Legal status - promotion, Business Law and Ethics

Legal Status:

 A promoter is not an agent of the company he promotes.  However, the English courts have held that he stands in a fiduciary relationship to the company he promotes, just as an agent stands in a fiduciary relationship to his principal: Re Leeds & Hanley Theatre of Variety (21).


 In Gluckstein v Barnes (22) it was stated that a promoter is under a legal duty to disclose to the company any profits or financial benefits, that he derives from the promotion. In other words, he cannot make a secret profit out of the promotion just as an agent is not allowed to make a secret profit from the agency.

The disclosure to the company is made to:

(a)     an independent board of directors that is not composed of, or dominated by, the promoters' stooges or cronies, failing which,

(b)     the company's members (usually those invited by a prospectus to purchase the company's shares).

If a promoter fails to make the requisite disclosure the company may -

                   (i)      repudiate any contract entered into between it, and the promoter, or

                   (ii)     recover the secret profit from the promoter, as illustrated by Gluckstein v Barnes.

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