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BARBADOS
CHAPTER 308
Companies
1982-54
Amended by:
1984-71987-71986-41986-111987-91988-111990-11990-201990-281991-21995-91997-142001-302002-62004-242007-17
Law Revision Orders
The following Law Revision Orders authorized the insertion and removal of pages under the Law Revision Act Cap.2 now repealed:
1997   1998   2002   2007  
Notes:
Sections 4 and 5 of Act 1990-1 provide as follows:
4. (1) An external company registered on or after the 1st January, 1985 and before the enactment of this Act shall be deemed to have been validly and lawfully registered under the principal Act.
(2) A certificate of continuance issued to a former-Act company on or after the 1st January, 1987 and before the enactment of this Act shall be deemed to have been validly and lawfully issued under the principal Act.
5. The principal Act has effect and shall be deemed always to have had effect as amended by this Act.
Act 1991-2 has effect from 1st January, 1985.
An Act to revise and amend the laws relating to companies and to provide for related and consequential matters.
[Commencement: 1st January, 1985]
Citation
Short title
1.
This Act may be cited as the Companies Act.
Interpretation
Definitions
2.(1)
In this Act,
(a)
articles means, unless qualified,
(i)
the original or restated articles of incorporation, articles of amendment, articles of amalgamation, articles of continuation, articles of re-organisation, articles of dissolution, and articles of revival; and
(ii)
any statute, letters patent, memorandum of association, certificate of incorporation, or other corporate instrument evidencing the existence of a body corporate continued as a company under this Act;
(b)
company means a body corporate that is incorporated or continued under this Act;
(c)
court means the High Court;
(d)
former-Act company means a company described in section 26;
(e)
former Act means the Companies Act, Cap. 308 immediately in force before 1st January, 1985;
(ee)
individual means a natural person;
[1991-2]
(f)
officer, in relation to a body corporate, means
(i)
the chairman, deputy chairman, president or vice-president of the board of directors;
(ii)
the managing director, the general manager, the comptroller, the secretary or the treasurer; or
(iii)
any other person who performs for the body corporate functions similar to those normally performed by the holder of any office specified in sub-paragraph (i) or (ii);
[1991-2]
(g)
public company means a company any of whose issued shares or debentures are or were part of a distribution to the public within the meaning of section 443, or are intended for distribution to the public;
(h)
Registrar refers to the Registrar of Companies under this Act;
(i)
unanimous shareholder agreement means an agreement described in section 133.
(2)
Other words and expressions that are to be read or construed in this Act in a particular sense or in a particular manner are defined or construed for that purpose in Division E of Part V; and, in particular, but without affecting the Interpretation Act, Cap. 1 in other circumstances, the manner in which the auxiliary words “shall”, “may” and “must” are used in this Act is set out in that Division.
[1984-7]
Commercial Enterprise
Prohibited associations
3.
No association, partnership, society, body or other group consisting of more than 20 persons may be formed for the purpose of carrying on any trade or business for gain unless it is incorporated under this Act or formed under some other enactment.
PART I
Formation and Operation of Companies
DIVISION A
Incorporation of Companies
Incorporation
4.(1)
Subject to subsection (2), one or more persons may incorporate a company by signing and sending articles of incorporation to the Registrar of Companies.
(2)
No individual who
(a)
is less than 18 years of age;
(b)
is of unsound mind and has been so found by a tribunal in Barbados or elsewhere; or
(c)
has the status of a bankrupt,
shall form or join in the formation of a company under this Act.
(3)
If articles of incorporation submitted to the Registrar are accompanied with a statutory declaration by an attorney-at-law that to the best of his knowledge and belief no signatory to the articles is an individual described in subsection (2), the declaration is, for the purposes of this Act, conclusive of the facts therein declared.
Formalities
5.(1)
Articles of incorporation must follow the prescribed form and set out, in respect of the proposed company
(a)
the proposed name of the company;
(b)
the classes and any maximum number of shares that the company is authorised to issue; and
(i)
if there will be two or more classes of shares, the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to each class of shares; and
(ii)
if a class of shares can be issued in series, the authority given to the directors to fix the number of shares in, or to determine the designation of, and the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to, the shares of each series;
(c)
if the right to transfer shares of the company is to be restricted, a statement that the right to transfer shares is restricted and the nature of those restrictions;
(d)
the number of directors, or, subject to paragraph (a) of section 67, the minimum and maximum number of directors of the company; and
(e)
any restrictions on the business that the company may carry on.
(2)
The articles may set out any provisions permitted by this Act or by law permitted to be set out in the by-laws of the company.
(3)
Where the right to transfer any shares is restricted, a notification to that effect shall be given on each share certificate issued in respect of those shares.
Required votes
6.(1)
Subject to subsection (2), if the articles or any unanimous shareholder agreement require a greater number of votes of directors or shareholders than that required by this Act to effect any action, the provisions of the articles or of the unanimous shareholder agreement prevail.
(2)
The articles may not require a greater number of votes of shareholders to remove a director than the number specified in section 70.
Documentation
7.
An incorporator must send to the Registrar with the articles of incorporation the documents required by subsection (1) of section 66, subsection (1) of section 169 and section 404.
Certificate of Incorporation
Certificate incorporation
8.
Upon receipt of articles of incorporation, the Registrar must issue a certificate of incorporation in accordance with section 404; and the certificate is conclusive proof of the incorporation of the company named in the certificate.
Effective date
9.
A company comes into existence on the date shown in its certificate of incorporation.
Corporate Name
Corporate name
10.(1)
The word “limited”, “corporation” or “incorporated” or the abbreviation “ltd.”, “corp.” or “inc.” must be part of the name of every company; but a company may use and may be legally designated by either the full or the abbreviated form.
(2)
The Registrar may exempt a body corporate continued as a company under this Act from the requirements of subsection (1).
Foreign language name
10.1.(1)
A company may be incorporated in a language other than the English language if, and only if, a notarially certified translation of the name of the company is provided.
(2)
Where the other language referred to in subsection (1) uses an alphabet or characters other than the Latin alphabet, the name of the company must be expressed in the Latin alphabet and a translation referred to in subsection (1) provided.
[1995-9]
Reserved name
11.
A company must not be incorporated with or have a name
(a)
that is prohibited or refused under sections 416 to 419; or
(b)
that is reserved for another company or intended company under section 415.
Name change
12.(1)
Where, through inadvertence or otherwise, a company
(a)
comes into existence with a name that contravenes section 11, or
(b)
is, upon an application to change its name, granted a name that contravenes section 11,
the Registrar may direct the company to change its name in accordance with section 197.
(2)
Where a company has been incorporated with a name to which objection has been taken and the Registrar is satisfied that the name should be changed, the Registrar shall direct the company to change its name in accordance with section 197.
[1995-9]
[1995-9]
Continued name
13.
Notwithstanding sections 11 and 12, a company that is continued under this Act is entitled to be continued with the name it lawfully had before that continuance.
Name revocation
14.
Where a company has been directed under section 12 to change its name and has not, within 60 days from the service of the direction to that effect, changed its name to a name that complies with this Act, the Registrar may revoke the name of the company and assign to it a name; and, until changed in accordance with section 197, the name of the company is thereafter the name so assigned.
Assigned name
15.(1)
When a company has had its name revoked and a name assigned to it under section 14, the Registrar must issue a certificate of amendment showing the new name of the company and must forthwith give notice of the change in the Gazette.
(2)
Upon the issue of a certificate of amendment under subsection (1), the articles of the company to which the certificate refers are amended accordingly on the date shown in the certificate.
Annual Returns
Annual return
15A.(1)
Subject to this section, every company having a share capital, except an external company to which section 343 applies, shall, not later than 31st January in every year,
(a)
file with the Registrar an annual return in the manner and form prescribed; and
(b)
at the time of filing under paragraph (a) pay the prescribed fee.
(2)
A company that is in default in complying with the requirements of subsection (1) is liable to a penalty of $10 payable to the Registrar for every day during which the default continues; and every director and officer of the company who knowingly and wilfully authorises or permits the default is also liable to that penalty.
(3)
Pursuant to section 412, the Registrar may strike off the register a company that neglects or refuses to file an annual return required under this section.
(4)
The Registrar may issue guidelines or administrative directions for the efficient administration of this section including directions in respect of the submission of the annual return in electronic format.
[2001-30]
Pre-Incorporation Agreements
Pre-incorporation contracts
16.(1)
Except as provided in this section, a person who enters into a written contract in the name of or on behalf of a company before it comes into existence is personally bound by the contract and is entitled to the benefits of the contract.
(2)
Within a reasonable time after a company comes into existence, it may, by any action or conduct signifying its intention to be bound thereby, adopt a written contract made, in its name or on its behalf, before it came into existence.
(3)
When a company adopts a contract under subsection (2)
(a)
the company is bound by the contract and is entitled to the benefits thereof as if the company had been in existence at the date of the contract and had been a party to it; and
(b)
a person, who purported to act in the name of the company or on its behalf ceases, except as provided in subsection (4), to be bound by or entitled to the benefits of the contract.
[1984-7]
(4)
Except as provided in subsection (5), whether or not a written contract made before the coming into existence of the company is adopted by the company, a party to the contract may apply to the court for an order fixing obligations under the contract as joint or joint and several, or apportioning liability between or among the company and a person who purported to act in the name of the company or on its behalf; and the court may, upon the application, make any order it thinks fit.
(5)
If expressly so provided in the written contract, a person who purported to act for or on behalf of a company before it came into existence is not in any event bound by the contract or entitled to the benefits of the contract.
DIVISION B
Corporate Capacity and Powers
Capacity and powers
17.(1)
A company has the capacity, and, subject to this Act, the rights, powers and privileges of an individual.
(2)
A company has the capacity to carry on its business, conduct its affairs and exercise its powers in any jurisdiction outside Barbados to the extent that the laws of Barbados and of that jurisdiction permit.
(3)
It is not necessary for a by-law to be passed to confer any particular power on a company or its directors.
(4)
This section does not authorise any company to carry on any business or activity in breach of
(a)
any enactment prohibiting or restricting the carrying on of the business or activity, or
(b)
any provision requiring any permission or licence for the carrying on of the business or activity.
Powers reduced
18.
A company shall not carry on any business or exercise any power that it is restricted by its articles from carrying on or exercising, nor shall a company exercise any of its powers in manner contrary to its articles.
Validity of acts
19.
For the avoidance of doubt, it is declared that no act of a company, including any transfer of property to or by a company, is invalid by reason only that the act or transfer is contrary to its articles or this Act.
Notice not presumed
20.
No person is affected by, or presumed to have notice or knowledge of, the contents of a document concerning a company by reason only that the document has been filed with the Registrar or is available for inspection at any office of the company.
No disclaimer allowed
21.
A company or guarantor of an obligation of the company may not assert against a person dealing with the company or with any person who has acquired rights from the company.
(a)
that any of the articles, or by-laws of the company or any unanimous shareholder agreement has not been complied with;
(b)
that the persons named in the most recent notice to the Registrar under section 66 or 74 are not the directors of the company;
(c)
that the place named in the most recent notice sent to the Registrar under section 169 is not the registered office of the company;
(d)
that a person held out by a company as a director, an officer or an agent of the company has not been duly appointed or has no authority to exercise the powers and perform the duties that are customary in the business of the company or usual for such a director, officer or agent;
(e)
that a document issued by any director, officer or agent of the company with actual or usual authority to issue the document is not valid or not genuine; or
(f)
that the financial assistance referred to in section 53 or the sale, lease, or exchange of property referred to in section 134 was not authorised,
except where that person has, or ought to have by virtue of his position with or relationship to the company, knowledge to the contrary.
Contracts of a company
22.(1)
A contract made according to this section on behalf of a company
(a)
is effective in law in point of form and binds the company and the other party to the contract; and
(b)
may be varied or discharged in the like manner that it is authorised by this section to be made.
(2)
A contract that, if made between individuals, would, by law, be required to be in writing under seal may be made on behalf of a company in writing under seal.
(3)
A contract that, if made between individual, would, by law, be required to be in writing or to be evidenced in writing by the parties to be charged thereby may be made or evidenced in writing signed in the name or on behalf of the company.
(4)
A contract that, if made between individuals, would, by law, be valid although made by parol only and not reduced to writing may be made by parol on behalf of the company.
Bills & notes
23.
A bill of exchange or promissory note is presumed to have been made, accepted or endorsed, on behalf of the company, if made, accepted or endorsed in the name of the company or if expressed to be made, accepted or endorsed on behalf or on account of the company.
Power of attorney
24.(1)
A company may, by writing under seal, empower any person, either generally or in respect of any specified matter, as its attorney to execute deeds on its behalf in any place within or outside Barbados.
(2)
A deed signed by a person empowered as provided in subsection (1) binds the company and has the same effect as if it were under the company’s seal.
Company seals
25.(1)
A company must have a common seal with its name engraven thereon in legible characters; but, except when required by any enactment to use its common seal, the company may, for the purpose of sealing any document, use its common seal or any other form of seal.
(2)
If authorised by its by-laws, a company may have for use in any country other than Barbados or for use in any district or place not situated in Barbados, an official seal, which must be a facsimile of the common seal of the company with the addition on its face of the name of every country, district or place where it is to be used.
(3)
Every document to which an official seal of the company is duly affixed binds the company as if it had been sealed with the common seal of the company.
(4)
A company may, by an instrument in writing under its common seal, authorise any person appointed for that purpose to affix the company’s official seal to any document to which the company is party in the country, district or place where its official seal can be used.
(5)
Any person dealing with an agent appointed pursuant to subsection (4) in reliance on the instrument conferring the authority may assume that the authority of the agent continues during the period, if any, mentioned in the instrument, or, if no period is so mentioned, until that person has actual notice of the revocation or determination of the authority.
(6)
A person who affixes an official seal of a company to a document shall, by writing under his hand, certify on the document the date on which, and the place at which, the official seal is affixed.
DIVISION C
Share Capital
Shares
Nature of shares
26.(1)
Shares in a company are personal estate and are not of the nature of real estate; and a share is transferable in the manner provided by this Act.
(2)
Shares in a company are to be without nominal or par value.
(3)
When a former-Act company is continued under this Act, a share with nominal or par value issued by the company before it was so continued is, for the purposes of subsection (2), deemed to be a share without nominal or par value.
(4)
Subject to subsection (5), each share in a company must be distinguished by an appropriate designation.
(5)
If at any time all the issued shares in a company, or all the issued shares in a company of a particular class, rank equally for all purposes, none of those shares need thereafter have a distinguishing designation so long as it ranks equally for all purposes with all shares for the time being issued, or, as the case may be, all the shares for the time being issued for the particular class.
(6)
For the purposes of this Act, a former-Act company is a body corporate that was
(a)
incorporated under Part II of the former Act;
(b)
registered pursuant to section 56 of the former Act; or
(c)
incorporated or registered under the Companies Act, 1982.
If only one class
27.
When a company has only one class of shares, the rights of the holders are equal in all respects, and include
(a)
the right to vote at any meeting of shareholders;
(b)
the right to receive any dividend declared by the company;
(c)
the right to receive the remaining property of the company on dissolution.
Share classes
28.
The articles of a company may provide for more than one class of shares; and, if they so provide
(a)
the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to the shares of each class must be set out in the articles; and
(b)
the rights set out in section 27 must be attached to at least one class of shares, but all of those rights need not be attached to the same class of shares.
Share issue
29.(1)
Subject to the articles, the by-laws, any unanimous shareholder agreement, and section 34 shares may be issued at such times, and to such persons, and for such consideration, as the directors may determine.
(2)
No company may issue bearer shares or bearer share certificates.
Consideration
30.(1)
A share may not be issued until it is fully paid
(a)
in money, or
(b)
in property or past service that is the fair equivalent of the money that the company would have received if the share had been issued for money.
(2)
In determining whether property or past service is the fair equivalent of a money consideration, the directors may take into account reasonable charges and expenses of organisation and reorganisation, and payments for property and past services reasonably expected to benefit the company.
(3)
For the purposes of this section, property does not include a promissory note or a promise to pay.
Stated capital accounts
31.(1)
A company must maintain a separate stated capital account for each class and series of shares that it issues.
(2)
A company must add to the appropriate stated capital account the full amount of the consideration that it receives for any shares that it issues.
(3)
A company may not reduce its stated capital or any stated capital account except in the manner provided by this Act.
(4)
A company must not, in respect of a share that it issues, add to a stated capital account an amount greater than the amount of the consideration that it receives for the share.
(5)
When a company proposes to add an amount to a stated capital account that it maintains in respect of a class or series of shares, that addition to the stated capital account must be approved by special resolution if
(a)
the amount to be added was not received by the company as consideration for the issue of shares, and
(b)
the company has issued any outstanding shares of more than one class or series.
(6)
Notwithstanding section 30 and subsection (2)
(a)
when, in exchange for property, a company issues shares
(i)
to a body corporate that was an affiliate of the company immediately before the exchange, or
(ii)
to a person who controlled the company immediately before the exchange,
the company, subject to subsection (4), may add to the stated capital accounts that are maintained for the shares of the classes or series issued, the amount agreed, by the company and the body corporate or person, to be the consideration for the shares so exchanged;
(b)
when a company issues shares in exchange for shares of a body corporate that was an affiliate of the company immediately before the exchange, the company may, subject to subsection (4), add to the stated capital accounts that are maintained for the shares of the classes or series issued an amount that is not less than the amount set out, in respect of the acquired shares of the body corporate, in the stated capital or equivalent accounts of the body corporate immediately before the exchange; or
(c)
when a company issues shares in exchange for shares of a body corporate that becomes, because of the exchange, an affiliate of the company, the company may, subject to subsection (4), add to the stated capital accounts that are maintained for the classes or series issued an amount that is not less than the amount set out, in respect of the acquired shares of the body corporate, in the stated capital or equivalent accounts of the body corporate immediately before the exchange.
(7)
When a former-Act company is continued under this Act
(a)
then, notwithstanding subsection (2), it is not required to add to a stated capital account any consideration received by it before it was so continued, unless the share in respect of which the consideration is received is issued after the company is continued under this Act;
(b)
an amount unpaid in respect of a share issued by the former-Act company before it was so continued must be added to the stated capital account that is maintained for the shares of that class or series; and
(c)
its stated capital account for the purposes of
includes the amount that would have been included in stated capital if the company had been incorporated under this Act.
Open-ended mutual company
32.
Section 31 and any other provision of this Act relating to stated capital do not apply to a company
(a)
that is a public company,
(b)
that carries on only the business of investing the consideration it receives for the shares it issues, and
(c)
all or substantially all of whose issued shares are redeemable upon the demand of shareholders.
[1984-7]
Series shares
33.(1)
The articles of a company may authorise the issue of any class of shares in one or more series, and may authorise the directors to fix the number of shares in and to determine the designation, rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to the shares of each series, subject to the limitations set out in the articles.
(2)
If any cumulative dividends or amounts payable on return of capital in respect of a series of shares are not paid in full, the shares of all series of the same class participate rateably in respect of accumulated dividends and return of capital.
(3)
No rights, privileges, restrictions or conditions attached to a series of shares authorised under this section may confer upon the series a priority in respect of dividends or return of capital over any other series of shares of the same class that are then outstanding.
(4)
Before the issue of shares of a series authorised under this section, the directors must send to the Registrar articles of amendment in the prescribed form to designate a series of shares.
(5)
Upon receipt from a company of articles of amendment designating a series of shares, the Registrar must issue to the company a certificate of amendment in accordance with section 404.
(6)
The articles of a company are amended accordingly on the date shown in the certificate of amendment issued under subsection (5).
Pre-emptive rights
34.(1)
If the articles so provide, no shares of a class of shares may be issued unless the shares have first been offered to the shareholders of the company holding shares of that class; and those shareholders have a pre-emptive right to acquire the offered shares in proportion to their holdings of the shares of that class, at such price and on such terms as those shares are to be offered to others.
(2)
Notwithstanding that the articles of a company provide the pre-emptive right referred to in subsection (1), the shareholders of the company have no pre-emptive right in respect of shares to be issued by the company
(a)
for a consideration other than money;
(b)
as a share dividend; or
(c)
pursuant to the exercise of conversion privileges, options or rights previously granted by the company.
Conversion privileges
35.(1)
A company may grant conversion privileges, options or rights to acquire shares of the company, but must set out the conditions thereof in any certificates or other instruments issued in respect thereof.
(2)
Conversion privileges, options and rights to acquire shares of a company may be made transferable or non-transferable; and options and rights to acquire shares may be made separable or inseparable from any debentures or shares to which they are attached.
Reserve shares
36.
Where a company
(a)
has granted privileges to convert any debentures or shares issued by the company into shares or into shares of another class or series of shares, or
(b)
has issued or granted options or rights to acquire shares,
if the articles of the company limit the number of authorised shares, the company must reserve and continue to reserve sufficient authorised shares to meet the exercise of those conversion privileges, options and rights.
Own shares
37.(1)
Subject to subsection (2), and except as provided in sections 38 to 41, a company shall not hold shares in itself or in its holding body corporate.
(2)
A company must cause a subsidiary body corporate of the company that holds shares of the company to sell or otherwise dispose of those shares within 5 years from the date, as the case requires
(a)
that the body corporate became a subsidiary of the company, or
(b)
that the company was continued under this Act.
Exemptions
38.(1)
A company may in the capacity of a legal representative hold shares in itself or in its holding body corporate unless it, or the holding body corporate, or a subsidiary of either of them has a beneficial interest in the shares.
(2)
A company may hold shares in itself or in its holding body corporate by way of security for the purposes of a transaction entered into by it in the ordinary course of a business that includes the lending of money.
Acquisition of own shares
39.(1)
Subject to subsection (2) and to its articles, a company may purchase or otherwise acquire shares issued by it.
(2)
A company shall not make any payment to purchase or otherwise acquire shares issued by it, if there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(a)
the company is unable, or would, after that payment, be unable to pay its liabilities as they become due, or
(b)
the realisable value of the company’s assets would, after that payment, be less than the aggregate of its liabilities and stated capital of all classes.
Other acquisition
40.(1)
Notwithstanding subsection (2) of section 45, but subject to subsection (3) and to its articles, a company may purchase or otherwise acquire its own issued shares
(a)
to settle or compromise a debt or claim asserted by or against the company;
(b)
to eliminate fractional shares; or
(c)
to fulfil the terms of a non-assignable agreement under which the company has an option or is obligated to purchase shares owned by a director, an officer or an employee of the company.
(2)
Notwithstanding subsection (2) of section 39, a company may purchase or otherwise acquire its own issued shares
(a)
to satisfy the claim of a shareholder who dissents under section 213; or
(b)
to comply with an order under section 228.
(3)
A company shall not make any payment to purchase or acquire under subsection (1) shares issued by it if there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(a)
the company is unable, or would, after that payment, be unable to pay its liabilities as they become due, or
(b)
the realisable value of the company’s assets would, after that payment, be less than the aggregate of its liabilities and the amount required for payment on a redemption or in a liquidation of all shares the holders of which have the right to be paid before the holders of the shares to be purchased or acquired.
Redeemable shares
41.(1)
Notwithstanding subsection (2) of section 39 or subsection (3) of section 40, but subject to subsection (2) of this section and to its articles, a company may, at prices not exceeding the redemption price thereof stated in its articles or calculated according to a formula states in its articles, purchase or redeem any redeemable shares issued by it.
(2)
A company shall not make any payment to purchase or redeem any redeemable shares issued by it if there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(a)
the company is unable or would, after that payment, be unable to pay its liabilities as they become due, or
(b)
the realisable value of the company’s assets would, after that payment, be less than the aggregate of
(i)
its liabilities, and
(ii)
the amount that would be required to pay the holders of shares that have a right to be paid, on a redemption or in a liquidation, rateably with or before the holders of the shares to be purchased or redeemed.
Donated shares
42.
Subject to section 46, a company may accept from any shareholder a share of the company surrendered to it as a gift, but may not extinguish or reduce a liability in respect of any amount unpaid on any such share except in accordance with section 44.
Voting thereon
43.
A company holding shares in itself or in its holding body corporate shall not vote or permit those shares to be voted thereon unless the company
(a)
holds the shares in the capacity of a legal representative, and
(b)
has complied with section 144.
Stated capital reduction
44.(1)
Subject to subsection (3), a company may by special resolution reduce its stated capital by
(a)
extinguishing or reducing a liability in respect of an amount unpaid on any share,
(b)
returning any amount in respect of consideration that the company received for an issued share, whether or not the company purchases, redeems or otherwise acquires any share or fraction thereof that it issued, and
(c)
declaring its stated capital to be reduced by an amount that is not represented by realisable assets.
(2)
A special resolution under this section must specify the stated capital account or accounts from which the reduction of stated capital effected by the special resolution will be deducted.
(3)
A company shall not reduce its stated capital under paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1) if there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(a)
the company is unable, or would, after that reduction, be unable, to pay its liabilities as they become due, or
(b)
the realisable value of the company’s assets would thereby be less than the aggregate of its liabilities.
(4)
A company that reduces its stated capital under this section must, not later than 30 days after the date of the passing of the resolution, serve notice of the resolution on all persons who on the date of the passing of the resolution were creditors of the company.
(5)
A creditor may apply to the court for an order compelling a shareholder or other recipient
(a)
to pay to the company an amount equal to any liability of the shareholder that was extinguished or reduced contrary to this section, or
(b)
to pay or deliver to the company any money or property that was paid or distributed to the shareholder or other recipient as a consequence of a reduction of capital made contrary to this section.
(6)
An action to enforce a liability imposed by this section may not be commenced after 2 years from the date of the act complained of.
(7)
This section does not effect any liability that arises under section 83 or 84.
Stated capital adjustment
45.(1)
Upon a purchase, redemption or other acquisition by a company under section 39, 40, 41, 57 or 213 or paragraph (f) of subsection (3) of section 228, of shares or fractions thereof issued by it, the company must deduct, from the stated capital account maintained for the class or series of shares purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired, an amount equal to the result obtained by multiplying the stated capital of the shares of that class or series by the number of shares of that class or series or fractions thereof purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired, divided by the number of issued shares of that class or series immediately before the purchase, redemption or other acquisition.
(2)
A company must deduct the amount of a payment made by the company to a shareholder under paragraph (g) of subsection (3) of section 228 from the stated capital account maintained for the class or series of shares in respect of which the payment was made.
(3)
A company must adjust its stated capital accounts in accordance with any special resolution referred to in subsection (2) of section 44.
(4)
Upon a conversion of issued shares of a class into shares of another class, or upon a change under section 197, 223 or 228 of issued shares of a company into shares of another class or series, the company must
(a)
deduct, from the stated capital account maintained for the class or series of shares changed or converted, an amount equal to the result obtained by multiplying the stated capital of the shares of that class or series by the number of shares of that class or series changed or converted, divided by the number of issued shares of that class or series immediately before the change or conversion; and
(b)
add the result obtained under paragraph (a), and any additional consideration received by the company pursuant to the change, to the stated capital account maintained or to be maintained for the class or series of shares into which the shares have been changed or converted.
(5)
For the purposes of subsection (4), when a company issues 2 classes of shares and there is attached to each of the classes a right to convert a share of the one class into a share of the other class, then, if a share of one class is converted into a share of the other class, the amount of stated capital attributable to a share in either class is the aggregate of the stated capital of both classes divided by the number of issued shares of both classes immediately before the conversion.
Cancellation of shares
46.
Shares or fractions of shares issued by a company and purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired by the company must be cancelled, or, if the articles of the company limit the number of authorised shares, the shares or fractions may be restored to the status or authorised, but unissued, shares.
Presumption re own shares
47.
For the purposes of sections 45 and 46, a company holding shares in itself as permitted by section 38 is deemed not to have purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired those shares.
Changing share class
48.(1)
Shares issued by a company and converted or changed under section 197, 223 or 228 into shares of another class or series become issued shares of the class or series of shares into which the shares have been converted or changed.
(2)
Where its articles limit the number of authorised shares of a class or series of shares of a company and issued shares of that class or series have become, pursuant to subsection (1), issued shares of another class or series, the number of unissued shares of the first-mentioned class or series must, unless the articles of amendment or reorganisation otherwise provide, be increased by the number of shares that, pursuant to subsection (1), became shares of another class or series.
Effect of purchase contract
49.(1)
A contract with a company providing for the purchase of shares of the company is specifically enforceable against the company except to the extent that the company cannot perform the contract without thereby being in breach of section 39 or 40.
(2)
In any action brought on a contract referred to in subsection (1), the company has the burden of proving that performance of the contract is prevented by section 39 or 40.
(3)
Until the company has fully performed a contract referred to in subsection (1), the other party retains the status of a claimant who is entitled
(a)
to be paid as soon as the company is lawfully able to do so, or
(b)
to be ranked in a liquidation subordinate to the rights of creditors but in priority to the shareholders.
Commission for share purchase
50.
The directors of a company acting honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the company may authorise the company to pay a commission to any person in consideration of his purchasing or agreeing to purchase shares of the company from the company or from any other person, or procuring or agreeing to procure purchasers for any such shares.
Prohibited dividend
51.
A company shall not declare or pay a dividend if there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(a)
the company is unable, or would, after the payment, be unable, to pay its liabilities as they become due, or
(b)
the realisable value of the company’s assets would thereby be less than the aggregate of its liabilities and stated capital of all classes.
Payment of dividend
52.(1)
A company may pay a dividend by issuing fully paid shares of the company, and, subject to subsection (2) and section 51, a company may pay a dividend in money or property.
(2)
A company shall not pay a dividend out of unrealised profits.
(3)
If shares of a company are issued in payment of a dividend, the value of the dividend stated as an amount in money must be added to the stated capital account maintained or to be maintained for the shares of the class or series issued in payment of the dividend.
Illicit loans by company
53.(1)
When circumstances prejudicial to the company exist, the company or any company with which it is affiliated shall not, except as permitted by section 54, directly or indirectly, give financial assistance by means of a loan, guarantee or otherwise
(a)
to a shareholder, director, officer or employee of the company or affiliated company, or to an associate of any such person for any purposes, or
(b)
to any person for the purpose of, or in connection with, a purchase of a share issued or to be issued by the company or a company with which it is affiliated.
(2)
Circumstances prejudicial to the company exist in respect of financial assistance mentioned in subsection (1) when there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(a)
the company is unable or would, after giving the financial assistance, be unable to pay its liabilities as they become due, or
(b)
the realisable value of the company’s assets, excluding the amount of any financial assistance in the form of a loan and in the form of assets pledged or encumbered to secure a guarantee, would, after giving the financial assistance, be less than the aggregate of the company’s liabilities and stated capital of all classes.
Permitted loans
54.
Notwithstanding section 53, a company may give financial assistance to any person by means of a loan, guarantee or otherwise
(a)
in the ordinary course of business, if the lending of money is part of the ordinary business of the company;
(b)
on account of expenditures incurred or to be incurred on behalf of the company;
(c)
to a holding body corporate it the company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the holding body corporate;
(d)
to a subsidiary body corporate of the company; and
(e)
to employees of the company or any of its affiliates
(i)
to enable or assist them to purchase or erect living accommodation for their own occupation,
(ii)
in accordance with a plan for the purchase of shares of the company or any of its affiliates to be held by a trustee, or
(iii)
to enable or assist them to improve their education or skills, or to meet reasonable medical expenses.
