17 February 2015 by Guest
Company secretaries need to make company directors aware of new rules regarding the taking of loans from companies – these rules are part of some significant changes being made within the Companies Act 2014, that becomes law in June 2015.
For example directors need to know that the terms of any such transactions need to be approved in writing. The details need to include the repayment schedule, whether the loan bears interest, if the loan is secured and what the priority of the security is. The object seems to be to avoid any fudging around the purpose of such loans.
Just some of the important changes in the Act include
The ‘Connected Persons’ net has widened
Personal Liability for company debts
If a company is being wound up and is unable to pay its debts, and a court considers that any arrangement of a kind described in section 240(2)(a) has contributed materially to the company’s inability to pay its debts or has substantially impeded the orderly winding up of it, the court, may make a declaration that any person for whose benefit the arrangement was made shall be personally liable, without any limitation of liability, for all or such part as may be specified by the court, of the debts and other liabilities of the company.
This is part of a more detailed article by Conor Sweeney, of CLS Chartered Secretaries and an ICSA Council member, to be published in the ACCA’s AB Magazine’s March 2015 edition.