Public Limited Company

A public limited company (‘PLC’) is now defined as a company limited by shares (or limited by guarantee and having a share capital):

  1. Whose certificate of incorporation states that it is a public company.
  2. Which has been registered or re-registered as a public company on or after 22 December 1980.

The main features of a public limited company are:

  • The name must end with the words public limited company or PLC
  • The allotted share capital must have a nominal value of not less that the ‘authorised minimum’ which is presently £50,000 or the euro equivalent
  • The allotted share capital must be at least 25% paid up as to nominal value and be at least 100% paid up as to any share premium
  • They are subject to stringent rules to ensure that full value is given for allotted shares
  • Their shares can be offered to the public
  • The Company Secretary must be a qualified person i.e. a Chartered Secretary, Chartered or Certified Accountant, Solicitor of such other qualified person

The statutory package for a Public Liability Company includes:

  • Original Certificate of Incorporation
  • 4 bound copies of the Articles of Association
  • Draft minutes of the first board meetings
  • Statutory Books
  • Pre – printed share certificates
  • Stock transfer forms if applicable

M&N Group can draft bespoke articles to suit any specific needs.

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