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CORPORATIONS ACT 2001

CHAPTER 2B - BASIC FEATURES OF A COMPANY  

PART 2B.1 - COMPANY POWERS AND HOW THEY ARE EXERCISED  

SECTION 124  LEGAL CAPACITY AND POWERS OF A COMPANY  

124(1)  

A company has the legal capacity and powers of an individual both in and outside this jurisdiction. A company also has all the powers of a body corporate, including the power to:


(a) issue and cancel shares in the company;


(b) issue debentures (despite any rule of law or equity to the contrary, this power includes a power to issue debentures that are irredeemable, redeemable only if a contingency, however remote, occurs, or redeemable only at the end of a period, however long);


(c) grant options over unissued shares in the company;


(d) distribute any of the company ' s property among the members, in kind or otherwise;


(e) grant a security interest in uncalled capital;
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(f) grant a circulating security interest over the company ' s property;
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(g) arrange for the company to be registered or recognised as a body corporate in any place outside this jurisdiction;


(h) do anything that it is authorised to do by any other law (including a law of a foreign country).

A company limited by guarantee does not have the power to issue shares.

Note: For a company ' s power to issue bonus, partly-paid, preference and redeemable preference shares, see section 254A.

124(2)  

A company ' s legal capacity to do something is not affected by the fact that the company ' s interests are not, or would not be, served by doing it.

124(3)  

For the avoidance of doubt, this section does not:


(a) authorise a company to do an act that is prohibited by a law of a State or Territory; or


(b) give a company a right that a law of a State or Territory denies to the company.

 



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