Enforcement of illicit loans
55.
A contract made by a company contrary to section 53 may be enforced by the company or by a lender for value in good faith without notice of the contravention.
Immunity of shareholders
56.
The shareholders of a company are not, as shareholders, liable for any liability, act or default of the company except under subsection (5) of section 44, subsection (2) of section 133 or subsection (5) of section 384.
Lien on shares
57.(1)
Subject to this Act, the articles of a company may provide that the company has a lien on a share registered in the name of a shareholder or his legal representative for a debt of that shareholder to the company including an amount unpaid in respect of a share issued by a company on the date it was continued under this Act.
(2)
A company may enforce a lien referred to in subsection (1) in accordance with its by-laws.
DIVISION D
Management of Companies
The Directors
Duty to manage company
58.(1)
Subject to any unanimous shareholder agreement, the directors of a company must
(a)
exercise the powers of the company directly or indirectly through the employees and agents of the company, and
(b)
direct the management of the business and affairs of the company.
(2)
The directors of a public company must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the secretary or each joint secretary of the company is a person who appears to the directors to have the requisite knowledge and experience to discharge the functions of a secretary of a public company.
(3)
For the purposes of this section, a person
(a)
who, on 1st January, 1985, held the office of secretary, assistant secretary, or deputy secretary of a public company,
(b)
who, for at least 3 years of the 5 years immediately preceding his appointment as secretary, held the office of secretary of a public company,
(c)
who is a member in good standing of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, or the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy,
(d)
who is an attorney-at-law, or
(e)
who, by virtue of his holding or having held any other position or having been a member of any other body, appears to be capable of discharging the functions of a secretary of a public company,
may be assumed by a director of a public company to have the requisite knowledge and experience to discharge the functions of a secretary of the public company, if the director does not know otherwise.
Number of directors
59.
A company must have at least 1 director, but a public company must have no fewer than 3 directors, at least 2 of whom are not officers or employees of the company or any of its affiliates.
Restricted powers
60.
If the powers of the directors of a company to manage the business and affairs of the company are in whole or in part restricted by the articles of the company, the directors have all the rights, powers and duties of the directors to the extent that the articles do not restrict those powers; but the directors are thereby relieved of their duties and liabilities to the extent that the articles restrict their powers.
By-law powers
61.(1)
Unless the articles, by-laws or an unanimous shareholder agreement otherwise provide, the directors of a company may by resolution make, amend, or repeal any by-laws for the regulation of the business or affairs of the company.
(2)
The directors of a company must submit a by-law, or any amendment or repeal of a by-law, made under subsection (1) to the shareholders of the company at the next meeting of shareholders after the making, amendment or repeal of the by-law; and the shareholders may, by ordinary resolution, confirm, amend or reject the by-law, amendment or repeal.
(3)
A by-law, or any amendment or repeal of a by-law, is effective from the date of the resolution of the directors making, amending or repealing the by-law until
(a)
the by-law, amendment or repeal is confirmed, amended or rejected by the shareholders pursuant to subsection (2), or
(b)
the by-law, amendment or repeal ceases to be effective pursuant to subsection (4),
and, if the by-law, amendment or repeal is confirmed or amended by the shareholders, it continues in effect in the form in which it was confirmed or amended.
(4)
When a by-law, or an amendment or repeal of a by-law is not submitted to the shareholders as required by subsection (2), or is rejected by the shareholders, the by-law, amendment or repeal ceases to be effective; and no subsequent resolution of the directors to make, amend or repeal a by-law having substantially the same purpose or effect is effective until the resolution is confirmed, with or without amendment, by the shareholders.
(5)
A shareholder who is entitled to vote at an annual meeting of shareholders may, in accordance with sections 112 to 120, make a proposal to make, amend or repeal a by-law.
Organisational meetings
62.(1)
After the issue of a certificate of incorporation of a company, a meeting of the directors of the company must be held at which the directors may
(a)
make by-laws;
(b)
adopt forms of share certificates and corporate records;
(c)
authorise the issue of shares;
(d)
appoint officers;
(e)
appoint an auditor to hold office until the first annual meeting of shareholders;
(f)
make banking arrangements; and
(g)
transact any other business.
(2)
An incorporator or a director may call the meeting of directors referred to in subsection (1) by giving by post not less than 5 days’ notice of the meeting to each director and stating in the notice the time and place of the meeting.
(3)
Subsection (1) does not apply to a company to which a certificate of amalgamation has been issued under section 212.
[1984-7]
Disqualified directors
63.(1)
An individual who is prohibited by subsection (2) of section 4 from forming or joining in the formation of a company may not be a director of any company.
(2)
When a person is disqualified under section 64 from being a director of a company, that person may not, during that period of disqualification, be a director of any company.
Company may be director or secretary of another company
63.1.
It is hereby declared that, subject to section 63.2, a company may be director or secretary of another company.
[1991-2]
Prohibition of certain persons being sole director or secretary
63.2.
No company shall
(a)
have as secretary to the company a corporation the sole director of which is a sole director of the company,
(b)
have as sole director of the company a corporation the sole director of which is secretary to the company.
[1991-2]
Court disqualified directors
64.(1)
When, on the application of the Registrar, it is made to appear to the court that a person is unfit to be concerned in the management of a public company, the court may order that, without the prior leave of the court, he may not be a director of the company, or, in any way, directly or indirectly, be concerned with the management of the company for such period
(a)
beginning
(i)
with the date of the order, or
(ii)
if the person is undergoing, or is to undergo a term of imprisonment and the court so directs, with the date on which he completes that term of imprisonment or is otherwise released from prison, and
(b)
not exceeding 5 years,
as may be specified in the order.
(2)
In determining whether or not to make an order under subsection (1), the court must have regard to all the circumstances that it considers relevant, including any previous convictions of the person in Barbados or elsewhere for an offence involving fraud or dishonesty or in connection with the promotion, formation or management of any body corporate.
(3)
Before making an application under this section in relation to any person, the Registrar must give that person not less than 10 days’ notice of the Registrar’s intention to make the application.
(4)
On the hearing of an application made by the Registrar under this section or an application for leave under this section to be concerned with the management of a public company, the Registrar and any person concerned with the application may appear and call attention to any matters that are relevant, and may give evidence, call witnesses and be represented by an attorney-at-law.
No qualification required
65.
Unless the articles of a company otherwise provide, a director of the company need not hold shares issued by the company.
Notice of directors
66.(1)
At the time of sending articles of incorporation of a company to the Registrar, the incorporators must send him, in the prescribed form, a notice of the names of the directors of the company; and the Registrar must file the notice.
(2)
Each director named in the notice referred to in subsection (1) holds office as a director of the company from the issue of the certificate of incorporation of the company until the first meeting of the shareholders of the company.
(3)
Subject to paragraph (b) of section 67, the shareholders of a company must, by ordinary resolution at the first meeting of the company and at each following annual meeting at which an election of directors is required, elect directors to hold office for a term expiring not later than the close of the third annual meeting of the shareholders of the company following the election.
(4)
It is not necessary that all the directors of a company elected at a meeting of shareholders hold office for the same term.
(5)
A director who is not elected for an expressly stated term ceases to hold office at the close of the first annual meeting of shareholders following his election.
(6)
Notwithstanding subsections (2), (3) and (5), if directors are not elected at a meeting of shareholders, the incumbent directors continue in office until their successors are elected.
(7)
If a meeting of shareholders fails, by reason of the disqualification, incapacity or death of any candidates, to elect the number or the minimum number of directors required by the articles of the company, the directors elected at that meeting may exercise all the powers of the directors as if the number of directors so elected constituted a quorum.
[1984-7]
(8)
The articles of a company or an unanimous shareholder agreement may, for terms expiring not later than the close of the third annual meeting of the shareholders following the election, provide for the election or appointment of directors by the creditors or employees of the company or by any classes of these creditors or employees.
Alternate Directors
66.1.(1)
A meeting of the shareholders of a company may, by ordinary resolution, elect a person to act as a director in the alternative to a director of the company, or may authorise the directors to appoint such alternate directors as are necessary for the proper discharge of the affairs of the company.
(2)
An alternate director shall have all the rights and powers of the director for whom he is elected or appointed in the alternative, except that he shall not be entitled to attend and vote at any meeting of the directors otherwise than in the absence of that other director.
[1988-11]
Cumulative voting
67.
Where the articles of a company provide for cumulative voting, the following rules apply
(a)
the articles must require a fixed number, and not a minimum and maximum number of directors;
(b)
each shareholder who is entitled to vote at an election of directors has the right to cast a number of votes equal to the number of votes attached to the shares held by him, multiplied by the number of directors to be elected, and he may cast all his votes in favour of one candidate, or distribute them among the candidates in any manner;
(c)
a separate vote of shareholders must be taken with respect to each candidate nominated for director unless a resolution is passed unanimously permitting 2 or more persons to be elected by a single resolution;
(d)
if a shareholder vote for more than one candidate without something specifying the distribution of his votes among the candidates, he distributes his votes equally among the candidates for whom he votes;
(e)
if the number of candidates nominated for director exceeds the number of positions to be filled, the candidates who receive the least number of votes must be eliminated until the number of candidates remaining equals the number of positions to be filled;
(f)
each director ceases to hold office at the close of the first annual meeting of shareholders following his election;
(g)
a director may not be removed from office if the votes cast against his removal would be sufficient to elect him and those votes could be voted cumulatively at an election at which the same total number of votes were cast and the number of directors required by the articles were then being elected; and
(h)
the number of directors required by the articles may not be decreased if the votes cast against the motion to decrease would be sufficient to elect a director and those votes could be voted cumulatively at an election at which the same total number of votes were cast and the number of directors required by the articles were then being elected.
Termination of office
68.
A director of a company ceases to hold office when
(a)
he dies or resigns,
(b)
he is removed in accordance with section 70,
(c)
he becomes disqualified under section 63 or 64.
Resignation of directors
69.
The resignation of a director of a company becomes effective at the time his written resignation is sent to the company or at the time specified in the resignation, whichever is later.
Removal of director
70.(1)
Subject to paragraph (g) of section 67, the shareholders of a company may, by ordinary resolution at a special meeting, remove any directors from office.
(2)
Where the holders of any class or series of shares of a company have an exclusive right to elect one or more directors, a director so elected may only be removed by an ordinary resolution at a meeting of the shareholders of that class or series of shares.
(3)
Subject to paragraphs (b) to (e) of section 67, a vacancy created by the removal of a director may be filled at the meeting of the shareholders at which the director is removed, or, if the vacancy is not so filled, it may be filled pursuant to section 72.
Right to notice
71.(1)
A director of a company is entitled to receive notice of, and to attend and be heard at, every meeting of shareholders.
(2)
A director
(a)
who resigns,
(b)
who receives a notice or otherwise learns of a meeting of shareholders called for the purpose of removing him from office, or
(c)
who receives a notice or otherwise learns of a meeting of directors or shareholders at which another person is to be appointed or elected to fill the office of director, whether because of his resignation or removal, or because his term of office has expired or is about to expire,
may submit to the company a written statement giving the reasons for his resignation or the reasons why he opposes any proposed action or resolution.
(3)
The company shall forthwith send a copy of the statement referred to in subsection (2) to the Registrar and to every shareholder entitled to receive notice of any meeting referred to in subsection (1).
(4)
No company or person acting on its behalf incurs any liability by reason only of circulating a director’s statement in compliance with subsection (3).
Filling vacancy
72.(1)
Subject to subsections (3) and (4), a quorum of directors of a company may fill a vacancy among the directors of the company, except a vacancy resulting from an increase in the number or minimum number of directors, or from a failure to elect the number or minimum of directors required by the articles of the company.
(2)
If there is no quorum of directors, or if there has been a failure to elect the number of minimum number of directors required by the articles, the directors then in office must forthwith call a special meeting of shareholders to fill the vacancy; and if they fail to call a meeting, or if there are no directors then in office, the meeting may be called by any shareholder.
(3)
Where the holders of any class or series of shares of a company have an exclusive right to elect one or more directors and a vacancy occurs among those directors
(a)
then, subject to subsection (4), the remaining directors elected by that class or series may fill the vacancy except a vacancy resulting from an increase in the number or minimum number of directors for that class or series, or from a failure to elect the number or minimum number of directors for that class or series, or
(b)
if there are no such remaining directors, any holder of shares of that class or series may call a meeting of the holders thereof for the purpose of filling the vacancy.
(4)
The articles of a company may provide that a vacancy among the directors be filled only
(a)
by a vote of the shareholder, or
(b)
by a vote of the holders of any class or series of shares having an exclusive right to elect one or more directors, if the vacancy occurs among the directors elected by that class or series.
(5)
A director appointed or elected to fill a vacancy holds office for the unexpired term of his predecessor.
Numbers changed
73.
The shareholders of a company may amend the articles of the company to increase, or, subject to paragraph (h) of section 67, to decrease, the number of directors, or the minimum or maximum number of directors; but no decrease shortens the term of an incumbent director.
Notice of change
74.(1)
Within 15 days after a change is made among its directors, a company must send to the Registrar a notice in the prescribed form setting out the change; and the Registrar must file the notice.
(2)
Any interested person, or the Registrar, may apply to the court for an order to require a company to comply with subsection (1); and the court may so order and make any further order it thinks fit.
Directors’ meetings
75.(1)
Unless the articles or by-laws of a company otherwise provide, the directors of a company may meet at any place, and upon such notice as the by-laws require.
(2)
Subject to the articles or by-laws, a majority of the number of directors or minimum number of directors required by the articles constitutes a quorum at any meeting of directors; and, notwithstanding any vacancy among the directors, a quorum of directors may exercise all the powers of the directors.
Notice and waiver
76.(1)
A notice of a meeting of the directors of a company must specify any matter referred to in subsection (2) of section 80 that is to be dealt with at the meeting; but, unless the by-laws of the company otherwise provide, the notice need not specify the purpose of or the business to be transacted at the meeting.
(2)
A director may, in any manner, waive a notice of a meeting of directors; and attendance of a director at a meeting of directors is a waiver of notice of the meeting by the director except when he attends the meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the grounds that the meeting is not lawfully called.
Adjourned meeting
77.
Notice of an adjourned meeting of directors need not be given if the time and place of the adjourned meeting is announced at the original meeting.
One director board
78.
Where a company has only one director that director may constitute a meeting.
Telephone participation
79.(1)
Subject to the by-laws of a company, a director may, if all the directors of the company consent, participate in a meeting of directors of the company or of a committee of the directors by means of such telephone or other communication facilities as permit all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other.
(2)
A director who participates in a meeting of directors by such means as are described in subsection (1), is, for the purposes of this Act, present at the meeting.
Delegation of powers
80.(1)
Directors of a company may appoint from their number a managing director or a committee of directors and delegate to the managing director or committee any of the powers of the directors.
(2)
Notwithstanding subsection (1), no managing director and no committee of directors of a company may
(a)
submit to the shareholders any question or matter requiring the approval of the shareholders;
(b)
fill a vacancy among the directors or in the office of auditor;
(c)
issue shares except in the manner and on the terms authorised by the director;
(d)
declare dividends;
(e)
purchase, redeem or otherwise acquire shares issued by the company;
(f)
pay a commission referred to in section 50;
(g)
approve a management proxy circular referred to in Division F;
(h)
approve any financial statements referred to in section 147; or
(i)
adopt, amend or repeal by-laws.
Validity of acts
81.
An act of a director or officer is valid notwithstanding any irregularity in his election or appointment, or any defect in his disqualification.
Resolution in writing
82.(1)
When a resolution in writing is signed by all the directors entitled to vote on that resolution at a meeting of directors or committee of directors
(a)
the resolution is as valid as if it had been passed at a meeting of directors or a committee of directors, and
(b)
the resolution satisfies all the requirements of this Act relating to meetings of directors or committees of directors.
(2)
A copy of every resolution referred to in subsection (1) must be kept with the minutes of the proceedings of the directors or committee of directors.
Liabilities of Directors
Liability for share issue
83.
Directors of a company who vote for or consent to a resolution authorising the issue of a share under section 29 for a consideration other than money are jointly and severally liable to the company to make good any amount by which the consideration received is less than the fair equivalent of the money that the company would have received if the share had been issued for money on the date of the resolution.
Liability for other acts
84.
Directors of a company who vote for, or consent to, a resolution authorising
(a)
a purchase, redemption or other acquisition of shares contrary to section 39, 40, or 41;
(b)
a commission contrary to section 50;
(c)
a payment of a dividend contrary to section 51 or 52;
(d)
financial assistance contrary to section 53;
(e)
a payment of an indemnity contrary to any of the provisions of sections 213 to 222 or 228,
are jointly and severally liable to restore to the company any amounts so distributed or paid and not otherwise recovered by the company.
Contribution for judgment
85.
A director who has satisfied a judgment founded on a liability under section 83 or 84 is entitled to contribution from the other directors who voted for or consented to the unlawful act upon which the judgment was founded.
Recovery by action
86.(1)
A director who is liable under section 84 may apply to the court for an order compelling a shareholder or other recipient to pay or deliver to the director any money or property that was paid or distributed to the shareholder or other recipient contrary to section 39, 40, 41, 50, 51, 52, 53 or 54.
(2)
In connection with an application under subsection (1), the court may, if it is satisfied that it is equitable to do so
(a)
order a shareholder or other recipient to pay or deliver to a director any money or property that was paid or distributed to the shareholder or other recipient contrary to any of the provisions of section 39, 40, 41, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 97 to 101, 213 to 222 or 228,
(b)
order a company to return or issue shares to a person from whom the company has purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired shares, or
(c)
make any further order it thinks fit.
Defence to liability
87.
A director of a company is not liable under section 83 if he did not know and could not reasonably have known that the share was issued for a consideration less than the fair equivalent of the money that the company would have received if the share had been issued for money.
Time limit on liability
88.
An action to enforce a liability imposed under section 83 or 84 may not be commenced after 2 years from the date of the resolution authorising the action complained of.
Contractual Interest
Interests in contracts
89.(1)
A director or officer of a company
(a)
who is a party to a material contract or proposed material contract with the company, or
(b)
who is a director or an officer of any body, or has a material interest in any body, that is a party to a material contract or proposed material contract with the company,
must disclose in writing to the company or request to have entered in the minutes of meetings of directors the nature and extent of his interest.
(2)
The disclosure required by subsection (1) must be made, in the case of a director of a company
(a)
at the meeting at which a proposed contract is first considered;
(b)
if the director was not then interested in a proposed contract, at the first meeting after he becomes so interested;
(c)
if the director becomes interested after a contract is made, at the first meeting after he becomes so interested; or
(d)
if a person who is interested in a contract later becomes a director of the company, at the first meeting after he becomes a director.
(3)
The disclosure required by subsection (1) must be made, in the case of an officer of a company who is not a director
(a)
forthwith after he becomes aware that the contract or proposed contract is to be considered, or has been considered, at a meeting of directors of the company;
(b)
if the officer becomes interested after a contract is made, forthwith after he becomes so interested; or
(c)
if a person who is interested in a contract later becomes an officer of the company, forthwith after he becomes an officer.
(4)
If a material contract or a proposed material contract is one that, in the ordinary course of the company’s business, would not require approval by the directors or shareholders of the company, a director or officer of the company must disclose in writing to the company, or request to have entered in the minutes of meetings of directors, the nature and extent of his interest forthwith after the director or officer becomes aware of the contract or proposed contract.
(5)
A director of a company who is referred to in subsection (1) may vote on any resolution to approve a contract that he has an interest in, if the contract
(a)
is an arrangement by way of security for money loaned to, or obligations undertaken by him, for the benefit of the company or an affiliate of the company;
(b)
is a contract that relates primarily to his remuneration as a director, officer, employee or agent of the company or affiliate of the company;
(c)
is a contract for indemnity or insurance under sections 97 to 101;
(d)
is a contract with an affiliate of the company; or
(e)
is a contract other than one referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d),
but, in the case of a contract described in paragraph (e), no resolution is valid unless it is approved by not less than two-thirds of the votes of the shareholders of the company to whom notice of the nature and extent of the director’s interest in the contract is declared and disclosed in reasonable detail.
Interest declaration
90.
For the purposes of section 89, a general notice to the directors of a company by a director or an officer of the company declaring that he is a director or officer of, or has a material interest in, another body, and is to be regarded as interested in any contract with that body is a sufficient declaration of interest in relation to any such contract.
Avoidance of nullity
91.
A material contract between a company and one or more of its directors or officers, or between a company and another body of which a director or officer of the company is a director or officer, or in which he has a material interest, is neither void nor voidable
(a)
by reason only of that relationship, or
(b)
by reason only that a director with an interest in the contract is present at, or is counted to determine the presence of a quorum at, a meeting of directors or a committee of directors that authorised the contract,
if the director or officer disclosed his interest in accordance with subsection (2), (3) or (4) of section 89 or section 90, as the case may be, and the contract was approved by the directors or the shareholders and was reasonable and fair to the company at the time it was approved.
Setting aside contract
92.
When a director or officer of a company fails to disclose, in accordance with section 89 or 90, his interest in a material contract made by the company, the court may, upon the application of the company or a shareholder of the company set aside the contract on such terms as the court thinks fit.
Officers of the Company
Designation of offices, etc.
93.
Subject to the articles or by-laws of a company or any unanimous shareholder agreement
(a)
the directors of the company may designate the offices of the company, appoint as officers persons of full capacity, specify their duties and delegate to them powers to manage the business and affairs of the company, except powers to do anything referred to in subsection (2) of section 80;
(b)
a director may be appointed to any office of the company; and
(c)
two or more offices of the company may be held by the same person.
Borrowing Powers of Directors
Borrowing powers
94.(1)
Unless the articles or by-laws of, or any unanimous shareholder agreement relating to, the company otherwise provide, the articles of a company are presumed to provide that the directors of the company may, without authorisation of the shareholders
(a)
borrow money upon the credit of the company;
(b)
issue, re-issue, sell or pledge debentures of the company;
(c)
subject to section 53, give a guarantee on behalf of the company to secure performance of an obligation of any person; and
(d)
mortgage, charge, pledge, or otherwise create to secure any obligation of the company a security interest in all or any property of the company that is owned or subsequently acquired by the company.
(2)
Notwithstanding subsection (2) of section 80 and paragraph (a) of section 93, unless the articles or by-laws of, or any unanimous shareholder agreement relating to, a company otherwise provide, the directors of the company may by resolution delegate the powers mentioned in subsection (1) to a director, a committee of directors or an officer of the company.
(3)
For the purposes of this Act security interest means any interest in or charge upon any property of a company, by way of mortgage, bond, lien, pledge or other means, that is created or taken to secure the payment of an obligation of the company.
Duty of Directors and Officers
Duty of care
95.(1)
Every director and officer of a company in exercising his powers and discharging his duties must
(a)
act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the company; and
(b)
exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.
(2)
In determining what are the best interests of a company, a director must have regard to the interests of the company’s employees in general as well as to the interests of its shareholder.
(3)
The duty imposed by subsection (2) on the directors of a company is owned by them to the company alone; and the duty is enforceable in the same way as any other fiduciary duty owned to a company by its directors.
(4)
Every director and officer of a company must comply with this Act and the regulations, and with the articles and by-laws of the company, and any unanimous shareholder agreement relating to the company.
(5)
Subject to subsection (2) of section 133, no provision in a contract, the articles of a company, its by-laws or any resolution, relieves a director or officer of the company from the duty to act in accordance with this Act or the regulations, or relieves him from liability for a breach of this Act or the regulation.
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Dissenting to resolutions
96.(1)
A director who is present at a meeting of the directors or of a committee of directors consents to any resolution passed or action taken at that meeting, unless
(a)
he requests that his dissent be or his dissent is entered in the minutes of the meeting,
(b)
he sends his written dissent to the secretary of the meeting before the meeting is adjourned, or
(c)
he sends his dissent by registered post or delivers it to the registered office of the company immediately after the meeting is adjourned.
(2)
A director who votes for, or consents to, a resolution may not dissent under subsection (1).
(3)
A director who was not present at a meeting at which a resolution was passed or action taken is presumed to have consented thereto unless, within 7 days after he becomes aware of the resolution, he
(a)
causes his dissent to be placed with the minutes of the meeting, or
(b)
sends his dissent by registered post or delivers it to the registered office of the company.
(4)
A director is not liable under section 83, 84 or 95 if he relies in good faith upon
(a)
financial statements of the company represented to him by an officer of the company, or
(b)
a report of an attorney-at-law, accountant, engineer, appraiser or other person whose profession lends credibility to a statement made by him.
Indemnities
Indemnifying directors, etc.
97.(1)
Except in respect of an action by or on behalf of a company or body corporate to obtain a judgment in its favour, a company may indemnify
(a)
a director or officer of the company,
(b)
a former director or officer of the company, or
(c)
a person who acts or acted at the company’s request as a director or officer of a body corporate of which the company is or was a shareholder or creditor,
and his legal representatives, against all costs, charges and expenses (including an amount paid to settle an action or satisfy a judgment) reasonably incurred by him in respect of any civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding to which he is made a party by reason of being, or having been, a director or officer of that company or body corporate.
(2)
Subsection (1) does not apply unless the director or officer to be so indemnified
(a)
acted honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the company, and
(b)
in the case of a criminal or administrative action or proceeding that is enforced by a monetary penalty, had reasonable grounds for believing that his conduct was lawful.
For derivative action
98.
A company may with the approval of the court indemnify a person referred to in section 97 in respect of an action
(a)
by or on behalf of the company or body corporate to obtain a judgment in its favour, and
(b)
to which he is made a party by reason of being or having been a director or an officer of the company or body corporate,
against all costs, charges and expenses reasonably incurred by him in connection with the action, if he fulfills the conditions set out in subsection (2) of section 97.
Right to indemnity
99.
Notwithstanding anything in section 97 or 98, a person described in section 97 is entitled to indemnity from the company in respect of all costs, charges and expenses reasonably incurred by him in connection with the defence of any civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding to which he is made a party by reason of being, or having been, a director or officer of the company or body corporate, if the person seeking indemnity
(a)
was substantially successful on the merits in his defence of the action or proceeding,
(b)
qualified in accordance with the standards set out in section 97 or 98, and
(c)
is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity.
Insurance of directors, etc.
100.
A company may purchase and maintain insurance for the benefit of any person referred to in section 97 against any liability incurred by him under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section 95 in his capacity as a director or officer of the company.
Court approval of indemnity
101.(1)
A company or person referred to in section 97 may apply to the court for an order approving an indemnity under section 98; and the court may so order and make any further order it thinks fit.
(2)
An applicant under subsection (1) must give the Registrar notice of the application; and the Registrar may appear and be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
(3)
Upon an application under subsection (1), the court may order notice to be given to any interested person; and that person may appear and be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
Remuneration
102.
Subject to its articles or by-laws, or any unanimous shareholder agreement, the directors of a company may fix the remuneration of the directors, officers and employees of the company.
DIVISION E
Shareholders of Companies
Meetings
Place of meetings
103.(1)
Meetings of shareholders of a company must be held at the place within Barbados provided in the by-laws, or, in the absence of any such provision, at the place within Barbados that the directors determine.
(2)
Notwithstanding subsection (1), a meeting of shareholders of a company may be held outside Barbados if all the shareholders entitled to vote at the meeting so agree.
(3)
A shareholder who attends a meeting of shareholders held outside Barbados agrees to its being so held unless he attends the meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the grounds that the meeting is not lawfully held.
Meeting outside Barbados
104.
Notwithstanding section 103, if the articles of a company so provide, meetings of shareholders of the company may be held outside Barbados at one or more places specified in the articles.
Calling meetings
105.
The directors of a company
(a)
must call an annual meeting of shareholders not later than 18 months after the company comes into existence, and subsequently not later than 15 months after holding the last preceding annual meeting; and
(b)
may at any time call a special meeting of shareholders.
Record date of shareholders
106.(1)
For the purpose of
(a)
determining the shareholders of the company who are
(i)
entitled to receive payment of a dividend, or
(ii)
entitled to participate in a liquidation distribution, or
(b)
determining the shareholders of the company for any other purpose except the right to receive notice of, or to vote at, a meeting,
the directors may fix in advance a date as the record date for the determination of shareholders; but that record date must not precede by more than 50 days the particular action to be taken.
(2)
For the purpose of determining shareholders who are entitled to receive notice of a meeting of shareholders of the company, the directors of the company may fix in advance a date as the record date for the determination of shareholders; but the record date must not precede by more than 50 days or by less than 21 days the date on which the meeting is to be held.
Statutory date
107.
If no record date is fixed
(a)
the record date for determining the shareholders who are entitled to receive a notice of a meeting of the shareholders is
(i)
the close of business on the date immediately preceding the day on which the notice is given,
(ii)
if no notice is given, the day on which the meeting is held; and
(b)
the record date for the determination of shareholders for any purpose other than the purpose specified in paragraph (a) is the close of business on the day on which the directors pass the resolution relating to that purpose.
Notice of record date
108.
If a record date is fixed under section 106, notice thereof must, not less than 7 days before the date so fixed, be given by advertisement in a newspaper published in Barbados.
Notice of meeting
109.(1)
Notice of the time and place of a meeting of shareholders must be sent not less than 21 days nor more than 50 days before the meeting
(a)
to each shareholder entitled to vote at the meeting;
(b)
to each director; and
(c)
to the auditor of the company.
(2)
A notice of a meeting of shareholders of a company is not required to be sent to shareholders of the company who were not registered on the records of the company or its transfer agent on the record date determined under section 106 or 107, as the case may be; but failure to receive notice does not deprive a shareholder of the right to vote at the meeting.
(3)
If a meeting of shareholders is adjourned for less than 30 days, it is not necessary, unless the by-laws otherwise provide, to give notice of the adjourned meeting, other than by announcement at the earliest meeting that is adjourned.
(4)
If a meeting of shareholders is adjourned by one or more adjournments for an aggregate of 30 days or more, notice of the adjourned meeting must be given as for an original meeting; but, unless the meeting is adjourned by one or more adjournments for an aggregate of more than 90 days, subsection (1) of section 139 does not apply.
Special business
110.(1)
All business transacted at a special meeting of shareholders, and all business transacted at an annual meeting of shareholders, is special business, except
(a)
the consideration of the financial statements,
(b)
the auditor’s report,
(c)
the election of directors, and
(d)
the re-appointment of the incumbent auditor.
(2)
Notice of a meeting of shareholders at which special business is to be transacted must state
(a)
the nature of that business in sufficient detail to permit the shareholder to form a reasoned judgment thereon; and
(b)
the text of any special resolution to be submitted to the meeting.
Waiver of notice
111.
A shareholder and any other person who is entitled to attend a meeting of shareholders may in any manner waive notice of the meeting; and the attendance of any person at a meeting of shareholders is a waiver of notice of the meeting by that person, unless he attends the meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the grounds that the meeting is not lawfully called.
Proposals and Proxies
“Proposals” of shareholders
112.
