Company Secretariat

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Business and corporate entities operate in an increasingly complex global marketplace.

Managers wishing to comply with business regulations are faced with a large and changing body of State and Federal legislation, while at the same time presiding over complex company structure and share arrangements.

Regulation and reporting can become a major overhead in terms of time. Even more so for managers of Australian subsidiaries of offshore companies, or for any corporation going through major restructure as a result of a merger or takeover.

Failure to comply with statutory requirements can have important ramifications to a company's survival, so it is essential to partner with a specialist to help you with the administration of certain corporate functions.

How we can help

Our team has provided corporate secretarial and other non-legal services and advice to clients for more than 40 years. We advise:

  • clients wishing to outsource their company secretarial functions;
  • foreign companies with Australian subsidiaries wishing to ensure compliance with Australian law;
  • foreign companies requiring local agents for their Australian branches;
  • business names administration; and
  • new startup companies.

Also, companies undergoing major change such as restructuring, takeover, complex share allotments and buybacks utilise our Company Secretariat services during these periods.

Ensuring compliance with legislation in a practical, pro-active and commercially aware manner

Through the use of specialised software, we maintain statutory records of companies electronically using BGL Corporate Solutions' Corporate Affairs Systems and ASIC's EDGE system. Also, we are licensed to use ASIC's ECR (Electronic Company Registration) system, allowing us to register (incorporate) companies online to client specifications within a few minutes of receipt of the required consents, making the use of shelf companies obsolete.

Access to network to resolve all your legal issues

Our team is part of a large commercial legal practice and, should it become necessary, we have access to a whole range of expertise that can resolve your legal issues. These include experts in Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Intellectual Property, Tax, Workplace Relations to name a few

Our services

Company secretary of client companies

Preparation of notices and minutes for meetings of directors and members

Updating and maintaining minute books and statutory registers

Review of statutory records

Preparation and electronic lodgement of ASIC forms

Operating as the Local Agent of foreign companies

Reservation of company and business names

Registration (incorporation) of new companies

Liquidation and deregistration of companies

Business names registration, maintenance and cessation in all Australian jurisdictions

Agents for service of process

ASIC class orders advice