authorized capital

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The authorised capital of a company sometimes referred to tát as the authorised share capital, registered capital or nominal capital, particularly in the United States) is the maximum amount of share capital that the company is authorised by its constitutional documents to tát issue (allocate) to tát shareholders. Part of the authorised capital can (and frequently does) remain unissued. The authorised capital can be changed with shareholders' approval. The part of the authorised capital which has been issued to tát shareholders is referred to tát as the issued share capital of the company.

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The device of the authorised capital is used to tát limit or control the ability of the directors to tát issue or allot new shares, which may have consequences in the control of a company or otherwise alter the balance of control between shareholders. Such an issue of shares to tát new shareholders may also shift the profit distribution balance, for example, if new shares are issued at face value and not at market value.[1]

The requirement for a company to tát have a phối authorised capital was abolished in nước Australia in 2001, and in the United Kingdom, it was abolished under the Companies Act 2006.[2]

See also[edit]

  • Issued shares
  • Share capital


  1. ^ Henn, Günter; Frodermann, Jürgen; Jannott, Dirk; Becker, Sebastian, eds. (2009). Handbuch des Aktienrechts. C. F. Müller-Wirtschaftsrecht (8., völlig neu bearb. und erw. Aufl ed.). Heidelberg München Landsberg Frechen Hamburg: Müller. ISBN 978-3-8114-4021-0.
  2. ^ "Companies Act 2006, note 843". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 8 May 2012.