(1) A “private company” is any company that is not a public company.
(2) A “public company” is a company limited by shares or limited by guarantee and having a share capital—
(a) whose certificate of incorporation states that it is a public company, and
(b) in relation to which the requirements of this Act, or the former Companies Acts, as to registration or re-registration as a public company have been complied with on or after the relevant date.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2)(b) the relevant date is—
(a) in relation to registration or re-registration
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