Ministry of Corporate Affairs practically suspended right to be a Designated Partners (DP) for young promoters who want to promote a start-up limited liability partnership. Now, no outsider of corporate India may enter into dream life of corporate India through limited liability partnership route. He needs to promote a company to fulfil his dream.
Vide Notification S.O. 351(E) dated 23rd January 2018 Section 1 and 4 of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 came into force on 26th January 2018. According to a draft notification placed on the website of Ministry of Corporate Affairs[i], Central Government appoints 9th February 2018 as the date on which 42 other sections and a major part of section 2 of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 came into force.
Here is a bird’s eye view.
Every company must be a business organization. Being business organization, a company has business activities. In the Companies Act, 2013 “principal business activities” is a major reporting requirement. According to Section 92(1)(a), every company shall prepare a return (hereinafter referred to as the annual return) in the prescribed form containing the particulars as they stood on the close of the financial year regarding its principal business activities. Section 185 as amended has reference to principal business activities as a major condition for a loan to directors and related concerns.
Interestingly, proposed to be a director is a legally valid official status, now. This is a period between two board meetings one proposing him to be a director of an existing company and second board meeting actually appointing him as director. This status comes into being on 26th January 2018 due to the amendment in the Companies (Appointment and qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014.
Happy Republic Day 2018!!
From this Republic Day 2018, company secretaries will start using this headline day to day in reference to the incorporation of companies in India. The government of India these days works keeping ist both eyes on world banks’ ease of doing a business index. Ease of starting and closing businesses are the prime focus. The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 notified on 3rd January 2018 primly aims to ease the incorporation of companies among other objects. Now, three rules are amended to facilitate to make incorporation a “child’s play”.
Among strike off companies waiting for revival considering it a lost opportunity where their revival orders from the National Company Law Tribunal comes after the expiry of the scheme. Condonation of Delay Scheme, 2018 essentially is about of condonation of delay in filing of annual accounts and annual returns by defaulting companies. The scheme is not for the revival of strike off companies nor imposes any restriction on normal route available for condonation of delay given under Section 460 of the Companies Act, 2013. A company failed to have the benefit of condonation of delay under the scheme may avail normal route. Let us discuss briefly.
Disqualification of directors certainly is a hot topic among professionals practising corporate laws. Irrespectively of popular perception, the list compiled and released by Ministry of Corporate Affairs does not confer any disqualification to any director. These directors were already disqualified. In a serious violation, many of these directors might have failed to communicate about their disqualification to companies appointing or reappointing them after the actual date of disqualification. Such failure has penal consequences. This blog post will discuss serious consequences of the failure of compliance with law and procedures after incurring disqualification by a director.