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727Treasury shares: disposalE+W+S+N.I.

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(1)Where shares are held as treasury shares, the company may at any time—

(a)sell the shares (or any of them) for a cash consideration, or

(b)transfer the shares (or any of them) for the purposes of or pursuant to an employees' share scheme.

(2)In subsection (1)(a) “cash consideration” means—

(a)cash received by the company, or

(b)a cheque received by the company in good faith that the directors have no reason for suspecting will not be paid, or

(c)a release of a liability of the company for a liquidated sum, or

(d)an undertaking to pay cash to the company on or before a date not more than 90 days after the date on which the company agrees to sell the shares, or

(e)payment by any other means giving rise to a present or future entitlement (of the company or a person acting on the company's behalf) to a payment, or credit equivalent to payment, in cash.

For this purpose “cash” includes foreign currency.

(3)The Secretary of State may by order provide that particular means of payment specified in the order are to be regarded as falling within subsection (2)(e).

(4)If the company receives a notice under section 979 (takeover offers: right of offeror to buy out minority shareholders) that a person desires to acquire shares held by the company as treasury shares, the company must not sell or transfer the shares to which the notice relates except to that person.

(5)An order under this section is subject to negative resolution procedure.

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I1S. 727 wholly in force at 1.10.2009; s. 727 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 1300; s. 727 in force for specified purposes at 20.1.2007 by S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(3) (subject to art. 5, Sch. 1 and with arts. 6, 8, Sch. 5); s. 727 otherwise in force at 1.10.2009 by S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(l) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2) (as amended by S.I. 2009/1802, art. 18)

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