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SUMMARY

Ministry of Corporate Affairs has caused myriad amendments in the Companies Act, 2013. In this editorial, the author shall try to cover all such amendments along with the impact of the same on the Corporates.

Amendment in Companies Act, 2013 in February 2021

No. of Notifications appeared in Feb, 2021

One

No. of Circulars appeared in Feb, 2021

Zero

No. of Amendments in Rules appeared in Feb, 2021

Six

AMENDMENT THROUGH NOTIFICATIONS

1. Notifications of the Sections of Companies Amendment Act, 2020: Dated: 11th February 2020

Most of the important amendments in February 2021 is relating to the notification of total 2 more Sections of the Companies Act, 2020 out of the remaining 8 sections of the Companies Amendment Act, 2020 i.e. related to:

  1. Section 52: Introduction of provisions of producer Company in Companies Act, 2013
  2. Section 66: Repeal of certain enactment and savings
 

AMENDMENT THROUGH CIRCULARS

AMENDMENTS IN RULES

2. Amendment in Companies (Compromises, Arrangements and Amalgamations) Amendment Rules, 2021:

The Companies (Compromises, Arrangements and Amalgamations) Amendment Rules, 2021 passed on 01st February 2021. These Rules came into effect immediately on publication of same in official gazette.

Increase the criterial for Fast Track Merger: Following companies can get merger through Fast Track Route:-

  • Two or more start-up Companies; or
  • One or more startup company with one or more small Company

Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub-rule, “start-up company” means a private company incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 or Companies Act, 1956 and recognized as such in accordance with notification number G.S.R. 127 (E), dated the 19th February, 2019 issued by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.”

3. Amendment in Companies (Specification of Definitions Details) Amendment Amendment Rules, 2021:

The Companies (Specification of Definitions Details) Amendment Rules, 2021 passed on 1st February 2021.

  • These Rules came into effect from 1st April

Delivering the Union Budget 2021-22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Monday, proposed changes in definition of small companies under the Companies Act.

  • Definition of Small Company has been changed by these amendments.

IMPACT ON DEFINITION:

 

''Small Company'' means a company, other than a public company, -

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4. Amendment in Companies (Incorporation) Second Amendment Rules, 2021

The Companies (Incorporation) Second Amendment Rules, 2021 passed on 1st February

  • These Rules came into effect from 1st April

Delivering the Union Budget 2021-22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Monday, proposed changes in provisions of One Person Company. Like:

  • Process of conversion of One Person Company to another type of
  • Allow NIR to incorporate OPC in India
  • Change in definition of resident in India e.f. 182 days to 120 days in immediately preceding financial year.
  • Removal of mandatory conversion of OPC in another type of company on attainment of on a specific limit of

5. Producer Companies Rules, 2021:

New Rules, 2021 passed on 11th February 2021. This Rules came into effect from 11th February, 2021.

Ministry has already implemented section of Producer Companies in Companies act w.e.f. 11.02.2021 and simultaneously they issued some rules for the same Like:

  • Provisions of change in place of registered office from one state to
  • Provision for places where company can do investment form general Etc.

6. Amendment in Companies (Share Capital and Debentures) Amendment Rules, 2021:

The Companies (Share Capital and Debentures)Amendment, Rules 2021 passed on 11th February 2021.

  • These Rules came into effect from 1st April

Amendment in Section 62( a)(1), Offer for right issue shall be open atleast for 7 days and not exceeding 30 days.

7. Amendment in Companies (Specification of Definitions Details) Second Amendment Rules, 2021:

The Companies (Specification of Definitions Details) Second Amendment, Rules 2021 passed on 19th February 2021.

  • These Rules came into effect from 1st April

Definition of Listed Company has been changed by this amendment:

Following companies shall not be considered as Listed Company-

a. Public companies which have not listed their equity shares on a recognized stock exchange but have listed their -

(i) non-convertible debt securities issued on private placement basis in terms of SEBI (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008; or

(ii) non-convertible redeemable preference shares issued on private placement basis in terms of SEBI (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares) Regulations, 2013; or

(iii) both categories of (i) and (u) above.

b. Private companies which have listed their non-convertible debt securities on private placement basis on a recognized stock exchange in terms of SEBI (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008;

c. Public companies which have not listed their equity shares on a recognized stock exchange but whose equity shares are listed on a stock exchange in a jurisdiction as specified in sub-section (3) of section 23 of the Act'.

MCA MESSAGES

1. Stakeholders are hereby informed that the Central Government, in Ministry of Corporate Affairs, under section 67(1) of LLP Act, 2008 will be extending Sub- sections (1) to (11) of section 90, Sub- sections (1) and (2) of section 164, Sub-sections ( 1) and (3) to ( 6) of section 165, Sub-section (1) to (3) of section 167, Sub-section ( 5) of section 206, sub-section (3) of section 207, Sub-sections (1) to (3) of section 252 and Sub-sections (1) to (4) of Section 439 of the Companies Act, 2013 to limited liability Partnerships with modification and adaptation Accordingly, limited liability Partnerships, Partners and Designated partners thereof are advised to take note of the same for appropriate action.

2. Stakeholders may please note that Scheme for condonation of delay for companies restored between 01 December 2020 and 31 December 2020 u/s 252 vide circular 03/2021 shall come into effective from 01st February 2021.

Companies which have obtained orders of Hon'ble NCLT under section 252 of CA 2013 dated between 01 December 2020 and 31 December 2020 are requested to approach the concerned jurisdictional ROCs along with copy of NCLT order, challan copy towards payment of cost as imposed by Hon’ble NCLT to avail the benefit of the scheme and/to mark the company's status from 'Strike off' to 'Active’.

Further, to avoid last minute rush and any hardship in filing documents on the MCA21 portal, stakeholders are advised to approach the ROCs at the earliest and shall not wait till the last date.

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