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1Globe Capital LLC (Appellant) v Sinovac Biotech Ltd (Respondent) (Antigua and Barbuda) No 2

Case ID: JCPC 2022/0062

Jurisdiction: Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Antigua & Barbuda)

Case summary


The validity under Antiguan law of a Rights Agreement adopted on 28 March 2016 by the board of the Respondent company without shareholder approval.


On 28 March 2016, a Rights Agreement was adopted by the board of the Respondent company, Sinovac Biotech Ltd. ("Sinovac") without shareholder approval. 1Globe Capital LLC ("1Globe") is a shareholder in Sinovac. On 6 February 2018, a vote was taken at the Sinovac AGM which resulted in a majority of shareholders voting against the re-election of the board of the company. The majority then attempted to elect a new slate of directors of their own choosing for the board. 1Globe knew about the plan to oust the board at the AGM and supported the election of new board members. Sinovac maintained that the former board were validly in control of the company. Following the 2018 AGM vote, the (now former) Sinovac board then purported to extend the term of the Rights Agreement, and invoke the provisions of that Agreement to dilute the shareholdings of the shareholders who had voted against their re-election. This would have the effect of negating the shareholder vote against the board's re-election. 1Globe sought a declaration that the Rights Agreement was invalid. The court at first instance dismissed its claim and held the Rights Agreement was valid. This decision was upheld on appeal. 1Globe now appeals to His Majesty in Council.



1Globe Capital LLC


Sinovac Biotech Ltd



Lord Hodge, Lord Briggs, Lord Sales, Lord Burrows, Lord Richards

Hearing start date

10 July 2024

Hearing finish date

11 July 2024

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10 July 2024 Morning session Afternoon session
11 July 2024 Morning session Afternoon session