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The Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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Restriction on payment by long-term undertakingN.I.

112.—(1) A public company shall not allot shares as fully or partly paid up (as to their nominal value or any premium on them) otherwise than in cash if the consideration for the allotment is or includes an undertaking which is to be, or may be, performed more than 5 years after the date of the allotment.

(2) If a company allots shares in contravention of paragraph (1), the allottee is liable to pay the company an amount equal to the aggregate of their nominal value and the whole of any premium (or, if the case so requires, so much of that aggregate as is treated as paid up by the undertaking), with interest at the appropriate rate.

(3) Where a contract for the allotment of shares does not contravene paragraph (1), any variation of the contract which has the effect that the contract would have contravened that paragraph, if the terms of the contract as varied had been its original terms, is void.

(4) Paragraph (3) applies also to the variation by a public company of the terms of a contract entered into before the company was re-registered as a public company.

(5) Paragraph (6) applies where a public company allots shares for a consideration which consists of or includes (in accordance with paragraph (1)) an undertaking which is to be performed within 5 years of the allotment, but the undertaking is not performed within the period allowed by the contract for the allotment of the shares.

(6) The allottee is then liable to pay the company, at the end of the period so allowed, an amount equal to the aggregate of the nominal value of the shares and the whole of any premium (or, if the case so requires, so much of that aggregate as is treated as paid up by the undertaking), with interest at the appropriate rate.

(7) A reference in this Article to a contract for the allotment of shares includes an ancillary contract relating to payment in respect of them.

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