Private companies are prohibited by s.755 CA 2006 from issuing shares to the public, or any section of the public. ‘Any section of the public’ is widely interpreted and can apply to any group of people, however few. Even the company’s own shareholders are treated as a section of the public for this purpose.
There are some specific exemptions from s.755 CA 2006. Unless one of these applies, the company would only be allowed to issue shares to the public if it is converted into a PLC. It would then have to comply with all the regulatory requirements for a PLC, including a minimum paid-up share capital of £50,000.
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