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Companies Act 2006

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968Effect on contractual restrictions
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(1)The following provisions have effect where a takeover bid is made for an opted-in company.

(2)An agreement to which this section applies is invalid in so far as it places any restriction—

(a)on the transfer to the offeror, or at his direction to another person, of shares in the company during the offer period;

(b)on the transfer to any person of shares in the company at a time during the offer period when the offeror holds shares amounting to not less than 75% in value of all the voting shares in the company;

(c)on rights to vote at a general meeting of the company that decides whether to take any action which might result in the frustration of the bid;

(d)on rights to vote at a general meeting of the company that—

(i)is the first such meeting to be held after the end of the offer period, and

(ii)is held at a time when the offeror holds shares amounting to not less than 75% in value of all the voting shares in the company.

(3)This section applies to an agreement—

(a)entered into between a person holding shares in the company and another such person on or after 21st April 2004, or

(b)entered into at any time between such a person and the company,

and it applies to such an agreement even if the law applicable to the agreement (apart from this section) is not the law of a part of the United Kingdom.

(4)The reference in subsection (2)(c) to rights to vote at a general meeting of the company that decides whether to take any action which might result in the frustration of the bid includes a reference to rights to vote on a written resolution concerned with that question.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (2)(c), action which might result in the frustration of a bid is any action of that kind specified in rules under section 943(1) giving effect to Article 9 of the Takeovers Directive.

(6)If a person suffers loss as a result of any act or omission that would (but for this section) be a breach of an agreement to which this section applies, he is entitled to compensation, of such amount as the court considers just and equitable, from any person who would (but for this section) be liable to him for committing or inducing the breach.

(7)In subsection (6) “the court” means the High Court or, in Scotland, the Court of Session.

(8)A reference in this section to voting shares in the company does not include—

(a)debentures, or

(b)shares that, under the company’s articles of association, do not normally carry rights to vote at its general meetings (for example, shares carrying rights to vote that, under those articles, arise only where specified pecuniary advantages are not provided).

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