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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II ADMINISTRATION OF THIS ACT

Part III CONSTITUTION OF COMPANIES

Division 1 — Incorporation

Division 2 — Powers

Part IV SHARES, DEBENTURES AND CHARGES

Division 1 — Prospectuses

Division 2 — Restrictions on allotment and commencement of business

Division 3 — Shares

Division 3A — Reduction of share capital

Division 4 — Substantial shareholdings

Division 5 — Debentures

Division 5A — Exemptions from Divisions 1 and 5 in relation to Prospectus Requirements

Division 6 — Interests other than shares, debentures, etc.

Division 7 — Title and transfers

Division 7A — The Central Depository System — a book-entry or scripless system for the transfer of securities

Division 8 — Registration of charges

Part V MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

Division 1 — Office and name

Division 2 — Directors and officers

Division 3 — Meetings and proceedings

Division 4 — Register of members

Division 5 — Annual return

Part VI ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT

Division 1 — Accounts

Division 2 — Audit

Part VII ARRANGEMENTS, RECONSTRUCTIONS AND AMALGAMATIONS

Part VIII RECEIVERS AND MANAGERS

Part VIIIA JUDICIAL MANAGEMENT

Part IX INVESTIGATIONS

Part X WINDING UP

Division 1 — Preliminary

Division 2 — Winding up by Court

Subdivision (1) — General

Subdivision (2) — Liquidators

Subdivision (3) — Committees of inspection

Subdivision (4) — General powers of Court

Division 3 — Voluntary winding up

Subdivision (1) — Introductory

Subdivision (2) — Provisions applicable only to members’ voluntary winding up

Subdivision (3) — Provisions applicable only to creditors’ voluntary winding up

Subdivision (4) — Provisions applicable to every voluntary winding up

Division 4 — Provisions applicable to every mode of winding up

Subdivision (1) — General

Subdivision (2) — Proof and ranking of claims

Subdivision (3) — Effect on other transactions

Subdivision (4) — Offences

Subdivision (5) — Dissolution

Division 5 — Winding up of unregistered companies

Part XI VARIOUS TYPES OF COMPANIES, ETC

Division 1 — Investment companies

Division 2 — Foreign companies

Part XII GENERAL

Division 1 — Enforcement of this Act

Division 2 — Offences

Division 3 — Miscellaneous

FIRST SCHEDULE Repealed Written Laws

SECOND SCHEDULE Fees to be Paid to the Registrar

THIRD SCHEDULE Repealed

FOURTH SCHEDULE Table A Regulations for Management of A Company Limited by Shares

