Clarification on Effectiveness of the Companies Act, 2013

In a previous
concerning the notification bringing into effect several provisions of
the Companies Act, 2013, it was discussed that the provision repealing the
respective provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 was not brought into effect
causing some confusion as to which law will apply to those matters. Based on
requests for clarification seemingly made by several parties, the Ministry of
Corporate Affairs (MCA) has now clarified through another
dated September 18, 2013 that “the relevant provisions of the Companies Act,
1956, which correspond to provisions of 98 sections of the Companies Act, 2013
brought into force on 12.09.2013, cease to have effect from that date.” While
this is intended to avoid overlap during the transitional period, it still
leaves the task to companies and their advisors to identify the appropriate
provisions of the 1956 Act that will cease to apply as they are not specified
in the new notification.

About the author

Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

1 comment

  • Also, defining and identifying the "Corresponding provisions" itself may be difficult and different views are possible in the exercise.
    Further , unless the Section in the 2013 Act repealing the 1956 Act is actually notified , it is difficult to conclude that the provisions of the 1956 Act will cease to have effect automatically

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