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Corporate Secretarial

Our Corporate Secretarial Department specialises in providing support, assistance and guidance to companies and their officers on meeting their statutory compliance obligations, thus helping to ensure good corporate governance practices are implemented and maintained.

Our team of experts have the technical and practical knowledge to support companies across a broad range of industry sectors, including domestic and international companies. We have the in-depth local knowledge of company secretarial practice to deliver an efficient and quality service to new and existing clients.  

We also adopt a proactive approach ensuring our clients are kept up to date on their compliance obligations.  We can draw on the expertise of other departments across the firm to offer our clients setting up in Ireland a comprehensive suite of legal services which meets their needs. Working closely with our legal colleagues we offer the re-assurance required to ensure statutory compliance obligations are satisfied. 

Companies Act 2014

Following the signing into law of the Companies Act 2014 (the “Act”) on the 23 December 2014, the Act is expected to commence on the 1 June 2015.  The Act will impact all companies registered in Ireland and companies must be prepared to take any actions required.  A primary focus of the Act is to modernise and simplify the law for private limited companies and we are focused on assisting our clients during the transition period.  Irish registered companies will have 18 months from the date of enactment to make key decisions and take any necessary actions.  In conjunction with our colleagues in the Corporate Team, we will advise on the key practical changes and implications of the Act from a company secretarial viewpoint. 

Please click here for our recent publications on the regulatory changes introduced by the Companies Act, 2014

Our Services

Incorporation Services

  • Setting up of private companies limited by shares, special purpose vehicles, companies limited by guarantee, owner management companies, unlimited companies and public companies
  • Assisting foreign companies with the establishment of a branch in Ireland

Annual Compliance Services

Our annual compliance package for clients provides the certainty required to ensure their annual compliance obligations are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.  

Our services include:

  • The maintenance of statutory registers on our company secretarial database
  • Preparation of Annual Returns and filing with the Companies Registration Office
  • Registering as Electronic Filing Agent for clients
  • Preparation of Annual General Meeting documentation  
  • Provision of registered office facility for our clients
  • Use of our in-house company ByrneWallace Corporate Secretaries Limited as named company secretary for companies

Following commencement of the Act, company directors have a duty to ensure that the person appointed as secretary has the “required skills or resources necessary to discharge his or her statutory and other duties”.  As company secretarial practitioners we have the necessary skills to advise clients and ensure their compliance needs are fulfilled.

Other Company Secretarial Services

  • Changes to companies' directors
  • Application for bond for non EEA resident directors
  • Changes to companies’ share capital to include – share transfers, share allotments and re-organisation of share capital
  • Assisting with group restructuring
  • Re-constitution of companies’ registers onto our company secretarial database
  • Carry out health checks for companies on their statutory records and compliance history
  • Restoration of companies to the Register of Companies
  • Application for voluntary strike-off for companies
  • Company conversions and review of constitutional documents
  • Name changes
  • Attendance at board meetings and taking of minutes

KEY CONTACT
William Kingston wkingston@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5449 +353 1 691 5010
THE TEAM      
Feargal Brennan fbrennan@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5276 +353 1 691 5010
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Companies Act 2014