FIFTH SCHEDULE

SIXTH SCHEDULE Statement in Lieu of Prospectus

SEVENTH SCHEDULE Statement Required Pursuant to Division 6 of Part Iv

EIGHTH SCHEDULE Annual Return of A Company Having A Share Capital

NINTH SCHEDULE Accounts and Consolidated Accounts

TENTH  SCHEDULE Take-over Offers

ELEVENTH  SCHEDULE Powers of Judicial Manager

Legislative Source Key

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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Authority for selective off-market acquisition
76D.
—(1)  A company may make a purchase or acquisition of its own shares otherwise than on a securities exchange and not in accordance with an equal access scheme (referred to in this section as a selective off-market purchase) if —
(a)
the purchase or acquisition is made in accordance with an agreement authorised in advance under subsection (2); and
(b)
the company is not listed on a securities exchange.
[38/98; 42/2001]
(2)  The terms of the agreement for a selective off-market purchase must be authorised by a special resolution of the company, with no votes being cast by any person whose shares are proposed to be purchased or acquired or by his associated persons, and subsections (3) to (13) shall apply with respect to that authority and to resolutions conferring it.
[38/98]
(3)  The notice specifying the intention to propose a special resolution to authorise an agreement for a selective off-market purchase must —
(a)
specify a date on which the authority is to expire, being a date that must not be later than the date on which the next annual general meeting of the company is or is required by law to be held, whichever is the earlier; and
(b)
specify the sources of funds to be used for the purchase or acquisition including the amount of financing and its impact on the company’s financial position.
[38/98]
(4)  The special resolution authorising a selective off-market purchase referred to in subsection (2) must state the expiry date referred to in subsection (3)(a).
[38/98]
(4A)  If the special resolution referred to in subsection (2) is proposed to be passed by written means under section 184A —
(a)
a person whose shares are proposed to be purchased or acquired or any of his associated persons shall not be regarded as a member having the right to vote on the resolution at a general meeting of the company for the purposes of section 184A;
(b)
subsection (7) does not apply; but all documents referred to in this section shall be given to all members having the right to vote on the resolution at a general meeting for the purposes of section 184A at or before the time —
(i)
agreement to the resolution is sought in accordance with section 184C; or
(ii)
documents referred to in section 183(3A) in respect of the resolution are served on or made accessible to them in accordance with section 183(3A),
as the case may be.
[8/2003]
(5)  The authority referred to in subsection (2) may, from time to time, be varied or revoked by a special resolution with no votes being cast by any person whose shares are proposed to be purchased or acquired or by his associated persons.
[38/98]
(6)  For the purposes of subsections (2) and (5) —
(a)
a member or his associated persons who holds any of the shares to which the resolution relates is regarded as exercising the voting rights carried by those shares not only if he votes in respect of them on a poll on the question whether the resolution shall be passed, but also if he votes on the resolution otherwise than on a poll;
(b)
notwithstanding anything in the company’s articles, any member of the company may demand a poll on that question; and
(c)
a vote and a demand for a poll by a person as proxy for a member or any of his associated persons are the same respectively as a vote and a demand by the member.
[38/98]
(7)  The special resolution referred to in subsection (2) is not effective for the purposes of this section unless (if the proposed agreement is in writing) a copy of the agreement or (if not) a written memorandum of its terms is available for inspection by members of the company both —
(a)
at the company’s registered office for not less than 15 days ending with the date of the meeting at which the resolution is passed; and
(b)
at the meeting itself.
[38/98]
(8)  A memorandum of terms so made available must include the names of any members holding shares to which the agreement relates and where a member holds such shares as nominee for another person, the name of that other person; and a copy of the agreement so made available must have annexed to it a written memorandum specifying any such names which do not appear in the agreement itself.
[38/98]
(9)  A company may agree to a variation of an existing agreement so approved, but only if the variation is authorised, before it is agreed to, by a special resolution of the company, with no votes being cast by any person whose shares are proposed to be purchased or acquired or by his associated persons.
[38/98]
(10)  Subsections (3) to (7) shall apply to the authority for a proposed variation as they apply to the authority for a proposed agreement except that a copy of the original agreement or (as the case may require) a memorandum of its terms, together with any variations previously made, must also be available for inspection in accordance with subsection (7).
[38/98]
(11)  The rights of a company under an agreement for a selective off-market purchase approved under this section shall not be capable of being assigned except by order of the Court made pursuant to any provision of this Act or any other written law.
[38/98]
(12)  An agreement by a company to release its rights under an agreement for a selective off-market purchase approved under this section is void unless the terms of the release agreement are approved in advance before the agreement is entered into by a special resolution of the company with no votes being cast by any person whose shares are proposed to be purchased or acquired or by his associated persons; and subsections (3) to (7) shall apply to the approval for a proposed release agreement as they apply to authority for the proposed variation of an existing agreement.
[38/98]
(13)  A resolution to confer or vary authority for a selective off-market purchase under this section may determine the maximum price for purchase or acquisition by —
(a)
specifying a particular sum; or
(b)
providing a basis or formula for calculating the amount of the price in question without reference to any person’s discretion or opinion.
[38/98]
(14)  For the purposes of this section, “associated person” in relation to a person means —
(a)
the person’s spouse, child or step-child; or
(b)
a person who would, by virtue of section 7(5), be treated as an associate of the first-mentioned person.
[38/98]
[UK, 1985, s. 164; Aust., Co. Law Rev. Act 1998, Sch. 1 (s. 257D)]