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Non Registration

We help you navigate registration requirements to start benefiting from your investment. 

A potential hurdle you may face when you want to sell (or buy) shares in a limited company is the prospect that a company board of directors may refuse to 'register' (recognise or ratify) a transfer of shares. We understand what matters and can help you get the job done.

Where a transfer of shares has been made in accordance with a company's articles, and a duly completed and stamped stock transfer form is presented to the company for registration, the directors will only have the right to refuse to register the transfer if the company's articles allow for this.

The right to refuse to register transfers is actually quite common. In fact, the default model articles for companies contain exactly these kind of restrictions.

Under current legislation, where the directors refuse to register a transfer of shares, the 'buyer' is entitled to receive information from the board regarding the reasons for the directors' refusal to register the transaction. In addition, the directors must also provide the ‘buyer’ with any further information on their decision not to register the transfer that the ‘buyer’ may reasonably request.

The purpose of a power to refuse to register a transfer is to protect the interests of a company’s shareholders as a whole. Directors should exercise that power honestly and in good faith, and not arbitrarily or unreasonably.

Directors who wish to refuse to register a share transfer need to tread carefully as those who fall foul can face a personal liability.

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