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The Overseas Companies Regulations 2009

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Approval and signing of accounts

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54.  Section 414 of the Companies Act 2006 applies in relation to an institution to which this Chapter applies, modified so that it reads as follows—

414    Approval and signing of accounts

(1) An institution’s annual accounts must be approved by the board of directors and signed on behalf of the board by a director of the institution.

(2) The signature must be on the institution’s balance sheet.

(3) If annual accounts are approved that do not comply with the requirements of Part 15 as applied (with modifications) by Part 6 of the Overseas Companies Regulations, every director of the institution who—

(a)knew that they did not comply, or was reckless as to whether they complied, and

(b)failed to take reasonable steps to secure compliance with those requirements or, as the case may be, to prevent the accounts from being approved,

commits an offence.

(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to a fine;

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum..

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