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Finance Act 2014

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37Changes in company ownership

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(1)Part 14 of CTA 2010 (change in company ownership) is amended as follows.

(2)In section 688 (meaning of “significant increase in the amount of a company’s capital”), in subsection (2), for paragraph (b) and the “or” before it substitute , and

(b)is at least 125% of amount A.

(3)In section 723 (changes in indirect ownership), in subsection (1), after “section 724” insert “or 724A”.

(4)After section 724 insert—

724ADisregard of change in parent company

(1)Where a new company (“N”) acquires all the issued share capital of another company (“C”), the resulting ownership change is disregarded for the purposes of Chapters 2 to 6 if, immediately after that acquisition (“the acquisition”), N—

(a)possesses all of the voting power in C,

(b)is beneficially entitled to 100% of any profits available for distribution to equity holders of C,

(c)would be beneficially entitled to 100% of any assets of C available for distribution to its equity holders in the event of a winding up of C or in any other circumstances, and

(d)meets the continuity requirements.

(2)“The resulting ownership change” means the change in the ownership of C by reason of Condition A in section 719 being met in relation to the acquisition.

(3)A company is “new” if, before the acquisition, it has neither—

(a)issued any shares other than subscriber shares, nor

(b)begun to carry on any trade or business.

(4)N meets the continuity requirements if, and only if—

(a)the consideration for the acquisition consists only of the issue of shares in N to the shareholders of C,

(b)immediately after the acquisition, each person who immediately before the acquisition was a shareholder of C is a shareholder of N,

(c)immediately after the acquisition, the shares in N are of the same classes as were the shares in C immediately before the acquisition,

(d)immediately after the acquisition, the number of shares of any particular class in N bears to all the shares in N the same proportion, or as nearly as may be the same proportion, as the number of shares of that class in C bore to all the shares in C immediately before the acquisition, and

(e)immediately after the acquisition, the proportion of shares of any particular class in N held by any particular shareholder is the same, or as nearly as may be the same, as the proportion of shares of that class in C held by that shareholder immediately before the acquisition.

(5)For the purposes of this section, N is treated as acquiring all the issued share capital of C for consideration consisting only of the issue of shares in N to the shareholders of C if, as a result of a scheme of reconstruction involving the cancellation of all shares in C and the issue of shares in N—

(a)N holds all the issued share capital of C by reason of that share capital being issued to N by C, and

(b)only shares in N are issued to the persons who were shareholders of C immediately before the shares in C were cancelled.

(6)In a case within subsection (5), subsection (4) applies as if any reference to immediately before the acquisition were a reference to immediately before the shares in C were cancelled.

(7)“Scheme of reconstruction” means a scheme carried out in pursuance of a compromise or arrangement—

(a)to which Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (arrangements and reconstructions) applies, or

(b)under any corresponding provision of the law of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.

(8)Chapter 6 of Part 5 (equity holders and profits or assets available for distribution) applies for the purposes of subsection (1)(b) and (c) as it applies for the purposes of section 151(4).

(5)In section 726 (interpretation of Chapter), after “acquisition” insert “and shareholder”.

(6)The amendments made by this section have effect in relation to any change of ownership which occurs on or after 1 April 2014.

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