• Companies Regulations (Electronic Filing) Rules 2015

    • PART 1 PART 1 General Introductory Provisions

      The Registrar hereby makes the following Rules in exercise of the powers conferred on it by section 942 of the Companies Regulations 2015 to impose requirements as to the form, authentication and manner of delivery of documents required or authorised to be delivered to the Registrar:

      • 1. Commencement, citation and interpretation

        (1) These Rules may be cited as the Companies Regulations (Electronic Filing) Rules 2015.
        (2) These Rules shall come into force on the date of their publication.
        (3) In these Rules, the "Companies Regulations" means the Companies Regulations 2015.
        (4) Defined terms used in these Rules and their meanings are contained in Schedule 1.
        (5) Unless the context otherwise requires:
        (a) references to sections are to sections of the Companies Regulations;
        (b) a reference to a "Rule" or "Rules" is a reference to these rules and a reference to a numbered rule, part or schedule is to the Rule, Part or Schedule of these Rules; and
        (c) words in the singular include the plural and vice versa and a reference to a gender includes a reference to all genders.
        (6) Material or information referred to in these Rules as being specified, prescribed or described as accessible or available on or through the website is included in and forms part of these Rules.
        (7) A reference in these Rules to material or information that is "from time to time" specified, described, accessible or available on or through the website is a reference to material or information that does not form part of these Rules.

      • 2. Application of these Rules

        (1) These Rules apply to any document delivered to the Registrar in electronic form pursuant to the Companies Regulations.
        (2) These Rules apply only to documents delivered in respect of companies or, proposed companies, which are collectively referred to in these Rules as "companies (or other bodies)".

    • PART 2 PART 2 ELECTRONIC FILING

      • Chapter 1 Chapter 1 General provisions

        • 4. Application of Part

          (1) This Part applies to documents delivered to the Registrar using Electronic Filing and shall be construed accordingly.
          (2) The documents that may be delivered to the Registrar using Electronic Filing are specified from time to time on the website.

        • 5. Using Electronic Filing

          (1) To deliver a document using Electronic Filing the presenter must:
          (a) have access to the internet;
          (b) have an email account;
          (c) be a registered user of Electronic Filing (information about the registration process is available from time to time on the website of the Registrar);
          (d) subject to Rule 5(4), be a registered user for the company (or other body) to which the document relates (unless it is an incorporation package).
          (2) Subject to Rule 5(3), in delivering a document using Electronic Filing the presenter on behalf of the company (or other body) consents to any communication from the Registrar relating to or arising out of the delivery of that document being sent only in electronic form.
          (3) A company incorporated using Electronic Filing may request a paper copy of its certificate of incorporation from the Registrar.
          (4) A presenter who delivers a charge document either as an interested person or for and on behalf of an interested person must provide such supporting documentation as the Registrar may require.
          (5) The Registrar's requirements on how presenters register to use Electronic Filing are specified from time to time on the website.
          (6) An incorporation package may only be delivered by a presenter who has provided such supporting documentation as the Registrar may require evidencing their status as an incorporation agent.

      • Chapter 2 Chapter 2 Form of document

        • General requirements

          • 6. Document to be in the form of a template

            (1) Except for articles of association delivered with a company incorporation package (see Rule 7) accounts (see Rule 8), or copy instruments (see Rule 10 (2)), each document must be in the form of the template supplied for that purpose by the Registrar on the website.
            (2) The presenter must complete every data input field in a template unless the field is a non-mandatory one or there is otherwise no legal requirement or authority to provide the information requested.
            (3) Where a document template is used, the document template must be completed on-line while the presenter is logged onto Electronic Filing.

          • 7. The company incorporation package

            (1) This Rule applies to a company incorporation package.
            (2) The articles of association are viewed by selecting the "articles of association" link in the incorporation template.
            (3) Model articles can be viewed by selecting the "model articles" link in the incorporation template.
            (4) Articles of association delivered with a company incorporation package (if any) must be authenticated by the initial members on delivery to the Registrar in accordance with Rule 12.

          • 8. Accounts

            (1) This Rule applies to company accounts.
            (2) Company accounts may only be delivered using Electronic Filing if they are provided in a compatible PDF file.

          • 9. Notice of change of name

            A notice of change of name by resolution may only be delivered using Electronic Filing if:

            (a) it is specified where indicated in the relevant template whether the change of name is conditional on the occurrence of an event as contemplated by section 66(2);
            (b) it is accompanied by a copy of the resolution for a change of name in the form of a specified template; and
            (c) the resolution passed by the company is in the form of the resolution set out in that template.

