FAQ – Company Secretary
Every limited company must have a minimum of one Company Secretary, according to Section 139 of the Companies Act, 1965. The appointment of Company Secretary is decided by the directors of the company.
To qualify as a Company Secretary, he or she must be either a member of a professional body approved by the Ministry, or a licensed secretary granted by the CCM. Further, the person must not be a bankrupt and is not convicted of any offence under Section 130 (1) of the Companies Act.
1) Statutory duties of a Company Secretary
The duties of a Company Secretary as required by the Companies Act are generally as follows:-
- Has to be present at all company meetings and recording minutes of the meeting. In this context, company meetings are mainly referred to directors’ and shareholders’ meetings. Operational meetings do not require a company secretary’s attendance.
- Keep and maintain all the statutory books and records of the company, ie. Minutes book, register book, share register etc.
- Ensure proper filing of all necessary returns with SSM such as annual return, forms etc.
- Issue notices of meetings to shareholders as directed by the board of directors.
- Process share transfers documentations and recordings.
- Countersign essential company documents and certifying documents for certain matters such as banking matters etc.
- Ensure safe custody of company seal.
2) Liabilities of a Company Secretary
Given the fact that a company secretary is an officer of a company, similar to the directors, he or she has fiduciary duties to perform for the company. He or she is required to act honestly and in good faith.
A company secretary is personally liable to criminal charges if he or she commits wrongful acts, and can also be penalized with a fine. Wrongful act is as simple as failure to lodge the annual return to CCM.
3) Change of Company Secretary
If you have an existing company and thinking of changing the company secretary, we are happy to consider taking on the role of company secretary. Simply contact us with your company details and we will arrange an appointment to meet you and provide you the relevant advice and assistance.