articles | 29 October 2020 | Soteris Pittas & Co LLC

CYPRUS: Locus standing of shareholder to petition the winding up of his company, on the Just & Equitable Ground

Cypriot Courts have used English case law as guidance, on deciding on the above issue, including the following leading cases:

RE: RICA GOLD WASHING CO LTD (1879) 11 CH. D. 36, in which it has been inter alia held that shareholder/petitioner shall plead and prove in its winding up petition that he/she/it has a tangible interest, as shareholder in the winding up of the company. This is usually demonstrated by showing there will be more than a negligible surplus for shareholders, after payment of all company’s creditors (which facts should be expressly pleaded in the winding up petition and proved at the hearing (see RE: MARTIN COULTER ENTERPRISES LTD (1988) BCLC 12)

RE: CHESTERFIELD CATERING CO LTD (1977) CH 373, in which it has been inter alia held, that the existence of locus standing of the shareholder/petitioner, may also be capable of being demonstrated by showing that the shareholder/petitioner will achieve some advantage, or avoid or minimize some disadvantage, which will accrue to him, by virtue of his membership of the company.


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