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Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

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59Amalgamation of societies.N.I.

(1)Any two or more registered societies may by special resolution of each of those societies become amalgamated together as one society, with or without any dissolution or division of the funds of those societies or any of them; and the property of each of those societies shall become vested in the amalgamated society without the necessity of any form of conveyance other than that contained in the special resolution.

(2)In this section the expression “special resolution” means a resolution which is—

(a)passed by not less than two-thirds of such members of the society for the time being entitled under the society's rules to vote as may have voted in person, or by proxy where the rules allow proxies, at any general meeting of which notice, specifying the intention to propose the resolution, has been duly given according to those rules; and

(b)confirmed by a majority of such members of the society for the time being entitled as aforesaid as may have voted as aforesaid at a subsequent general meeting of which notice has been duly given held not less than fourteen days nor more than one month from the day of the meeting at which the resolution was passed in accordance with paragraph (a).

(3)At any such meeting as aforesaid, a declaration by the chairman that the resolution has been carried shall be deemed conclusive evidence of that fact.

(4)A copy of every special resolution for the purposes of this section signed by the chairman of the meeting at which the resolution was confirmed and countersigned by the secretary of the society shall be sent to the registrar and registered by [F1it] ; and until that copy is so registered the special resolution shall not take effect.

(5)It shall be the duty of a registered society to send a copy of any special resolution for registration in accordance with subsection (4) within fourteen days from the day on which the resolution is confirmed under subsection (2)(b), but this subsection shall not invalidate registration after that time.

(6)If registered societies become amalgamated together under this section without the dissolution of any one or more of them, the registration of any such society not dissolved shall thereupon become void and, subject to section 68(2), be cancelled by the registrar.

F1Word in s. 59(4) substituted (6.4.2018 immediately after 2016 c. 16 (N.I.), s. 8(2) comes into force) by The Financial Services Act 2012 (Mutual Societies) Order 2018 (S.I. 2018/323), art. 1, Sch. 2 para. 17 (with art. 3)

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