- 19 April 2018
- Posted by: Maeve Walsh
- Categories: Corporate Transactions, Investment in Ireland
Incorporating an Irish Registered Company
Private companies limited by shares
Private companies limited by shares are the most common type of companies registered in Ireland and are suitable for most business activities.
- Each member (shareholder) of this type of company is only liable to contribute to the assets of the company the amount outstanding on any unpaid shares held by that member. Therefore, if a member has paid in full for all of his/her shares that member has no liability to the company for its debts.
- There is no minimum share capital required.
- The company must have a minimum of one member and less than 149 members.
- There must be at least 1 director and one company secretary.
- One of the directors must be tax resident in a Member State of the EEA (European Economic Area) or an insurance bond of €25,394.76 must be put in place for a minimum of 2 years. The EEA includes all of the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. A company with only an EEA-resident alternate director does not satisfy this requirement.
- There must be a restriction on the right to transfer shares.
- There must be no invitation to the public to purchase shares.
- The purpose, or one of the purposes, for which the company is to be formed must be to carry out an activity in the Republic of Ireland. A declaration to this effect must be signed by a director or the company secretary and the trading address in Ireland must be specified in the incorporation and bond applications.
Getting companies incorporated promptly
We incorporate companies for our clients by a fast track procedure. Under this procedure the Companies Registration Office guarantee to incorporate the company within 5 working days of receipt of the incorporation documentation signed by the officers and members of the company.
If the company has no EEA-resident director the insurance bond mentioned at 1.5 above must also be in place before the company may be incorporated. The insurance company will take about 2 weeks to put the Bond in place with the result that it will take at least 3 weeks to incorporate a company without an EEA-resident director.
Most applications rejected by the Registrar are due to the fact that the name of the proposed company is too similar to the name of a company previously registered. We therefore always check the proposed name(s) in advance to ensure there is no delay in having the company incorporated. An application may also be made to reserve a company name prior to the incorporation of the company.
Companies registered in Ireland must of course comply with our corporate laws. These include the following obligations:-
- to file annual returns setting out the details of the company;
- to file returns where there have been certain changes to the company; e.g. change of directors, company secretary, registered office, Memorandum and Articles of Association etc.;
- to file accounts annually which must be audited except in circumstances where the company complies with certain conditions allowing it to avail of audit exemption. Certain companies without limited liability protection do not have to file accounts but must have their accounts audited and the Report of the Auditors must be filed annually;
- to maintain the registered office and the Statutory Registers of the company;
- To ensure proper corporate governance.
- to hold an annual general meeting (‘AGM’) at least once in every year excluding the first year of its incorporation. The first AGM of the company must be held no later than 18 months after the company’s incorporation. However, where a company has only one member that member may resolve to dispense with holding AGMs.
Services provided by Reddy Charlton Services Limited
We can supply the registered office of the company but our address may not be used as the trading address of the company. We can, however, assist clients in finding suitable accommodation if required.
We also provide an annual service in support of the company secretary under which we prepare the papers and returns necessary to discharge the legal obligations of the company secretary.
Our standard annual services in support of the Company Secretary include:-
- advising the clients in relation to filing deadlines;
- preparing Board Minutes approving the Annual Accounts;
- acting as electronic filing agent;
- filing the Annual Returns electronically and filing the accounts within 28 days of the date the Annual Returns are filed;
- liaising with the company auditors;
- dealing with Companies Registration Office queries;
- preparing notices of the AGM;
- preparing the Minutes of the AGM;
- maintaining and updating the Company’s computerised Statutory Register; and
- supplying Company Status Reports on request.
For further information please contact Eoin Paterson, Company Secretarial Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.