CORPORATIONS ACT 2001
A company may financially assist a person to acquire shares (or units of shares) in the company or a holding company of the company only if:
(a) giving the assistance does not materially prejudice:
(i) the interests of the company or its shareholders; or
(ii) the company ' s ability to pay its creditors; or
(b) the assistance is approved by shareholders under section 260B (that section also requires advance notice to ASIC); or
(c) the assistance is exempted under section 260C.
[ CCH Note: Act No 180 of 2012, s 3, Sch 7 contained the following application provision (which was effective 11 December 2012):
Application of amendments made by this Act
The amendments made by this Act apply in relation to an act or omission by a body corporate occurring on or after the day this Act commences.
Without limiting subsection (1), financial assistance may:
(a) be given before or after the acquisition of shares (or units of shares); and
(b) take the form of paying a dividend. 260A(3)
Subsection (1) extends to the acquisition of shares (or units of shares) by:
(a) issue; or
(b) transfer; or
(c) any other means.