PART VICorporate Governance (continued)
Fundamental Changes (continued)
Marginal note:Vertical short-form amalgamation
232 (1) A company may, without complying with sections 229 to 231, amalgamate with one or more bodies corporate that are incorporated by or under an Act of Parliament if the body or bodies corporate, as the case may be, are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the company and
(a) the amalgamation is approved by a resolution of the directors of the company and of each amalgamating subsidiary; and
(b) the resolutions provide that
(i) the shares of each amalgamating subsidiary will be cancelled without any repayment of capital in respect thereof,
(ii) the letters patent of amalgamation and the by-laws of the amalgamated company will be the same as the incorporating instrument and the by-laws of the amalgamating company that is the holding body corporate, and
(iii) no securities will be issued by the amalgamated company in connection with the amalgamation.
Marginal note:Horizontal short-form amalgamation
(2) Two or more bodies corporate incorporated by or under an Act of Parliament may amalgamate and continue as one company without complying with sections 229 to 231 if
(a) at least one of the applicants is a company;
(b) the applicants are all wholly-owned subsidiaries of the same holding body corporate;
(c) the amalgamation is approved by a resolution of the directors of each of the applicants; and
(d) the resolutions provide that
(i) the shares of all applicants, except those of one of the applicants that is a company, will be cancelled without any repayment of capital in respect thereof,
(ii) the letters patent of amalgamation and the by-laws of the amalgamated company will be the same as the incorporating instrument and the by-laws of the amalgamating company whose shares are not cancelled, and
(iii) the stated capital of the amalgamating companies and bodies corporate whose shares are cancelled will be added to the stated capital of the amalgamating company whose shares are not cancelled.
Marginal note:Joint application to Minister
233 (1) Subject to subsection (2), unless an amalgamation agreement is terminated in accordance with subsection 231(5), the applicants shall, within three months after the approval of the agreement in accordance with subsection 231(4) or the approval of the directors in accordance with subsection 232(1) or (2), jointly apply to the Minister for letters patent of amalgamation continuing the applicants as one company.
Marginal note:Conditions precedent to application
(2) No application for the issue of letters patent under subsection (1) may be made unless
(a) notice of intention to make such an application has been published at least once a week for a period of four consecutive weeks in the Canada Gazette and in a newspaper in general circulation at or near the place where the head office of each applicant is situated; and
(b) the application is supported by satisfactory evidence that the applicants have complied with the requirements of this Part relating to amalgamations.
Marginal note:Application of sections 22 to 25
(3) If two or more bodies corporate, none of which is a company, apply for letters patent under subsection (1), sections 22 to 25 apply in respect of the application with any modifications that the circumstances require.
Marginal note:Matters for consideration
(4) Before issuing letters patent of amalgamation continuing the applicants as one company, the Minister shall take into account all matters that the Minister considers relevant to the application, including
(a) the sources of continuing financial support for the amalgamated company;
(b) the soundness and feasibility of the plans of the applicants for the future conduct and development of the business of the amalgamated company;
(c) the business record and experience of the applicants;
(d) the reputation of the applicants for being operated in a manner that is consistent with the standards of good character and integrity;
(e) whether the amalgamated company will be operated responsibly by persons with the competence and experience suitable for involvement in the operation of a financial institution;
(f) the impact of any integration of the operations and businesses of the applicants on the conduct of those operations and businesses; and
(g) the best interests of the financial system in Canada.
- 1991, c. 45, s. 233
- 2001, c. 9, s. 509
Marginal note:Issue of letters patent
Marginal note:Letters patent
(2) Where letters patent are issued pursuant to this section, section 27 applies with such modifications as the circumstances require in respect of the issue of the letters patent.
Marginal note:Publication of notice
Marginal note:Court enforcement
234.1 (1) If a company or any director, officer, employee or agent of a company is contravening or has failed to comply with any term or condition made in respect of the issuance of letters patent of amalgamation, the Minister may, in addition to any other action that may be taken under this Act, apply to a court for an order directing the company or the director, officer, employee or agent to comply with the term or condition, cease the contravention or do any thing that is required to be done, and on the application the court may so order and make any other order it thinks fit.