A shareholder of a company who is entitled to vote at an annual meeting of the shareholders may
(a)
submit to the company notice of any matter that he proposes to raise at the meeting, in this Division referred to as a “proposal”, and
(b)
discuss at the meeting any matter in respect of which he would have been entitled to submit a proposal.
Proxy circular
113.(1)
A company that solicits proxies must set the proposal out in the management proxy circular required by section 140 or attach the proposal to that circular.
(2)
If so requested by a shareholder who submits a proposal to a company, the company must include in the management proxy circular, or attach to it, a statement by the shareholder of not more than 200 words in support of the proposal, and the name and address of the shareholder.
Nomination in proposal
114.
A proposal may include nominations for the election of directors if the proposal is signed by one or more holders of shares who represent in the aggregate not less than
(a)
five percent of the shares of the company, or
(b)
five percent of shares of a class of shares of the company,
entitled to vote at the meeting to which the proposal is to be presented; but this subsection does not preclude nominations made at a meeting of shareholders of a company that is not required to solicit proxies under section 139.
Non-compliance with proxy solicitation
115.
A company is not required to comply with section 113 if
(a)
the proposal is not submitted to the company at least 90 days before the anniversary date of the previous annual meeting of shareholders of the company;
(b)
it clearly appears that the proposal is submitted by the shareholder primarily for the purpose of enforcing a personal claim or redressing a personal grievance against the company or its directors, officers, shareholders or debenture holders, or primarily for the purpose of promoting general economic, political, racial, religious, social or similar causes;
(c)
the company, at the shareholder’s request, included a proposal in a management proxy circular relating to a meeting of shareholders held within 2 years preceding the receipt of that request and the shareholder failed to present the proposal, in person or by proxy, at the meeting;
(d)
substantially the same proposal was submitted to shareholders in a management proxy circular or a dissident’s proxy circular relating to a meeting of shareholders held within 2 years preceding the receipt of the shareholder’s request and the proposal was defeated; or
(e)
the rights conferred by that subsection are being abused to secure publicity.
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Publishing immunity
116.
No company, or person acting on its behalf, incurs any liability by reason only of circulating a proposal or statement in compliance with this Act.
Refusal notice
117.
When a company refuses to include a proposal in a management proxy circular, the company must, within 10 days after receiving the proposal, notify the shareholder submitting the proposal of its intention to omit the proposal from the management proxy circular; and the company must send him a statement of the reasons for its refusal.
Restraining meeting
118.
Upon application to the court by a shareholder of a company who is claiming to be aggrieved by the company’s refusal under section 117 to include a proposal in a management proxy circular, the court may restrain the holding of the meeting to which the proposal is sought to be presented and make any further order it thinks fit.
Right to omit proposal
119.
A company or any person claiming to be aggrieved by a proposal submitted to the company may apply to the court for an order permitting the company to omit the proposal from its management proxy circular; and the court may, if it is satisfied that section 115 applies, make such order as it thinks fit.
Registrar’s notice
120.
An applicant under section 118 or 119 must give the Registrar notice of the application, and the Registrar may appear and be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
Shareholder Lists
List of shareholders
121.(1)
A company must
(a)
not later than 10 days after the record date is fixed under subsection (2) of section 106, if a record date is so fixed, or
(b)
if no record date is fixed
(i)
at the close of business on the date immediately preceding the day on which the notice is given, or
(ii)
if no notice is given, as of the day on which the meeting is held,
prepare a list of its shareholders who are entitled to receive notice of a meeting, arranged in alphabetical order and showing the number of shares held by each shareholder.
(2)
When a company fixes a record date under subsection (2) of section 106, a person named in the list prepared under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) is, subject to subsection (3), entitled, at the meeting to which the list relates to vote the shares shown opposite his name.
(3)
Where a person has transferred the ownership of any of his shares in a company after the record date fixed by the company, if the transferee of those shares
(a)
produces properly endorsed share certificates to the company or otherwise establishes to the company that he owns the shares, and
(b)
demands, not later than 10 days before the meeting of the shareholders of the company, that his name be included in the list of shareholders before the meeting,
the transferee may vote his shares at the meeting.
(4)
When a company does not fix a record date under subsection (2) of section 106, a person named in a list of shareholders prepared under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) may, at the meeting to which the list relates, vote the shares shown opposite his name.
Examination of list
122.
A shareholder of a company may examine the list of its shareholders
(a)
during usual business hours at the registered office of the company or at the place where its register of shareholders is maintained, and
(b)
at the meeting of shareholders for which the list was prepared.
Quorum
Quorum at meetings
123.(1)
Unless the by-laws otherwise provide, a quorum of shareholders is present at a meeting of shareholders if the holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote at the meeting are present in person or represented by proxy.
(2)
If a quorum is present at the opening of a meeting of shareholders, the shareholders present may, unless the by-laws otherwise provide, proceed with the business of the meeting, notwithstanding that a quorum is not present throughout the meeting.
(3)
If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes of the time appointed for a meeting of shareholders, the meeting stands adjourned to the same day 2 weeks thereafter, at the same time, and place; and, if at the adjourned meeting, a quorum is not present within 30 minutes of the appointed time, the shareholders present constitute a quorum.
(4)
When a company has only one shareholder, or has only one shareholder of any class or series of shares, that shareholder present in person or by proxy constitutes a meeting.
Voting the Shares
Right to vote share
124.
Unless the articles of the company otherwise provide, on a show of hands a shareholder or proxy holder has one vote; and upon a poll a shareholder or proxy holder has one vote for every share held.
Representative of other body
125.(1)
When a body corporate or association is a shareholder of a company, the company must recognise any individual authorised by a resolution of the directors or governing body of the body corporate or association to represent it at meetings of shareholders of the company.
(2)
An individual who is authorised as described in subsection (1) may exercise, on behalf of the body corporate or association that he represents, all the powers it could exercise if it were an individual shareholder.
Joint shareholders
126.
Unless the by-laws otherwise provide, if 2 or more persons hold shares jointly, one of those holders present at a meeting of shareholders may, in the absence of the other, vote the shares; but if 2 or more of those persons who are present, in person or by proxy, vote, they must vote as one on the shares jointly held by them.
Voting method at meetings
127.(1)
Unless the by-laws otherwise provide, voting at a meeting of shareholders must be by a show of hands, except when a ballot is demanded by a shareholder or proxy holder entitled to vote at the meeting.
(2)
A shareholder or proxy holder may demand a ballot either before or after any vote by show of hands.
Resolution in writing
128.(1)
Except where a written statement is submitted by a director under section 71 or an auditor under section 163
(a)
a resolution in writing signed by all the shareholders entitled to vote on that resolution at a meeting of shareholders is as valid as if it had been passed at a meeting of the shareholders, and
(b)
a resolution in writing dealing with all matters required by this Act to be dealt with at a meeting of shareholders, and signed by all the shareholders entitled to vote at that meeting, satisfies all the requirements of this Act relating to meetings of shareholders.
(2)
A copy of every resolution referred to in subsection (1) must be kept with the minutes of the meetings of shareholders.
Compulsory Meeting
Requisitioned shareholders meeting
129.(1)
The holders of not less than 5 percent of the issued shares of a company that carry the right to vote at a meeting sought to be held by them may requisition the directors to call a meeting of shareholders for the purposes stated in the requisition.
(2)
The requisition referred to in subsection (1), which may consist of several documents of like form, each signed by one or more shareholders of the company, must state the business to be transacted at the meeting and must be sent to each director and to the registered office of the company.
(3)
Upon receiving a requisition referred to in subsection (1), the directors must call a meeting of shareholders to transact the business stated in the requisition, unless
(a)
a record date has been fixed under subsection (2) of section 106 and notice thereof has been given under section 108;
(b)
the directors have called a meeting of shareholders and have given notice thereof under section 109; or
(c)
the business of the meeting as stated in the requisition includes matters described in paragraphs (b) to (e) of section 115.
(4)
If, after receiving a requisition referred to in subsection (1), the directors do not call a meeting of shareholders within 21 days after receiving the requisition, any shareholder who signed the requisition may call the meeting.
(5)
A meeting called under this section must be called as nearly as possible in the manner in which meetings are to be called pursuant to the by-laws, this Division and Division F.
(6)
Unless the shareholders otherwise resolve at a meeting called under subsection (4), the company must reimburse the shareholders who requisitioned the meeting the expenses reasonably incurred by them in requisitioning, calling and holding the meeting.
Court-called meeting
130.(1)
Upon the application to the court by a director of a company or a shareholder of the company who is entitled to vote at a meeting of the shareholders, or by the Registrar, the court may
(a)
when for any reason it is impracticable
(i)
to call a meeting of shareholders in the manner in which meetings of shareholders can be called, or
(ii)
to conduct the meeting in the manner prescribed by the by-laws and this Act, or
(b)
for any other reason thought fit by the court,
order a meeting of shareholders to be called, held and conducted in such manner as the court may direct.
(2)
Without restricting the generality of subsection (1), the court may order that the quorum required by the by-laws or this Act be varied or dispensed with at a meeting called, held and conducted pursuant to this section.
(3)
A meeting of the shareholders of a company called, held and conducted pursuant to this section is for all purposes a meeting of shareholders of the company duly called, held and conducted.
Controverted Affairs
Court review controversy
131.(1)
A company or a shareholder or director thereof may apply to the court to determine any controversy with respect to an election or appointment of a director or auditor of the company.
(2)
Upon an application made under this section, the court may make any order it thinks fit including
(a)
an order restraining a director or auditor whose election or appointment is challenged from acting, pending determination of the dispute;
(b)
an order declaring the result of the disputed election or appointment;
(c)
an order requiring a new election or appointment, and including in the order directions for the management of the business and affairs of the company until a new election is held, or appointment made; and
(d)
an order determining the voting rights of shareholders and of persons claiming to own shares.
Shareholder Agreements
Pooling agreement
132.
A written agreement between 2 or more shareholders of a company may provide that in exercising voting rights the shares held by them will be voted as provided in the agreement.
Unanimous shareholder agreement
133.(1)
An otherwise lawful written agreement among all the shareholders of a company, or among all the shareholders and a person who is not a shareholder, that restricts, in whole or in part, the powers of the directors of the company to manage the business and affairs of the company is valid.
(2)
A shareholder who is a party to any unanimous shareholder agreement has all the rights, powers and duties, and incurs all the liabilities of a director of the company to which the agreement relates, to the extent that the agreement restricts the discretion or powers of the directors to manage the business and affairs of the company; and the directors are thereby relieved of their duties and liabilities to the same extent.
(3)
If a person who is the beneficial owner of all the issued shares of a company makes a written declaration that restricts in whole or in part the powers of the directors to manage the business and affairs of the company, the declaration constitutes a unanimous shareholder agreement.
(4)
Where any unanimous shareholder agreement is executed or terminated, written notice of that fact, together with the date of the execution or termination thereof, must be filed with the Registrar within 15 days after the execution or termination.
Shareholder Approvals
Extra-ordinary transaction
134.(1)
A sale, lease or exchange of all, or substantially all, the property of a company other than in the ordinary course of business of the company requires the approval of the shareholders in accordance with this section.
(2)
A notice of a meeting of shareholders complying with section 109 must be sent in accordance with that section to each shareholder and must
(a)
include or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the agreement of sale, lease or exchange, and
(b)
state that a dissenting shareholder is entitled to be paid the fair value of his shares in accordance with section 213,
but failure to make the statement referred to in paragraph (b) does not invalidate a sale, lease or exchange referred to in subsection (1).
(3)
At the meeting referred to in subsection (2) the shareholders may authorise the sale, lease or exchange of the property, and may fix or authorise the directors to fix any of the terms and conditions of the sale, lease or exchange.
(4)
Each share of the company carries the right to vote in respect of a sale, lease or exchange referred to in subsection (1), whether or not it otherwise carries the right to vote.
(5)
The shareholders of a class or series of shares of the company are entitled to vote separately as a class or series in respect of a sale, lease or exchange referred to in subsection (1) only if the class or series is affected by the sale, lease or exchange in a manner different from the shares of another class or series.
(6)
A sale, lease or exchange referred to in subsection (1) is adopted when the shareholders of each class or series of shares who are entitled to vote thereon have, by special resolution, approved of the sale, lease or exchange.
(7)
The directors of a company, if authorised by the shareholders approving a proposed sale, lease or exchange, may, subject to the rights of third parties, abandon the sale, lease or exchange without any further approval of the shareholders.
DIVISION F
Proxies
Definitions
135.(1)
In this Part
(a)
form of proxy means a written or printed form that, upon completion and signature by or on behalf of a shareholder, becomes a proxy;
(b)
proxy means a completed and signed form of proxy by means of which a shareholder appoints a proxy holder to attend and act on his behalf at a meeting of shareholders;
(c)
registrant means a broker or dealer required to be registered to trade or deal in shares or debentures under the law of any jurisdiction;
(d)
solicit or solicitation includes, subject to subsection (2),
(i)
a request for a proxy, whether or not accompanied with or included in a form of proxy;
(ii)
a request to execute or not to execute a form of proxy or to revoke a proxy;
(iii)
the sending of a form of proxy or other communication to a shareholder under circumstances reasonably calculated to result in the procurement, withholding or revocation of a proxy; and
(iv)
the sending of a form of proxy to a shareholder under section 139;
(e)
solicitation by or on behalf of the management of a company means a solicitation by any person pursuant to a resolution or instructions of, or with the acquiescence of, the directors or a committee of directors of the company concerned.
(2)
The term solicit or solicitation does not include
(a)
the sending of a form of proxy in response to an unsolicited request made by or on behalf of a shareholder;
(b)
the performance of administrative acts or professional services on behalf of a person soliciting a proxy;
(c)
the sending by a registrant of the documents referred to in section 144; or
(d)
a solicitation by a person in respect of shares of which he is the beneficial owner.
Proxy Holders
Proxy appointment
136.(1)
A shareholder who is entitled to vote at a meeting of shareholders may by means of a proxy appoint a proxy holder, or one or more alternate proxy holders, none of whom need be shareholders, to attend and act at the meeting in the manner and to the extent authorised by the proxy and with the authority conferred by the proxy.
(2)
A proxy must be executed in writing by the shareholder or his attorney authorised in writing.
(3)
A proxy is valid only at the meeting in respect of which it is given or any adjournment of that meeting.
Revocation of proxy
137.
A shareholder of a company may revoke a proxy
(a)
by depositing an instrument in writing executed by him or by his attorney authorised in writing
(i)
at the registered office of the company at any time, up to and including the last business day preceding the day of the meeting, or any adjournment of that meeting, at which the proxy is to be used, or
(ii)
with the chairman of the meeting on the day of the meeting or any adjournment of that meeting, or
(b)
in any other manner permitted by law.
Deposit of proxy
138.(1)
The directors of a company may specify in a notice calling a meeting of the shareholders of the company a time not exceeding 48 hours preceding the meeting or an adjournment of the meeting before which time proxies to be used at the meeting must be deposited with the company or its agent.
(2)
In the calculation of time for the purposes of subsection (1), Saturdays and holidays are to be excluded.
Mandatory solicitation of proxy
139.(1)
Subject to subsection (2), the management of a company must, concurrently with the giving of notice of a meeting of shareholders, send a form of proxy in the prescribed form to each shareholder who is entitled to receive notice of the meeting.
(2)
Where a company has fewer than 15 shareholders, 2 or more joint shareholders being counted as one, the management of the company need not send a form of proxy under subsection (1).
Prohibited solicitation
140.
A person shall not solicit proxies unless there is sent to the auditor of the company, to each shareholder whose proxy is solicited and to the company if the solicitation is not by or on behalf of the management of the company; or
(a)
a management proxy circular in the prescribed form, either as an appendix to, or as a separate document accompanying the notice of the meeting, when the solicitation is by or on behalf of the management of the company; or
(b)
a dissident’s proxy solicitation, in the prescribed form stating the purposes of the solicitation, when the solicitation is not by or on behalf of the management of the company.
Documents for Registrar
141.
A person required to send a management proxy circular or dissident’s proxy circular must concurrently send a copy thereof to the Registrar, together with a copy of the notice of the meeting, form of proxy and any other documents for use in connection with the meeting.
Exemption by Registrar
142.
Upon the application of an interested person, the Registrar may, on such terms as he thinks fit, exempt that person from any of the requirements of section 139 or 140; and the exemption may be given retroactive effect by the Registrar.
Proxy attending meeting
143.(1)
A person who solicits a proxy and is appointed proxy holder must
(a)
attend in person, or cause an alternate proxy holder to attend, the meeting in respect of which the proxy is given, and
(b)
comply with the directions of the shareholder who appointed him.
(2)
A proxy holder or an alternate proxy holder has the same rights as the shareholder who appointed him
(a)
to speak at the meeting of shareholders in respect of any matter,
(b)
to vote by way of ballot at the meeting, and
(c)
except when a proxy holder or an alternate proxy holder has conflicting instructions from more than one shareholder, to vote at the meeting in respect of any matter by way of any show of hands.
Share Registrants
Registrant’s duty
144.(1)
Shares of a company that are registered in the name of a registrant or his nominee and not beneficially owned by the registrant may not be voted unless the registrant forthwith after receipt thereof sends to the beneficial owner
(a)
a copy of the notice of the meeting, financial statements, management proxy circular, dissident’s proxy circular and any other documents sent to shareholders by or on behalf of any person for use in connection with the meeting, other than the form of proxy, and
(b)
except where the registrant has received written voting instructions from the beneficial owner, a written request for voting instructions.
(2)
A registrant may not vote or appoint a proxy holder to vote shares registered in his name or in the name of his nominee that he does not beneficially own unless he receives voting instructions from the beneficial owner of the shares.
(3)
A person by or on behalf of whom a solicitation is made must, at the request of a registrant, forthwith furnish to the registrant at that person’s expense the necessary number of copies of the documents referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (1).
(4)
A registrant must vote or appoint a proxy holder to vote any shares referred to in subsection (1) in accordance with any written voting instructions received from the beneficial owner.
(5)
If requested by a beneficial owner of shares of a company, the registrant of those shares must appoint the beneficial owner or a nominee of the beneficial owner as proxy holder for those shares.
(6)
The failure of a registrant to comply with this section does not render void any meeting of shareholders or any action taken at the meeting.
Governing prohibition
145.
Nothing in section 144 gives a registrant the right to vote shares that he is otherwise prohibited from voting.
Remedial Powers
Restraining order
146.(1)
If a form of proxy, management proxy circular or dissident’s proxy circular
(a)
contains an untrue statement of a material fact, or
(b)
omits to state a material fact required therein or necessary to make a statement contained therein not misleading in the light of the circumstances in which it was made,
an interested person or the Registrar may apply to the court.
(2)
On an application under this section the court may make any order it thinks fit, including any or all of the following orders
(a)
an order restraining the solicitation or the holding of the meeting or restraining any person from implementing or acting upon any resolution passed at the meeting to which the form of proxy, management proxy circular or dissident’s proxy circular relates;
(b)
an order requiring correction of any form of proxy or proxy circular and a further solicitation; or
(c)
an order adjourning the meeting.
(3)
An applicant under this section other than the Registrar must give the Registrar notice of the application; and the Registrar may appear and be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
DIVISION G
Financial Disclosure
Comparative Financial Statements
Annual financial returns
147.(1)
Subject to this section and to section 148, the directors of a company must place before the shareholders at every annual meeting of the shareholders of the company
(a)
comparative financial statements, as prescribed, relating separately to
(i)
the period that began on the date the company came into existence and ended not more than 12 months after that date, or, if the company has completed a financial year, the period that began immediately after the end of the last period for which financial statements were prepared and ended not more than 12 months after the beginning of that period, and
(ii)
the immediately preceding financial year;
(b)
the report of the auditor, if any; and
(c)
any further information respecting the financial position of the company and the results of its operations required by the articles of the company, its by-laws, or any unanimous shareholder agreement.
(2)
The financial statements required by subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) may be omitted if the reason for the omission is set out in the financial statements, or in a note thereto, to be placed before the shareholders at an annual meeting.
(3)
The Registrar may in any particular case adjust the period relating to which comparable financial statements are to be placed before the shareholders at any annual meeting.
Exemption for information
148.
Upon the application of a company for authorisation to omit from its financial statements any prescribed item, or to dispense with the publication of any particular prescribed financial statement, the Registrar may, if he reasonably believes that disclosure of the information therein contained would be detrimental to the company, permit its omission on such reasonable conditions as he thinks fit.
Consolidated financial returns
149.(1)
A company must keep at its registered office a copy of the financial statements of each of its subsidiary bodies corporate the accounts of which are consolidated in the financial statements of the company.
(2)
Shareholders of a company and their agents and legal representatives may, upon request therefor, examine the statements referred to in subsection (1) during the usual business hours of the company, and may make extracts from those statements, free of charge.
(3)
A company may, within 15 days of a request to examine statements under subsection (2), apply to the court for an order barring the right of any person to examine those statements; and the court may, if it is satisfied that the examination would be detrimental to the company or a subsidiary body corporate, bar that right and make any further order the court thinks fit.
(4)
A company must give the Registrar and the person asking to examine statements under subsection (2) notice of any application under subsection (3); and the Registrar and that person may appear and be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
Approval of directors
150.(1)
The directors of a company must approve the financial statements referred to in section 147, and the approval must be evidenced by the signature of one or more directors.
(2)
A company shall not issue, publish or circulate copies of the financial statements referred to in section 147 unless the financial statements are
(a)
approved and signed in accordance with subsection (1), and
(b)
accompanied by a report of the auditor of the company, if any.
Copies to shareholders
151.
Not less than 21 days before each annual meeting of the shareholders of a company, or before the signing of a resolution under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section 128 in lieu of its annual meeting, the company must send a copy of the documents referred to in section 147 to each shareholder, except to a shareholder who has informed the company in writing that he does not want a copy of those documents.
Registrar’s copies
152.(1)
A company
(a)
that is a public company, or
(b)
the gross revenue of which, as shown in the most recent financial statements referred to in section 147, exceed $1 000 000 or the assets of which as shown in those financial statements exceed $1 000 000,
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shall send a copy of the documents referred to in section 147 to the Registrar not less than 21 days before each annual meeting of the shareholders or forthwith after the signing of a resolution under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section 128 in lieu of the annual meeting, and in any event not later than 15 months after the last date when the last preceding annual meeting should have been held or a resolution in lieu of the meeting should have been signed.
(2)
For the purposes of paragraph (b) of subsection (1), the gross revenues and assets of a company include the gross revenues and assets of its affiliates.
(3)
Upon the application of a company, the Registrar may exempt the company from the application of subsection (1) in the prescribed circumstances.
(4)
If a company referred to in subsection (1)
(a)
sends interim financial statements or related documents to its shareholders; or
(b)
is required to file interim financial statements or related documents with, or to send them to, a public authority or a recognised stock exchange,
the company shall forthwith send copies thereof to the Registrar.
(5)
A subsidiary company is not required to comply with this section if
(a)
the financial statements of its holding company are in consolidated or combined form and include the accounts of the subsidiary; and
(b)
the consolidated or combined financial statements of the holding company are included in the documents sent to the Registrar by the holding company in compliance with this section.
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Company Auditor
Auditor’s qualifications
153.(1)
Subject to section 154, a person who satisfies the requirements of subsection (2) is qualified for appointment as an auditor of a company.
(2)
A person qualifies for appointment as an auditor of a company where,
(a)
in the case of an individual, that person is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados, in this section called “the Institute”, and holds a practising certificate from the Institute;
(b)
in the case of a body corporate,
(i)
not less than 75 per cent of the body of persons who have responsibility for the governance and affairs of that body corporate satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a); and
(ii)
the principal business of that body corporate as specified in its articles is the business of providing accounting and auditing services; or
(c)
that person is for the time being authorised to be appointed as an auditor of a company under subsection (3).
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(3)
The Minister may, after consultation with the Institute, authorise, by instrument in writing, any person to be appointed as an auditor of companies if that person
(a)
is in the opinion of the Minister suitably qualified for such an appointment by reason of his knowledge and experience, and
(b)
was in practice in Barbados as an auditor on 1st January, 1985.
(4)
An application for an authorisation to be appointed as an auditor of companies under subsection (3) must be made to the Minister not later than 12 months after 1st January, 1985.
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Disqualifying auditor
154.(1)
Subject to subsection (7), an individual or a body corporate is not qualified to be an auditor of a company if that individual or body corporate is not independent of the company, of its affiliated companies and of the directors and officers of the company and its affiliated companies.
(2)
For the purposes of this section, whether or not an individual or a body corporate is independent is a question of fact to be determined having regard to all the circumstances.
(3)
An individual or a body corporate is presumed not to be independent of a company if the individual or body corporate or the business partner or affiliate of the individual or body corporate, as the case may be,
(a)
is a business partner or affiliate, a director, an officer or an employee of the company or any of its affiliates, or a business partner or affiliate of any director, officer or employee of any such company or its affiliates;
(b)
beneficially owns or controls, directly or indirectly, a material interest in the shares or debentures of the company or any of its affiliates; or
(c)
has been a receiver, receiver-manager, liquidator or trustee in bankruptcy of the company or any of its affiliates within 2 years of the proposed appointment of the individual or body corporate as auditor of the company.
(4)
The provision of secretarial services by or on behalf of an individual, a business partner, a body corporate or an affiliate does not by itself deprive an individual, a business partner, a body corporate or an affiliate of the independence of the individual, the business partner, the body corporate or the affiliate for the purposes of this section.
(5)
An auditor who becomes disqualified under this section must, subject to subsection (7), resign forthwith after that auditor becomes aware of the disqualification.
(6)
An interested person may apply to a court for an order declaring an auditor disqualified under this section and the office of auditor vacant.
(7)
An interested person may apply to the court for an order exempting an auditor from disqualification under this section; and the court may, if it is satisfied that an exemption would not adversely affect the shareholders, make an exemption order on such terms as it thinks fit; and the order may be given retroactive effect.
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Appointment of auditor
155.(1)
Subject to section 156, the shareholders of a company must, by ordinary resolution, at the first annual meeting of shareholders and at each succeeding annual meeting, appoint an auditor to hold office until the close of the next annual meeting.
(2)
An auditor appointed under section 62(1)(e) is eligible for appointment under subsection (1).
(3)
Notwithstanding subsection (1), if an auditor is not appointed at a meeting of shareholders, the incumbent auditor continues in office until his successor is appointed.
(4)
The remuneration of an auditor may be fixed by ordinary resolution of the shareholders, or if not so fixed, it may be fixed by the directors.
Dispensing with auditor
156.(1)
The shareholders of a company other than a company mentioned in subsection (1) of section 152 may resolve not to appoint an auditor.
(2)
A resolution under subsection (1) is valid only until the next succeeding annual meeting of shareholders.
(3)
A resolution under subsection (1) is not valid unless it is consented to by all the shareholders, including shareholders not otherwise entitled to vote.
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Cessation of office
157.(1)
An auditor of a company ceases to hold office when,
(a)
in the case of an individual, the individual
(i)
dies or resigns; or
(ii)
is removed pursuant to section 158; or
(b)
in the case of a body corporate, the body corporate
(i)
is wound up or dissolved;
(ii)
goes into receivership; or
(iii)
is removed pursuant to section 158.
(2)
A resignation of an auditor becomes effective at the time a written resignation is sent to the company, or at the time specified in the resignation, whichever is the later date.
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Removal of auditor
158.(1)
The shareholders of a company may by ordinary resolution at a special meeting remove an auditor other than an auditor appointed by a court order under section 160.
(2)
A vacancy created by the removal of an auditor may be filled at the meeting at which the auditor is removed or, if the vacancy is not so filled, it may be filled under section 159.
Filling auditor vacancy
159.(1)
Subject to subsection (3), the directors must forthwith fill a vacancy in the office of auditor.
(2)
If there is not a quorum of directors, the directors then in office must, within 21 days after a vacancy in the office of auditor occurs, call a special meeting of shareholders to fill the vacancy; and if they fail to call a meeting, or if there are no directors, the meeting may be called by any shareholder.
(3)
The articles of a company may provide that a vacancy in the office of auditor be filled only by vote of the shareholders.
(4)
An auditor appointed to fill a vacancy holds office for the unexpired term of his predecessor.
Court-appointed auditor
160.(1)
If a company does not have an auditor, the court may, upon the application of a shareholder or the Registrar, appoint and fix the remuneration of an auditor, and the auditor holds office until an auditor is appointed by the shareholders.
(2)
Subsection (1) does not apply if the shareholders have resolved under section 156 not to appoint an auditor.
Auditor’s right to notices
161.
The auditor of a company is entitled to receive notice of every meeting of the shareholders of the company and, at the expense of the company, to attend and be heard at the meeting on matters relating to his duties as auditor.
Required attendance
162.(1)
If a shareholder of a company, whether or not he is entitled to vote at the meeting, or a director of a company gives written notice to the auditor of the company, not less than 10 days before a meeting of the shareholders of the company, to attend the meeting, the auditor shall attend the meeting at the expense of the company and answer questions relating to his duties as auditor or former auditor of the company.
(2)
A shareholder or director who sends a notice referred to in subsection (1) shall, concurrently, send a copy of the notice to the company.
(3)
Subsection (1) applies mutatis mutandis to any former auditor of the company.
Right to comment
163.(1)
An auditor who
(a)
resigns;
(b)
receives a notice or otherwise learns of a meeting of shareholders called for the purpose of removing that auditor from office;
(c)
receives a notice or otherwise learns of a meeting of directors or shareholders at which another person is to be appointed to fill the office of auditor, whether because of the resignation or removal of the incumbent auditor or because that auditor’s term of office has expired or is about to expire; or
(d)
receives a notice or otherwise learns of a meeting of shareholders at which a resolution referred to in section 156 is to be proposed,
may submit to the company a written statement giving the reasons for the resignation or the reasons why that auditor opposes any proposed action or resolution.
(2)
When it receives a statement referred to in subsection (1), the company must forthwith send a copy of the statement to every shareholder entitled to receive notice of any meeting referred to in section 161 and to the Registrar, unless the statement is included in, or attached to, a management proxy circular required by section 140.
(3)
No individual or body corporate may accept appointment, consent to be appointed or be appointed as auditor of a company if that individual or body corporate is replacing an auditor who has resigned, been removed or whose term of office has expired or is about to expire, until the individual or body corporate has requested and received from the former auditor, a written statement of the circumstances and the reasons that, in that auditor’s opinion, that individual or body corporate is to be replaced.
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(4)
Notwithstanding subsection (3), an individual or body corporate otherwise qualified may accept appointment or consent to be appointed as auditor of a company if, within 15 days after making the request referred to in that subsection, that individual or body corporate does not receive a reply to it.
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Examination by auditor
164.(1)
An auditor of a company must make the examination that is in the auditor’s opinion necessary to enable a report to be made in the prescribed manner on the financial statements required by this Act to be placed before the shareholders, except such financial statements or parts thereof that relate to the immediately preceding financial year referred to in sub-paragraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 147.
(2)
Notwithstanding section 165, an auditor of a company may reasonably rely upon the report of an auditor of a body corporate or an unincorporated business the accounts of which are included in whole or in part in the financial statements of the company.
(3)
For the purposes of subsection (2), reasonableness is a question of fact.
(4)
Subsection (2) applies, whether or not the financial statements of the holding company reported upon by the auditor are in consolidated form.
