As a service to our clients, Conyers Dill & Pearman has
prepared this Companies Act Compendium. The Companies Act
Compendium contains a consolidated version of the Companies Act
1981, incorporating all amendments to date. The most recent
legislative updates to this compendium include the Investment
Business Amendment Act 2015, in force 8 July 2016, the Corporate
Service Provider Business Amendment Act 2014, which includes
consequential amendments to the Exchange Control Regulations 1973,
in force 30 June 2016, the Partnerships and Companies Amendment Act
2016, in force 22 June 2016, the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act
2016, in force 1 April 2016, which inserted section 92B Register of
Directors, and the Government Fees Amendment Regulations 2016, in
force 1 April 2016. This compendium also includes the following
related legislation as amended:
Mutual Companies (Non-Application of Companies Act) Regulations
Government Fees Regulations 1976 (select provisions)
Companies (Financial Statements and Auditor's Report) Rules
List Statutory Appointments (Appointed Stock Exchanges,
Appointed Jurisdictions, Competent Regulatory Authorities,
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Appointed General
Auditing Standards, and Securities Transfer Agents)
Exempted Undertaking Tax Protection Act 1966
Stamp Duties (International Business Relief) Act 1990
Exchange Control Regulations 1973 (select provisions)
Investment Business Act 2003 (select provisions)
Investment Business (Exemptions) Order 2004 (select
Investment Funds Act 2006 (select provisions)
This Compendium does not, however, contain (i) the various forms
and filings prescribed by the Act and (ii) The Companies Winding-Up
Rules 1982; these are available on request. In addition, further
regulations apply to companies carrying on (i) insurance business,
(ii) investment fund or investment fund administration business, or
(iii) trust business. More information and/or separate
consolidations of applicable legislation are available on
While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, and it
is believed that the only errors in the legislation are those
contained in the statutes themselves (which errors have been
faithfully reproduced), no responsibility is assumed for the
content, and reference is made to the original legislation for an
authoritative statement of the Companies Act 1981 and Rules,
Regulations and Orders and other legislation contained herein.
Following public consultation during 2016 and early 2017, legislation has been passed which will require Cayman Islands companies (but not partnerships) to maintain registers of beneficial ownership at their registered offices.
The Hong Kong market is presently faced with an increase in mainland private enterprises listing on the local exchange, resulting in shell planting and volatility in stock prices in the Growth Enterprise Market.
Choosing the right form of setup that can best suit a particular situation is important for a business owner. Here, we outline the major characteristics of the three forms of registration that foreign enterprises normally choose when registering a presence in Hong Kong.
Confidentiality of corporate documents and information is one of
the key attractions of incorporating a company in the BVI. A
company search of the BVI Registrar of Corporate Affairs will only
disclose certain information and documents.
In this case, the Court made it very clear that any arrangement which detracts from the ability of regulators or law enforcement authorities to identify beneficial owners of companies...
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