The Company Agenda – Special: The Draft Companies Bill, June 2011


Welcome to the Summer edition of The Company Agenda.

This is a ‘Company Agenda Special’, in which we focus on the Draft Companies Bill.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD recently launched the draft Companies Bill which is published by his Department on its website. The proposed changes will revolutionise Irish company law and provide a state of the art company law code to the users of Irish company law. The heads of Bill were drafted by the Company Law Review Group (CLRG) and its innovations are based on itsrecommendations. Arthur Cox’s Dr Tom Courtney, head of the firm’s Company Compliance and Governance Group has been the chairperson of the CLRG and William Johnston, banking partner, has been a member of the CLRG, since its establishment in 2001. In this issue of ‘The Company Agenda’ Dr Tom Courtney outlines the architecture of the draft Bill and provides an overview of its main innovations. We will revisit particular parts of the Bill in more detail in future issues.

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