26 September 2016

New Companies Act 2016 and Interest Schemes Act 2016 Gazetted

On 31 August 2016, the Companies Bill 2015 together with the Interest Schemes Bill 2015 received Royal Assent. Both statutes have been gazetted as the Companies Act 2016 and the Interest Schemes Act 2016 respectively.

These legislation are not yet in force, but are expected to come into effect from 1 January 2017. According to chief executive officer of the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM), Datuk Zahrah Abd Wahab Fenner, implementation will be in stages and companies will see some changes in enforcement as early as the first quarter of next year.

In anticipation of this, companies will be well placed to review their existing practices and take legal advice on steps to ensure a smooth transition and to take advantage of opportunities under the new regime.

For our client alerts relating to the reforms under the new company law regime, please click on the following links:

Key Changes to the Dividend Regime

Migration to No-Par Value Regime

Companies Bill 2015: Making the Transition

Major Reform as New Companies Bill 2015 Passed

If you have any questions or require any additional information, you may contact Sharon Tan or the ZICO Law partner you usually deal with.

This alert is for general information only and is not a substitute for legal advice.



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The deal will see more than 275 lawyers join over 2,900 legal professionals in the KPMG global organization, creating a significant legal footprint across Asia. It will offer legal services and solutions, a globally connected legal services platform, and specialists who work with leading technology providers to modernize legal functions across organizations. The strategic combination increases the total number of legal professionals in the KPMG network to over 3,750 across 84 jurisdictions. You may read the press release here.

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