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Beneficial ownership of trusts: ambiguity remains

Beneficial ownership of trusts: ambiguity remains

01 July 2020

While the requirement to make filings to the Register of Beneficial Ownership has been reasonably well established since November 2019, the position regarding the beneficial ownership of trusts is not as clear. Read more

Registrar extends date to 31 October for filing of annual returns

Registrar extends date to 31 October for filing of annual returns

18 June 2020

The Companies Registration Office has advised that the Annual Return filing extension announced in March 2020 has been extended to 31 October 2020. Read more

Annual General Meetings in 2020 - listening to the voice of the shareholder

Annual General Meetings in 2020 - listening to the voice of the shareholder

14 May 2020

Some observations on how AGMs are being managed in Ireland in 2020. Read more

Company secretaries continuing to raise standards in Irish boardrooms

Company secretaries continuing to raise standards in Irish boardrooms

31 March 2020

The above article which was published in the Sunday Business Post on 29th March 2020. Read more

Single-Director Companies - Update

Single-Director Companies - Update

03 February 2020

The Companies Registration Office published a note recently reminding single-director companies on their signing obligations. Read more

A role on a charity board

A role on a charity board

18 December 2019

As company secretaries we have a lot to offer charity boards who are looking for board secretaries and trustees. Read more

Updating the Register of Beneficial Ownership - low levels of compliance

Updating the Register of Beneficial Ownership - low levels of compliance

18 November 2019

Only 23% of the 234,510 companies that are legally obliged to register their ownership details with the Companies Registration Office by 22nd November 2019 had done so ten days before the due date. No sign of an extension to the November deadline. Read more

Why its time to make all-male company boards an extinct species

Why its time to make all-male company boards an extinct species

21 October 2019

We republish the recent article in the Sunday Business Post written by Melissa Scully, Chartered Governance Institute Ireland Council member and Director and Corporate Governance leader at Deloitte, Dublin. Read more

Graduates, are you looking for a rewarding career?

Graduates, are you looking for a rewarding career?

26 September 2019

Take the fast track to the boardroom and become a governance professional. Read more

Register of Beneficial Ownership CPD event- slides now available

Register of Beneficial Ownership CPD event- slides now available

10 September 2019

Matheson hosted a full house for our first CPD event of the Autumn season. Read more

Proposed new changes to the Companies Act 2014

Proposed new changes to the Companies Act 2014

18 July 2019

The General Scheme of the Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill 2018 which was published in December 2018 has proposed some changes to the 2014 Act. Read more

Central Bank proposals on the Senior Executive Accountability Regime (“SEAR”)

Central Bank proposals on the Senior Executive Accountability Regime (“SEAR”)

20 June 2019

We’ve seen press coverage this week on the new Central Bank proposals on accountability and responsibility. Read more

How effective is the board evaluation process in listed companies?

How effective is the board evaluation process in listed companies?

04 June 2019

Regular board evaluation is a key cornerstone of any effective board. Consultation process now underway. Read more

The role of the Company Secretary - ICSA Company Secretary's checklists:Ireland

The role of the Company Secretary - ICSA Company Secretary's checklists:Ireland

07 May 2019

Ever wondered what was covered in the role and responsibilities of the Company Secretary role?. Read more

5 Important Corporate Governance Considerations ahead of Brexit.

5 Important Corporate Governance Considerations ahead of Brexit.

10 April 2019

We are pleased to publish a blog edited from an article in this month's G&C magazine from Elaine Hughes of LK Shields, Solicitors on important considerations ahead of Brexit. Read more

Update On The Beneficial Ownership Register

Update On The Beneficial Ownership Register

28 March 2019

The Department have just published the long awaited European Union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2019 (the "2019 Regulations"). Read more

The AGM checklist

The AGM checklist

05 March 2019

Are you ready for your forthcoming Annual General Meeting (“AGM”)?. Read more

Will you be in breach of the Companies Act if Britain crashes out of the EU on 29th March without a deal?

Will you be in breach of the Companies Act if Britain crashes out of the EU on 29th March without a deal?

05 February 2019

The Irish Companies Act 2014 stipulates that ‘at least, one of the directors for the time being of a company shall be a person who is resident in an EEA state’. Read more

President's new year message

President's new year message

10 January 2019

Institute President Salvador Nash has published a new year message as we look forward to a busy 2019. Read more

Disclosure of non financial and diversity information

Disclosure of non financial and diversity information

19 December 2018

In the latest edition of Agenda, our bi-monthly regulatory update, we publish an article relevant for large companies preparing to disclose non-financial and diversity information. Read more

Improving the quality of the board pack in not for profit organisations

Improving the quality of the board pack in not for profit organisations

26 November 2018

The Carmichael Centre in Dublin have just published a report that the Institute had input into, on how to improve the quality of Board packs with respect to not for profit organisations. Read more

Charities Update - October 2018

Charities Update - October 2018

23 October 2018

An update on developments at the Office of the Charities Regulator, the Code of Governance for Charities and Charities Statement of Recommended Practice. Read more

Next Generation Governance Report

Next Generation Governance Report

11 October 2018

On 27 September, ICSA published a new research report called ‘Next Generation Governance’ which gives some fascinating insights into the differences – and similarities – in how different generations of governance professionals think about their role. Read more

IAASA Annual Observations document

IAASA Annual Observations document

24 September 2018

The Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA) has recently published its annual 'Observations' document. Read more

Filing the Annual Return (B1)

Filing the Annual Return (B1)

29 August 2018

With the annual return filing season now upon us, we highlight some important points to remember. Read more

Have you ever thought of becoming a Company Secretary ?

Have you ever thought of becoming a Company Secretary ?

