Letter to Shareholders explaining Hybrid General Meetings
This template letter to shareholders explains a company’s decision to hold its general meeting as a hybrid meeting, i.e., a meeting that is being held both at a physical location and electronically.
Following the expiry of the provisions enabling companies to hold closed meetings because of the COVID-19 pandemic on 30th March 2021, many companies may still consider it both necessary and desirable to limit the size of gatherings and want to recommend to its shareholders that they do not attend such meetings in person.
There remains some legal uncertainty over the holding of purely virtual general meetings and therefore the most practical way for a company to proceed is to hold a hybrid meeting. Section 311 of the Companies Act 2006 requires the notice of a general meeting to state the time, date and place of the meeting. The legal uncertainty concerns whether a meeting held purely on an electronic or virtual platform, meets the “place” requirement. Unless a company’s articles specifically prohibit virtual attendance at meetings or require shareholders to be physically present to count as attending, it is generally considered that a company can host a hybrid meeting.
This letter explains to shareholders that they will still be able to participate on an equal basis and all instructions as to virtual attendance and electronic platforms will be sent to them in advance of the meetings.
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