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Right to inspect
165.(1)
Upon the demand of an auditor of a company, the present or former directors, officers, employees or agents of the company must furnish to the auditor
(a)
such information and explanations; and
(b)
such access to records, documents, books, accounts and vouchers of the company or any of its subsidiaries,
as are, in the opinion of the auditor, necessary to enable the auditor to make the examination and report required under section 164 and as the directors, officers, employees or agents are reasonably able to furnish.
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(2)
Upon the demand of an auditor of a company, the directors of the company must
(a)
obtain from the present or former directors, officers, employees or agents of any subsidiary of the company the information and explanations that the directors, officers, employees and agents are reasonably able to furnish, and that are, in the opinion of the auditor, necessary to enable the auditor to make the examination and report required under section 164; and
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(b)
furnish the information and explanations so obtained to the auditor.
Detected error
166.(1)
A director or an officer of a company shall forthwith notify the company’s auditor of any error or mis-statement of which the director or officer becomes aware in a financial statement that the auditor or a former auditor of the company has reported upon.
(2)
When the auditor or a former auditor of a company is notified or becomes aware of an error or misstatement in a financial statement upon which that auditor has reported to the company, and in the auditor’s opinion, the error or misstatement is material, the auditor shall inform each director of the company accordingly.
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(3)
When under subsection (2) the auditor or a former auditor of a company informs the directors of an error or mis-statement in a financial statement of the company, the directors shall
(a)
prepare and issue revised financial statements; or
(b)
otherwise inform the shareholders of the error or misstatement,
and, if the company is a public company or one that is required to comply with section 152, inform the Registrar of the error or misstatement in the same manner as the directors inform the shareholders of the error or mis-statement.
Privilege of auditor
167.
An auditor is not liable to any person in an action for defamation based on any act done or not done, or any statement made, by that auditor in good faith in connection with any matter which the auditor is authorised or required to do under this Act.
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DIVISION H
Corporate Records
Registered Office of Company
Registered office
168.(1)
A company must at all times have a registered office in Barbados.
(2)
The directors of the company may change the address of the registered office.
Notice of address
169.(1)
At the time of sending articles of incorporation, the incorporators must send to the Registrar, in the prescribed form, notice of the address of the registered office of the company; and the Registrar must file the notice.
(2)
A company shall within 15 days of any change of the address of its registered office, send to the Registrar a notice in the prescribed form of the change, which the Registrar must file.
Company Registers and Records
Records of company
170.(1)
A company shall prepare and maintain at its registered office records containing
(a)
the articles and the by-laws, and all amendments thereto, and a copy of any unanimous shareholder agreement and amendments thereto;
(b)
minutes of meetings and resolutions of shareholders; and
(c)
copies of all notices required by section 66, 74 or 169.
(2)
A company shall maintain a register of shareholders showing
(a)
the name and the latest known address of each person who is a shareholder;
(b)
a statement of the shares held by each shareholder;
(c)
the date on which each person was entered on the register as a shareholder, and the date on which any person ceased to be a shareholder.
(3)
A company that issues debentures shall maintain a register of debenture holders showing
(a)
the name and the latest known address of each debenture holder;
(b)
the principal of the debentures held by each holder;
(c)
the amount or the highest amount of any premium payable on redemption of the debentures;
(d)
the issue price of the debentures and the amount paid up on the issue price;
(e)
the date on which the name of each person was entered on the register as a debenture holder; and
(f)
the date on which each person ceased to be a debenture holder.
(4)
A company that grants conversion privileges, options, or rights to acquire shares of the company shall maintain a register showing the name and the latest known address of each person to whom the privileges, options or rights have been granted, and such other particulars in respect thereof as are prescribed.
(5)
A company may appoint an agent to maintain the registers required by this section to be maintained by the company; but the registers must be maintained at the registered office of the company or at some other place in Barbados designated by the directors of the company.
Records of Trusts
Trust notices
171.(1)
Except as provided in this section, notice of a trust, express, implied or constructive, must not be
(a)
entered by a company in any of the registers maintained by it pursuant to section 170, or
(b)
be received by the Registrar.
(2)
No liabilities are affected by anything done in pursuance of subsection (3), (4) or (5); and the company concerned is not affected with notice of any trust by reason of anything so done.
(3)
A personal representative of the estate of a deceased individual who was registered in a register of a company as a shareholder or debenture holder may become registered as the holder of that share or debenture as personal representative of that estate.
(4)
A personal representative of the estate of a deceased individual who was beneficially entitled to a share or debenture of the company that is registered in a register of the company may, with the consent of the company and of the registered shareholder or debenture holder, become the registered shareholder or debenture holder as the personal representative of the estate.
(5)
When a personal representative of an estate of a deceased individual is registered pursuant to subsection (3) or (4) as a holder of a share or debenture of a company, the personal representative is, in respect of that share or debenture, subject to the same liabilities, and no more, that he would be subject to had the share or debenture remained registered in the name of the deceased individual.
Accounts, Minutes and other Records
Other records
172.(1)
In addition to the records described in section 170, a company shall prepare and maintain adequate accounting records and records containing minutes of meetings and resolutions of the directors and any committees of the directors.
(2)
The records required under subsection (1) shall be kept at the registered office of the company or at some other place in Barbados designated by the directors; and those records must at all reasonable times be available for inspection by the directors.
(3)
When any accounting records of a company are kept at a place outside Barbados, accounting records that are adequate to enable the directors to ascertain the financial position of the company with reasonable accuracy on a quarterly basis must be kept by the company at the registered office of the company or at some other place in Barbados designated by the directors.
(4)
For the purposes of paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section 170 and of this section, when a former-Act company is continued under this Act, records includes similar registers and other records required by law to be maintained by the company before it was continued under this Act.
Form of Records
Records form
173.
All records required by this Act to be prepared and maintained
(a)
may be in a bound or loose-leaf form or in a photographic film form, or
(b)
may be entered or recorded
(i)
by any system of mechanical or electronic data processing, or
(ii)
by any other information storage device
that is capable of reproducing any required information in intelligible written form within a reasonable time.
Care of Records
Duty of care for records
174.
A company and its agents shall take reasonable precautions
(a)
to prevent loss or destruction of,
(b)
to prevent falsification of entries in, and
(c)
to facilitate detection and correction of inaccuracies in,
the records required by this Act to be prepared and maintained in respect of the company.
Access to Records
Access to records
175.(1)
The directors and shareholders of a company, and their agents and legal representatives, may, during the usual business hours of the company, examine the records of the company referred to in section 170 and may take extracts therefrom free of charge.
(2)
A shareholder of a company is, upon request and without charge, entitled to one copy of the articles and by-laws of the company and any unanimous shareholder agreement, and to one copy of any amendments to any of those documents.
(3)
The creditors of a company and their agents and legal representatives may, during the usual business hours of the company, and upon payment of a reasonable fee, examine the records referred to in paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (1) of section 170, and subsections (2), (3) and (4) of that section, other than any unanimous shareholder agreement or an amendment to any unanimous shareholder agreement, and make copies of those records or take extracts therefrom.
(4)
Any person may, during the usual business hours of the company and upon payment of a reasonable fee, examine the records of the company referred to in paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section 170, and in subsections (2), (3) and (4) of that section, and make copies of those records or take extracts therefrom.
Shareholders’ Lists
Basic list of shareholders
176.(1)
Upon payment of a reasonable fee and sending to a public company or its transfer agent the affidavit referred to in subsection (4), any person may upon application require the company or its transfer agent to furnish him, within 15 days from the receipt of the affidavit, a list of shareholders of the company, in this section referred to as the “basic list”, made up to a date not more than 30 days before the date of receipt of the affidavit, which must set out
(a)
the names of the shareholders of the company,
(b)
the number of shares held by each shareholder, and
(c)
the address of each shareholder as shown on the records of the company.
(2)
When a person requiring a basic list from a public company states in the affidavit referred to in subsection (4) that he requires supplemental lists from the company, he may, upon payment of a reasonable fee, require the company or its transfer agent to furnish him with supplemental list of the shareholders, which must set out any changes from the basic list
(a)
in the names or addresses of the shareholders, and
(b)
in the number of shares held by each shareholder,
for each business day following the date to which the basic list is made up.
(3)
When a supplemental list has been required from a public company under subsection (2) by any person, the company, or its transfer agent, must furnish that person with a supplemental list
(a)
on the date the basic list is furnished, if the information relates to changes that took place before that date, and
(b)
on the business day following the day to which the supplemental list relates if the information relates to changes that take place on or after the date the basic list is furnished.
(4)
The affidavit required under subsection (1) must state
(a)
the name and address of the applicant;
(b)
the name and address for service of the body corporate, if the applicant is a body corporate; and
(c)
that the basic list and any supplemental list obtained pursuant to subsection (2) will not be used except as permitted under section 178.
(5)
If the applicant is a body corporate, the affidavit must be made by a director or officer of the body corporate.
Options list
177.
A person requiring under section 176 that a company supply a basic list or a supplemental list may also require the company to include in any such list the name and address of any known holder of an option or right to acquire shares of the company.
Restricted use of lists
178.
A list of shareholders obtained under section 176 from a company shall not be used by any person except in connection with
(a)
an effort to influence the voting of shareholders of the company;
(b)
an offer to acquire shares in the company; or
(c)
any other matter relating to the affairs of the company.
DIVISION I
Transfer of Shares and Debentures
Transferring of shares
179.(1)
The shares or debentures of a company may be transferred by a written instrument of transfer signed by the transferor and naming the transferee.
(2)
Where an instrument of transfer is prescribed in the by-laws of a company, that instrument must be used to transfer the shares or debentures of the company.
(3)
Subject to subsection (2) and to any enactment, no particular form of words is necessary to transfer shares or debentures, if words are used that show with reasonable certainty that the person signing the transfer intends to vest the title to the shares or debentures in the transferee.
(4)
Subject to subsection (5) and to any enactment, the beneficial ownership of the shares or debentures of a company passes to a transferee
(a)
on the delivery to him of the instrument of transfer signed by the transferor and of the transferor’s share certificate or debenture, as the case may be; or
(b)
on the delivery to him of an instrument of transfer signed by the transferor that has been certified by or on behalf of the company, or by or on behalf of a stock or securities exchange in Barbados.
(4A)
From 27th August, 2001 and notwithstanding subsection (4), where the transfer is of shares, the instrument of transfer must be presented to the Registrar within 30 days of its execution for the assessment and payment of
(a)
property transfer tax that may be payable under the Property Transfer Tax Act, Cap. 84A; or
(b)
stamp duty that is payable under the Stamp Duty Act, Cap. 91;
and until the instrument of transfer is so presented, the beneficial ownership of the shares does not pass to the transferee.
[2001-30]
(4B)
The court may, on the application of the company, the transferor, the transferee or any interested party, order that the time for presentation under subsection (4A) be extended or that the omission be rectified.
[2001-30]
(4C)
Where the court makes an order granting an extension of time or rectifying the omission under subsection (4B), on the presentation of the transfer in respect of that order to the Registrar, there shall be paid to the Registrar the penalty specified as payable under section 8(4) of the Property Transfer Tax Act, Cap. 84A in addition to any property transfer tax that may be due and payable on the transfer.
[2001-30; 2007-17]
(5)
If the transferor concerned is not registered with the company in respect of the shares, or, as the case may be, the debentures, subsection (4) has effect as if references to the transfer signed by the transferor included a reference to transfers signed by the person so registered and all holders of the shares or debentures intermediate between the person so registered and the transferor.
(6)
Notwithstanding subsection (4) or (5), a company, and, in the case of debentures, the trustee of the covering trust deed, is not bound or entitled to treat the transferee of shares or debentures as the owner of them until the transfer to him has been registered or until the court orders the registration of the transfer to him; and until the transfer is presented to the company for registration, the company is not to be treated as having notice of the transferee’s interest thereunder or of the fact that the transfer has been made.
(7)
This section applies notwithstanding anything contained in the articles or by-laws of a company, and notwithstanding anything contained in any trust deed or debentures or any contract or instrument.
Restrictions on transfers
180.(1)
No restriction or condition in a trust deed covering a debenture of a company, or in the debenture, limits the right of any person to transfer the debenture held by him.
(2)
A transfer of the shares or debentures of a shareholder or debenture holder of a company made by
(a)
his personal representative,
(b)
a trustee in bankruptcy,
(c)
a receiver appointed by or for the benefit of debenture holders,
(d)
a receiver or other person appointed by the court to administer the estate of a person of unsound mind,
(e)
the guardian of a minor, or
(f)
a person appointed by the court to execute the transfer,
is, although the person executing the transfer is not himself registered with the company as the holder of the shares or debentures, as the case may be, as valid as if he had been so registered at the time of the execution of the instrument of transfer.
(3)
This section applies in respect of a company notwithstanding anything contained in the articles or by-laws of the company, and notwithstanding anything contained in any trust deed or debentures, or any contract or instrument relating to the shares or debentures of the company.
Duty to issue
181.(1)
A company must issue a certification of the transfer of a share or debenture on the presentation to the company of a transfer that is signed by the holder of the share or debenture and accompanied by delivery to the company of the share or debenture.
(2)
A certification consists of a statement signed on behalf of the company and written or endorsed on the transfer to the effect that the share certificate or debenture, as the case may be, has been delivered to, or lodged with, the company.
(3)
The certification by a company of any transfer of a share or debenture of the company is a representation by the company to any person acting on faith of the certification that there have been produced to the company such documents as on the face of them show a prima facie title to share or debenture in the transferor named in the transfer; but is not a representation that the transferor has any title to the share or debenture.
(4)
Where any person acts on the faith of a false certification by a company made fraudulently or negligently, the company is liable to compensate him for any loss he incurs in consequence of his so acting.
(5)
A company that has issued a certification of a transfer of a share or debenture of the company is liable to compensate any person for loss that he incurs in consequence of the company subsequently releasing, otherwise than on surrender of the certification of the transfer of the share or debenture, possession of the share certificate or debenture in respect of which the certification was issued.
(6)
For the purposes of this section
(a)
the certification of a transfer is deemed to be made by a company if
(i)
the person issuing the certification is a person authorised to issue certifications of transfers on the company’s behalf, and
(ii)
the certification is signed by a person authorised to issue certifications of transfers on the company’s behalf, or by any other officer or employee, either of the company or of a body corporate so authorised; and
(b)
a certification is deemed to be signed by a person if it purports to be authenticated by his signature or initials, whether hand-written or not, unless the signature or initials were placed on the certification neither by that person nor any person authorised to use the signature or initials for the purpose of issuing certifications of transfers on the company’s behalf.
Transfer certificate
182.(1)
A company must, within 5 weeks after the allotment of any of its shares or debentures, and within 2 months after the date on which a transfer of its shares or debentures is presented to the company for registration, complete and have ready for delivery to the allottee or transferee a proper certificate or debenture for any share or debenture allotted or transferred to him.
(2)
When a company on which a notice is served requiring the company to make good any default in complying with subsection (1) fails to make good the default within 7 days after the service of the notice, the court may, on the application of the person entitled to have a certificate or debenture delivered to him, make an order directing the company and any officer of the company to make good the default within such time as may be specified in the order; and the order may provide that all costs incidental to the application be borne by the company and any officer of the company responsible for the default.
(3)
For the purpose of this section transfer means a transfer in proper form duly signed by the transferor and otherwise valid, and does not include a transfer that the company is for any reason entitled to refuse to register and does not register.
[1987-9]
Registration
183.(1)
Notwithstanding anything in the articles or by-laws of a company or in any debenture, trust deed or other contract or instrument, the company shall not register a transfer of any share or debenture of the company unless a transfer in proper form and duly signed by the transferor has been delivered to the company; but nothing in this section affects any duty of the company to register as a shareholder or debenture holder of the company any person to whom the ownership of any share or debenture of the company has been transmitted by operation of law.
(2)
On the application of the transferor of any share or debenture of a company, the company must enter in its register of shareholders or debenture holders, as the case requires, the name of the transferee in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as if the application for the entry had been made by the transferee.
(3)
Notwithstanding anything in the articles or by-laws of a company or in any debenture, trust deed or other contract or instrument, a company must register the trustee in bankruptcy or the personal representative of a shareholder or debenture holder as a shareholder in respect of shares, or as holder of the debentures, of the bankrupt, or, as the case may be, the deceased person, in its register of shareholders or debenture holders, as the case may be, within 7 days after he produces to the company satisfactory evidence of his title and requests it to register him as a shareholder or debenture holder.
[1987-9]
Effect of certificate
184.(1)
A certificate issued by a company and signed on its behalf stating that any shares or debentures of the company are held by any person is prima facie proof of the title of that person to the shares or debentures.
(2)
The registration of a person as a shareholder or debenture holder of a company, or the issue of a share certificate or debenture, constitutes a representation by the company that the person so registered, or the person named in the share certificate or debenture as entitled to the shares or debentures mentioned therein, is entitled to the shares or debentures mentioned in the register or in the share certificate or debenture; and the company may not deny the truth of that representation as against a person who believes it to be true and contracts to acquire the shares or debentures or any interest therein in good faith and for money or money’s worth.
(3)
It is no defence for a company to show for the purposes of subsection (2) that a registration or the issue of a share certificate or other document was procured by fraud or by the presentation to it of a forged document.
(4)
Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply in respect of certificates issued by a former-Act company before 1st January, 1985.
DIVISION J
Take-Over Bids
Definitions
185.
In this Division
(a)
dissenting offeree, if a take-over bid is made for all the shares of a class of shares,
(i)
means a shareholder of that class of share who does not accept the take-over bid; and
(ii)
includes a subsequent holder of that share who acquires it from the person mentioned in sub-paragraph (i);
(a1)
Exchange means the Securities Exchange of Barbados established by the Securities Exchange Act, Cap. 318A;
[1997-14]
(b)
offer includes an invitation to make an offer;
(c)
offeree means a person to whom a take-over bid is made;
(d)
offeree company means a company whose shares are the object of a take-over bid;
(e)
offeror means a person who makes a take-over bid otherwise than as an agent, and includes 2 or more persons who directly or indirectly
(i)
make take-over bids jointly or in concert; or
(ii)
intend to exercise, jointly or in concert, voting rights attached to shares for which a take-over bid is made;
(f)
share means a share with or without voting rights, and includes
(i)
a debenture currently convertible into such a share,
(ii)
currently exercisable options and rights to acquire a share or such a convertible debenture;
(g)
take-over bid means an offer made by
(i)
an offeror to shareholders of an offeree company to acquire more than 25 per cent of any class of issued shares of the offeree company;
(ii)
an issuer to repurchase more than 10 per cent of its own shares of any class; or
(iii)
an offeror to acquire shares of an offeree company which, when combined with shares of the said offeree company already beneficially owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the offeror, or an affiliate or associate of the offeror, would exceed 25 per cent of any class of issued shares of the offeree company.
[2001-30]
Offeror rights
186.
If, within 120 days after the date of a regularly made take-over bid which is for all the shares of an offeree company, the bid is accepted by the holders of not less than 90 per cent of the shares of any class of shares to which the take-over bid relates, other than shares held at the date of the take-over bid by or on behalf of the offeror or an affiliate or associate of the offeror, the offeror may, upon complying with this Division, acquire the shares held by the dissenting offerees.
[1997-14]
Notice to dissenting shareholders
187.
An offeror may acquire shares held by a dissenting offeree by sending, by registered post, within 60 days after the date of termination of the take-over bid, and in any event within 180 days after the date of the take-over bid, an offeror’s notice to each dissenting offeree and to the Registrar stating
(a)
that offerees who are holding 90 per cent or more of the shares to which the bid relates accepted the take-over bid;
[1986-4]
(b)
that the offeror is bound to take up and pay for or has taken up and paid for the shares of the offerees who accepted the take-over bid;
(c)
that a dissenting offeree is required to elect
(i)
to transfer his shares to the offeror on the terms on which the offeror acquired the shares of the offerees who accepted the take-over bid, or
(ii)
to demand payment of the fair value of his shares in accordance with sections 193 to 196 by notifying the offeror within 20 days after the dissenting offeree receives the offeror’s notice;
(d)
that a dissenting offeree who does not notify the offeror in accordance with sub-paragraph (ii) of paragraph (c) is presumed to have elected to transfer his shares to the offeror on the same terms as the offeror acquired the shares from the offerees who accepted the take-over bid; and
(e)
that a dissenting offeree must send those shares of his to which the take-over bid relates to the offeree company within 20 days after he receives the offeror’s notice.
Adverse claims
188.
Concurrently with sending the offeror’s notice under section 187, the offeror must send to the offeree company a notice of adverse claim with respect to each share held by a dissenting offeree.
Delivery of certificates
189.
A dissenting offeree to whom an offeror’s notice is sent under section 187 must, within 20 days after he receives that notice, send the share certificates of his for the class of shares to which the take-over bid relates to the offeree company.
Payment for shares
190.
Within 20 days after the offeror sends an offeror’s notice under section 187, the offeror must pay or transfer to the offeree company the amount of money or other consideration that the offeror would have had to pay or transfer to a dissenting offeree if the dissenting offeree had elected, under sub-paragraph (i) of paragraph (c) of section 187, to accept the take-over bid.
Money in trust
191.
The offeree company holds in trust for the dissenting shareholders the money or other consideration it receives under section 190; and the offeree company must deposit the money in a separate account in a bank and must place the other consideration in the custody of a bank.
Duty of offeree-company
192.
Within 30 days after the offeror sends an offeror’s notice under section 187, the offeree company must
(a)
issue the offeror a share certificate in respect of the shares that were held by dissenting offerees;
(b)
give to each dissenting offeree who
(i)
under sub-paragraph (i) of paragraph (c) of section 187 elects to accept the take-over bid, and
(ii)
sends his share certificates as required under section 189,
the money or other consideration to which he is entitled, disregarding fractional shares, which may be paid for in money; and
(c)
send to each dissenting shareholder who has not sent his share certificates as required under section 189 a notice stating that
(i)
his shares have been cancelled;
(ii)
the offeree company or some designated person holds in trust for him the money or other consideration to which he is entitled as payment for or in exchange for his shares; and
(iii)
the offeree company will, subject to sections 193 to 195, send that money or other consideration to him forthwith after receiving his shares.
Application to court
193.(1)
If a dissenting offeree has, under subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (c) of section 187, elected to demand payment of the fair value of his shares, the offeror may, within 20 days after it has paid the money or transferred the other consideration under section 190, apply to the court to fix the fair value of the shares of that dissenting offeree.
(2)
If an offeror fails to apply to the court under subsection (1), a dissenting offeree may, within a further period of 20 days, apply to the court to fix the fair value of the shares of the dissenting shareholder.
(3)
If no application is made to the court under subsection (2) within the time provided therefor in that subsection, a dissenting offeree thereby elects to transfer his shares to the offeror on the same terms as the offeror acquired the shares from the offerees who accepted the take-over bid.
Joined parties
194.
Upon an application under section 193
(a)
all dissenting offerees referred to in subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (c) of section 187 whose shares have not been acquired by the offeror are to be joined as parties and are bound by the decision of the court; and
(b)
the offeror must notify each affected dissenting offeree of the date, place and consequences of the application and of the offeree’s right to appear and be heard in person or by attorney-at-law.
Powers and order of court
195.(1)
Upon an application to the court under section 193, the court may determine whether any other person is a dissenting offeree who should be joined as a party; and the court must then fix a fair value for the shares of all dissenting offerees.
(2)
The court may appoint one or more appraisers to assist the court to fix a fair value for the shares of a dissenting offeree.
(3)
The final order of the court must be made in favour of each dissenting offeree against the offeror and be for the amount of the offeree’s shares as fixed by the court.
Effect of non-compliance
195A.
Where in connection with a take-over bid a person does not comply with this Division, or the regulations made under this Division, the General Manager of the Exchange or any interested person may apply to the court, and upon such application the court may make any order it thinks fit.
[1997-14]
Take-over bid regulations
195B.(1)
The Minister may, after consultation with the Exchange, make regulations respecting the procedure for take-over bids.
(2)
Regulations made under subsection (1) shall be subject to negative resolution.
[1997-14]
Exemption orders
195C.
Where on the application of an interested person the court is satisfied that the person is disadvantaged by the requirements of any regulations made under this Division with respect to a take-over bid, the court may make an order, on such terms as it thinks fit, exempting the person from the requirements of the regulations.
[1997-14]
Additional orders
196.
In connection with proceedings under this Division, the court may make any order it thinks fit and, in particular, it may
(a)
fix the amount of money or other consideration that is required to be held in trust under section 191;
(b)
order that the money or other consideration be held in trust by a person other than the offeree company;
(c)
allow to each dissenting offeree, from the date he sends or delivers his share certificates under section 189 until the date of payment, a reasonable rate of interest on the amount payable to him; or
(d)
order that any money payable to a shareholder who cannot be found be paid into the Consolidated Fund and subsection (3) of section 385 applies in respect of that payment.
DIVISION K
Fundamental Company Changes
Altering Articles
Fundamental amendment to articles
197.(1)
Subject to sections 202 and 203, the articles of a company may, by special resolution, be amended
(a)
to change its name;
(b)
to add, change or remove any restriction upon the business that the company can carry on;
(c)
to change any maximum number of shares that the company is authorised to issue;
(d)
to create new classes of shares;
(e)
to change the designation of all or any of its shares, or add, change or remove any rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions, including rights to accrued dividends, in respect of all or any of its shares, whether issued or unissued;
[2001-30]
(f)
to change the shares of any class or series, whether issued or unissued, into a different number of shares of the same class or series, or into the same or a different number of shares of other classes or series;
(g)
to divide a class of shares, whether issued or unissued, into a series of shares and fix the number of shares in each series, and the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attached thereto;
(h)
to authorise the directors to divide any class of unissued shares into series of shares and fix the number of shares in each series, and the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attached thereto;
(i)
to authorise the directors to change the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attached to unissued shares of any series;
(j)
to revoke, diminish or enlarge any authority conferred under paragraphs (h) to (i);
(k)
to increase or decrease the number of directors or the minimum or maximum number of directors, subject to sections 67 and 73;
(l)
to add, change or remove restrictions on the transfer of shares; or
(m)
to add, change or remove any other provision that is permitted by this Act to be set out in the articles.
(2)
The directors of a company may, if authorised by the shareholders in the special resolution effecting an amendment under this section, revoke the resolution before it is acted upon, without further approval of the shareholders.
(3)
A provision in the articles of a company that restricts in whole or in part the powers of the directors to manage the business and affairs of the company may not be amended except with the consent of all the shareholders.
Constraints on transfers
198.(1)
Subject to sections 202 and 203, a public company may by special resolution amend its articles in accordance with the regulations to constrain the issue or transfer of its shares
(a)
[Repealed by 2004-24];
(b)
to enable the company or any of its affiliates to qualify under the law of Barbados
(i)
to obtain a licence to carry on any business; or
(ii)
to acquire shares of a financial intermediary as defined in the regulations.
(2)
A company referred to in subsection (1) may by special resolution amend its articles to remove any constraint on the issue or transfer of its shares.
(3)
The directors of a company may, if authorised by the shareholders in the special resolution effecting an amendment under subsection (1), revoke the resolution before it is acted upon, without further approval of the shareholders.
Constrained-share company regulations
199.
The Minister may, with respect to a company that constrains the issue or transfer of its shares, make regulations prescribing
(a)
the disclosures required to be made of the constraints in documents issued or published by the company;
(b)
the duties and powers of the directors to refuse to issue or register transfers of shares in accordance with the articles of the company;
(c)
the limitations on voting rights of any shares held contrary to the articles of the company;
(d)
the powers of the directors to require disclosure of beneficial ownership of shares of the company and the right of the company, its directors, officers, employees and agents to rely on that disclosure and the effects of relying thereon; and
(e)
the rights of any person owning shares of the company at the time of an amendment to its articles constraining share issues or transfers.
Validity of transfer, etc.
200.
An issue or a transfer of a share or act of a company is valid notwithstanding any failure to comply with section 198 or the regulations under section 199.
Proposal to amend articles
201.(1)
Subject to subsection (2), a director or a shareholder of a company who is entitled to vote at an annual meeting of shareholders may, in accordance with section 112, make a proposal to amend the articles of the company.
(2)
Notice of a meeting of shareholders at which a proposal to amend the articles is to be considered must set out the proposed amendment, and, where applicable, must state that a dissenting shareholder is entitled to be paid the fair value of his shares in accordance with section 213; but failure to make that statement does not invalidate an amendment.
Class vote on proposal
202.(1)
The holders of shares of a class, or, subject to subsection (2), of a series, are, unless the articles otherwise provide in the case of an amendment described in paragraph (a) or (b), entitled to vote separately, as a class or series, upon a proposal to amend the articles
(a)
to increase or decrease any maximum number of authorised shares of that class, or increase any maximum number of authorised shares of a class having rights or privileges equal or superior to the shares of that class;
(b)
to effect an exchange, reclassification or cancellation of all or part of the shares of that class;
(c)
to add, change or remove the rights, privileges, restrictions or conditions attached to the shares of that class and, in particular
(i)
to remove or change prejudicially rights to accrued dividends or to cumulative dividends,
(ii)
to add, remove or change redemption rights prejudicially,
(iii)
to reduce or remove a dividend preference or a liquidation preference, or
(iv)
to add, remove or change prejudicially conversion privileges, options, voting transfer or pre-emptive rights, or rights to acquire shares or debentures of a company, or sinking fund provisions;
(d)
to increase the rights or privileges of any class of shares having rights or privileges equal or superior to the shares of that class;
(e)
to create a new class of shares equal or superior to the shares of that class;
(f)
to make any class of shares having rights or privileges inferior to the shares of that class equal or superior to the shares of that class;
(g)
to effect an exchange or to create a right of exchange of all or part of the shares of another class into the shares of that class; or
(h)
to constrain the issue or transfer of the shares of that class, or extend or remove the constraint.
(2)
The holders of a series of shares of a class are entitled to vote separately as a series under subsection (1) only if the series is affected by an amendment in a manner different from other shares of the same class.
(3)
Subsection (1) applies whether or not shares of a class or series otherwise carry the right to vote.
(4)
A proposed amendment to the articles referred to in subsection (1) is adopted when the holders of the shares of each class or series entitled to vote separately thereon as a class or series have approved the amendment by a special resolution.
Delivery of articles
203.(1)
Subject to any revocation under subsection (2) of section 197 or subsection (3) of section 198, after an amendment has been adopted under section 197, 198, or 202, articles of amendment in the prescribed form must be sent to the Registrar.
(2)
If an amendment effects or requires a reduction of stated capital, subsections (3) and (4) of section 44 apply.
Certificate of amendment
204.(1)
Upon receipt of articles of amendment from a company, the Registrar must issue to the company a certificate of amendment in accordance with section 404.
(2)
An amendment to the articles of a company becomes effective on the date shown in the certificate issued by the Registrar in respect of that company; and the articles of the company are amended accordingly.
(3)
No amendment to the articles affects
(a)
an existing cause of action or claim or liability to prosecution in favour of or against the company or its directors or officers, or
(b)
any civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding to which a company or any of its directors or officers is a party.
