ACT 125
COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973)
PART V - MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
DIVISION 2 - DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

 
Section 137. Payments to director for loss of office, etc.
 
Section 137. Payments to director for loss of office, etc. (COMPANIES ACT 1965 (REVISED - 1973) - ACT 125) (1) It shall not be lawful—

    (a) for a company to make to any director any payment by way of compensation for loss of office as an officer of that company or of a subsidiary of that company or as consideration for or in connection with his retirement from any such office; or

    (b) for any payment to be made to any director of a company in connection with the transfer of the whole or any part of the undertaking or property of the company,

unless particulars with respect to the proposed payment (including the amount thereof) have been disclosed to the members of the company and the proposal has been approved by the company in general meeting and when any such payment has been unlawfully made the amount received by the director shall be deemed to have been received by him in trust for the company.

(2) Where such a payment is to be made to a director in connection with the transfer to any person, as a result of an offer made to shareholders, of all or any of the shares in the company, that director shall take all reasonable steps to secure that particulars with respect to the proposed payment, including the amount thereof, shall be included in or sent with any notice of the offer made for their shares which is given to any shareholders, unless those particulars are furnished to the shareholders in accordance with the relevant law applicable to takeovers.

(3) A director who fails to comply with subsection (2) and a person who has been properly required by a director to include in or send with any notice under this section the particulars required by that subsection and who fails so to do, shall be guilty of an offence against this Act, and if the requirements of that subsection are not complied with any sum received by the director on account of the payment shall be deemed to have been received by him in trust for any person who has sold his shares as a result of the offer made.

(4) If in connection with any such transfer the price to be paid to a director of the company whose office is to be abolished or who is to retire from office for any shares in the company held by him is in excess of the price which could at the time have been obtained by other holders of the like shares or any valuable consideration is given to any such director, the excess or the money value of the consideration, as the case may be, shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to have been a payment made to him by way of compensation for loss of office or as consideration for or in connection with his retirement from office.

As to payments to directors

(5) Any reference in this section to payments to any director of a company by way of compensation for loss of office or as consideration for or in connection with his retirement from office shall not include—

    (a) any payment under an agreement entered into before the commencement of the relevant repealed written laws;

    (b) any payment under an agreement, particulars whereof have been disclosed to and approved by special resolution of the company;

    (c) any bona fide payment by way of damages for breach of contract;

    (d) any bona fide payment by way of pension or lump sum payment in respect of past services, including any superannuation or retiring allowance, superannuation, gratuity or similar payment, where the value or amount of the pension or payment (except so far as it is attributable to contributions made by the director) does not exceed the total emoluments of the director in the three years immediately preceding his retirement or death; or

    (e) any payment to a director pursuant to an agreement made between the company and him before he became a director of the company as the consideration or part of the consideration for the director agreeing to serve the company as a director.

(6) This section shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any rule of law requiring disclosure to be made with respect to any such payments or any other like payment.

(7) In this section "director" includes any person who has at any time been a director of the company or of a corporation which is by virtue of section 6 deemed to be related to the company.