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Companies Act 2006

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986Applications to the court

(1)Where a notice is given under section 979 to a shareholder the court may, on an application made by him, order—

(a)that the offeror is not entitled and bound to acquire the shares to which the notice relates, or

(b)that the terms on which the offeror is entitled and bound to acquire the shares shall be such as the court thinks fit.

(2)An application under subsection (1) must be made within six weeks from the date on which the notice referred to in that subsection was given.

If an application to the court under subsection (1) is pending at the end of that period, section 981(6) does not have effect until the application has been disposed of.

(3)Where a shareholder exercises his rights under section 983 in respect of any shares held by him, the court may, on an application made by him or the offeror, order that the terms on which the offeror is entitled and bound to acquire the shares shall be such as the court thinks fit.

(4)On an application under subsection (1) or (3)—

(a)the court may not require consideration of a higher value than that specified in the terms of the offer (“the offer value”) to be given for the shares to which the application relates unless the holder of the shares shows that the offer value would be unfair;

(b)the court may not require consideration of a lower value than the offer value to be given for the shares.

(5)No order for costs or expenses may be made against a shareholder making an application under subsection (1) or (3) unless the court considers that—

(a)the application was unnecessary, improper or vexatious,

(b)there has been unreasonable delay in making the application, or

(c)there has been unreasonable conduct on the shareholder’s part in conducting the proceedings on the application.

(6)A shareholder who has made an application under subsection (1) or (3) must give notice of the application to the offeror.

(7)An offeror who is given notice of an application under subsection (1) or (3) must give a copy of the notice to—

(a)any person (other than the applicant) to whom a notice has been given under section 979;

(b)any person who has exercised his rights under section 983.

(8)An offeror who makes an application under subsection (3) must give notice of the application to—

(a)any person to whom a notice has been given under section 979;

(b)any person who has exercised his rights under section 983.

(9)Where a takeover offer has not been accepted to the extent necessary for entitling the offeror to give notices under subsection (2) or (4) of section 979 the court may, on an application made by him, make an order authorising him to give notices under that subsection if it is satisfied that—

(a)the offeror has after reasonable enquiry been unable to trace one or more of the persons holding shares to which the offer relates,

(b)the requirements of that subsection would have been met if the person, or all the persons, mentioned in paragraph (a) above had accepted the offer, and

(c)the consideration offered is fair and reasonable.

This is subject to subsection (10).

(10)The court may not make an order under subsection (9) unless it considers that it is just and equitable to do so having regard, in particular, to the number of shareholders who have been traced but who have not accepted the offer.

987Joint offers

(1)In the case of a takeover offer made by two or more persons jointly, this Chapter has effect as follows.

(2)The conditions for the exercise of the rights conferred by section 979 are satisfied—

(a)in the case of acquisitions by virtue of acceptances of the offer, by the joint offerors acquiring or unconditionally contracting to acquire the necessary shares jointly;

(b)in other cases, by the joint offerors acquiring or unconditionally contracting to acquire the necessary shares either jointly or separately.

(3)The conditions for the exercise of the rights conferred by section 983 are satisfied—

(a)in the case of acquisitions by virtue of acceptances of the offer, by the joint offerors acquiring or unconditionally contracting to acquire the necessary shares jointly;

(b)in other cases, by the joint offerors acquiring or contracting (whether unconditionally or subject to conditions being met) to acquire the necessary shares either jointly or separately.

(4)Subject to the following provisions, the rights and obligations of the offeror under sections 979 to 985 are respectively joint rights and joint and several obligations of the joint offerors.

(5)A provision of sections 979 to 986 that requires or authorises a notice or other document to be given or sent by or to the joint offerors is complied with if the notice or document is given or sent by or to any of them (but see subsection (6)).

(6)The statutory declaration required by section 980(4) must be made by all of the joint offerors and, where one or more of them is a company, signed by a director of that company.

(7)In sections 974 to 977, 979(9), 981(6), 983(8) and 988 references to the offeror are to be read as references to the joint offerors or any of them.

(8)In section 981(7) and (8) references to the offeror are to be read as references to the joint offerors or such of them as they may determine.

(9)In sections 981(5)(a) and 985(5)(a) references to the offeror being no longer able to provide the relevant consideration are to be read as references to none of the joint offerors being able to do so.

(10)In section 986 references to the offeror are to be read as references to the joint offerors, except that—

(a)an application under subsection (3) or (9) may be made by any of them, and

(b)the reference in subsection (9)(a) to the offeror having been unable to trace one or more of the persons holding shares is to be read as a reference to none of the offerors having been able to do so.

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