Re-stated articles
205.(1)
The directors of a company may at any time, and must, when reasonably so directed by the Registrar, restate the articles of incorporation of the company as amended.
(2)
Re-stated articles of incorporation in the prescribed form must be sent to the Registrar.
(3)
Upon receipt of re-stated articles of incorporation, the Registrar must issue a re-stated certificate of incorporation in accordance with section 404.
(4)
Re-stated articles of incorporation are effective on the date shown in the restated certificate of incorporation, and supersede the original articles of incorporation and all amendments thereto.
Amalgamations
Amalgamation
206.
Two or more companies, including holding and subsidiary companies, may amalgamate and continue as one company.
Agreement for amalgamation
207.(1)
Each company proposing to amalgamate must enter into an agreement setting out the terms and means of effecting the amalgamation, and, in particular, setting out
(a)
the provisions that are required to be included in articles of incorporation under section 5;
(b)
the name and address of each proposed director of the amalgamated company;
(c)
the manner in which the shares of each amalgamating company are to be converted into shares or debentures of the amalgamated company;
(d)
if any shares of an amalgamating company are not to be converted into shares or debentures of the amalgamated company, the amount of money or shares or debentures of any body corporate that the holders of those shares are to receive instead of shares or debentures of the amalgamated company;
(e)
the manner of payment of money instead of the issue of fractional shares of the amalgamated company or of any other body corporate the shares or debentures of which are to be received in the amalgamation;
(f)
whether the by-laws of the amalgamated company are to be those of one of the amalgamating companies, and, if not, a copy of the proposed by-laws; and
(g)
details of any arrangements necessary to perfect the amalgamation and to provide for the subsequent management and operation of the amalgamated company.
(2)
If shares of one of the amalgamating companies are held by or on behalf of another of the amalgamating companies, the amalgamation agreement must provide for the cancellation of those shares when the amalgamation becomes effective, without any repayment of capital in respect thereof; and no provision may be made in the agreement for the conversion of those shares into shares of the amalgamated company.
Approval by shareholders
208.(1)
The directors of each amalgamating company must submit the amalgamation agreement for approval to a meeting of the shareholders of the amalgamating company of which they are directors, and, subject to subsection (4), to the holders of each class or series of shares of that amalgamating company.
(2)
A notice of a meeting of shareholders complying with section 109 must be sent in accordance with that section to each shareholder of each amalgamating company; and the notice
(a)
must include or be accompanied with a copy or summary of the amalgamation agreement; and
(b)
must state that a dissenting shareholder is entitled to be paid the fair value of his shares in accordance with section 213,
but failure to make the statement referred to in paragraph (b) does not invalidate an amalgamation.
(3)
Each share of an amalgamating company carries the right to vote in respect of an amalgamation, whether or not the share otherwise carries the right to vote.
(4)
The holders of shares of a class or series of shares of an amalgamating company are entitled to vote separately as a class or series in respect of an amalgamation when the amalgamation agreement contains a provision that, if contained in a proposed amendment to the articles, would entitle those holders to vote as a class or series under section 202.
(5)
An amalgamation agreement is adopted when the shareholders of each amalgamating company have approved of the amalgamation by special resolutions of each class or series of the shareholders entitled to vote on the amalgamation.
(6)
An amalgamation agreement may provide that at any time before the issue of a certificate of amalgamation the agreement can be terminated by the directors of an amalgamating company, notwithstanding approval of the agreement by the shareholders of all or any of the amalgamating companies.
Vertical short-form amalgamation
209.
A holding company and one or more of its wholly-owned subsidiary companies may amalgamate and continue as one company without complying with sections 207 and 208, if
(a)
the amalgamation is approved by a resolution of the directors of each amalgamating company; and
(b)
the resolutions provide that
(i)
the shares of each amalgamating subsidiary company will be cancelled without any repayment of capital in respect of the cancellation;
(ii)
the articles of amalgamation will be the same as the articles of incorporation of the amalgamating holding company; and
(iii)
no shares or debentures will be issued by the amalgamated company in connection with the amalgamation.
Horizontal short-form amalgamation
210.
Two or more wholly-owned subsidiary companies of the same holding body corporate may amalgamate and continue as one company without complying with sections 207 and 208, if
(a)
the amalgamation is approved by a resolution of the directors of each amalgamating company; and
(b)
the resolutions provide that
(i)
the shares of all but one of the amalgamating subsidiary companies will be cancelled without any repayment of capital in respect of the cancellation;
(ii)
the articles of amalgamation will be the same as the articles of incorporation of the amalgamating subsidiary company whose shares are not cancelled; and
(iii)
the stated capital of the amalgamating subsidiary companies whose shares are cancelled will be added to the stated capital of the amalgamating subsidiary company whose shares are not cancelled.
Articles of amalgamation
211.(1)
Subject to subsection (6) of section 208, after an amalgamation has been adopted under section 208 or approved under section 209 or 210, articles of amalgamation in the prescribed form must be sent to the Registrar together with the documents required by sections 66 and 169.
(2)
There must be attached to the articles of amalgamation a statutory declaration of a director or an officer of each amalgamating company that establishes to the satisfaction of the Registrar
(a)
that there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(i)
each amalgamating company is and the amalgamated company will be able to pay its liabilities as they become due; and
(ii)
the realisable value of the amalgamated company’s assets will not be less than the aggregate of its liabilities and stated capital of all classes; and
(b)
that there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(i)
no creditor will be prejudiced by the amalgamation, or
(ii)
adequate notice has been given to all known creditors of the amalgamating companies, and no creditor objects to the amalgamation otherwise than on grounds that are frivolous or vexatious.
(3)
For the purposes of subsection (2), adequate notice is given to creditors by a company, if
(a)
a notice in writing is sent to each known creditor having a claim against the company that exceeds $1 000;
(b)
a notice is published once in a newspaper published or distributed in Barbados; and
(c)
each notice states that the company intends to amalgamate with one or more specified companies in accordance with this Act, and that a creditor of the company can object to the amalgamation within 30 days from the date of the notice.
Certificate of amalgamation
212.(1)
Upon receipt of articles of amalgamation, the Registrar must issue a certificate of amalgamation in accordance with section 404.
(2)
On the date shown in a certificate of amalgamation, in respect of an amalgamated company
(a)
the amalgamation of the amalgamating companies and their continuance as one company becomes effective;
(b)
the property of each amalgamating company becomes the property of the amalgamated company;
(c)
the amalgamated company becomes liable for the obligations of each amalgamating company;
(d)
any existing cause of action, claim or liability to prosecution is unaffected;
(e)
a civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding pending by or against an amalgamating company may be continued by or against the amalgamated company;
(f)
a conviction against, or ruling, order or judgment in favour of or against, an amalgamating company may be enforced by or against the amalgamated company; and
(g)
the articles of amalgamation are the articles of incorporation of the amalgamated company, and, except for the purposes of subsection (1) of section 62, the certificate of amalgamation is the certificate of incorporation of the amalgamated company.
Dissenters’ Rights and Obligations
Dissent by shareholder
213.(1)
Subject to sections 223 and 228, a shareholder of any class of shares of a company may dissent if the company resolves
(a)
to amend its articles under section 197 or 198 to add, change or remove any provisions restricting or constraining the issue or transfer of shares of that class;
(b)
to amend its articles under section 197 to add, change or remove any restriction upon the businesses that the company can carry on;
(c)
to amalgamate with another company, otherwise than under section 209 or 210; or
(d)
to sell, lease or exchange all or substantially all its property under section 134.
(2)
Subject to sections 223 and 228, a shareholder of any class of shares of a company may dissent if the company is subject to an order of the court under section 224 permitting the shareholders to dissent.
(3)
The articles of a company that is not a public company may provide that a shareholder of any class or series of shares who is entitled to vote under section 202 may dissent if the company resolves to amend its articles in a manner described in that section.
(4)
In addition to any other right he has, but subject to section 222, a shareholder who complies with this section is entitled, when the action approved by the resolution from which he dissents or an order made under section 224 becomes effective, to be paid by the company the fair value of the shares held by him in respect of which he dissents; and the fair value is to be determined as of the close of business on the day before the resolution was adopted or the order made.
(5)
A dissenting shareholder may not claim under this section except only with respect to all the shares of a class or series
(a)
held by him on behalf of any one beneficial owner, and
(b)
registered in the name of the dissenting shareholder.
(6)
A dissenting shareholder must send to the company, at or before any meeting of shareholders of the company at which a resolution referred to in subsection (1) or (3) is to be voted on, a written dissent from the resolution, unless the company did not give notice to the shareholder of the purpose of the meeting and of his right to dissent.
(7)
When a shareholder of a company has dissented pursuant to subsection (6) to a resolution referred to in subsection (1) or (3), the company must, within 10 days after the shareholders of the company adopt the resolution, send to the shareholder notice that the resolution has been adopted; but the notice need not be sent to the shareholder if he has voted for the resolution or has withdrawn his dissent.
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Demand for payment
214.(1)
A dissenting shareholder must, within 20 days after he receives a notice under subsection (7) of section 213, or, if he does not receive that notice, within 20 days after he learns that a resolution under that subsection has been adopted, send to the company a written notice containing
(a)
his name and address;
(b)
the number and class or series of shares in respect of which he dissents; and
(c)
a demand for payment of the fair value of the shares.
(2)
A dissenting shareholder must, within 30 days after sending a notice under subsection (1), send the certificates representing the shares in respect of which he dissents to the company or its transfer agent.
(3)
A dissenting shareholder who fails to comply with subsection (2) has no right to make a claim under this section.
(4)
A company or its transfer agent must endorse on any share certificate received by it under subsection (2) a notice that the holder of the share is a dissenting shareholder under this section, and forthwith return the share certificate to the dissenting shareholder.
Suspension of rights
215.
After sending a notice under section 214, a dissenting shareholder ceases to have any rights as a shareholder, other than the right to be paid the fair value of his shares as determined under this section, unless
(a)
the dissenting shareholder withdraws his notice before the company makes an offer under section 216;
(b)
the company fails to make an offer in accordance with section 216 and the dissenting shareholder withdraws his notice; or
(c)
the directors
(i)
under subsection (2) of section 197 or subsection (3) of section 207, revoke a resolution to amend the articles of the company;
(ii)
under subsection (6) of section 208, terminate an amalgamation agreement; or
(iii)
under subsection (7) of section 134, abandon a sale, lease or exchange of property,
in which case his rights as a shareholder are re-instated as of the date the notice mentioned in section 214 was sent.
Offer to pay for share
216.(1)
A company must, not later than 7 days after the day on which the action approved by the resolution is effective, or the day the company received the notice referred to in section 214, whichever is the later date, send to each dissenting shareholder who has sent such a notice
(a)
a written offer to pay for his shares in an amount considered by the directors of the company to be the fair value of those shares, which must be accompanied with a statement showing how the fair value was determined; or
(b)
if section 222 applies, a notification that it is unable lawfully to pay dissenting shareholders for their shares.
(2)
Every offer made under subsection (1) for shares of the same class or series must be on the same terms.
(3)
Subject to section 222, a company must pay for the shares of a dissenting shareholder within 10 days after an offer made under subsection (1) has been accepted; but the offer lapses if the company does not receive an acceptance of the offer within 30 days after it has been made.
Application to court
217.(1)
If a company fails to make an offer under subsection (1) of section 216, or if a dissenting shareholder fails to accept the offer made by the company, the company may, within 50 days after the action approved by the resolution is effective, apply to the court to fix a fair value for the shares of any dissenting shareholders.
(2)
If a company fails to apply to the court in the circumstances described in subsection (1), a dissenting shareholder may, within a further period of 20 days, apply to the court to fix a fair value for the shares of any dissenting shareholders.
Joined parties
218.
Upon an application to the court under section 217
(a)
all dissenting shareholders whose shares have not been purchased by the company are to be joined as parties and are bound by the decision of the court; and
(b)
the company must notify each affected dissenting shareholder of the date, place and consequences of the application and of his right to appear and be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
Court powers
219.(1)
Upon an application to the court under section 217, the court may determine whether any other person is a dissenting shareholder who should be joined as a party; and the court must then fix a fair value for the shares of all dissenting shareholders.
(2)
The court may appoint one or more appraisers to assist the court to fix a fair value for the shares of the dissenting shareholders.
(3)
The final order of the court must be made against the company in favour of each dissenting shareholder of the company and for the amount of the shares of the dissenting shareholder as fixed by the court.
Interest
220.
The court may allow a reasonable rate of interest on the amount payable to each dissenting shareholder, from the date the action approved by the resolution is effective until the date of payment by the company.
Recourse of dissenting shareholder
221.(1)
If section 222 applies, the company must, within 10 days after the making of an order under subsection 3 of section 219, notify each dissenting shareholder that it is unable lawfully to pay dissenting shareholders for their shares.
(2)
If section 222 applies, a dissenting shareholder, by written notice delivered to the company within 30 days after receiving a notice under subsection (1)
(a)
may withdraw his notice of dissent, in which case the company consents to the withdrawal and the shareholder is re-instated to his full rights as a shareholder; or
(b)
may retain a status as a claimant against the company entitled to be paid as soon as the company is lawfully able to do so, or, in a liquidation, to be ranked subordinate to the rights of creditors of the company, but in priority to the company’s shareholders.
Prohibition of payment
222.
A company shall not make a payment to a dissenting shareholder under section 216 if there are reasonable grounds for believing
(a)
the company is or would, after the payment, be unable to pay its liabilities as they become due; or
(b)
the realisable value of the company’s assets would thereby be less than the aggregate of its liabilities.
Re-organisation
Re-organisation
223.(1)
In this section, re-organisation means
(a)
a court order made under section 228;
(b)
a court order approving a proposal under the Bankruptcy Act, Cap. 303; or
(c)
a court order that is made under any other enactment and that affects the rights among the company, its shareholders and creditors.
(2)
If a company is subject to an order referred to in subsection (1), its articles may be amended by the order to effect any change that might lawfully be made by an amendment under section 197.
(3)
If the court makes an order referred to in subsection (1), the court may also
(a)
authorise the issue of debentures of the company, whether or not convertible into shares of any shares of any class or series, or having attached any rights or options to acquire shares of any class or series, and fix the terms thereof; and
(b)
appoint directors in place of, or in addition to, all or any of the directors then in office.
(4)
After an order referred to in subsection (1) has been made, articles of re-organisation in the prescribed form must be sent by the company to the Registrar, together with the documents required by sections 66 and 169, if applicable.
(5)
Upon receipt of articles of re-organisation for a company, the Registrar must issue a certificate of amendment in accordance with section 404.
(6)
A re-organisation of a company becomes effective on the date shown in the certificate of amendment, and its articles of incorporation are amended accordingly.
(7)
A shareholder of a company is not entitled to dissent under section 213 if an amendment to the articles of incorporation of the company is effected under this section.
Arrangements
Arrangements
224.(1)
In this section, arrangements includes
(a)
an amendment of the articles of a company;
(b)
an amalgamation of 2 or more companies;
(c)
a division of the businesses carried on by a company;
(d)
a transfer of all or substantially all the property of a company to another body corporate in exchange for property, money or shares or debentures of the body corporate;
(e)
an exchange of shares or debentures held by shareholders or debenture holders of a company for property, money or other shares or debentures of the company, or property, money or shares or debentures of another body corporate, if it is not a take-over bid within the meaning of Division J;
(f)
a liquidation and dissolution of a company; and
(g)
any combination of the activities described in paragraphs (a) to (f).
(2)
For the purposes of this section, a company is insolvent when
(a)
it is unable to pay its liabilities as they become due, or
(b)
the realisable value of the assets of the company are less than the aggregate of its liabilities and stated capital of all classes.
(3)
Where it is not practicable for a company that is solvent to effect a fundamental change in the nature of an arrangement under any other provision of this Act, the company may apply to the court for an approval of an arrangement proposed by the company.
(4)
In connection with an application under this section, the court may make any interim or final order it thinks fit
(a)
an order determining the notice to be given to any interested person or dispensing with notice to any person other than the Registrar;
(b)
an order requiring a company, in such manner as the court directs, to call, hold and conduct a meeting of shareholders or debenture holders, or holders of options or rights to acquire shares in the company;
(c)
an order permitting a shareholder to dissent under section 213; or
(d)
an order approving an arrangement as proposed by the company or as amended in such manner as the court may direct.
(5)
An applicant under this section must give the Registrar notice of the application; and the Registrar may appear and be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
(6)
After an order referred to in paragraph (d) of subsection (4) has been made, articles of arrangement in the prescribed form must be sent to the Registrar together with the documents required by sections 74 and 169, if applicable.
(7)
Upon receipt of articles of arrangement, the Registrar must issue a certificate of amendment in accordance with section 404.
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(8)
An arrangement becomes effective on the date shown in the certificate of amendment.
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DIVISION L
Civil Remedies
Definitions
225.
In this Part
(a)
action means an action under this Act;
(b)
complainant means
(i)
a shareholder or debenture holder, or a former holder of a share or debenture of a company or any of its affiliates;
(ii)
a director or an officer or former director or officer of a company or any of its affiliates;
(iii)
the Registrar; or
(iv)
any other person who, in the discretion of the court, is a proper person to make an application under this Part.
Derivative Actions
Derivative actions
226.(1)
Subject to subsection (2), a complainant may, for the purpose of prosecuting, defending or discontinuing an action on behalf of a company, apply to the court for leave to bring an action in the name and on behalf of the company or any of its subsidiaries, or intervene in an action to which any such company or any of its subsidiaries is a party.
(2)
No action may be brought, and no intervention in an action may be made, under subsection (1) unless the court is satisfied
(a)
that the complainant has given reasonable notice to the directors of the company or its subsidiary of his intention to apply to the court under subsection (1) if the directors of the company or its subsidiary do not bring, diligently prosecute or defend, or discontinue, the action;
(b)
that the complainant is acting in good faith; and
(c)
that it appears to be in the interests of the company or its subsidiary that the action be brought, prosecuted, defended or discontinued.
Court powers
227.
In connection with an action brought or intervened in under section 226, the court may at any time make any order it thinks fit, including
(a)
an order authorising the complainant, the Registrar or any other person to control the conduct of the action;
(b)
an order giving directions for the conduct of the action;
(c)
an order directing that any amount adjudged payable by a defendant in the action be paid, in whole or in part, directly to former and present shareholders or debenture holders of the company or its subsidiary, instead of to the company or its subsidiary; or
(d)
an order requiring the company or its subsidiary to pay reasonable legal fees incurred by the complainant in connection with the action.
Restraining Oppression
Oppression restrained
228.(1)
A complainant may apply to the court for an order under this section.
(2)
If, upon an application under subsection (1), the court is satisfied that in respect of a company or any of its affiliates
(a)
any act or omission of the company or any of its affiliates effects a result,
(b)
the business or affairs of the company or any of its affiliates are or have been carried on or conducted in a manner, or
(c)
the powers of the directors of the company or any of its affiliates are or have been exercised in a manner,
that is oppressive or unfairly prejudicial to, or that unfairly disregards the interests of, any shareholder or debenture holder, creditor, director or officer of the company, the court may make an order to rectify the matters complained of.
(3)
In connection with an application under this section, the court may make any interim or final order it thinks fit, including
(a)
an order restraining the conduct complained of;
(b)
an order appointing a receiver or receiver-manager;
(c)
an order to regulate a company’s affairs by amending its articles or by-laws, or creating or amending a unanimous shareholder agreement;
(d)
an order directing an issue or exchange of shares or debentures;
(e)
an order appointing directors in place of, or in addition to, all or any of the directors then in office;
(f)
an order directing a company, subject to subsection (6), or any other person, to purchase shares or debentures of a holder thereof;
(g)
an order directing a company, subject to subsection (6), or any other person, to pay to a shareholder or debenture holder any part of the moneys paid by him for his shares or debentures;
(h)
an order varying or setting aside a transaction or contract to which a company is a party, and compensating the company or any other party to the transaction or contract;
(i)
an order requiring a company, within a time specified by the court, to produce to the court or an interested person financial statements in the form required by section 147 or an accounting in such other form as the court may determine;
(j)
an order compensating an aggrieved person;
(k)
an order directing rectification of the registers or other records of a company under section 231;
(l)
an order liquidating and dissolving the company;
(m)
an order directing an investigation under Division B of Part V to be made; or
(n)
an order requiring the trial of any issue.
(4)
If an order made under this section directs the amendment of the articles or by-laws of a company
(a)
the directors must forthwith comply with subsection (4) of section 223; and
(b)
no other amendment to the articles or by-laws may be made without the consent of the court, until the court otherwise orders.
(5)
A shareholder is not entitled under section 213 to dissent if an amendment to the articles is effected under this section.
(6)
A company shall not make a payment to a shareholder under paragraph (f) or (g) of subsection (3) if there are reasonable grounds for believing that
(a)
the company is unable or would, after that payment, be unable to pay its liabilities as they become due, or
(b)
the realisable value of the company’s assets would thereby be less than the aggregate of its liabilities.
(7)
An applicant under this section may apply in the alternative for an order under section 373.
Staying action
229.(1)
An application made or an action brought or intervened in under this Part may not be stayed or dismissed by reason only that it is shown that an alleged breach of a right or duty owed to the company or its subsidiary has been or might be approved by the shareholders of the company or its subsidiary; but evidence of approval by the shareholders may be taken into account by the court in making an order under section 227, 228, or 373.
(2)
An application made or an action brought or intervened in under this Part may not be stayed, discontinued, settled or dismissed for want of prosecution without the approval of the court given upon such terms as the court thinks fit; and if the court determines that the interests of any complainant could be substantially affected by the stay, discontinuance, settlement or dismissal, the court may order any party to the application or action to give notice to the complainant.
Interim costs
230.
In an application made or an action brought or intervened in under this Part, the court may at any time order the company or its subsidiary to pay to the complainant interim cost, including legal fees and disbursements; but the complainant may be held accountable for those interim costs upon the final disposition of the application or action.
Rectification of records
231.(1)
If the name of a person is alleged to be or to have been wrongly entered or retained in, or wrongly deleted or omitted from, the registers or other records of a company, the company, a shareholder or debenture holder of the company, or any aggrieved person, may apply to the court for an order that the registers or records of the company be rectified.
(2)
An applicant under this section must give the Registrar notice of the application; and the Registrar is entitled to appear and be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
(3)
In connection with an application under this section, the court may make any order it thinks fit including
(a)
an order requiring the registers or other records of the company to be rectified;
(b)
an order restraining the company from calling or holding a meeting of shareholders, or paying a dividend before that rectification;
(c)
an order determining the right of a party to the proceedings to have his name entered or retained in, or deleted or omitted from, the registers or records of the company, whether the issue arises between 2 or more shareholders or debenture holders or alleged shareholders or alleged debenture holders, or between the company and any shareholders or debenture holders, or alleged shareholders or alleged debenture holders; and
(d)
an order compensating a party who has incurred a loss.
Other Remedial Actions
Directions for Registrar
232.
The Registrar may apply to the court for directions in respect of any matter concerning his duties under this Act; and on the application the court may give such directions and make such further order as it thinks fit.
Refusal by Registrar
233.(1)
When the Registrar refuses to file any articles or other document required by this Act to be filed by him before the articles or other document become effective, the Registrar must
(a)
within 60 days after the receipt thereof by him, or 60 days after he receives any approval required under any other Act, whichever is the later date, and,
(b)
after giving the person who sent the articles or document an opportunity to be heard,
give written notice of the refusal to that person, together with the reasons for the refusal.
(2)
If the Registrar does not file or give written notice of his refusal to file any articles or document within the time limited therefor in subsection (1), then, for the purposes of section 234, the Registrar has refused to file the articles or document.
Appeal from Registrar
234.
A person who feels aggrieved by a decision of the Registrar
(a)
to refuse to file in the form submitted to him any articles or other document required by this Act to be filed by him;
(b)
to give a name, to change or revoke a name, or to refuse to reserve, accept, change or revoke a name under sections 11 to 14;
(c)
to refuse to grant an exemption under subsection (2) of section 10, section 142, section 148 or subsection (3) of section 152 and any regulations thereunder;
(d)
to refuse under subsection (2) of section 353 to permit a continued reference to shares having a nominal or par value; or
(e)
to dissolve a company under section 371,
may apply to the court for an order requiring the Registrar to change his decision; and upon the application the court may so order, and make any further order it thinks fit.
Restraining order, etc.
235.
If a company or any director, officer, employee, agent, auditor, trustee, receiver, receiver-manager or liquidator of a company does not comply with this Act, the regulations, articles, by-laws, or any unanimous shareholder agreement of the company, a complainant or creditor of the company may, in addition to any other right he has, apply to the court for an order directing any such person to comply with, or restraining any such person from acting in breach of, any provisions of this Act, the regulations, articles, by-laws or unanimous shareholder agreement, as the case may be.
Summary application
236.
Where this Act states that a person may apply to the court, the application may be made in a summary manner by summons, originating notice of motion, or otherwise as the rules of the court provide, but subject to any order respecting notice to interested parties or costs, or any other order the court thinks fit.
PART II
Protection of Creditors and Investors
DIVISION A
Registration of Charges
Charges
Registration with Registrar
237.(1)
Subject to this Division, where a charge to which this section applies is created by a company, the company must, within 28 days after the creation of the charge, lodge with the Registrar a statement of the charge and
(a)
any instrument by which the charge is created or evidenced; or
(b)
a copy of the instrument together with a statutory declaration verifying the execution of the charge and also verifying the copy as being a true copy of the instrument,
and if this provision is not complied with in relation to the charge, the charge is void so far as any security interest it thereby purported to create.
(1A)
Where on or after 19th July, 1990*, a charge created by a company affects land owned by that company, the company must within 28 days after the creation of the charge lodge with the Registrar of Titles a copy of the instrument creating or evidencing the charge together with a statutory declaration verifying the execution of the charge and also verifying the copy as being a true copy of the instrument; and if this provision is not complied with in relation to the charge, the charge is void as far as any security interest it thereby purported to create.
*[The insertion of the date 19th July, 1990 by Act 1990-28 does not affect any charge created between the 13th November, 1989 and the 18th July, 1990 to which Act 1990-20 had applied.]
[1990-20; 1990-28]
(2)
Nothing in subsection (1) affects any contract or obligation for repayment of the money secured by a charge that is void under that subsection; and the money received under the charge becomes immediately payable.
(3)
This section applies to all charges created by a company except
(a)
any pledge of, or possessory lien on, goods, and
(b)
any charge by way of pledge, deposit or trust receipt, or bills of lading, dock warrants or other documents of title to goods, or of bills of exchange, promissory notes, or other negotiable securities for money.
Changes created between 13th November, 1989 and the 18th July, 1990 not affected
237.1.
Section 237(1A) in force before the 3rd September, 1990, shall be deemed not to have affected any charge created between the 13th November, 1989 and the 18th July, 1990 by a company respecting land owned by that company, where the provisions of the section have not been complied with relation to that charge.
[1990-28]
Contents of charge statements
238.(1)
Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the statement referred to in section 237 must contain the following particulars
(a)
the date of the creation of the charge;
(b)
the nature of the charge;
(c)
the amount secured by the charge, or the maximum sum deemed to be secured by the charge in accordance with section 242;
(d)
short particulars of the property charged;
(e)
the persons entitled to the charge; and
(f)
in the case of a floating charge, the nature of any restriction on the power of the company to grant further charges ranking in priority to, or equally with, the charge thereby created.
(2)
Where a company creates a series of debentures containing or giving by reference to any other instrument any charge to the benefit of which the debenture holders of that series are entitled equally, it is sufficient if there is lodged with the Registrar for registration, within 28 days after the execution of the instrument containing the charges, or, if there is no such instrument, after the execution of the first debenture of the series, a statement containing the following
(a)
the total amount secured by the whole series;
(b)
the dates of the resolutions authorising the issue of the series and the date of any covering instrument by which the security interest is created or defined;
(c)
the name of any trustee for the debenture holders; and
(d)
the particulars specified in paragraphs (b), (d) and (f) of subsection (1).
(3)
The statement referred to in subsection (2) must be accompanied by the instrument containing the charge or a copy of that instrument and a statutory declaration verifying the execution of the instrument and verifying the copy to be a true copy; but, if there is no such instrument, the statement must be accompanied by a copy of one of the debentures of the series and a statutory declaration verifying the copy to be a true copy.
Certified copy of instrument
239.
For the purposes of subsection (1) of section 237 and subsection (3) of section 238, a certified copy of an instrument or debenture is a copy of the instrument or debenture that has endorsed on it a certificate
(a)
that states that the instrument or debenture is a true and complete copy of the original, and
(b)
that is under the seal of the company or under the hand of some person interested in the instrument or debenture otherwise than on behalf of the company.
Later charges
240.
When a charge requiring registration under sections 237 to 239
(a)
is created before the lapse of 30 days after the creation of a prior unregistered charge that comprises all or any part of the property comprised in the prior charge, and
(b)
is given as security for the same debt that is secured by the prior charge or any part of that debt,
then, to the extent to which the subsequent charge is a security for the same debt or part thereof and so far as respects the property comprised in the prior charge, the subsequent charge does not operate nor is it valid unless it was given in good faith for the purpose of correcting some material error in the prior charge or under other proper circumstances and not for the purpose of avoiding or evading the provisions of this Division.
Effect on enactments
241.
Sections 237 to 240 do not affect any other enactment relating to the registration of charges.
Fluctuating charges
242.(1)
When a charge the particulars of which require registration under section 237 is expressed to secure all sums due or to become due or some other fluctuating amount, the particulars required under paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section 238 must state the maximum sum that is deemed to be secured by the charge, which must be the maximum covered by the stamp duty paid thereon; and the charge is, subject to subsection (2), void, so far as any security interest is created by the charge, as respects any excess over the stated maximum.
(2)
Where, in respect of a charge on the property of a company of a kind referred to in subsection (1)
(a)
any additional stamp duty is later paid on the charge, and
(b)
at any time after that, but before the commencement of the liquidation of the company, amended particulars of the charge stating the increased maximum sum deemed to be secured by the charge, together with the original instrument by which the charge was created or evidenced, are lodged with the Registrar for registration,
then, as from the date on which it is lodged, the charge, if otherwise valid, is effective to the extent of the increased maximum sum, except as regards any person who, before the date on which the charge was so lodged, had acquired any proprietary rights in, or a fixed or floating charge on, the property that is subject to the charge.
Charge on acquisition of property
243.(1)
Where a company acquires any property that is subject to a charge of any kind that would, if it had been created by the company after the acquisition of the property, have been required to be registered under this Division, the company must, within 28 days after the date on which the acquisition is completed, lodge with the Registrar for registration
(a)
a statement of the particulars required by section 238 and of the date of the acquisition of the property, and
(b)
the instrument by which the charge was created or is evidenced or a copy thereof,
accompanied by a statutory declaration as required by section 237 and certified as provided in section 239.
(2)
Failure to comply with subsection (1) does not affect the validity of the charge concerned.
Registration of Charges
Duty to register
244.(1)
Documents and particulars required to be lodged for registration may
(a)
in the case of a requirement under section 237, be lodged by the company concerned or by any person interested in the documents, and
(b)
in the case of a requirement under section 243, be lodged by the company concerned.
