Corporate Governance and General Meetings of Issuing Companies

There are several legal requirements for a general meeting of an issuing company, such as ensuring that the notices are delivered on time. If you are the sole shareholder of the company, a written proxy must be presented in the form specified by the company. It is also important that the notices comply with any stock exchange rules. Listed companies must abide by all regulations of the stock market. The articles of association of a publicly traded company should also state how the meeting should be conducted.

The shareholders must receive at least seven days’ notice to attend the meeting. A clear day is one that includes the day of service of the notice and the day of the meeting. The ICSA and Combined Code on Corporate Governance recommend at least 20 working days’ notice. There is a legal requirement for this notice, but the majority of companies are not required to follow it. In addition to the legal requirements, there are other reasons to hold a general meeting.

Ordinary general meetings are held once a year, usually within six months of the close of the previous fiscal year. They are generally used to approve the financial statements, corporate management, and the allocation of profits. A general meeting may also be called at any time by the shareholders. If a majority of shareholders hold more than three percent of the capital of the issuing company, they must request a general meeting. This is a very important requirement, as it ensures the shareholders of a company are fully informed of any major changes in the organization’s performance.

If the company is in a private sector, the rules for EGMs vary for public companies. For example, in a publicly traded company, the voting can be delegated to a proxy. In addition, a shareholder may be able to vote remotely through a telephonic or video-conference call. In the case of a public company, remote voting is permitted. The law gives minority shareholders the option to group their shares together if they do not meet the minimum share requirement.

The articles of association of an issuing company will also define the matters to be discussed at an AGM. These documents are available online. You can read them to determine what topics the board will discuss. There is no rule for holding a general meeting of a public company. The Articles of Association of a company’s members are legally binding and cannot be changed without approval of the board of directors. So, it’s vital that these meetings are held as frequently as possible.

Ordinary general meetings of issuing companies are held once a year, usually within six months of the end of the previous fiscal year. They are primarily used to approve corporate management, approve financial statements, and allocate profits. An AGM can also be called if the shareholders of a company represent more than 3% of the total. These shareholders have the right to call a general meeting. However, in some cases, the AGM must be conducted in advance.