding right conferred by articles) is not to be treated as inconsistent with section 561.

568Exclusion of pre-emption right: articles conferring corresponding rightE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The provisions of this section apply where, in a case in which section 561 (existing shareholders' right of pre-emption) would otherwise apply—

(a)a company's articles contain provision (“pre-emption provision”) prohibiting the company from allotting ordinary shares of a particular class unless it has complied with the condition that it makes such an offer as is described in section 561(1) to each person who holds ordinary shares of that class, and

(b)in accordance with that provision—

(i)the company makes an offer to allot shares to such a holder, and

(ii)he or anyone in whose favour he has renounced his right to their allotment accepts the offer.

(2)In that case, section 561 does not apply to the allotment of those shares and the company may allot them accordingly.

(3)The provisions of section 562 (communication of pre-emption offers to shareholders) apply in relation to offers made in pursuance of the pre-emption provision of the company's articles.

This is subject to section 567 (exclusion of requirements by private companies).

(4)If there is a contravention of the pre-emption provision of the company's articles, the company, and every officer of it who knowingly authorised or permitted the contravention, are jointly and severally liable to compensate any person to whom an offer should have been made under the provision for any loss, damage, costs or expenses which the person has sustained or incurred by reason of the contravention.

(5)No proceedings to recover any such loss, damage, costs or expenses may be commenced after the expiration of two years—

(a)from the delivery to the registrar of companies of the return of allotment, or

(b)where equity securities other than shares are granted, from the date of the grant.

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