Company Law

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Landmark legislation to transform the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) into a statutory and independent Corporate Enforcement Authority (CEA) has cleared the Oireachtas. The Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill 2021 will now be sent to the president for his signatur

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Legislation allowing Irish companies to hold their AGMs online during the Covid-19 pandemic has been extended to the end of April 2022. The interim period of the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Act 2020, which makes temporary amendments to the Companies Act 2014 and the Industrial an

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The deadline for companies filing their annual returns has been extended to 9 December 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Companies Registration Office (CRO) said the two-week extension had been made "in light of difficulties experienced by some small accountancy firms in meeting the fil

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The government has denied that there is a conflict of interest between Paul Gallagher SC's role as Attorney General and his work for the former directors of Independent News & Media (INM). It emerged this week that Mr Gallagher continued, following his appointment as Attorney General, to advise

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Eversheds Sutherland has announced the appointment of Liam Boyle as head of company secretarial in Ireland. Mr Boyle joins the firm from another corporate law firm in Dublin where he was a manager in the company secretarial department. Prior to this, he served in two leading global corporate service

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McCann FitzGerald partner Audrey Byrne and senior associate Áine Murphy consider a recent High Court judgment which provides useful clarity on contributories’ inspection rights arising in a liquidation under Sections 631 and 684 of the Companies Act 2014. In a recent judgment, which pro

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The Company Law Review Group (CLRG) will publish a report within months on the practice of trading entities splitting their operations between trading and property and on transactional avoidance. The statutory advisory expert body has published its 2020 annual report, highlighting the significant bo

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Businesses will have until 11 June 2021 to file their annual returns following a further extension to the deadline. The Companies Registration Office (CRO) said it is "aware of difficulties being experienced by presenters in trying to file annual returns in the run up to the filing deadline".

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Legislation allowing companies to hold virtual annual general meetings (AGMs) during the Covid-19 pandemic has been extended until the end of the year. The Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Act 2020 makes temporary amendments to the Companies Act 2014 and the Industrial and Provident S

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The vast majority of companies in Ireland are set to benefit from a proposed new stand-alone process which will allow for them to be rescued without going to court as part of the examinership process. The proposed "summary rescue process", now out for consultation, was designed by the Company Law Re

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Nearly four in ten Irish-listed companies held closed AGMs in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report from business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran LLP. The firm's AGM Season Report 2020 reviews the types of AGMs that took place during the pandemic and the implications of

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Online shareholder meetings may continue to be allowed in Irish law beyond next summer if take-up remains strong after the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, William Fry has said. Over 170 in-house legal counsel from across Ireland yesterday attended a virtual William Fry CounselConnect conference which

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