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Section 1 Additional Requirements for the Memorandum and Bye-Laws of Issuers Incorporated or Otherwise Established in Bermuda

(see rule 24.06(1))

In addition to the provisions of Appendix 3, the bye-laws of issuers incorporated or otherwise established in Bermuda must conform with the following provisions:-

1. As regards the memorandum and bye-laws

The memorandum and bye-laws must stipulate that they may not be changed without a special resolution, and the bye-laws shall define "special resolution" to mean a resolution passed by members holding three-fourths of the voting rights of those present and voting in person or by proxy at a meeting of members.
2. As regards class meetings
(1) The bye-laws shall stipulate that for the purposes of section 47 of the Companies Act 1981 of Bermuda the specified proportion of the holders of shares of a particular class required to sanction a resolution passed at a separate meeting of those holders to approve a variation of class rights shall be members holding three-fourths of the voting rights of that class present and voting in person or by proxy at such meeting.
(2) Where the issuer is permitted by Bermudian law so to do, the bye-laws shall provide that a proxy need not be a member of the issuer.
3. As regards notices of general meetings

The bye-laws shall stipulate that any annual general meeting must be called by notice of at least 21 days, and that any other general meeting (including an extraordinary general meeting) must be called by notice of at least 14 days.
Note: The articles of association may provide that issuers may convene a general meeting on shorter notice than required under this provision or the companies' bye-laws if it is agreed:
(a) in the case of an annual general meeting, by all the members entitled to attend and vote at the meeting; and
(b) in any other case, by a majority in number of the members having the right to attend and vote at the meeting, being a majority together representing at least 95% of the total voting rights at the meeting of all the members.
4. As to accounts
(1) The bye-laws shall require the issuer to keep proper books of account necessary to give a true and fair view of the issuer's affairs.
(2) The bye-laws shall provide that accounts shall be laid before members at the annual general meeting which must be held in each year; not more than 15 months (or such longer period as the Exchange may authorise) may elapse between the date of one annual general meeting and the next.
5. As to directors

The bye-laws shall stipulate that the issuer in general meeting must approve the payment to any director or past director of any sum by way of compensation for loss of office or as consideration for or in connection with his retirement from office (not being a payment to which the director is contractually entitled).
6. As to corporate representatives

The bye-laws shall provide that if a recognised clearing house within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Securities and Futures Ordinance is a member of the company it may, to the extent permitted by law, authorise such person or persons as it thinks fit to act as its representative or representatives at any meeting of the company or at any meeting of any class of members of the company provided that, if more than one person is so authorised, the authorisation shall specify the number and class of shares in respect of which each such person is so authorised. A person authorised pursuant to this provision shall be entitled to exercise the same powers on behalf of the recognised clearing house (or its nominee) which he represents as that clearing house (or its nominee) could exercise if it were an individual shareholder of the company.