Holding an AGM of a listed public company
Holding an AGM of a listed public company

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

  • Holding an AGM of a listed public company
  • Holding the AGM
  • The chair
  • The company secretary
  • After the meeting
  • Electronic or virtual general meetings (including AGMs)

This Practice Note summarises the law, guidelines and market practice relating to the holding of an annual general meeting (AGM). It is suitable for use by both practitioners and company secretaries in relation to public companies with equity shares listed on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange plc (listed companies) and public companies with equity shares admitted to AIM (AIM companies). For details on the notice requirements for an AGM of a listed company or an AIM company, see Practice Note: AGMs—notice requirements for listed public companies.

A public company must call an AGM each year within the period of six months starting on the day after its accounting reference date. Detailed requirements as regards the convening and holding of an AGM are set out in the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006).

The CA 2006 imposes additional requirements on a public company which is also a traded company or a quoted company. This covers listed companies, but not AIM companies.

The CA 2006 also contemplates circumstances in which a private company can also be a traded company. Where this is the case, and as an exception to the general rule that private companies are not required to hold AGMs, a private traded company is required to hold a general meeting as its annual general meeting each year within the period of nine months