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Singapore – Timetable For Implementation Of Amendments To The Companies Act.

17 April, 2015

 

 
On 15 April 2015, ACRA released a statement that it will be adopting a two-phase implementation approach for the legislative amendments to the Singapore Companies Act (“Act”). About 40% of the over 200 legislative amendments will take effect in the first phase on 1 July 2015 (the “First Phase”). The second phase encompassing the rest of the legislative amendments is expected to come into effect in the first quarter of 2016 (the “Second Phase”).  
 
This two phase approach in implementing the Amendment Act is on account of technical issues related to the revamp of ACRA’s online business filing and information portal (“BizFile”). As such, only amendments to the Act that have no or limited links to BizFile will be effected under the First Phase. These would include the new provisions which broaden the criteria for exemption from statutory audit for small companies and the removal of the prohibition against financial assistance by private companies and the introduction of new exceptions to financial assistance.  
 
Amendments to the Act that would come into effect under the Second Phase include the introduction of the electronic registers of members and directors, extension of disclosure requirements for Chief Executive Officers and merging the memorandum and articles of association into a single constitution. ACRA plans to announce the effective date for and provide more details on the Second Phase about two months before the changes are due to take effect.  
 
The list of key legislative amendments to be implemented in each phase can be found here. According to ACRA’s statement the commencement notification for the legislative amendments to be implemented on 1 July 2015 will be published by the end of May, with supporting subsidiary legislation for the First Phase to be issued in June 2015.

 

Drew & Napier  
 
For further information, please contact:  
 
Petrus Huang, Director, Drew & Napier
petrus.huang@drewnapier.com  
 
Sean Ng, Director, Drew & Napier
sean.ng@drewnapier.com  
 
Ron Cheng, Director, Drew & Napier
ron.cheng@drewnapier.com  
 
Shiao Ning Lam, Director, Drew & Napier
shiaoning.lam@drewnapier.com  
 

 

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