(2)
A person not being the company concerned who lodges documents or particulars for registration pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection (1) may recover from the company concerned the amount of any fees properly payable on the registration if he meets the requirements of sections 237 to 240.
Register of charges
245.(1)
The Registrar must keep a register of all the charges lodged for registration under this Division and enter in the register with respect of those charges the following particulars
(a)
in any case to which subsection (2) of section 238 applies, such particulars as are required to be contained in a statement lodged under that subsection;
(b)
in any case to which section 243 applies, such particulars as are required to be contained in a statement lodged under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of that subsection; and
(c)
in any other case, such particulars as are required by section 238 to be contained in a statement lodged under that section.
(2)
The Registrar must issue a certificate of every registration, stating, if applicable, the amount secured by the charge, or, in a case referred to in section 242, the maximum amount secured by the charge; and the certificate is conclusive proof that the requirements as to registration have been complied with.
Charges to be entered on the Land Register
245.1.
Where a copy of a charge is lodged with the Registrar of Titles, he must enter the particulars in the appropriate section of the folio of the Land Register pertaining to the parcel of land that is affected by the charge.
[1990-20]
Endorsement on debenture
246.(1)
A company shall endorse on every debenture issued by it
(a)
a copy of the certificate of registration of any charge related to the debenture; or
(b)
a statement that the registration of a charge related to the debenture has been effected and the date of the registration.
(2)
Subsection (1) does not apply to a debenture issued by a company before the charge was created in relation to the debenture.
Satisfaction and payment
247.(1)
Where, with respect to any registered charge
(a)
the debt for which the charge was given has been paid or satisfied in whole or in part, or
(b)
the property or undertaking charged, or any part thereof, has been released from the charge, or has ceased to form part of the company’s property or undertaking,
the company may lodge with the Registrar in the prescribed form a memorandum of satisfaction, in whole or in part, or a memorandum of the fact that the property or undertaking, or any part thereof, has been released from the charge or has ceased to form part of the company’s property or undertaking, as the case may be, and the Registrar must enter particulars of that memorandum in the register.
(2)
The memorandum must be supported by evidence sufficient to satisfy the Registrar of the payment, satisfaction, release or cessation referred to in subsection (1).
Rectification of error
248.
On being satisfied that the omission to register a charge within the time required, or that the omission or mis-statement of any particular with respect to any such charge or in a memorandum
(a)
was accidental or due to inadvertence or to some other sufficient cause,
(b)
is not of a nature to affect adversely the position of creditors or shareholders, or
(c)
that, on other grounds, it is just and equitable to grant relief,
the court may, on the application of the company or any person interested, and on such terms and conditions as seem to the court to be just and expedient, order that the time for registration be extended or that the omission or mis-statement be rectified.
Retention of copy
249.(1)
A company must retain, at the registered office of the company, a copy of every instrument creating any charge that requires registration under this Division; but, in the case of a series of debentures, the retention of a copy of one debenture of the series is sufficient for the purposes of this subsection.
(2)
A company must record all charges specifically affecting property of the company, and all floating charges on the undertaking or any property of the company, giving in each case a short description of the property charged, the amount of the charge and the names of the persons entitled thereto.
Inspection of copies
250.
The copies of instruments retained by the company pursuant to section 249 must be kept open for the inspection of creditors and shareholders of the company, free of charge.
Registration of receiver
251.(1)
Where any person
(a)
obtains an order for the appointment of a receiver of any of the property of a company, or
(b)
appoints a receiver of any of the property of a company or enters into possession of any property of a company under any powers contained in any charge,
he must give, within 10 days from the date of the order, appointment or entry into possession, notice thereof to the Registrar, who must enter the fact in the register of the particulars of charges relating to the company.
(2)
When
(a)
a person who has been appointed a receiver of the property of a company ceases to act as receiver, or
(b)
a person who had entered into possession of any property of a company goes out of possession of that property,
he must, within 10 days of his having done so, give notice of his so doing in the prescribed form to the Registrar, who must enter the notice in the register of the particulars of charges relating to that company.
Application of Division
External company
252.(1)
This Division applies to charges created or acquired, after the commencement of this Division, by an external company, on property in Barbados, in like manner and with like consequences as if the external company were a company as defined in section 2, whether or not the external company is registered under this Act pursuant to Division B of Part III.
(2)
An external company is a firm or other body of persons, whether incorporated or unincorporated, that is formed under the laws of a country other than Barbados.
DIVISION B
Trust Deeds & Debentures
Definitions
253.
In this Division
(a)
event of default means an event specified in a trust deed on the occurrence of which
(i)
a security interest constituted by the trust deed becomes enforceable, or
(ii)
the principal, interest and other moneys payable thereunder become, or can be declared to be, payable before maturity; but the event is not an event of default until all conditions prescribed in the trust deed in connection with that event for the giving of notice or the lapse of time or otherwise have been satisfied;
[1984-7]
(b)
trustee means any person appointed as trustee under the terms of a trust deed to which a company is a party, and includes any successor trustee;
(c)
trust deed means any deed, indenture or other instrument, including any supplement or amendment thereto, made by a company after its incorporation or continuance under this Act, under which the company issues debentures and in which a person is appointed as trustee for the holders of the debentures issued thereunder.
Application of Division
254.
This Division applies to a trust deed if the debentures issued or to be issued under the trust deed are part of a distribution to the public.
Trustees
Conflict of interest
255.(1)
No person may be appointed as trustee if there is a material conflict of interest between his role as trustee and his role in any other capacity.
(2)
There is a material conflict of interest for the purpose of subsection (1) where a person is an officer or employee, or a shareholder of the company issuing the debentures.
(3)
Within 90 days after a trustee becomes aware that a material conflict of interest exists in his case, the trustee must
(a)
eliminate the conflict of interest, or
(b)
resign from office.
(4)
A trust deed, any debentures issued thereunder and a security interest effected thereby are valid notwithstanding a material conflict of interest of the trustee.
(5)
If a trustee is appointed contrary to subsection (1), or continues as a trustee contrary to subsection (3), any interested person may apply to the court for an order that the trustee be replaced; and the court may make an order on such terms as it thinks fit.
List of debenture holders
256.(1)
A holder of debentures issued under a trust deed may, upon payment to the trustee of a reasonable fee, require the trustee to furnish, within 15 days after delivering to the trustee the statutory declaration referred to in subsection (4), a list setting out
(a)
the names and addresses of the registered holders of the outstanding debentures of the issuer;
(b)
the principal amount of outstanding debentures owned by each such holder; and
(c)
the aggregate principal amount of debentures outstanding,
as shown on the records maintained by the trustee on the day that the statutory declaration is delivered to him.
(2)
Upon the demand of a trustee, the issuer of debentures must furnish the trustee with the information required to enable the trustee to comply with subsection (1).
(3)
If the person requiring the trustee to furnish a list under subsection (1) is a body corporate, the statutory declaration required under that subsection must be made by a director or officer of the body corporate.
(4)
The statutory declaration required under subsection (1) must state
(a)
the name and address of the persons requiring the trustee to furnish the list, and, if the person is a body corporate, its address for service; and
(b)
that the list will not be used except as permitted under subsection (5).
(5)
A list obtained under this section shall not be used by any person except in connection with
(a)
an effort to influence the voting of the debenture holders;
(b)
an offer to acquire debentures; or
(c)
any other matter relating to the debentures or the affairs of the issuer or guarantor thereof.
Evidence of compliance
257.(1)
An issuer or a guarantor of debentures issued or to be issued under a trust deed must, before doing any act that is described in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of this subsection, furnish the trustee with evidence of compliance with the conditions in the trust deed relating to
(a)
the issue, certification and delivery of debentures under the trust deed;
(b)
the release, or release and substitution, of property that is subject to a security interest constituted by the trust deed; or
(c)
the satisfaction and discharge of the trust deed.
(2)
Upon the demand of a trustee, the issuer or guarantor of debentures issued or to be issued under a trust deed must furnish the trustee with evidence of compliance with the trust deed by the issuer or guarantor in respect of any act to be done by the trustee at the request of the issuer or guarantor.
Contents of evidence
258.
Evidence of compliance as required by section 257 must consist of
(a)
a statutory declaration or certificate made by a director or an officer of the issuer or guanrantor stating that the conditions referred to in that section have been complied with;
(b)
if the trust deed requires compliance with conditions that are subject to review by an attorney-at-law, his opinion that those conditions have been complied with; and
(c)
if the trust deed requires compliance with conditions that are subject to review by an auditor or accountant, an opinion or report of the auditor of the issuer or guarantor, or such other accountant as the trustee may select, that those conditions have been complied with.
Further evidence
259.
The evidence of compliance referred to in section 258 must include a statement by the person giving the evidence
(a)
declaring that he has read and understands the conditions of the trust deed described in section 257;
(b)
describing the nature and scope of the examination or investigation upon which he based the certificate, statement or opinion; and
(c)
declaring that he has made such examination or investigation as he believes necessary to enable him to make the statements or give the opinion contained or expressed therein.
Evidence relating to conditions
260.
Upon the demand of a trustee, the issuer or guarantor of debentures issued under a trust deed must furnish the trustee with evidence in such form as the trustee may require as to compliance with any condition of the trust deed relating to any action required or permitted to be taken by the issuer or guarantor under the trust deed.
Certificate of compliance
261.
At least once in each 12 month period beginning on the date of the trust deed and at any other time upon the demand of a trustee, the issuer or guarantor of debentures issued under the trust deed must furnish the trustee with a certificate that the issuer or guarantor has complied with all requirements contained in the trust deed that, if not complied with, would, with the giving of notice, lapse of time or otherwise, constitute an event of default, or, if there has been failure to so comply, giving particulars of that failure.
Notice of default
262.
Within 30 days after a trustee under a trust deed becomes aware of an event of default thereunder, the trustee must give to the holder of any debentures issued under the trust deed notice of the event of default arising under the trust deed and continuing at the time the notice is given, unless the trustee reasonably believes that it is in the best interests of the debenture holders to withhold that notice and in writing so informs the issuer and guarantor.
Redemption of debenture
263.(1)
Debentures issued, pledged or deposited by a company are not redeemed by reason only that the amount in respect of which the debentures are issued, pledged or deposited is repaid.
(2)
Debentures issued by a company and purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired by it may be cancelled, or, subject to any applicable trust deed or other agreement, may be re-issued, pledged or deposited to secure any obligation of the company then existing or thereafter incurred; and any such acquisition and re-issue, pledge or deposit is not a cancellation of the debenture.
Duty of care
264.
A trustee under a trust deed in exercising his powers and discharging his duties must
(a)
act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the holders of the debentures issued under the trust deed, and
(b)
exercise the care, diligence and skill of a reasonably prudent trustee.
Reliance on statements
265.
Notwithstanding section 264, a trustee is not liable if he relies in good faith upon statements contained in a statutory declaration, certificate, opinion or report that complies with this Act or the trust deed.
No exculpation
266.
No term of a trust deed or of any agreement between a trustee and the holders of debentures issued thereunder, or between the trustee and the issuer or guarantor, operates to relieve a trustee from the duties imposed upon him by section 264.
Rights of trustees
267.(1)
The trustee under a trust deed holds all contracts, stipulations and undertakings given to him and all mortgages, charges and securities vested in him, in connection with the debentures covered by the trust deed, or some of those debentures, exclusively for the benefit of the debenture holders concerned, except in so far as the trust deed otherwise provides.
(2)
A debenture holder may
(a)
sue the company that issued the debentures he holds for payment of any amount payable to him in respect of the debentures, or
(b)
sue the trustee of the trust deed covering the debentures he holds for compensation for any breach of the duties that the trustee owes him,
and in any such action it is not necessary for any other debenture holders of the same class, or, if the action is brought against the company, the trustee under the covering trust deed, to be joined as a party.
(3)
This section applies notwithstanding anything contained in a debenture trust deed or other instrument; but a provision in a debenture or trust deed is valid and binding on all the debenture holders of the class concerned to the extent that, by a resolution supported by the votes of the holders of at least three-quarters in value of the debentures of that class in respect of which votes are cast on the resolution, the provision enables a meeting of the debenture holders
(a)
to release any trustee from liability for any breach of his duties to the debenture holders that he has already committed, or generally from liability for all such breaches, without necessarily specifying them, upon his ceasing to be a trustee;
(b)
to consent to the alteration or abrogation of any of the rights, powers or remedies of the debenture holders and the trustee under the trust deed covering their debentures, except the powers and remedies under section 274; or
(c)
to consent to the substitution of debentures of a different class issued by the company or any other company or body corporate for the debentures of the debenture holders, or to consent to the cancellation of the debentures in consideration of the issue to the debenture holders of shares credited as fully paid in the company or any other body corporate.
Trust Deeds
Need for trust deed
268.(1)
A public company must, before issuing any of its debentures, execute a trust deed in respect of the debentures and procure the execution thereof by a trustee.
(2)
No trust deed may cover more than one class of debentures, whether or not the trust deed is required by this section to be executed.
(3)
Where a trust deed is required by this section to be executed in respect of any debentures issued by a public company but a trust deed has not been executed, the court may, on the application of a holder of any debenture issued by the company
(a)
order the company to execute a trust deed in respect of those debentures,
(b)
direct that a person nominated by the court be appointed a trustee of the trust deed, and
(c)
give such consequential directions as the court thinks fit regarding the contents of the trust deed and its execution by the trustee.
Kinds of debentures
269.(1)
Debentures belong to different classes if different rights attach to them in respect of
(a)
the rate of interest or the dates for payment of interest;
(b)
the dates when, or the instalments by which, the principal of the debentures will be repaid, unless the difference is solely that the class of debentures will be repaid during a stated period of time and particular debentures will be repaid at different dates during that period according to selections made by the company or by drawings, ballot or otherwise;
(c)
any right to subscribe for, or convert the debentures into other shares or other debentures of the company or any other body corporate; or
(d)
the powers of the debenture holders to realise any security interest.
(2)
Debentures belong to different classes if they do not rank equally for payment when
(a)
any security interest is realised, or
(b)
the company is liquidated,
that is to say, if, in those circumstances, the security interest or the proceeds thereof, or any assets available to satisfy the debentures, is or are not to be applied in satisfying the debentures strictly in proportion to the amount of principal, premiums and arrears of interest to which the holders of them are respectively entitled.
Cover of trust deed
270.
A debenture is covered by a trust deed if the debenture holder is entitled to participate in any money payable by the company under the trust deed, or is entitled by the trust deed to the benefit of any security interest, whether alone or together with other persons.
Exception
271.
Sections 268 to 270 do not apply to debentures issued before 1st January, 1985, or to debentures forming part of a class of debentures some of which were issued before that date.
Contents of trust deed
272.(1)
Every trust deed, whether required by section 268 or not, must state
(a)
the maximum sum that the company can raise by issuing debentures of the same class;
(b)
the maximum discount that can be allowed on the issue or reissue of the debentures, and the maximum premium at which the debentures can be made redeemable;
(c)
the nature of any assets over which a security interest is created by the trust deed in favour of the trustee for the benefit of the debenture holders equally, and, except where such an interest is a floating charge or a general floating charge, the identity of the assets subject to it;
(d)
the nature of any assets over which a security interest has been, or will be, created in favour of any person other than the trustee for the benefit of the debenture holders equally, and, except where such an interest is a floating charge or a general floating charge, the identity of the assets subject to it;
(e)
whether the company has created or will have to create any security interest for the benefit of some, but not all, of the holders of debentures issued under the trust deed;
(f)
any prohibition or restriction on the power of the company to issue debentures or to create any security interest on any of its assets ranking in priority to, or equally with, the debentures issued under the trust deed;
(g)
whether the company will have power to acquire debentures issued under the trust deed before the date for their redemption and to re-issue the debentures;
(h)
the dates on which interest on the debentures issued under the trust deed will be paid, and the manner in which payment will be made;
(i)
the dates on which the principal of the debentures issued under the trust deed will be repaid, and, unless the whole principal is to be repaid to all the debenture holders at the same time, the maner in which redemption will be effected, whether by the payment of equal instalments of principal in respect of each debenture or by the selection of debentures for redemption by the company, or by drawing, ballot or otherwise;
(j)
in the case of convertible debentures, the dates and terms on which the debentures can be converted into shares and the amounts that will be credited as paid upon those shares, and the dates and terms on which the debenture holders can exercise any right to subscribe for shares in right of the debentures held by them;
(k)
the circumstances in which the debenture holders will be entitled to realise any security interest vested in the trustee or any other person for their benefit, other than the circumstances in which they are entitled to do so by this Act;
(l)
the power of the company and the trustee to call meetings of the debenture holders, and the rights of debenture holders to require the company or the trustee to call meetings of the debenture holders;
(m)
whether the rights of debenture holders can be altered or abrogated, and, if so, the conditions that are to be fulfilled, and the procedures that are to be followed, to effect an alteration or an abrogation; and
(n)
the amount or rate of remuneration to be paid to the trustee and the period for which it will be paid, and whether it will be paid in priority to the principal, interest and costs in respect of debentures issued under the trust deed.
(2)
If the debentures are issued without a covering trust deed being executed, the statements required by subsection (1) must be included in each debenture or in a note forming part of the same document, or endorsed thereon; and in applying that subsection, references therein to the trust deed are to be construed as references to all or any of the debentures of the same class.
(3)
Subsection (2) does not apply if
(a)
the debenture is the only debenture of the class to which it belongs that has been or that can be issued, and
(b)
the rights of the debenture holder cannot be altered or abrogated without his consent.
(4)
This section does not apply to a trust deed executed or to debentures issued before 1st January, 1985.
Contents of debentures
273.(1)
Every debenture that is covered by a trust deed must state either in the body of the debenture or in a note forming part of the same document or endorsed thereon
(a)
the matters required to be stated in a trust deed by paragraphs (a), (b), (f), (h), (i), (j), (l) and (m) of subsection (1) of section 272;
(b)
whether the trustee of the covering trust deed holds the security interest vested in him by the trust deed in trust for the debenture holders equally, or in trust for some only of the debenture holders, and, if so, which debenture holders; and
(c)
whether the debenture is secured by a general floating charge vested in the trustee of the covering trust deed or in the debenture holders.
(2)
A debenture issued by a company must state on its face in clearly legible print that it is unsecured if no security interest is vested in the holder of the debenture or in any other person for his benefit as security for payment of principal and interest.
(3)
This section does not apply to debentures issued before 1st January, 1985.
Realisation of Security
Equity realisation
274.(1)
Debenture holders are entitled to realise any security interest vested in them or in any other person for their benefit, if
(a)
the company fails, within one month after it becomes due, to pay
(i)
any instalment of interest,
(ii)
the whole or part of the principal, or
(iii)
any premium,
owing under the debentures or the trust deed covering the debentures;
(b)
the company fails to fulfil any of the obligations imposed on it by the debentures or the trust deed;
(c)
any circumstances occur that by the terms of the debentures or trust deed entitle the holders of the debentures to realise their security interest; or
(d)
the company is liquidated.
(2)
Debenture holders whose debentures are secured by a general floating charge vested in themselves or the trustee of the covering trust deed or any other person are additionally entitled to realise their security interest, if
(a)
any creditor of the company issues a process of execution against any of its assets or commences proceedings for liquidation of the company by order of any court of competent jurisdiction;
(b)
the company ceases to pay its debts as they fall due;
(c)
the company ceases to carry on business;
(d)
the company incurs, after the issue of debentures of the class concerned, losses or dimunition in the value of its assets that in the aggregate amount to more than one-half of the total amount owing in respect of
(i)
debentures of the class held by the debenture holders who seek to enforce their security interest, and
(ii)
debentures whose holders rank before them for payment of principal or interest; or
(e)
any circumstances occur that entitle debenture holders who rank for payment of principal or interest in priority to the debentures secured by the general floating charge to realise their security interest.
(3)
At any time after a class of debenture holders become entitled to realise their security interest, a receiver of any assets subject to such security interest or in favour of the class of debenture holders or the trustee of the covering trust deed or any other person may be appointed
(a)
by the trustee;
(b)
by the holders of debentures in respect of which there is owing more than half of the total amount owing in respect of all the debentures of the same class; or
(c)
by the court on the application of any trustee or debenture holder of the class concerned.
(4)
A receiver appointed pursuant to subsection (3), has, subject to any order made by the court, power
(a)
to take possession of the assets that are subject to the security interest and to sell those assets, and
(b)
if the security interest extends to that property
(i)
to collect debts owed to the company,
(ii)
to enforce claims vested in the company,
(iii)
to compromise, settle and enter into arrangements in respect of claims by or against the company,
(iv)
to carry on the company’s business with a view to selling it on the most favourable terms,
(v)
to grant or accept leases of land and licences in respect of patents, designs, copyright, or trade, service or collective marks, and
(vi)
to recover capital unpaid on the company’s issued shares.
(5)
The remedies given by this section are in addition to, and not in substitution for, any other powers and remedies conferred on the trustee under the trust deed or on the debenture holders by the debentures or the trust deed; and any power or remedy that is expressed in any instrument to be exercisable if the debenture holders become entitled to realise their security interest is exercisable on the occurrence of any of the events specified in subsection (1), or, in the case of a general floating charge, in subsections (1) and (2); but a manager of the business or of any of the assets of a company may not be appointed for the benefit of debenture holders unless a receiver has also been appointed and has not ceased to act.
(6)
This section applies to debentures issued before, as well as after 1st January, 1985.
(7)
No provision in any instrument is valid that purports to exclude or restrict the remedies given by this section.
DIVISION C
Receivers and Receiver-Managers
Disqualified receivers
275.(1)
A person may not be appointed a receiver or receiver-manager of any assets of a company, and may not act as such a receiver or receiver-manager, if the person
(a)
is a body corporate,
(b)
is an undischarged bankrupt; or
(c)
is disqualified from being a trustee under a trust deed executed by the company, or would be so disqualifed if a trust deed had been executed by the company.
(2)
If a person who was appointed to be a receiver or receiver-manager becomes disqualified under subsection (1) or under any provision contained in a debenture or trust deed, another person may be appointed in his place by the persons who are entitled to make the appointment, or by the court; but a receivership is not terminated or interrupted by the occurrence of the disqualification.
(3)
This section applies to a person appointed to be a receiver or receiver-manager whether so appointed before or after 1st January, 1985.
Functions of receivers
276.
A receiver of any property of a company may, subject to the rights of secured creditors, receive the income from the property, pay the liability connected with the property, and realise the security interest of those on behalf of whom he is appointed; but, except to the extent permitted by the court, he may not carry on the business of the company.
Functions of receiver-manager
277.
A receiver of a company may, if he is also appointed manager of the company, carry on any business of the company to protect the security interest of those on behalf of whom he is appointed.
Directors’ powers stopped
278.
When a receiver-manager of a company is appointed by the court or under an instrument, the powers of the directors of the company that the receiver-manager is authorised to exercise may not be exercised by the directors until the receiver-manager is discharged.
Duty under court direction
279.
A receiver or receiver-manager of a company appointed by the court must act in accordance with the directions of the court.
Duty under instrument
280.
A receiver or receiver-manager of a company appointed under an instrument must act in accordance with that instrument and any directions of the court made under section 282.
Duty of care
281.
A receiver or receiver-manager of a company appointed under an instrument must
(a)
act honestly and in good faith; and
(b)
deal with any property of the company in his possession or control in a commercially reasonable manner.
Directions by court
282.
Upon an application by a receiver or receiver-manager of a company, whether appointed by the court or under an instrument, or upon an application by any interested person, the court may make any order it thinks fit, including
(a)
an order appointing, replacing or discharging a receiver or receiver-manager and approving his accounts;
(b)
an order determining the notice to be given to any person, or dispensing with notice to any person;
(c)
an order declaring the rights of persons before the court or otherwise, or directing any person to do, or abstain from doing, anything;
(d)
an order fixing the remuneration of the receiver or receiver-manager;
(e)
an order requiring the receiver or receiver-manager, or a person by or on behalf of whom he is appointed,
(i)
to make good any default in connection with the receiver’s or receiver-manager’s custody or management of the property and business of the company,
(ii)
to relieve any such person from any default on such terms as the court thinks fit, and
(iii)
to confirm any act of the receiver or receiver-manager; and
(f)
an order giving direction on any matter relating to the duties of the receiver or receiver-manager.
Duties of receivers, etc.
283.
A receiver or receiver-manager of a company must
(a)
immediately give notice of his appointment to the Registrar, and of his discharge;
(b)
take into his custody and control the property of the company in accordance with the court order or instrument under which he is appointed;
(c)
open and maintain a bank account in his name as receiver or receiver-manager of the company for the moneys of the company coming under his control;
(d)
keep detailed accounts of all transactions carried out by him as receiver or receiver-manager;
(e)
keep accounts of his administration, which must be available during usual business hours for inspection by the directors of the company;
(f)
prepare financial statements of his administration at such intervals and in such form as are prescribed;
(g)
upon completion of his duties, render a final account of his administration, in the form adopted for interim accounts under paragraph (f); and
(h)
file with the Registrar a copy of any financial statement mentioned in paragraph (f) and any final account mentioned in paragraph (g) within 15 days of the preparation of the financial statement or rendering of the final account, as the circumstances require.
Liability of receivers, etc.
284.(1)
A receiver of assets of a company appointed under subsection (3) of section 274 or under the powers contained in any instrument
(a)
is personally liable on any contract entered into by him in the performance of his functions, except to the extent that the contract otherwise provides, and
(b)
is entitled in respect of that liability to an indemnity out of the assets of which he was appointed to be receiver,
but nothing in this subsection limits any right to an indemnity that he would have, apart from this subsection, or limits his liability on contracts entered into without authority, or confers any right to indemnity in respect of that liability.
(2)
When the purported appointment of a receiver out of court is invalid because the charge under which the appointment purported to be made is invalid, or because, in the circumstances of the case, the power of appointment under the charge was not exercisable or not wholly exercisable, the court may, on application being made to it
(a)
wholly or to such extent as it thinks fit, exempt the receiver from personal liability in respect of anything done or omitted to be done by him that, if the appointment had been valid, would have been properly done or omitted to be done; and
(b)
order that the person by whom the purported appointment was made, be personally liable to the extent to which that relief has been granted.
(3)
Subsection (1) applies to a receiver appointed before or after 1st January, 1985, but does not apply to contracts entered into before that date.
Notice of receivership
285.
Where a receiver or a receiver-manager of any assets of a company has been appointed for benefit of debenture holders, every invoice, order of goods or business letter issued by or on behalf of the company or the receiver, being a document on or in which the name of the company appears, must contain a notice that a receiver or a receiver-manager has been appointed.
Floating charges priorities
285.1.(1)
Where a receiver is appointed on behalf of the holders of any debentures of a company that are secured by a floating charge or where possession is taken, by or on behalf of any debenture holders of a company, of any property of the company that is subject to a floating charge, then, if the company is not at the time in course of being liquidated, the debts that in every liquidation are under Part IV and the regulations relating to preferential payments to be paid in order of priority to all other debts must be paid in order of priority forthwith out of any assets coming into the hands of the receiver or person taking possession of that property, as the circumstances require, in priority to any claim for principal or interest in respect of the debentures of the company secured by the floating charge.
(2)
Any period of time mentioned in the provisions referred to in subsection (1) is to be reckoned, as the circumstances require, from the date of the appointment of the receiver in respect of the debenture holders secured by the floating charge or from the date possession is taken of any property that is subject to the floating charge.
(3)
Payments made pursuant to this section may be recouped as far as can be out of the assets of the company that are available for the payment of general creditors.
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Statement of affairs
286.(1)
Where a receiver of the whole, or substantially the whole, of the assets of a company, in this section and section 287 referred to as the “receiver”, is appointed under subsection (3) of section 274, or under the powers contained in any trust deed, for the benefit of the holders of any debentures of the company secured by a general floating charge, then, subject to this section and section 287
(a)
the receiver shall forthwith send notice to the company of his appointment;
(b)
within 14 days after receipt of the notice by the company, or such longer period as may be allowed by the receiver, there shall be made out by the company and submitted to the receiver a statement in accordance with section 287 as to the affairs of the company;
(c)
the receiver shall, within 2 months after receipt of the statement, send
(i)
to the Registrar, and, if the receiver was appointed by the court, to the court, a copy of the statement and of any comments he sees fit to make thereon, and, in the case of the Registrar, also a summary of the statement and of his comments, if any, thereon;
(ii)
to the company, a copy of those comments, or, if the receiver does not see fit to make any comments, a notice to that effect;
(iii)
to the trustee of the trust deed, a copy of the statement and those comments, if any; and
(iv)
to the holders of all debentures belonging to the same class as the debentures in respect of which he was appointed, a copy of that summary.
(2)
The receiver shall
(a)
within 2 months or such longer period as the court may allow, after the expiration of the period of 12 months from the date of his appointment, and after every subsequent period of 12 months, and
(b)
within 2 months or such longer period as the court may allow after he ceases to act as receiver of the assets of the company,
send to the Registrar, to the trustee of the trust deed, and to the holders of all debentures belonging to the same class as the debentures in respect of which the receiver was appointed, an abstract in a form approved by the Registrar.
(3)
The abstract must show
(a)
the receiver’s receipts and payments during the period of 12 months, or, if the receiver ceases so to act, during the period from the end of the period to which the last preceding abstract related up to the date of his so ceasing to act, and
(b)
the aggregate amounts of his receipts and of his payments during all preceding periods since his appointment.
(4)
Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to the appointment of a receiver to act with an existing receiver, or in place of a receiver who dies or ceases to act, except that, where that subsection applies to a receiver who dies or ceases to act before the subsection has been fully complied with, the references in paragraphs (b) and (c) of that subsection to the receiver include, subject to subsection (5), references to his successor and to any continuing receiver.
(5)
If the company is being liquidated, this section and section 287 apply notwithstanding that the receiver and the liquidator are the same person, but with any necessary modifications arising from that fact.
(6)
Nothing in subsection (2) affects the duty of the receiver to render proper accounts of his receipts and payments to the persons to whom, and at the times that, he is required to do so apart from that subsection.
Contents of statement
287.(1)
The statement as to the affairs of a company required by section 286 to be submitted to the receiver or his successor must show, as at the date of the receiver’s appointment
(a)
the particulars of the company’s assets, debts and liabilities,
(b)
the names, addresses and occupations of the company’s creditors,
(c)
the security interests held by the company’s creditors respectively,
(d)
the dates when the security interests were respectively created, and
(e)
such further or other information as is prescribed.
(2)
The state of affairs of the company must be submitted by, and be verified by, the signed declaration of at least one person who is, at the date of the receiver’s appointment, a director, and by the secretary of the company at that date, or by such of the persons, hereafter in this subsection mentioned, as the receiver or his successor, subject to the direction of the Registrar, may require to submit and verify the statement, namely: persons who
(a)
are or have been officers of the company;
(b)
have taken part in the formation of the company at any time within one year before the date of the receiver’s appointment;
(c)
are in the employment of the company, or have been in the employment of the company within that year, and, in the opinion of the receiver, are capable of giving the information required; or
(d)
are, or have been within that year officers of, or in the employment of, an affiliated company.
