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Chapter: 32  COMPANIES ORDINANCE

Section Num: 228A  Version Date 08/09/2004

Special procedure for voluntary winding up of company in case of inability to continue its business

(1) The directors of a company or, in the case of a company having more than 2 directors, the majority of the directors, may, if they have formed the opinion that the company cannot by reason of its liabilities continue its business, resolve at a meeting of the directors and deliver to the Registrar a statement in the specified form (the "winding-up statement"), signed by one of the directors, certifying that a resolution has been passed to the effect that-

(a) the company cannot by reason of its liabilities continue its business;

(b) they consider it necessary that the company be wound up and that the winding up should be commenced under this section because it is not reasonably practicable for it to be commenced under another section of this Ordinance; and

(c) meetings of the company and of its creditors will be summoned for a date not later than 28 days after the delivery of the winding-up statement to the Registrar.

(2) The resolution referred to in subsection (1) and the winding-up statement shall specify the reasons in support of the consideration mentioned in paragraph (b) of that subsection.

(3) A winding-up statement shall have no effect for the purposes of this Ordinance unless it is delivered to the Registrar for registration within 7 days after the date on which it is made.

(4) Any director of a company signing a winding-up statement without having reasonable grounds-

(a) for the opinion that the company cannot by reason of its liabilities continue its business; or

(b) to consider that the winding up of the company should be commenced under this section because it is not reasonably practicable for it to be commenced under another section of this Ordinance,

shall be liable to a fine and imprisonment.

(5) Where a winding-up statement is delivered to the Registrar-

(a) the winding up of the company shall commence at the time of the delivery of that statement;

(b) the directors shall forthwith appoint a person to be provisional liquidator in the winding up; and

(c) the directors shall cause meetings of the company and of its creditors to be summoned for a date not later than 28 days after the delivery of that statement.

(6) A director who fails to comply with subsection (5)(b) or (c) shall be liable to a fine.

(7) Where the directors of a company fail to comply with subsection (5)(c), the provisional liquidator appointed under subsection (5)(b) may summon meetings of the company and of its creditors.

(8) No person shall be appointed as a provisional liquidator under subsection (5)(b) unless-

(a) he has consented in writing to such appointment; and

(b) he is a solicitor, or a certified public accountant under the Professional Accountants Ordinance (Cap 50).  (Amended 23 of 2004 s. 56)

(9) Not later than 14 days after the appointment of a provisional liquidator under subsection (5)(b), the directors shall give notice in the Gazette of-

(a) the commencement of the winding up of the company by the delivery to the Registrar of the winding-up statement and the date of such delivery; and

(b) the appointment of the provisional liquidator and his name and address.

(10) A provisional liquidator appointed under subsection (5)(b) shall, within 14 days after the date of his appointment, deliver to the Registrar for registration a notice of his appointment in the specified form, which notice shall include the following particulars-

(a) his name;

(b) his address; and

(c) the number of his identity card (if any) or, in the absence of such number, the number and issuing country of any passport held by him.

(11) A person appointed as a provisional liquidator under subsection (5)(b) who ceases to act as such shall, within 21 days after the date of his ceasing to act-

(a) publish in the Gazette a notice of that fact; and

(b) deliver to the Registrar for registration a notice of that fact in the specified form.

(12) If any change occurs in the particulars given in a notice delivered to the Registrar under subsection (10), the provisional liquidator shall, within 14 days after the date of the change, deliver to the Registrar for registration a notice of that change in the specified form, unless he has previously given notice to the Registrar under subsection (11).

(13) A person who fails to comply with subsection (10), (11) or

(12) shall be liable to a fine and, for continued default, to a daily default fine.

(14) A provisional liquidator appointed under subsection (5)(b) shall-

(a) unless a liquidator is sooner appointed, hold office until a meeting of the creditors of the company summoned under this section or, if that meeting is adjourned, any adjourned meeting, may allow;

(b) take into his custody or under his control all the property and things in action to which the company is or appears to be entitled; and

(c) be entitled, out of the funds of the company, to such remuneration as the committee of inspection or, if there is no such committee, the creditors, may fix and to reimbursement of expenses properly incurred by him, but he shall not be liable, and no civil action or other proceedings shall lie against him, in respect of acts properly done by him.

(15) A provisional liquidator appointed under subsection (5)(b) shall, for the period of his appointment, have the like powers and be subject to the like duties as a liquidator in a creditors' voluntary winding up, and, accordingly, all the powers of the directors shall cease during that period except so far as may be necessary for the purpose of enabling the directors to comply with this section or where the provisional liquidator sanctions the continuance thereof for any other purpose.

(16) Notwithstanding subsection (15), a provisional liquidator appointed under subsection (5)(b) shall not have power to sell any property to which the company is or appears to be entitled, except where such sale is made in the course of carrying on business in accordance with section 231, unless-

(a) the property is of a perishable nature or likely to deteriorate if kept; or

(b) the court, on the application of the provisional liquidator, orders the sale of the property.

(17) In relation to every winding up commenced under this section-

(a) section 241 shall apply to a meeting of the creditors of the company summoned under this section as it applies to a meeting of the creditors of a company summoned under that section except that-

(i) for the words "at which the resolution for voluntary winding up is to be proposed" in subsection (1) of that section there shall be substituted the words "of the company";

(ii) the sending of the notices by post and the advertisement of the meeting of creditors required by subsections (1) and (2) of that section respectively shall occur at least 7 days before the meeting of creditors, and the requirement in subsection (1) of that section as to simultaneous sending of notices shall not apply; and

(iii) subsection (5) of that section shall be omitted;

(b) subject to paragraph (a), sections 241 to 248 shall apply as they apply in relation to a creditors' voluntary winding up.  <* Note - Exp. X-Ref.: Sections 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248 *>

(18) In the case of a private company having only one director, the sole director may-

(a) pass the resolution referred to in subsection (1) and sign the record of it in the minute book; and

(b) make the winding-up statement required under subsection (1).

(19) In relation to a statutory declaration made under section 228A of this Ordinance before the commencement# of section 83 of the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2003 (28 of 2003), the provisions of section 228A of this Ordinance in force immediately before that commencement shall continue to have effect as if section 83 of that Ordinance had not been enacted.

(Replaced 28 of 2003 s. 83)

Note:

# Commencement date: 13 February 2004.

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