          • 10. Charge documents

            (1) A charge document may only be delivered using Electronic Filing if it is accompanied by a copy instrument and the certificate referred to in section 784(3).
            (2) The copy instrument must be in the form of a compatible PDF file uploaded to the website with the charge document.
            (3) The certificate must be in the form of the template supplied for that purpose by the Registrar.
            (4) If the presenter elects to give the certificate under 784(3) using one of the prepopulated statements supplied by the Registrar by way of example in the relevant data input field, the presenter must satisfy himself as to the veracity and adequacy of the prepopulated statement and amend it as may be necessary before delivering the certificate to the Registrar.

      • Chapter 3 Chapter 3 Authentication

        • 11. Personal authentication

          (1) The requirements of this Rule are in addition to any other requirement imposed by this Chapter.
          (2) A document required by these Rules to be authenticated must, in the case of a company (or other body), be authenticated in the manner stipulated on the website by a presenter acting on the Company's behalf.

        • 12. The company incorporation package

          (1) The statement of compliance delivered under section 6(1) must be authenticated by each initial member to the articles of association by each initial member or by the initial members' agent, in each case in the manner stipulated on the website.
          (2) In authenticating the statement of compliance each initial member or the agent (as the case may be) instructs the Registrar to tag electronically the statement of compliance by way of authentication on his behalf.
          (3) The application for registration document delivered under section 6(1) must be authenticated by the person to be appointed in the manner stipulated on the website.
          (4) Authentication of articles of association for the purpose of section 6(4) shall be in the manner stipulated on the website.

        • 13. Authentication of documents other than accounts and charge documents

          (1) This Rule applies to any document delivered in respect of a company (or other body) except for company incorporation packages (see Rule 12) accounts (see Rule 14) and charge documents (see Rule 15).
          (2) The person who authenticates the document must belong to, or act under the specific authority of a person who belongs to, a category or class of person specified on the website or relevant template as being permitted to authenticate the document on behalf of the company (or other body).
          (3) The presenter may only use Electronic Filing to deliver a document in respect of a company (or other body) if he supplies the Registrar with the registered number and any other identifying code as may be specified by the Registrar from time to time of that company (or other body) every time he accesses the Electronic Filing facility on behalf of that company (or other body).
          (4) In selecting a template in which to deliver a document in respect of the company (or other body) the presenter instructs the Registrar to:
          (a) prepopulate the relevant data input fields with:
          (i) the registered number of the company (or other body); and
          (ii) the name of the company (or other body) associated on the Registrar's records with that registered number,
          by way of authentication on the presenter's behalf; and
          (b) tag electronically the document by way of authentication on the presenter's behalf such that the electronic record of the document is indelibly associated with the presenter and the company (or other body).
          (5) A notification of a director or secretary's appointment must be authenticated by the person being appointed in the manner stipulated in the relevant template.

        • 14. Authentication of accounts

          (1) This Rule applies to accounts.
          (2) The presenter of a company's accounts must act under the specific authority of that company's directors in delivering accounts to the Registrar.
          (3) The presenter must by way of authentication provide the Registrar with the registered number and any other identifying code as may be specified by the Registrar from time to time of that company (or other body) of the company in respect of which accounts are to be delivered.
          (4) The presenter instructs the Registrar to tag electronically the accounts by way of authentication on the presenter's behalf such that the electronic record of the document is indelibly associated with the presenter and the company (or other body).

        • 15. Authentication of charge documents

          (1) This Rule applies to charge documents.
          (2) A person who authenticates a charge document for and on behalf of the company (or other body) subject to the charge must belong to, or act under the specific authority of a person who belongs to, a category or class of person specified on the website as being permitted to authenticate the charge document.
          (3) The presenter of a charge document to be delivered for and on behalf of the company (or other body) subject to the charge must provide such supporting documentation as the Registrar may require prior to submitting the relevant charge document.
          (4) A presenter who authenticates a charge document as an interested person or for and on behalf of an interested person must provide such supporting documentation as the Registrar may require prior to submitting the relevant charge document.
          (5) The certificate referred to in section 784(3)is authenticated by:
          (a) the provision of an appropriate confirmation by the person giving the certificate in the manner stipulated on the website; and
          (b) the provision the name of the person giving the certificate.
          (6) The presenter instructs the Registrar to tag electronically the charge document by way of authentication on the presenter's behalf with such that the electronic record of the document is indelibly associated with the presenter and the company (or other body).

      • Chapter 4 Chapter 4 Delivery and receipt

        • 16. Manner of delivery

          (1) This Rule applies to all documents to be delivered through Electronic Filing.
          (2) Before he can deliver a document to the Registrar the presenter must be online and logged into Electronic Filing.
          (3) Save for when the document is a copy instrument a document or template is delivered when the presenter irrevocably submits it for filing on the website.
          (4) A copy instrument is delivered by delivering the charge document to which it is electronically linked.

        • Time of receipt

          • 17. Receipt

            (1) A fee-bearing document delivered using Electronic Filing and in respect of which the fee is tendered by credit card or debit card is received when the fee payment is completed.
            (2) Save as provided in Rule 17(1) a document delivered using Electronic Filing is received when irrevocably submitted for filing.