(3)
Any person making or verifying the statement of affairs of a company, or any part of it, must be allowed and paid by the receiver or his successor out of the receiver’s receipts, such costs and expenses incurred in and about the making or verifying of the statement as the receiver or his successor considers reasonable, subject to an appeal to the court.
DIVISION D
Prospectuses
Interpretation
Definitions
288.
In this Division
(a)
issue includes circulate or distribute;
(b)
notice includes circular or advertisement;
(c)
prospectus includes, in relation to any company, any notice, prospectus, or other document that
(i)
invites applications from the public, or invites offers from the public, to subscribe for or purchase, or
(ii)
offers to the public for subscription or purchase, directly or through other persons,
any shares or debentures of the company or any units of any such shares or debentures of the company.
Application of Division
289.
This Division applies whether any shares or debentures of a company are offered to the public on, or with reference to, the promotion of a company, or at any time after the company has come into existence.
Prospectus Requirements
Prohibition re public issue
290.(1)
Subject to subsection (2), no person shall issue any form of application for shares or debentures unless
(a)
a prospectus, as required by this Division, has been registered with the Registrar, and
(b)
a copy of the prospectus is issued with the form of application or the form specifies a place in Barbados where a copy of the prospectus can be obtained.
(2)
Subsection (1) does not apply if the form of application referred to is issued in connection with shares or debentures that are not offered to the public or intended for the public.
Contents of prospectus
291.
The following requirements apply to a prospectus
(a)
the prospectus must be dated; and that date, unless there is proof to the contrary, is to be taken as the date of issue of the prospectus;
(b)
one copy of the prospectus must be lodged with the Registrar, and the prospectus must set out that a copy of the prospectus has been so lodged, and immediately state thereafter that the Registrar takes no responsibility as to the validity or veracity of its contents;
(c)
the prospectus must contain a statement that no shares and debentures, or either, are to be allotted on the basis of the prospectus later than 3 months after the date of issue of the prospectus;
(d)
the prospectus must, if it contains any statement by an expert made or contained in what purports to be a copy of or extract from a report, memorandum or valuation, of an expert, state the date on which the statement, report, memorandum or valuation was made, and whether or not it was prepared by the expert for incorporation in the prospectus;
(e)
the prospectus must disclose any commission payable by virtue of section 50; and
(f)
the prospectus must contain such other matters as are prescribed.
Professional names
292.
A prospectus must contain the name of any person as a trustee for holders of debentures or as an auditor, a banker, an attorney-at-law, a stockbroker or sharebroker, of the company or proposed company, or for or in relation to the issue or proposed issue of shares or debentures, unless that person has consented in writing, before the issue of the prospectus, to act in that capacity in relation to the prospectus and a copy of the consent, verified as prescribed in subsection (2) of section 407, has been lodged with the Registrar.
No waivers
293.
A condition is void that
(a)
purports to require or bind an applicant for shares or debentures of a company to waive compliance with any requirement of this Division; or
(b)
purports to affect the applicant with notice of any contract, document or matter not specifically referred to in the prospectus.
Certain notice required
294.(1)
Subject to this section, no person
(a)
shall issue any notice that offers, for subscription or purchase, shares or debentures of a company, or invites subscription for, or purchase of, any such shares or debentures;
(b)
shall issue any notice that calls attention to
(i)
an offer, or intended offer, for subscription or purchase, of shares or debentures of a company;
(ii)
an invitation, or intended invitation, to subscribe for, or purchase, any such shares or debentures; or
(iii)
a prospectus.
(2)
This section does not apply to
(a)
a notice that relates to an offer or invitation not made or issued to the public, directly or indirectly;
(b)
a registered propectus within the meaning of this Division;
(c)
a notice
(i)
that calls attention to a registered prospectus,
(ii)
that states that allotments of, or contracts with respect to, the shares or debentures will be made only on the basis of one of the forms of applications referred to in, and attached to, a copy of the prospectus; and
(iii)
that contains no other information except that permitted pursuant to subsection (3); or
(d)
a notice
(i)
that accompanies a notice referred to in paragraph (c) or would, but for the inclusion therein of a statement referred to in subparagraph (iii) or (iv) of this paragraph, be a notice so referred to,
(ii)
that is issued by a person whose ordinary business is or includes advising clients in connection with their investments and is issued only to clients so advised in the course of that business,
(iii)
that contains a statement that the investment to which it or the accompanying document relates is recommended by that person, and
(iv)
that, if the person is an underwriter or sub-underwriter of an issue of shares or debentures to which the notice or accompanying document relates, contains a statement that the person making the recommendation is interested in the success of the issue as an underwriter or sub-underwriter, as the case may be.
(3)
All or any of the following information is permitted for the purposes of subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (c) of subsection (2)
(a)
the number and description of the shares or debentures of the company to which the prospectus relates;
(b)
the name of the company, the date of its incorporation and the number of the company’s issued shares and the amount paid on its issued shares;
(c)
the general nature of the company’s main business, or its proposed main business;
(d)
the names, addresses and occupations of the directors of the company;
(e)
the names and addresses of the brokers or underwriters, if any, to the issue of shares or debentures, or both, and, if the prospectus relates to debentures, the name and address of the trustee for the debenture holders;
(f)
the name of any stock or securities exchange of which the brokers or underwriters to the issue are members;
(g)
the particulars of the period during which the offer is effective;
(h)
the particulars of the time and place at which copies of the registered prospectus and form of application for the shares or debentures to which it relates can be obtained.
(4)
This section applies to any notice issued in Barbados by newspapers, or by radio or television broadcasting, or by cinematograph or any other means.
Responsibility re certificate
295.(1)
Where a person issues a notice in contravention of section 294 and before doing so obtains a certificate that
(a)
is signed by 2 directors of the company or 2 directors of the proposed company to which, or to the shares or debentures of which, the notice relates,
(b)
specifies the names of those directors and of that company or of those proposed directors of that proposed company, and
(c)
is to the effect that, by the operation of subsection (2) of section 294, this section does not apply to the notice,
each person who signed the certificate is deemed to have issued the notice, and the person who obtained the certificate is deemed not to have done so.
(2)
A person who has obtained a certificate referred to in subsection (1) shall deliver the certificate to the Registrar on being required to do so by the Registrar.
Evidence
296.
In proceedings for a contravention of section 294 or 295, a certificate that purports to be a certificate under section 295 is prima facie proof
(a)
that, at the time the certificate was given, the persons named as such in the certificate were directors of the company so named, or proposed directors of the proposed company so named, as the case may be;
(b)
that the signatures in the certificate purporting to be the signatures of those persons are their signatures; and
(c)
that publication of the notice to which the certificate relates was authorised by those persons.
Registration of Prospectus
Registration of prospectus
297.(1)
No person shall issue a prospectus unless a copy thereof has first been registered by the Registrar and the prospectus states on its face the fact of the registration and the date on which it was effected.
(2)
The Registrar may not register a copy of a prospectus unless
(a)
a copy of the prospectus is lodged with the Registrar on or before the date of its issue, and it is signed by every director and by every person who is named in the prospectus as a proposed director of the company, or by his agent authorised in writing;
(b)
the prospectus appears to comply with the requirements of this Act;
(c)
there are also lodged with the Registrar copies of any consents required by section 299 to the issue of the prospectus and of all material contracts referred to in the prospectus, or, in the case of any such contracts that is not reduced to writing, a memorandum giving full particulars of the contract; and
(d)
the Registrar is of the opinion that the prospectus does not contain any statement or matter that is misleading in the form or context in which it is included.
(3)
If the Registrar refuses to register a prospectus, he must give notice of that fact to the person who lodged the prospectus, and give in the notice the reasons for his refusal; and if the Registrar registers a prospectus he must give notice of that fact to the person who lodged the prospectus, and give in the notice the date on which the registration was effected.
(4)
A person who lodged a prospectus with the Registrar may, within 30 days after he is notified of a refusal to register pursuant to subsection (3), require in writing that the Registrar refer the matter to the court; and the Registrar must then refer the matter to the court for its determination.
(5)
Where a refusal to register is referred to the court under subsection (4), the court, after hearing the person who lodged the prospectus, and, if the court so wishes, the Registrar, may order the Registrar to register the prospectus, or it may uphold his decision to refuse registration.
(6)
On a hearing under subsection (5), a party may be heard in person or by an attorney-at-law.
Other Requirements
Prospectus presumed
298.(1)
When a company allots or agrees to allot to any person shares or debentures of the company with a view to all or any of those shares or debentures being offered for sale to the public, the document by which the offer for sale to the public is made is for all purposes deemed to be a prospectus issued by the company; and all enactments and rules of law as to the contents of prospectuses or otherwise relating to prospectuses, apply and have effect accordingly as if the shares or debentures had been offered to the public, and as if the persons accepting the offer in respect of the shares or debentures were subscribers for them, but without affecting the liability, if any, of the person by whom the offer is made, in respect of statements or non-disclosures in the document or otherwise.
(2)
For the purposes of this Act, and unless the contrary is shown, it is proof that an allotment of, or an agreement to allot, shares or debentures of a company was made with a view to the shares or debentures being offered for sale to the public, if
(a)
the offer for sale of the shares or debentures, or of any of them, to the public was made within 6 months after the allotment or agreement to allot; or
(b)
at the date when the offer was made the whole consideration to be received by the company in respect of the shares or debentures had not been so received.
(3)
The requirements of this Division as to the prospectuses are to have effect as though the persons making an offer to which this section relates were persons named in a prospectus as directors of a company.
(4)
In addition to complying with the other requirements of this Division, the document making the offer must set out
(a)
the net amount of the consideration received, or to be received, by the company in respect of the shares or debentures to which the offer relates; and
(b)
the place and time at which the contract under which the shares or debentures have been, or are to be, allotted can be inspected.
(5)
Where an offer to which this section relates is made by a company or firm, it is sufficient if the document making the offer is signed on behalf of the company or firm by 2 directors of the company, or not less than half the members of the firm, as the case may be; and a director or member may sign by his agent authorised in writing to do so.
Expert’s consent
299.(1)
A prospectus that invites subscription for, or the purchase of shares or debentures of a company, and that includes a statement purporting to be made by an expert shall not be issued unless
(a)
that expert has given, and has not before delivery of a copy of the prospectus for registration withdrawn, his written consent to the inclusion of the statement in the form and context in which it is included in the prospectus; and
(b)
there appears in the prospectus a statement that the expert has given and has not withdrawn his consent.
(2)
A person is not to be deemed to have authorised or caused the issue of a prospectus by reason only of his having given the consent required by this Division to the inclusion in the prospectus of a statement purporting to be made by him as an expert.
Liability for Prospectus Claims
Liability on prospectus
300.(1)
Subject to this section, each of the following designated persons is, for any loss or damage sustained by other persons who, on the faith of a prospectus, subscribe for, or purchase, any shares or debentures, liable for any loss or damage sustained by those other persons by reason of any untrue statement in the prospectus, or by reason of the wilful non-disclosure in the prospectus of any matter of which the designated person had knowledge and that he knew to be material, namely
(a)
a person who is a director of the company at the time of the issue of the prospectus;
(b)
a person who authorised or caused himself to be named, and is named, in the prospectus as a director or as having agreed to become a director, either immediately or after an interval of time;
(c)
an incorporator of the company; or
(d)
a person who authorised or caused the issue of the prospectus.
(2)
Notwithstanding subsection (1), where the consent of an expert is required to the issue of a prospectus and he has given that consent, he is not, by reason only of the consent, liable as a person who has authorised or caused the issue of the prospectus, except in respect of an untrue statement purporting to be made by him as an expert; and the inclusion in the prospectus of a name of a person as a trustee for debenture holders, auditor, banker, attorney-at-law, transfer agent or stockbroker or sharebroker may not, for that reason alone, be taken as an authorisation by him of the issue of the prospectus.
(3)
No person is liable under subsection (1)
(a)
who, having consented to become a director of the company, withdrew his consent before the issue of the prospectus and the prospectus was issued without his authority or consent;
(b)
who, when the prospectus was issued without his knowledge or consent, gave reasonable public notice of that fact forthwith after he became aware of its issue;
(c)
who, after the issue of the prospectus and before allotment or sale under it, became aware of an untrue statement in it and withdrew his consent, and gave reasonable public notice of the withdrawal of his consent and the reasons for it; or
(d)
who, as regards every untrue statement not purporting to be made on the authority of an expert or of a public official document or statement, had reasonable ground to believe and did, up to the time of the allotment or sale of the shares or debentures, believe that the statement was true.
(4)
No person is liable under subsection (1)
(a)
if, as regards every untrue statement purporting to be a statement made by an expert or to be based on a statement made by an expert, it fairly represented the statement, or was a correct and fair copy of, or extract from, the report or valuation and that person had reasonable ground to believe and did, up to the time of the issue of the prospectus, believe that the expert making the statement was competent to make it, and had given his consent as required under section 299 to the issue of the prospectus and had not withdrawn that consent before delivery of a copy of the prospectus for registration, nor had the expert, to that person’s knowledge, withdrawn that consent before allotment or sale under the prospectus; or
(b)
if, as regards every untrue statement purporting to be a statement made by an official person or contained in what purports to be a copy of, or extract from, a public official document, it was a correct and fair representation of the statement or copy of, or extract from the document.
(5)
Subsections (3) and (4) do not apply in the case of a person liable, by reason of his having given a consent required of him by section 299, as a person who has authorised or caused the issue of the prospectus in respect of an untrue statement purporting to have been made by him as an expert.
(6)
A person who, apart from this subsection, would be liable under subsection (1), by reason of his having given a consent required of him by section 299 as a person who has authorised or caused the issue of a prospectus in respect of an untrue statement purporting to be made by him as an expert is not liable
(a)
if, having given his consent under that section to the issue of the prospectus, he withdrew his consent in writing before a copy of the prospectus was lodged with the Registrar;
(b)
if, after a copy of the prospectus was lodged with the Registrar and before allotment or sale under the prospectus, he, on becoming aware of the untrue statement, withdrew his consent in writing and gave reasonable public notice of the withdrawal and of the reasons for withdrawal; or
(c)
if he was competent to make the statement and had reasonable ground to believe, and did, up to the time of the allotment or sale of the shares or debentures, believe that the statement was true.
(7)
When
(a)
a prospectus contains the name of a person as a director of the company, or as having agreed to become a director, and he has not consented to become a director, or has withdrawn his consent before the issue of the prospectus and has not authorised or consented to its issue, or
(b)
the consent of a person is required under section 299 to the issue of a prospectus and he either has not given the consent or has withdrawn it before the issue of the prospectus,
any person who authorised or caused the issue of the prospectus and the directors of the company, other than those directors without whose knowledge or consent the prospectus was issued, are liable to indemnify the person so named, or whose consent was so required, against all damages, costs and expenses to which he might be liable by reason of his name having been inserted in the prospectus, or of the inclusion therein of a statement purporting to be made by him as an expert, or in defending himself against any action or legal proceedings brought against him in respect thereof.
Subscription List and Minimum Subscription
Subscription lists
301.(1)
No allotment may be made of any shares or debentures of a company in pursuance of a prospectus, and no proceedings may be taken on applications made in pursuance of a prospectus, until the beginning of the fifth day after that on which the prospectus is first issued, or any such later time as is specified in the prospectus; and the beginning of that fifth day or specified later time is referred to in this section as the “time of the opening of the subscription lists”.
(2)
An application for shares or debentures of a company made in pursuance of a prospectus is not revocable until after the expiration of the fifth day from the time of the opening of the subscription lists, or the giving before the expiration of that fifth day, by some person responsible under this Act for the prospectus, of a public notice having the effect of excluding or limiting the responsibility of the person giving it.
(3)
Although an allotment made in contravention of this section is void, it does not affect any allotment of the same shares or debentures later made to the same applicant.
(4)
In reckoning for the purposes of this section the fifth day from another day, any intervening day that is a public holiday must be disregarded; and if the fifth day as so reckoned falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or public holiday, the first day thereafter that is not a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday is deemed to be the fifth day for those purposes.
Minimum subscription
302.(1)
Unless all the shares or debentures offered for subscription by a prospectus issued to the public are underwritten, the prospectus must state the minimum amount of money required to be raised by the company by issuing the shares or debentures, in this Division, referred to as the “minimum subscription”.
(2)
No allotment may be made of any shares or debentures of a company that are offered to the public unless
(a)
the minimum subscription has been subscribed, and
(b)
the sum payable on application for the shares or debentures has been received by the company;
and, if a cheque for the sum payable has been received by the company, the sum is deemed not to have been received by the company until the cheque is paid by the bank on which it is drawn.
(3)
If the conditions referred to in subsection (2) have not been complied with on the expiration of 40 days after the first issue of the prospectus, all moneys received from the applicants for any shares or debentures must be forthwith repaid to them without interest, and, if any such moneys are not so repaid within 48 days after the issue of the prospectus, the directors of the company are, subject to subsection (4), jointly and severally liable to repay that money with interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum from the expiration of the forty-eighth day.
(4)
A director is not liable to repay moneys under subsection (3) if the default in any repayment of moneys was not due to any default or negligence on his part.
(5)
A condition is void that purports to require or bind any applicant for shares or debentures to waive compliance with a requirement of this section.
(6)
This section does not apply to an allotment of shares subsequent to the first allotment of shares offered to the public for subscription.
Escrow of subscription money
303.
All application money and other moneys paid prior to an allotment by an applicant on account of shares or debentures offered to the public must, until the allotment of the shares or debentures, be held by the company, or, in the case of an intended company, by the persons named in the prospectus as proposed directors and by the incorporators, upon trust for the applicant; but there is no obligation or duty on any bank or third person with whom any such moneys have been deposited to inquire into, or see to the proper application of those moneys so long as the bank or person acts in good faith.
Remedial Actions
Rescission of contract
304.(1)
A shareholder or a debenture holder may bring, against a company that has allotted shares or debentures under a prospectus, an action for the rescission of all allotments and the repayment to the shareholders or debenture holders of the whole or part of the issue price that has been paid in respect of the shares or debentures, if
(a)
the prospectus contained a material statement, promise or forecast that was false, deceptive or misleading; or
(b)
the prospectus did not contain a statement, report or account required under this Act to be contained in it.
(2)
In this section
(a)
debenture holder means a holder of any of the debentures allotted under the prospectus, whether the original allottee or a person deriving title under him;
(b)
shareholder means a holder of any of the shares allotted under the prospectus, whether the original allottee or a person deriving title under him.
(3)
For the purposes of this section, a prospectus contains a material statement, promise or forecast if the statement, promise or forecast was made in such a manner or context, or in such circumstances, as to be likely to influence a reasonable man in deciding whether to invest in the shares or debentures offered for subscription; and a statement, report or account is omitted from a prospectus if it is omitted entirely, or if it does not contain all the information required by this Act to be given in the statement, report or account.
(4)
In an action brought under this section, the plaintiff need not prove that he, or the person to whom the shares or debentures he holds were allotted, was in fact influenced by the statement, promise or forecast that he alleges to be false, deceptive or misleading, or by the omission of any report, statement, or account required to be contained in the prospectus.
(5)
No action may be brought under this section more than 2 years after the first issue of the prospectus under which shares or debentures were allotted to the plaintiff or the person under whom the plaintiff derives title.
(6)
If judgment is given in favour of a plaintiff under this section, the allotment of all shares or debentures under the same prospectus, whether allotted to the plaintiff, or the person under whom he derives title, or to other persons, is void; and judgment must be entered in favour of all such persons for the payment by the company to them severally of the amount paid in respect of the shares or debentures that they respectively hold; but if any shareholder or debenture holder at the date judgment is so entered signifies to the company in writing, whether before or after the entry of judgment, that he waives his right to rescind the allotment of shares or debentures that he holds, he is deemed not to be included among the persons in whose favour judgment is entered.
(7)
The operation of this section is not affected by the company’s being liquidated or ceasing to pay its debts as they fall due; and in the liquidation of the company a repayment due under subsection (6) must be treated as a debt of the company payable immediately before the repayment of the shares or debentures of the class in question, that is to say
(a)
in the case of a repayment in respect of shares, before repayment of the capital paid up on shares of the same class, and before any accumulated or unpaid dividends, or any premiums in respect of those shares, but after the payment of all debts of the company and the satisfaction of all claims in respect of prior ranking classes of shares; and
(b)
in the case of a repayment in respect of debentures, before the repayment of the principal of the debentures of the same class, and before any unpaid interest or any premiums in respect of those debentures, but after the payment of all debts or liabilities of the company that this Act requires to be paid before those debentures, and after the satisfaction of all rights in respect of prior ranking classes of debentures.
(8)
Subject to subsection (9), it is a defence to an action under this section for the company to prove that
(a)
the plaintiff was the allottee of the shares or debentures in right of which the action was brought and that at the time they were allotted to him he knew that the statement, promise or forecast of which he complains was false, deceptive or misleading, or that he knew of the omission from the prospectus of the matter of which he complains; or
(b)
the plaintiff has received a dividend or payment of interest, or has voted at a meeting of shareholders or debenture holders since he discovered that the statement, promise or forecast of which he complains was false, deceptive or misleading, or since he discovered the omission from the prospectus of the matter of which he complains.
(9)
An action may not be dismissed if there are several plaintiffs, when the company proves that it has a defence under subsection (8) against each of them; and in any case in which the company proves that it has a defence against the plaintiff or all the plaintiffs, the court may, instead of dismissing the action, substitute some other shareholder or debenture holder of the same class as plaintiff.
(10)
If a company would have a defence under subsection (8) but for the fact that the allottee of the shares or debentures in right of which the action is brought has transferred or renounced them, the company may bring an action against the allottee for an indemnity against any sum that the court orders it to pay to the plaintiff in the action.
(11)
Subsections (8) and (10) apply also in the case of shares and debentures of the same class as those in right of which a plaintiff obtains and enters judgment against the company under subsection (6)
(a)
with the substitution in subsection (8) of references to the shareholder or debenture holder for references to the plaintiff, and
(b)
with the substitution in subsections (8) and (10) of references to a right for the company to have the judgment set aside in respect of the shares or debentures for references to a defence to the action.
(12)
This section applies to shares and debentures allotted pursuant to an underwriting contract as if they had been allotted under the prospectus.
(13)
This section applies to shares or debentures issued under a prospectus that offers them for subscription in consideration of the transfer or surrender of other shares or debentures, whether with or without the payment of cash by or to the company, as though the issue price of the shares or debentures offered for subscription were the fair value, as ascertained by the court, of the shares or debentures to be transferred or surrendered, plus the amount of cash, if any, to be paid by the company.
(14)
The rights conferred on shareholders and debenture holders by this section are in substitution for all rights to rescission and restitution in equity and all rights to sue the company at common law for deceit or for false statements made negligently; and those common law and equitable rights are hereby abolished in connection with prospectuses, but without prejudice to claims for damages or compensation against persons other than the company.
Time limit on allotment
305.
No allotment may be made, on the basis of a prospectus, of any shares or debentures of a company that are offered to the public later than three months after the issue of the prospectus.
Statements in Lieu of Prospectus
Restriction on allotment
306.
A public company that does not issue a prospectus on, or with reference to, its formation may not allot any of its shares or debentures unless at least 3 days before the first allotment of either shares or debentures there has been lodged with the Registrar for registration a statement in lieu of prospectus that complies with the requirements of this Division.
Statements in lieu of prospectus
307.(1)
To comply with the requirements of this Division, a statement in lieu of prospectus lodged by or on behalf of a company
(a)
must be signed by every person who is named therein as a director or a proposed director of the company, or by his agent authorised in writing,
(b)
must disclose any commission payable by virtue of section 50, and
(c)
must contain such matters as are prescribed.
(2)
The Registrar may not accept for registration any statement in lieu of prospectus unless it appears to the Registrar to comply with the requirements of this Act.
(3)
Subsections (3) to (6) of section 297 apply in relation to the registration of, or refusal to register, a statement in lieu of prospectus as they apply in relation to the registration of or refusal to register a prospectus.
DIVISION E
Insider Trading
“Insider” defined
308.
In this Division, insider means, in respect of a company
(a)
a director or officer of the company;
(b)
a company that purchases or otherwise acquires shares issued by it or any of its affiliates;
(c)
a person who beneficially owns more than 10 percent of the shares of the company, or who exercises control or direction over more than 10 percent of the votes attached to shares of the company;
(d)
an associate or affiliate of a person mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c); and
(e)
a person, whether or not he is employed by the company, who
(i)
receives specific confidential information from a person described in this section, including a person described in this paragraph, and
(ii)
has knowledge that the person giving the information is a person described in this section, including a person described in this paragraph.
Presumed insider
309.(1)
For the purpose of this Division
(a)
a director or officer of a body corporate that is an insider of a company is an insider of the company;
(b)
a director or officer of a body corporate that is a subsidiary is an insider of its holding company.
(2)
For the purposes of this Division
(a)
if a body corporate becomes an insider of a company, or enters into a business combination with a company, a director or officer of the body corporate is presumed to have been an insider of the company for the previous 6 months or for shorter period as he was a director or an officer of the body corporate; and
(b)
if a company becomes an insider of a body corporate, or enters into a business combination with a body corporate, a director or officer of the body corporate is presumed to have been an insider of the company for the previous 6 months, or for such shorter period as he was a director or officer of the body corporate.
(3)
In subsection (2), business combination means an acquisition of all or substantially all the property of one body corporate by another, or an amalgamation of 2 or more bodies corporate.
Liability of insider
310.
An insider who, in connection with a transaction in a share of the company or any of its affiliates, makes use of any specific confidential information for his own benefit or advantage that, if generally known, might reasonably be expected to affect materially the value of the share
(a)
is liable to compensate any person for any direct loss incurred by that person as a result of the transaction, unless the information was known or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have been known, to that person at the time of the transaction, and
(b)
is accountable to the company for any direct benefit or advantage received or receivable by the insider as a result of the transaction.
Time limit on action
311.
An action to enforce a right created by section 310 may not be commenced except within 2 years after the discovery of the facts that gave rise to the cause of action.
PART III
Other Registered Companies
DIVISION A
Companies Without Share Capital
Application of Division
312.(1)
This Division applies to every company without share capital, in this Division called a “non-profit company”.
(2)
When a provision of this Division is inconsistent with, or repugnant to, any other provision of this Act, the provision of this Division in so far as it affects a non-profit company to which this Division applies, supersedes and prevails over the other provisions of this Act.
(3)
For the avoidance of uncertainty, but subject to subsection (2), the following provisions of this Act apply, with such modifications as the circumstances of a non-profit company require, to such a company, namely:
(a)
the provisions of Divisions A, B, D, E, F, G, H, I, K and L of Part I, and sections 31, 44, 45, 46 and 56 in that Part;
(b)
the provisions of Divisions A, B and C of Part II;
(c)
the provisions of Divisions B and C of this Part; and
(d)
the provisions of Part IV and Part V.
[1986-4]
(4)
The provisions of Part V of the Charities Act, Cap. 243 apply with such modifications as the circumstances require to a non-profit company.
[2002-6]
“Member” defined
313.
When used in relation to a non-profit company, “member” refers to a member of the non-profit company in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the articles and by-laws of the company.
Incorporation
314.(1)
Without the prior approval of the Minister, no articles may be accepted for filing in respect of any non-profit company.
(2)
In order to qualify for approval, a non-profit company must restrict its undertaking to one that is of a patriotic, religious, philanthropic, charitable, educational, scientific, literary, historical, artistic, social, professional, fraternal, sporting or athletic nature, or the like, or to the promotion of some other useful object.
(3)
Notwithstanding subsection (1), the approval of the Minister is not required for the continuation under this Division of a former-Act company that was registered by licence of the Minister pursuant to section 21 of the former Act.
Form of articles
315.
The articles of a non-profit company must be in the prescribed form and, in addition, must state
(a)
the restrictions on the undertaking that the company is to carry on;
(b)
that the company has no authorised share capital and is to be carried on without pecuniary gain to its members, and that any profits or other accretions to the company are to be used in furthering its undertaking;
(c)
if the undertaking of the company is of a social nature, the address in full of the clubhouse or similar building that the company is maintaining; and
(d)
that each first director becomes a member of the company upon its incorporation.
Directors ex officio
316.(1)
A non-profit company may have no fewer than 3 directors.
(2)
The articles or by-laws of a non-profit company may provide for individuals becoming directors by virtue of holding some office outside the company.
“Incorporated” or “inc” etc.
317.(1)
Notwithstanding section 10, the word “incorporated” or “corporation” or the abbreviation “inc” or “corp” must be the last word of the name of each non-profit company; but a non-profit company may use and be legally designated by either the full or the abbreviated form.
(2)
This section does not apply to a former-Act company without share capital that is continued under this Act; but this section applies to any such company that changes its name by amended articles.
Members unlimited
318.(1)
Unless the articles or by-laws of a non-profit company otherwise provide, there is no limit on the number of members of the company.
(2)
The articles or by-laws of a non-profit company may provide for more than one class of membership; but, if they do so, they must set forth the designation of, and the terms and conditions attached to, each class of members.
Admission to membership
319.
Subject to the articles or by-laws of a non-profit company, persons may be admitted to membership in the company by resolution of the directors; but the articles or by-laws may provide
(a)
that the resolution is not effective until confirmed by the members in a general meeting; and
(b)
that members can be admitted by virtue of holding some office outside the company.
Voting by members
320.(1)
Subject to subsection (2), each member of each class of members of a non-profit company has one vote.
(2)
The articles of a non-profit company may provide that each member of a specified class has more than one vote, or has no vote.
Transfer of members
321.(1)
Unless the articles of the company otherwise provide, the interest of a member in a non-profit company is not transferable, and lapses and ceases to exist upon his death or when he ceases to be a member by resignation, or otherwise in accordance with the by-laws of the company.
(2)
Where the articles of a non-profit company provide that the interest of a member in the company is transferable, the by-law may not restrict the transfer of that interest.
By-laws
322.(1)
The directors of a non-profit company may make by-laws, not being contrary to this Act or to the articles of the company, respecting
(a)
the admission of persons and unincorporated associations as members and as ex officio members, and the qualifications of, and the conditions of membership;
(b)
the fees and dues of members;
(c)
the issue of membership cards and certificates;
(d)
the suspension and termination of membership by the company and by a member;
(e)
where the articles provide that the interest of a member is transferable, the method of transferring membership;
(f)
the qualifications of, and the remuneration of, the directors and the ex officio directors, if any;
(g)
the time for, and manner of, election of directors;
(h)
the appointment, remuneration, functions, duties and removal of agents, officers and employees of the company, and the security, if any, to be given by them to the company;
(i)
the time and place, and the notice to be given, for the holding of meetings of the members and of the board of directors, the quorum at meetings of members, the requirement as to proxies, and the procedure in all things at meetings of the members and at meetings of the board of directors; and
(j)
the conduct in all other particulars of the affairs of the company.
(2)
The directors of a non-profit company may make by-laws respecting
(a)
the division of its members into groups, either territorially or on the basis of common interest;
(b)
the election of some or all of the directors
(i)
by the groups on the basis of the number of members in each group,
(ii)
for the groups in a defined geographical area, by the delegates of the groups meeting together, or
(iii)
by the groups on the basis of common interest;
(c)
the election of delegates and alternate delegates to represent each group on the basis of the number of members in each group;
(d)
the number and qualifications of delegates and the method of their election;
(e)
the holding of meetings of members or delegates;
(f)
the powers and authority of delegates at meetings; and
(g)
the holding of meetings of members or delegates territorially or on the basis of common interest.
