(1) 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.
Note: For the criminal liability of a person dishonestly involved in a contravention of this section, see subsection 260D(3). Section 79 defines involved .
(2) 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.
(3) Subsection (1) extends to the acquisition of shares (or units of shares) by:
(a) issue; or
(b) transfer; or
(c) any other means.