Holding a general meeting of a private company or unlisted public company
Holding a general meeting of a private company or unlisted public company

The following Corporate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Holding a general meeting of a private company or unlisted public company
  • Holding a general meeting
  • Role of the company secretary
  • After the meeting

This Practice Note summarises the law, guidelines and market practice in relation to holding a general meeting of a private company or an unlisted public company.

A general meeting of the members of a company can be called and held at any point, and any number of times, in a year in order for the members to pass resolutions to carry out certain changes or approve certain actions. Detailed requirements as regards the convening and holding of a general meeting are set out in the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006). A company must also comply with any requirements in its articles of association in relation to convening general meetings.

The CA 2006 imposes additional requirements on a public company which is also a traded company.

This Practice Note deals with the law and practice in relation to holding a general meeting of a private company or an untraded public company. For a discussion on the law, guidelines and market practice in relation to holding a general meeting of a listed public company, see Practice Note: Holding a general meeting of a listed public company. For details about calling a general meeting of a private company or an unlisted public company, see Practice Note: Calling a general meeting (including an AGM). For details on the notice requirements for a general meeting of a private company