(3)
A by-law passed under paragraph (f) of subsection (2) may provide that a meeting of delegates for all purposes is a meeting of the members with all the powers of such a meeting.
(4)
A by-law under subsection (2) is not effective until it is confirmed by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at a general meeting of the members duly called for that purpose.
(5)
A delegate has only one vote and may not vote by proxy.
(6)
A by-law passed under subsection (2) may not prohibit members from attending meetings of delegates and participating in the discussions at the meetings.
Dissolution and distribution
323.(1)
The articles of incorporation of a non-profit company may provide that, upon dissolution, the remaining property of the company is to be distributed among the members, or among the members of a class or classes of members, or to one designated organisation or more, or to any combination thereof.
(2)
Where the articles of incorporation of a non-profit company do not provide for a distribution of its remaining property in accordance with subsection (1), the company must, by special resolution, after payment of all debts and liabilities distribute or dispose of the remaining property to any organisation in Barbados the undertaking of which is charitable or beneficial to the community.
(3)
A distribution or disposition of property in accordance with subsections (1) and (2) is sufficient compliance with paragraph (d) of subsection (4) of section 367 and paragraph (i) of section 379.
(4)
Where the articles of incorporation do not contain a provision for the distribution of remaining property to the members, the articles may not be amended so to provide.
DIVISION B
External Companies
Interpretation
324.(1)
In this Division
(a)
external company means any incorporated or unincorporated body formed under the laws of a country other than Barbados;
(b)
undertaking means, in relation to an external company, any business or undertaking carried on by the external company.
(2)
An external company is carrying on an undertaking in Barbados if
(a)
it holds title to any land in Barbados or has an interest in any such land;
(b)
it maintains an office, warehouse or place of business in Barbados;
(c)
it is licensed or registered or required to be licensed or registered under any law of Barbados that entitles it to do business or to sell shares or debentures of its own issue;
(d)
it is the holder of a certificate of registration issued under the Road Traffic Act, Cap. 295 respecting a public service vehicle; or
(e)
in any other manner it carries on any undertaking in Barbados.
(2)
For the purposes of subsection (2), where an external company is listed with a telephone number in Barbados under the name of the external company in a telephone directory published for use in Barbados, the external company is presumed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, to be carrying on an undertaking in Barbados.
[1984-7]
Exceptions
325.
This Division does not apply to an external company that carries on its undertaking on a co-operative basis within the meaning of the Co-operative Societies Act, Cap. 378A or that is exempted from this Division by an order published in the Gazette, which may be made by the Minister.
Prohibition
326.(1)
No external company shall begin or carry on any undertaking in Barbados until it is registered under this Act.
(2)
Every external company that was carrying on an undertaking in Barbados immediately before 1st January, 1985 must, within 6 years after that date apply to the Registrar for registration under this Act.
[1984-7; 1990-1]
(3)
An external company whose name appears on the register maintained by the Registrar pursuant to section 395 is presumed to be registered under this Act; and an external company whose name does not appear on that register is presumed not to be registered under this Act.
(4)
Until the expiration of 6 years from 1st January, 1985, subsection (1) does not apply to an external company that was carrying on an undertaking in Barbados on that date.
[1986-4; 1990-1]
Validation
326.1.(1)
An external company registered on or after the 1st January, 1985 shall be deemed to have been validly and lawfully registered under the principal Act.
[This section was enacted as section 4(1) of Act 1990-1.]
[1990-1]
Registration required
327.(1)
Subject to subsection (2) and to sections 416 and 417, an external company, upon payment of the prescribed fee, is entitled to be registered under this Act for any lawful undertaking.
(2)
An application for registration under this Act by an external company may be referred by the Registrar to the Minister, who may order the Registrar to refuse registration.
Restrictions on activities
328.(1)
In the prescribed circumstances, the Registrar may restrict the powers or activities that an external company can exercise or carry on in Barbados.
(2)
When any powers or activities of an external company are restricted under subsection (1), the company shall not exercise those powers or carry on those activities in Barbados.
(3)
Where any powers or activities of an external company are to be restricted pursuant to subsection (1)
(a)
the Registrar must notify the company of what he intends to do;
(b)
the company may appeal to the Minister within 30 days from the date on which the notification from the Registrar was received by the company; and
(c)
the Minister may confirm, vary or overrule the decision of the Registrar.
External amalgamated company
329.
An external company that has been continued from the amalgamation of 2 or more external companies must comply with section 332 as though it were a new registration of an external company, irrespective of the fact that one or more of the external companies that were continued by the amalgamated company had been registered under this Act at the date of the amalgamation or thereafter.
Registering external companies
330.(1)
In order to register under this Act, an external company must file with the Registrar a statement in the prescribed form setting out
(a)
the name of the company;
(b)
the jurisdiction within which the company was incorporated;
(c)
the date of its incorporation;
(d)
the manner in which it was incorporated;
(e)
the particulars of its corporate instruments;
(f)
the period, if any, fixed by its corporate instruments for the duration of the company;
(g)
the extent, if any, to which the liability of the shareholders or members of the company is limited;
(h)
the undertaking that the company will carry on in Barbados;
(i)
the date on which the company intends to commence any of its undertakings in Barbados;
(j)
the authorised, subscribed and paid-up or stated capital of the company, and the shares that the company is authorised to issue and their nominal or par value, if any;
(k)
the full address of the registered or head office of the company outside Barbados;
(l)
the full address of the principal office of the company in Barbados; and
(m)
the full names, addresses and occupations of the directors of the company.
(2)
The statement under subsection (1) must be accompanied with
(a)
a statutory declaration by 2 directors of the company that verifies on behalf of the company the particulars set out in the statement;
(b)
a copy of the corporate instruments of the company;
(c)
a statutory declaration by an attorney-at-law that this section has been complied with;
(d)
the prescribed fees; and
(e)
a power of attorney in accordance with section 332.
(3)
The Registrar may accept the declaration referred to in paragraph (c) of subsection (2) as sufficient evidence of compliance with the requirements of this section.
Language
331.
When a document that is required to be filed under section 330 is not in the English language, a notarily certified translation of that document must be provided unless the Registrar otherwise directs.
Attorney of company
332.(1)
An external company must file with the Registrar a fully executed power of attorney in the prescribed form that will empower some person named in the power and resident in Barbados to act as the attorney of the company for the purpose of receiving service of process in all suits and proceedings by or against the company in Barbados, and of receiving all lawful notices.
(2)
A power of attorney under subsection (1) must declare that service of process in respect of suits and proceedings by or against the company and of lawful notices on the attorney will be binding on the company for all purposes.
(3)
An external company may, by another power of attorney executed and deposited in accordance with this section
(a)
appoint another attorney in Barbados for the purposes set forth in the power, and
(b)
replace the attorney previously appointed pursuant to this section.
Failure of power
333.
If an attorney named in a power of attorney executed by an external company under section 332 ceases to reside in Barbados, or if the power of attorney becomes invalid or ineffectual for any other reason, the company must file another power of attorney pursuant to section 332.
Capacity of attorney
334.(1)
Service of process and notices on an attorney for an external company appointed under a power of attorney registered under section 332 is legal and binding service on the company.
(2)
When an attorney for an external company appointed under a power registered under section 332 signs a deed on behalf of the company, the deed is binding on the company in Barbados if the company has empowered the attorney to execute deeds and he executes it with the attorney’s own seal.
(3)
A deed that is binding under subsection (2) on an external company has the same effect as if it were under the seal of the external company.
Certificate of registration
335.(1)
When the Registrar has, in respect of an external company, received the statements and other documents required, under this Act together with the prescribed fees, the Registrar must
(a)
issue a certificate showing that the company has been registered as an external company under this Act; and
(b)
publish in the Gazette a notice of the registration of the company as an external company,
but subject to his discretionary powers under this Division.
(2)
A certificate of registration issued under this section to an external company is conclusive proof of the registration of the company on the date shown in the certificate and of any other facts that the certificate purports to certify.
Effect of registration
336.
Subject to this Division and any other laws of Barbados, an external company that is registered under this Act may carry on its undertaking in Barbados in accordance with its certificate of registration and may exercise its corporate powers within Barbados.
Suspension of registration
337.(1)
Subject to such regulations as the Minister may make in that behalf, the Minister may suspend or revoke the registration of any external company for failing to comply with any requirements of this Division, or for any other prescribed cause; and the Minister may, subject to those regulations, remove a suspension or cancel a revocation.
(2)
The rights of the creditors of an external company are not affected by the suspension or revocation of its registration under this Act.
(3)
The Registrar must publish forthwith in the Gazette a notice of any suspension or revocation of the registration of an external company under this Act.
Cancelling registration
338.(1)
When an external company ceases to carry on its undertaking in Barbados, the company shall file a notice to that effect with the Registrar, who must thereupon cancel the registration of the company under this Act.
(2)
If an external company ceases to exist and the Registrar is made aware of that circumstance by evidence satisfactory to him, the Registrar may cancel the registration of the company under this Act.
(3)
If the Minister is of the opinion that the public convenience will be served thereby, the Minister may, by publishing in the Gazette a notice to that effect, cancel the registration of an external company under this Act.
Revival of registration
339.(1)
Subject to subsection (4), where the registration of an external company has been cancelled under section 338 or has ceased to be valid by virtue of section 342(3), the Registrar may revive the registration of the external company under this Act if the company files with him such documents as he may require and pays the prescribed fee.
(2)
A registration of an external company is revived when the Registrar issues a new certificate of registration to the company.
(3)
The Registrar may require the external company to whom he has issued a new certificate under this section to publish in the Gazette at its own expense a notice of the revival of its registration.
(4)
The Registrar may not revive the registration of a company the registration of which was cancelled by the Minister pursuant to subsection (3) of section 338.
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Previous activities
340.
Registration or revival of registration under this Act of an external company retroactively authorises all previous acts of the company as though the company had been registered at the time of those acts, except for the purposes of a prosecution for any offence under this Division.
Name display
341.(1)
An external company carrying on any undertaking in Barbados shall paint or affix its name and place of business in a conspicuous place in easily legible letters, and keep that information so painted and affixed, on the outside of its head office in Barbados and every other office or place in Barbados in which it carries on its undertaking in Barbados.
(2)
An external company carrying on any undertaking in Barbados shall, in the transaction of its undertaking within Barbados, have its name mentioned in legible characters in
(a)
all notices, advertisements and other official publications of the company;
(b)
all bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements, cheques and orders for money or goods purporting to be signed by or on behalf of the company; and
(c)
all bills of parcels, invoices, receipts and letters of credit of the company.
Fundamental changes
342.(1)
Where, in the case of an external company registered under this Act
(a)
the name of the company has been changed;
(b)
the corporate instruments of the company have been altered to reflect a fundamental change within the meaning of Division K of Part I;
(c)
the objects of the company have been altered or its business has been restricted; or
(d)
any change is made among its directors,
the company shall, within 30 days after the change has been made, file with the Registrar duly certified copies of the instruments by which the change has been made or ordered to be made.
(2)
Upon receipt of the duly certified copies referred to in subsection (1) and the prescribed fee, the Registrar must enter the change of name in the register, and, with the approval of the Minister, enter a record of such other changes in the register as he considers to be in the public interest.
(3)
The registration of an external company under this Act ceases to be valid 60 days after a change described in subsection (1) is made or ordered unless within that period the change is filed with the Registrar pursuant to subsection (1).
(4)
Upon the registration under this section of a change in respect of an external company, the Registrar must
(a)
issue to the company a certificate of the change under his hand in a form adapted to the circumstances; and
(b)
if the change involves a change of name, publish notice of the change in the Gazette.
(5)
A certificate issued under subsection (4) and a notice published in the Gazette under that subsection are admissible in evidence as conclusive proof of the change therein set out.
Returns
343.(1)
An external company shall, not later than the first day of April in each year after the date of its registration, send to the Registrar an annual return in the prescribed form containing the prescribed information made up to the preceding thirty-first day of December and accompanied with the prescribed fees.
(2)
A director or officer of the external company must certify the contents of any return made under this section.
(2A)
From 27th August, 2001 an external company that is in default in complying with subsection (1) is liable to a penalty of $10 payable to the Registrar for every day during which the default continues and every director and officer who knowingly and wilfully authorises or permits the default is also liable to that penalty.
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(3)
The Registrar may strike off the register an external company that neglects or refuses to file a return required under this section.
Incapacity of company
344.(1)
An external company that is not registered under this Act may not maintain any action, suit or other proceeding in any court in Barbados in respect of any contract made in whole or in part within Barbados in the course of, or in connection with, the carrying on of any undertaking by the company in Barbados.
(2)
Notwithstanding subsection (1), when an external company described in that subsection becomes registered under this Act or has its registration restored, as the case may be, the company may then maintain an action, suit or other proceeding in respect of the contract described in subsection (1) as though the company had never been disabled under that subsection, whether or not the contract was made or proceeding instituted by the company before the date the company was registered or had its registration restored.
(3)
In the case of an external company whose registration has been restored, subsection (2) is subject to the terms of any conditions imposed upon the company, or to the terms of any order of the court in respect of the restoration of the company’s registration.
(4)
Where an assignment of a debt or any chose in action is made by an external company described in subsection (1) to an individual or to a body corporate having the capacity to maintain any action, suit or other proceeding in a court in Barbados
(a)
that individual or body corporate, or
(b)
any person claiming under the individual or body corporate,
may not maintain, in any court in Barbados, any action, suit or other proceeding that is based on the subject of the assignment unless the external company is registered under this Act during the time the action, suit or other proceeding is being proceeded with.
(5)
Subsection (4) does not apply in respect of an external company that is a judgment creditor applying to have a judgment registered in the Supreme Court under the Foreign and Commonwealth Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act, Cap. 201.
Resumption of action
345.
Where an action, suit or proceeding has been dismissed or otherwise decided against an external company on the ground that an act or transaction of the company was invalid or prohibited by reason of the company’s not being registered under this Act, the company may, when it becomes registered under this Act, and upon such terms as to costs as the court may order, maintain a new action, suit or other proceeding as if no judgment had been given or entered therein.
Other provisions
346.
The provisions of sections 18 to 23, 416 and 417 and the provisions of Divisions B to E of Part II and Division B of Part V apply mutatis mutandis to external companies.
DIVISION C
Former-Act Companies
Former-Act company
347.(1)
Upon 1st January, 1985
(a)
all corporate instruments of a former-Act company, and
(b)
all cancellations, suspensions, proceedings, acts, registrations and things,
lawfully done under any provision of the former Act are presumed to have been lawfully done under this Act, and continue in effect under this Act as though they had been lawfully done under this Act.
(2)
For the purposes of this section, lawfully done means to have been lawfully granted, issued, imposed, taken, done, commenced, filed, or passed, as the circumstances require.
Effect of corporate instrument
348.(1)
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, but subject to subsection (3), if any provision of a corporate instrument of a former-Act company lawfully in force immediately before 1st January, 1985 is inconsistent with, repugnant to, or not in compliance with, this Act, that provision is not illegal or invalid only by reason of that inconsistency, repugnancy or non-compliance.
(2)
Any act, matter or proceeding or thing done or taken by the former-Act company or any director, shareholder, member or officer of the company under a provision mentioned in subsection (1) is not illegal or invalid by reason only of the inconsistency, repugnancy or non-compliance mentioned in that subsection, or by reason of being prohibited, or not authorised by the law as it is after 1st January, 1985.
(3)
Section 95 applies to a former-Act company immediately upon 1st January, 1985.
Continuation as company
349.(1)
Every former-Act company must, within 6 years after 1st January, 1985, apply to the Registrar for a certificate of continuance under this Act.
(2)
Subject to subsection (5), a former-Act company which did not within the period specified in subsection (1) apply to the Registrar for a certificate of continuance under this Act, may apply to the Registrar in accordance with subsection (3) for leave to file articles of continuance within such further period as the Registrar with the approval of the Minister allows.
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(3)
An application under subsection (2) must be in writing and shall be accompanied by a statutory declaration by a director, officer or other duly authorised agent of the former-Act company giving full particulars to the satisfaction of the Registrar of
(a)
the reason why the former-Act company failed to apply for continuance under this Act within the period specified in subsection (1);
(b)
the obligations of the former-Act company;
(c)
the hardship, if any, experienced by the former-Act company by reason of its non-continuance under this Act;
(d)
the property owned by the former-Act company; and
(e)
the reasons why, having regard to section 353 of the Act, the former-Act company should be continued as a company under this Act.
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(4)
After considering an application under subsection (2) the Registrar may grant leave in writing to the former-Act company to file articles of continuance in accordance with section 351 within such period as the Registrar with the approval of the Minister allows.
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(5)
No former-Act company shall be continued under this Act after 31st December, 2003.
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Amending instrument
350.
Within the period referred to in section 349, any amendments to, or replacement of, the corporate instruments of a former-Act company must be made as nearly as possible in accordance with this Act.
Articles of continuance
351.(1)
Articles of continuance may, without so stating in the articles, effect any amendments to the corporate instruments of a former-Act company if the amendment is an amendment that a company incorporated under this Act can make in its articles.
(2)
Articles of continuance in the prescribed form must be sent to the Registrar together with the documents required by sections 66 and 169.
(3)
A shareholder or member may not dissent under section 213 in respect of an amendment made under subsection (1).
Certificate of continuance
352.(1)
Upon receipt of an application under this Part, the Registrar may, and, if the applicant complies with all reasonable requirements of the Registrar to have the continued company accord with the requirements of this Act, the Registrar must, issue a certificate of continuance to the former-Act company, in accordance with section 404.
(2)
On the date shown in the certificate of continuance
(a)
the former-Act company becomes a company to which this Act applies as if it had been incorporated under this Act;
(b)
the articles of continuance are the articles of incorporation of the continued company; and
(c)
except for the purposes of subsection (1) of section 62, the certificate of continuance is the certificate of incorporation of the continued company.
(3)
A certificate of continuance issued to a former-Act company on or after 1st January, 1987 and before 5th February, 1990 shall be deemed to have been validly and lawfully issued under this Act.
[This subsection was enacted as section 4(2) of Act 1990-1.]
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Preservation of company
353.(1)
When a former-Act company is continued as a company under this Act
(a)
the property of the former-Act company continues to be the property of the company;
(b)
the company continues to be liable for the obligations of the former-Act company;
(c)
an existing cause of action, claim or liability to prosecute is unaffected;
(d)
a civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding pending by or against the former-Act company may be continued by or against the company; and
(e)
a conviction against, or ruling order or judgment in favour of or against, the former-Act company may be enforced by or against the company.
(2)
When the Registrar determines, on the application of a former-Act company, that it is not practicable to change a reference to the nominal or par value of shares of a class or series that the former-Act company was authorised to issue before it was continued as a company under this Act, the Registrar may, notwithstanding section 28, permit the company to continue to refer in its articles to those shares, whether issued or non-issued as shares having a nominal or par value.
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(3)
A company must set out in its articles the maximum number of shares of a class or series referred to in subsection (2); and it may not amend its articles to increase that maximum number of shares or to change the nominal or par value of the shares.
Various shares
354.(1)
A share of a former-Act company issued before the company was continued under this Act is presumed to have been issued in compliance with this Act and with the provisions of the articles of continuance, irrespective of whether the share is fully paid, and irrespective of any designation, rights, privileges, restrictions or conditions attached to the share, or set out on, or referred to in, the certificate representing the share; and continuance under this Act does not deprive a shareholder of any right or privilege that he claims under an issued share of the company, nor does it relieve him of any liability in respect of an issued share of the company.
(2)
For the purposes of this section, share includes an instrument issued pursuant to subsection (1) of section 35.
Non-continuance disability
354A.
When a former-Act company fails to apply to the Registrar for a certificate of continuance within the time limited therefor under section 349, then, after the expiration of that period
(a)
the former-Act company may not, without leave, sue in any court, but may be made a defendant to a suit;
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(b)
no dividend shall be paid to any shareholder of the former-Act company; and
(c)
every director or manager of the former-Act company is liable to a penalty of $100 a day for each day during which the former-Act company carries on its undertaking thereafter.
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Effect of earlier references
355.(1)
A reference in any corporate instrument of any body corporate to the former Act or any procedure under the former Act is, in relation to any former-Act company continued under this Act, to be construed as a reference to the provisions of this Act or procedure thereunder that is the equivalent provision or procedure under this Act.
(2)
Without affecting the operation of the Interpretation Act, Cap. 1, when there is no equivalent provision in this Act to the provision or procedure in or under the former Act referred to in the corporate instrument of a body corporate, the provision or proceeding of the former Act is to be applied, and stands unrepealed to the extent necessary to give effect to that reference in the corporate instrument.
DIVISION C.1
Statutory Companies
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Interpretation
355.1.
In this Act
incorporating Act
(a)
means an Act, other than this Act, under which a company is incorporated; but
(b)
does not include
(i)
an Act under which a statutory board, within the meaning of section 43 of the Interpretation Act, Cap. 1, is incorporated, or
statutory company
(a)
means a body corporate incorporated under an enactment other than this Act; but
(b)
does not include
(i)
a statutory board within the meaning of section 43 of the Interpretation Act, Cap. 1, or
(ii)
Reincorporation
355.2.(1)
A statutory company that wishes to reincorporate under this Act may apply to the Registrar for a certificate of reincorporation under this Act.
(2)
No fee in excess of $500 to defray administration costs may be prescribed in respect of an application and certificate of reincorporation under this Division.
Statutory company
355.3.(1)
Where a statutory company applies for reincorporation pursuant to section 355.2
(a)
all corporate instruments of the statutory company; and
(b)
all cancellations, suspensions, proceedings, acts, registrations and things,
lawfully done under or pursuant to any provision of the incorporating Act are presumed to have been lawfully done under this Act, and continue in effect under this Act as though they had been lawfully done under this Act.
(2)
For the purposes of this section, lawfully done means to have been lawfully granted, issued, imposed, taken, done, commenced, filed, or passed, as the circumstances require.
Effect of corporate instrument
355.4.(1)
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, but subject to subsection (3), if any provision of a corporate instrument of a statutory company lawfully in force immediately before its reincorporation under this Division is inconsistent with, repugnant to, or not in compliance with, this Act, that provision is not illegal or invalid only by reason of the inconsistency, repugnancy or non-compliance.
(2)
Any act, matter or proceeding or thing done or taken by the statutory company or any director, shareholder, member or officer of the company under a provision mentioned in subsection (1) is not illegal or invalid by reason only of the inconsistency, repugnancy or non-compliance mentioned in that subsection, or by reason of being prohibited, or not authorised by the law as it applies to the company after reincorporation under this Act.
(3)
Section 95 applies to a statutory company immediately upon its reincorporation under this Act.
Articles of reincorporation
355.5.(1)
Articles of reincorporation may, without so stating in the articles, effect any amendments to the corporate instruments of a statutory company if the amendment is an amendment that a company incorporated under this Act can make in its articles.
(2)
Articles of reincorporation in the prescribed form must be sent to the Registrar together with the documents required by sections 66 and 169.
(3)
A shareholder or member may not dissent under section 213 in respect of an amendment made under subsection (1).
Certificate of reincorporation
355.6.(1)
Upon receipt of an application under this Part, the Registrar may, and, if the applicant complies with all reasonable requirements of the Registrar to have the company accord with the requirements of this Act, the Registrar must, issue a certificate of reincorporation to the statutory company, in accordance with section 404.
(2)
On the date shown in the certificate of reincorporation
(a)
the statutory company becomes a company to which this Act applies as if it had been incorporated under this Act;
(b)
the articles of reincorporation are the articles of incorporation of the statutory company; and
(c)
except for the purposes of subsection (1) of section 62, the certificate of reincorporation is the certificate of incorporation of the statutory company.
Preservation of company
355.7.(1)
When a statutory company is reincorporated as a company under this Act
(a)
the property of the statutory company continues to be the property of the company;
(b)
the company continues to be liable for the obligations of the statutory company;
(c)
an existing cause of action, claim or liability to prosecute is unaffected;
(d)
a civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding pending by or against the statutory company may be continued by or against the company; and
(e)
a conviction against, or ruling order or judgment in favour of or against, the statutory company may be enforced by or against the company.
(2)
When the Registrar determines, on the application of a statutory company, that it is not practicable to change a reference to the nominal or par value of shares of a class or series that the statutory company was authorised to issue before it was reincorporated as a company under this Act, the Registrar may, notwithstanding section 28, permit the company to continue to refer in its articles to those shares, whether issued or non-issued as shares having a nominal or par value.
(3)
A company must set out in its articles the maximum number of shares of a class or series referred to in subsection (2); and it may not amend its articles to increase that maximum number of shares or to change the nominal or par value of the shares.
Various shares
355.8.(1)
A share of a statutory company issued before the company was reincorporated under this Act is presumed to have been issued in compliance with this Act and with the provisions of the articles of reincorporation, irrespective of whether the share is fully paid, and irrespective of any designation, rights, privileges, restrictions or conditions attached to the share, or set out on, or referred to in, the certificate representing the share; and reincorporation under this Act does not deprive a shareholder of any right or privilege that he claims under an issued share of the company, nor does it relieve him of any liability in respect of an issued share of the company.
(2)
For the purposes of this section, share includes an instrument issued pursuant to subsection (1) of section 35.
Effect of earlier references
355.9.(1)
A reference in any corporate instrument of any body corporate to the incorporating Act or any procedure under the incorporating Act is, in relation to any statutory company reincorporated under this Act, to be construed as a reference to the provisions of this Act or procedure thereunder that is the equivalent provision or procedure under this Act.
(2)
Without affecting the operation of the Interpretation Act, Cap. 1, when there is no equivalent provision in this Act to the provision of procedure in or under the incorporating Act referred to in the corporate instrument of a body corporate, the provision or proceeding of the incorporating Act is to be applied, and stands unrepealed to the extent necessary to give effect to that reference in the corporate instrument.
Effect of reincorpotation
355.10.
Without affecting section 355.9, where a statutory company is reincorporated under this Act the enactment under which the statutory company was incorporated is repealed.
DIVISION D
Corporate Mobility
Corporations moving to Barbados
356.1.(1)
A body corporate that is then incorporated in a jurisdiction other than Barbados may, if so authorised under the laws of that other jurisdiction, apply to the Registrar for a certificate of continuance under this Act.
(2)
An application under subsection (1) must be made by articles of continuance in the prescribed form.
(3)
Articles of continuance may, without so stating in the articles, effect any amendment to the corporate instruments of the body corporate that applies for continuance under this section, if the amendment
(a)
is authorised in accordance with the law applicable to the body corporate before continuance under this Act; and
(b)
is an amendment that a company incorporated under this Act is entitled to make to its articles.
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Certificate of continuance
356.2.(1)
Upon receipt of articles of continuance, the Registrar may issue a certificate of continuance in accordance with section 404.
(2)
On the date shown in the certificate of continuance
(a)
the body corporate becomes a company to which this Act applies as if the company had been incorporated under this Act;
(b)
the articles of continuance become the articles of incorporation of the continued company; and
(c)
except for the purpose of section 62, the certificate of continuance is the certificate of incorporation of the continued company.
Application of sections 353 and 354
356.3.
When a body corporate is continued as a company under this Act, sections 353 and 354 apply, with such modifications as the circumstances require, to the continued company as if it had been a former-Act company continued under this Act.
Corporation leaving Barbados
356.4.(1)
Subject to section 356.5, a company may
(a)
if it is authorised by its shareholders in accordance with this section; and
(b)
if it is established to the satisfaction of the Registrar that its proposed continuance in another jurisdiction will not adversely affect its creditors or shareholders,
apply to the appropriate official or public body of the other jurisdiction and request that the company be continued as a corporation in the other jurisdiction as if it had been incorporated under the laws of that other jurisdiction.
(2)
A notice of a meeting of shareholders complying with section 109 must be sent in accordance with that section to each shareholder and must state that a dissenting shareholder is entitled to be paid the fair value of his shares in accordance with sections 213 to 222; but a failure to make that statement does not invalidate a continuance effected in another jurisdiction pursuant to an application made otherwise in accordance with this section.
(3)
Each share of a company carries the right to vote in respect of a continuance in another jurisdiction whether or not it otherwise carries a right to vote.
(4)
An application for continuance in another jurisdiction becomes authorised when the shareholders voting thereon have approved the continuance by special resolution.
(5)
The directors of a company may, if authorised by the shareholders at the time of approving an application under this section for continuance of the company in another jurisdiction, abandon the application without further approval of the shareholders.
Conditions precedent
356.5.
A company may not apply for continuance in another jurisdiction, nor may it be continued under the laws of another jurisdiction, as a body corporate incorporated in that other jurisdiction pursuant to section 356.4 unless the laws of that other jurisdiction provide in effect that
(a)
the property of the company continues to be the property of the body corporate;
(b)
the body corporate continues to be liable for the obligations of the company;
(c)
any existing cause of action, claim or liability to prosecution is unaffected;
(d)
a civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding pending by or against the company can be continued to be prosecuted by or against the body corporate; and
(e)
a conviction against or ruling order or judgment in favour of or against, the company can be enforced by or against the body corporate.
Discontinuance and effect
356.6.(1)
Upon receipt of notice satisfactory to him that a company that has made an application under section 356.4 has been continued as a corporation under the laws of another jurisdiction, the Registrar must file the notice and issue a certificate of discontinuance in accordance with section 404.
(2)
After a certificate of discontinuance is issued under subsection (1) in respect of a company that is continued as a corporation under the laws of another jurisdiction, the corporation thereupon becomes an external company for all the purposes of this Act.
(3)
The notice described in subsection (1) is, for the purposes of section 404, articles that conform to law.
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DIVISION E
Mutual Insurance Companies
Application of Division
356.7.(1)
This Division applies to every company incorporated under this Act for the purpose of undertaking contracts of insurance upon the mutual plan, that is to say, a plan whereby the company is directly or indirectly owned by its members and provides insurance or reinsurance directly or indirectly for the benefit of such members in this Division called a “mutual company.”.
(2)
When a provision of this Division is inconsistent with or repugnant to any other provision of this Act, the provision of this Division in so far as it affects a mutual company, prevails over the other provision of this Act.
(3)
For the avoidance of uncertainty but subject to subsection (2), the following provisions of this Act with such modifications as the circumstances require, apply to a mutual company namely
(a)
the provisions of Divisions A, B, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, and L of Part I, and sections 31, 44, 45, 46 and 56 of that Part;
(b)
the provisions of Divisions A, B, C, and D of Part II;
(c)
the provisions of Divisions B and D of this Part; and
(d)
the provisions of Parts IV and V.
Definitions
356.8.
When used in relation to a mutual company
(a)
member means a person who, in accordance with this Act and the articles and by-laws of the mutual company, has voting rights in the company through his interest under a contract of insurance or reinsurance issued or reinsured by the company, and
(b)
premium means the payment to be made for insurance and re-insurance and includes, for insurance and re-insurance issued or effected to or for or on behalf of a member, dues, assessments, retrospective premium adjustments, obligations to contribute to a reserve fund or calls and other consideration.