(2) An appeal from an order of a court under this section lies in the same manner as, and to the same court to which, an appeal may be taken from any other order of the court.
- 2001, c. 9, s. 510
Marginal note:Effect of letters patent
(a) the amalgamation of the applicants and their continuance as one company becomes effective;
(b) the property of each applicant continues to be the property of the amalgamated company;
(c) the amalgamated company continues to be liable for the obligations of each applicant;
(d) any existing cause of action, claim or liability to prosecution is unaffected;
(e) any civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding pending by or against an applicant may be continued to be prosecuted by or against the amalgamated company;
(f) any conviction against, or ruling, order or judgment in favour of or against, an applicant may be enforced by or against the amalgamated company;
(g) if any director or officer of an applicant continues as a director or officer of the amalgamated company, any disclosure by that director or officer of a material interest in any contract made to the applicant shall be deemed to be disclosure to the amalgamated company; and
(h) the letters patent of amalgamation are the incorporating instrument of the amalgamated company.
(2) Any deemed disclosure under paragraph (1)(g) shall be recorded in the minutes of the first meeting of directors of the amalgamated company.
236 (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or the regulations, the Minister may, by order, on the recommendation of the Superintendent, grant to a company in respect of which letters patent were issued under subsection 234(1) permission to
(a) engage in a business activity specified in the order that a company is not otherwise permitted by this Act to engage in and that one or more of the amalgamating bodies corporate was engaging in at the time application for the letters patent was made;
(b) continue to have issued and outstanding debt obligations the issue of which is not authorized by this Act if the debt obligations were outstanding at the time the application for the letters patent was made;
(c) [Repealed, 1994, c. 47, s. 204]
(d) hold assets that a company is not otherwise permitted by this Act to hold if the assets were held by one or more of the amalgamating bodies corporate at the time the application for the letters patent was made;
(e) acquire and hold assets that a company is not otherwise permitted by this Act to acquire or hold if one or more of the amalgamating bodies corporate were obliged, at the time the application for the letters patent was made, to acquire those assets;
(f) maintain outside Canada any records or registers required by this Act to be maintained in Canada; and
(g) where one or more of the applicants that applied for the letters patent was a trust company pursuant to subsection 57(2) and the amalgamated company is not a trust company pursuant to subsection 57(2), hold guaranteed trust money that was held by the trust company or companies immediately prior to the amalgamation on condition that the amalgamated company
(i) repay, or transfer to deposit accounts with the amalgamated company, each deposit of guaranteed trust money that is payable on demand or after notice within such period after the amalgamation as may be specified in the order of the Governor in Council, and
(ii) not renew or extend the term of any guaranteed investment certificate for which the amalgamated company has assumed liability under this section.
Marginal note:Duration of exceptions
(2) The permission granted under any of paragraphs (1)(a) to (f) shall be expressed to be granted for a period specified in the order not exceeding
(a) with respect to any matter described in paragraph (1)(a), thirty days after the date of issue of the letters patent or, where the activity is conducted pursuant to an agreement existing on the date of issue of the letters patent, the expiration of the agreement;
(b) with respect to any matter described in paragraph (1)(b), ten years; and
(c) with respect to any matter described in any of paragraphs (1)(d) to (f), two years.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), the Minister may, by order, on the recommendation of the Superintendent, renew a permission granted by order under subsection (1) with respect to any matter described in any of paragraphs (1)(b) to (e) for any further period or periods that the Minister considers necessary.
(4) The Minister shall not grant to a company any permission
(a) with respect to matters described in paragraph (1)(b), that purports to be effective more than ten years after the date of the approval for the company to commence and carry on business, unless the Minister is satisfied on the basis of evidence on oath provided by an officer of the company that the company will not be able at law to redeem at the end of the ten years the outstanding debt obligations to which the permission relates; and
(b) with respect to matters described in paragraphs (1)(d) and (e), that purports to be effective more than ten years after the date of issue of the letters patent.
- 1991, c. 45, s. 236
- 1994, c. 47, s. 204
- 1997, c. 15, s. 364
- 2007, c. 6, s. 349
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