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Mutuals’ Deferred Shares Act 2015

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2Restriction on voting rights

(1)Regulations under section 1(1) must make provision to ensure that no friendly society or mutual insurer will confer—

(a)more than one vote per person as a member on holders of deferred shares who are members of the society or insurer by virtue only of being such a holder;

(b)additional voting rights on a member of the society or insurer by virtue of being a holder of a deferred share where the member is a member other than by virtue of being such a holder.

(2)Regulations under section 1(1) must make provision prohibiting the holder of a deferred share who is a member of a friendly society or mutual insurer by virtue only of being such a holder from proposing or voting in respect of any of the following—

(a)a resolution under section 85, 86 or 91 of the Friendly Societies Act 1992 (amalgamation, transfer of engagements or conversions);

(b)a resolution to similar effect in the case of a mutual insurer, including a compromise or arrangement proposed at a meeting called under section 896 of the Companies Act 2006 (court order for holding of meeting);

(c)an arrangement made in pursuance of section 110 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (acceptance of shares etc as consideration for sale of company property) or Article 96 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989 / 2405 (N.I. 19));

(d)such other matters as the regulations may specify.

(3)References in this section to the holder of a deferred share are to the holder of a deferred share issued by virtue of regulations made under section 1(1).

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