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Finance Act 2014

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Amendments to Chapter 7 of Part 7 of ITEPA 2003

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114(1)Paragraph 37 (exercise of options: company events) is amended as follows.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1) after “(4)” insert “, (4A)”.

(3)In sub-paragraph (4)(b) for “an approved” substitute “a Schedule 3”.

(4)After sub-paragraph (4) insert—

(4A)The relevant date for the purposes of this sub-paragraph is the date on which a non-UK company reorganisation arrangement applicable to or affecting—

(a)all the ordinary share capital of the company or all the shares of the same class as the shares to which the option relates, or

(b)all the shares, or all the shares of that same class, which are held by a class of shareholders identified otherwise than by reference to their employments or directorships or their participation in a Schedule 3 SAYE option scheme,

becomes binding on the shareholders covered by it.

(5)After sub-paragraph (6) insert—

(6A)Sub-paragraphs (6B) to (6F) apply if the scheme makes provision under sub-paragraph (1) or (6).

(6B)The scheme may provide that if, in consequence of a relevant event, shares in the company to which a share option relates no longer meet the requirements of Part 4 of this Schedule, the share option may be exercised under the provision made under sub-paragraph (1) or (6) (as the case may be) no later than 20 days after the day on which the relevant event occurs, notwithstanding that the shares no longer meet the requirements of Part 4 of this Schedule.

(6C)In sub-paragraph (6B) “relevant event” means—

(a)a person obtaining control of the company as mentioned in sub-paragraph (2)(a);

(b)a person obtaining control of the company as a result of a compromise or arrangement sanctioned by the court as mentioned in sub-paragraph (4);

(c)a person obtaining control of the company as a result of a non-UK company reorganisation arrangement which has become binding on the shareholders covered by it as mentioned in sub-paragraph (4A);

(d)a person who is bound or entitled to acquire shares in the company as mentioned in sub-paragraph (6) obtaining control of the company.

(6D)Provision made under sub-paragraph (6B) may not authorise the exercise of a share option, as the case may be—

(a)at a time outside the 6 month period mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), or

(b)at a time not covered by sub-paragraph (6).

(6E)The scheme may provide that a share option relating to shares in a company which is exercised during the period of 20 days ending with—

(a)the relevant date for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2), (4) or (4A), or

(b)the date on which any person becomes bound or entitled to acquire shares in the company as mentioned in sub-paragraph (6),

is to be treated as if it had been exercised in accordance with the provision made under sub-paragraph (1) or (6) (as the case may be).

(6F)If the scheme makes provision under sub-paragraph (6E) it must also provide that if—

(a)a share option is exercised in reliance on that provision in anticipation of—

(i)an event mentioned in sub-paragraph (2), (4) or (4A) occurring, or

(ii)a person becoming bound or entitled to acquire shares in the company as mentioned in sub-paragraph (6), but

(b)as the case may be—

(i)the relevant date for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2), (4) or (4A) does not fall during the period of 20 days beginning with the date on which the share option is exercised, or

(ii)the person does not become bound or entitled to acquire shares in the company by the end of the period of 20 days beginning with the date on which the share option is exercised,

the exercise of the share option is to be treated as having had no effect.

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