President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, August 7, in Abuja (Nigeria's capital) assented to the Companies and Allied Matters Bill, 2020 recently passed by the National Assembly.
The President’s action on this important legislation repealed and replaced the extant Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990, introducing, after 30 years, several corporate legal innovations geared toward enhancing ease of doing business.
Such innovations include:
Filing fee reductions and other reforms to make it easier and cheaper for small and medium-sized enterprises to register and reform their businesses in Nigeria;
Allowing corporate promoters of companies to establish private companies with a single member or shareholder, and creating limited liability partnerships and limited partnerships to give investors and business people alternative forms of carrying out their business in an efficient and flexible way;
Innovating processes and procedures to ease the operations of companies, such as introducing Statements of Compliance; replacing “authorised share capital” with minimum share capital to reduce costs of incorporating companies; and providing for electronic filing, electronic share transfers, e-meetings as well as remote general meetings for private companies in response to the disruptions to close contact physical meetings due to the pandemic;
Requiring the disclosure of persons with significant control of companies in a register of beneficial owners to enhance corporate accountability and transparency; and
Enhancing the minority shareholder protection and engagement; introducing enhanced business rescue reforms for insolvent companies; and permitting the merger of Incorporated Trustees for associations that share similar aims and objectives.
The passage of the CAMA 2020 into law is undoubtedly a big feat for legal professionals and the Nigerian economy.
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