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Companies Bill 2012 Passes Seanad

On 30 September 2014 the Companies Bill passed Report and Final Stages in the Seanad.  The 164 amendments tabled by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation were agreed to.  We are now very close to the enactment of the Companies Act 2012. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will discuss plans for enactment and commencement of the Companies Act at the ICLF Conference on Duties of Directors and Secretaries under the Companies Bill: Spotlight on Compliance and Enforcement on 13 October 2014 in Farmleigh.

Conference on Duties of Directors and Secretaries

The next ICLF conference focuses on the duties of directors and secretaries in light of the legal acknowledgment of their duties in the Companies Bill.  Important issues arise in relation to the role of these company officers in ensuring compliance and understanding how their legal duties and liabilities are likely to be interpreted and enforced.

Duties of Directors and Secretaries under the Companies Bill: Spotlight on Compliance and Enforcement

Date: Monday 13 October 2014, 9.15 – 1pm                         

Venue: Farmleigh, Phoenix Park

The conference will be opened by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

Chair: Paul Egan, Mason Hayes & Curran


Colm McDonnell, Deloitte, “Advising Directors on Meeting their Compliance Responsibilities”

Eleanor Daly, FEXCO, “The Role and Legal Duties of the Company Secretary under the Companies Bill”

Deirdre Ahern, Trinity College Dublin,“Codification of Directors’ Duties: An Assessment of the New Statutory Framework”

Barbara Kenny, William Fry, “Directors’ Conflict of Interest Rules”

Brian Murray SC, “The Practicalities of Civil Enforcement of Company Law Against Directors”

Kevin Prendergast, ODCE, “ODCE Enforcement Strategy in the Context of the Companies Bill”

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Corporate Compliance and Enforcement

Compliance with corporate law obligations is closely associated with knowledge of relevant legal obligations, the existence of effective sanctions and effective enforcement practices.

This seminar will give a unique insight into the enforcement strategies of the Registrar of Companies and the Director of Corporate Enforcement in presentations by these office-holders.

The seminar will also provide expert guidance on the topical subject of the expanding legal obligations on companies and company officers in relation to corruption under the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2010, the UK Bribery Act 2010, the Criminal Justice Act 2011 as well as impending obligations under the Protected Disclosures in the Public Interest Bill 2012 and the Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill 2012.

Current Developments in Corporate Governance Policy and Practice

Seminar Date

Thursday 29 March 2012, 6pm


Royal Irish Academy

This seminar considered the implications for Irish companies, directors and shareholders and their professional advisors of the evolving national and international framework of best practice guidelines on corporate governance practice.

Preparing Private Companies for the Companies Bill

As the Companies Bill 2012 moves to Report stage in the Dáil, and is expected to be enacted in the course of 2014, a conference of the Irish Corporate Law Forum will focus on the practical ramifications of changes to the structure and internal governance of private companies.

Preparing Private Companies for the Companies Bill: New Company Forms and Drafting Company Constitutions will be held on Friday, 7 February 2014 in Dublin Castle.

Key matters for consideration will include the company form options under the Companies Bill 2012; obligations for existing private companies and the consequences of failing to take action; the implications of Table A model articles being withdrawn; best practice considerations in deciding to draft a new constitution; and, getting to grips with the balance of mandatory and default rules for corporate governance in the Companies Bill.

The conference is designed around expert panel-based discussion and a practical scenario-driven learning format in order to maximise the benefits for legal practitioners and company secretaries.


Conference Title

Preparing Private Companies for the Companies Bill: New Company Forms and Drafting Company Constitutions

Conference Date:

Friday 7 February 2014,


Dublin Castle


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