16 August 2018

This week saw the publication of the Leaving Certificate results. But how many students will be thinking of a career as a company secretary? Here we republish a careers blog that we issued a few years back as its ever more relevant today with demand for company secretaries and governance professionals far outstripping supply. Read more

Rectification of the Register of Members

Rectification of the Register of Members

25 July 2018

A note on updating the Register of Members in the context of the Companies Act 2014 and a recent court case. Read more

Companies Registration Office Report 2017

Companies Registration Office Report 2017

05 July 2018

The Companies Registration Office report for 2017 has just been published. Read more

Dómhnal Slattery: ‘I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of boards’

Dómhnal Slattery: ‘I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of boards’

30 April 2018

The keynote speaker at this year’s ICSA Ireland Conference and CEO of Avolon discusses what makes an effective board, how quality non-executives should be active but not invasive, and how to get corporate culture right. Read more

ICSA responds to FRC consultation on Combined Code

ICSA responds to FRC consultation on Combined Code

21 March 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has responded to the proposed changes to the Combined Code. Read more

Slides now available from CPD event on Audit Committees

Slides now available from CPD event on Audit Committees

08 March 2018

We held our second CPD event of the year on Audit Committees on Tuesday 6th March in KPMG Dublin. For more details please read on..... Read more

CPD Event on Board Effectiveness and Culture- slides now available

CPD Event on Board Effectiveness and Culture- slides now available

22 February 2018

The slides from our very first CPD event of the year held in Deloitte on Tuesday 6th February are now available. Read more about the event below:. Read more

Commencement of Section 80 of Companies (Accounting) Act 2017

Commencement of Section 80 of Companies (Accounting) Act 2017

16 February 2018

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Heather Humphreys, T.D., in exercise of the powers conferred on her by section 1(2) of the Companies (Accounting) Act 2017 (No. 9 of 2017) has made the order appointing 09 June 2018 as the day on which section 80 of the Companies (Accounting) Act 2017 (No. 9 of 2017) comes into operation. Read more

Charity Code of Governance

Charity Code of Governance

18 December 2017

At a time when there is greater focus on the charities sector in Ireland, we asked Louise Thomson FCIS, Head of Policy (Not for Profit) at ICSA:The Governance Institute to share her thoughts with us following her membership of a discussion panel at the recent Charities Institute Ireland Conference held in Dublin. Read more

Measures to enhance Ireland's corporate, economic and regulatory framework

Measures to enhance Ireland's corporate, economic and regulatory framework

10 November 2017

The recent publication by the Government of the above framework to tackle white collar crime has created much debate and discussion in the past week. Read more

Helen Dixon speaks to Chartered Secretaries in Dublin on the General Data Protection Regulation

Helen Dixon speaks to Chartered Secretaries in Dublin on the General Data Protection Regulation

20 October 2017

Speaking today at an event organised by the Irish Region of ICSA: The Governance Institute, at the offices of William Fry in Dublin, Helen Dixon, FCIS, Data Protection Commissioner said that a key challenge for company secretaries and others involved in managing personal data will be recognising whether their role comprises being a ‘data controller’. Read more

Insights into the career of a Company Secretary

Insights into the career of a Company Secretary

09 May 2017

Robert Walters recently hosted ICSA Ireland’s Student & Careers Evening. With insights into the diverse role of the company secretary from members in practice and those working in-house, a presentation on networking skills and career advice on how to navigate the recruitment process from the CV to the interview, the evening was a huge success. Read more

Company Law & Regulatory Committee

Company Law & Regulatory Committee

14 December 2016

The inaugural meeting of the Company Law & Regulatory Committee has been held and the Terms of Reference can be downloaded here. If members have issues that could be considered by the Committee, please email them to scolfer@bdo.ie. Read more

Consultation on a Review of the Industrial & Provident Societies Acts 1893 to 2014

Consultation on a Review of the Industrial & Provident Societies Acts 1893 to 2014

12 December 2016

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation has launched a consultation on a review of the Industrial & Provident Societies Acts 1893 to 2014 and a link to that consultation is below. https://www.djei.ie/en/Consultations/Public-Consultation-Industrial-and-Provident-Societies-Acts-1893-2014.html# The Company Law & Regulatory Committee is available to assist any members who would like to raise issues on any aspect of. Read more

Companies Act 2014: End of Transition Period

Companies Act 2014: End of Transition Period

18 November 2016

The transition period for re-registering existing private companies to a LTD or a DAC expires on Wednesday 30 November 2016. The failure by the directors of a company to take steps to re-register is a breach of their statutory duty, notwithstanding the fact that if no action is taken, a company will automatically convert to a LTD. Read more

The art of taking minutes

The art of taking minutes

04 November 2016

Writing minutes can be a daunting, deceptively difficult and time-consuming task, yet people often find themselves called upon to take minutes, with little training or guidance to support them. Given their importance as the definitive record of an organisation’s highest decision-making body – the board –, it is important to get them right. ICSA has…. Read more

We want to hear from you

We want to hear from you

21 September 2016

Salvador Nash represents the Institute on the Company Law Review Group, the statutory advisory expert body charged with advising the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on the review and development of company law in Ireland. Read more

Corporate culture and the role of boards

Corporate culture and the role of boards

09 September 2016

There needs to be a concerted effort to improve trust in the motivations and integrity of business,’ says Chairman of the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Sir Winfried Bischoff in his foreword to the FRC’s report looking at corporate culture and the role of boards. Read more

Company Secretary and the Audit Process

Company Secretary and the Audit Process

08 August 2016

While much is written about the value company secretaries offer to board and management, there is less awareness of the multiple ways in which they can specifically support the work of financial directors and auditors. Read more

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