    • SCHEDULE 1 Defined Terms Used In This Volume Of The Rules And Their Meanings (RULE 1(4))

      "accounts" means a copy of such of a company's annual accounts and reports and/or abbreviated accounts as are required to be or authorised to be delivered to the Registrar under the Companies Regulations and which are not excluded accounts;

      "annual accounts and reports" has the meaning set out in section 444(2);

      "charge" means a charge eligible for registration under Part 24 of the Companies Regulations;

      "charge document" means a document in electronic form delivered or to be delivered pursuant to an obligation arising under Part 24 of the Companies Regulations;

      "company" has the meaning given to it in section 1;

      "company incorporation package" means an incorporation package in respect of a company;

      "compatible PDF file" means a file in portable document format no greater than 10 megabytes in size;

      "copy instrument" means a copy of the instrument by which a charge is created or evidenced;

      "data input field" means:

      (a) a box or similarly delineated area visible in human readable form on a website the purpose of which is to capture information; together with
      (b) the descriptor text associated with the box the purpose of which is to signify the nature of the information required to be input into the box;

      "document" means information required to be or authorised to be delivered to the Registrar under the Companies Regulations;

      "Electronic Filing" means delivering a document to the Registrar, through the Registrar's online systems as detailed in these Rules;

      "excluded accounts" means revised accounts delivered under section 428 or section 430 of the Companies Regulations;

      "fee-bearing document" means:

      (a) a document for which a fee is payable in respect of its receipt; or
      (b) where a fee is payable in respect of the receipt of more than one document as part of a single transaction, each of those documents;

      "incorporation template" means the template to be used to deliver a company incorporation package in electronic form to the Registrar using Electronic Filing;

      "interested person" means any person interested in a charge other than the company (or other body) against which the charge is or is to be registered;

      "presenter" means an individual person using Electronic Filing to deliver a document to the Registrar;

      "resolution" means a special resolution for a change of name;

      "template" means a specified set of data input boxes as found on the Registrar's website; and

      "website" means the website maintained by the Registrar at www.adgm.com.

    • SCHEDULE 2 DOCUMENTS THAT MAY BE DELIVERED TO THE REGISTRAR USING ELECTRONIC FILING

      1. Form 2. Name of form 3 Legislative provision authorizing or requiring delivery
      INC-01 Reservation of company name Section 47
      INC-02 Application to register a company Section 6
      AF- AA01 Filing of annual accounts Section 415
      AR-AR01 Annual Return Section 778
      EDF-N01 Notice of change of name by special resolution Section 66(1)
      EDF-N02 Notice of change of name by conditional resolution Section 66(2)
      EDF-N03 Notice confirming satisfaction of the conditional resolution for change of name Section 66(3)
      EDF-N04 Notice of change of name by means provided for in the articles Section 67
      EDF-C01 Notice of amendment of articles Section 24
      EDF-C02 Notice of existence of entrenched provisions of the articles and restriction on the amendment of articles Section 21(1)
      EDF-C03 Notice of removal of restriction on the company's articles Section 21(2)
      EDF-C05 Notice of change of constitution by order of court or other authority Section 31
      EDF-RO01 Notice of change of registered office address Section 75
      EDF-CR01 Notice of Single Alternative Inspection Location (SAIL) Section 996
      EDF-CR02 Change of location of the company records to the single alternative inspection location (SAIL) Section 996
      EDF-CR03 Change of location of the company records to the registered office Section 996
      EDF-DS01 Appointment and Cessation of Directors and Secretary Sections 157 and 293
      EDF-DS02 Change of details of director and secretary Section 157 and 293
      EDF-A01 Change of accounting reference date Section 381
      EDF-A03 Notice of resolution removing auditor from office Section 481
      EDF-SC01 Notice of allotment of shares Section 514
      EDF-SC02 Notice of consolidation, sub-division, redemption of shares Sections 569 and 628
      EDF-SC03 Return of purchase of own shares Section 647
      EDF-SC04 Notice of sale or transfer of treasury shares Section 669
      EDF-SC05 Notice of cancellation of treasury shares Section 648
      EDF-SC06 Notice of cancellation of shares Section 671
      EDF-SC07 Notice of cancellation of shares held by or for a public company Section 603
      EDF-SC08 Notice of name or other designation of class of shares Section 577
      EDF-SC09 Return of allotment by an unlimited company allotting a new class of shares Section 515
      EDF-SC10 Notice of particulars of variation of rights attached to shares Section 578
      EDF-SC11 Notice of new class of members Section 579
      EDF-SC12 Notice of particulars of variation of class rights Section 581
      EDF-SC13 Notice of name or other designation of class of members Section 580
      EDF-SC14 Notice of application to court for cancellation of the special resolution approving a redemption or purchase of shares out of capital Section 664
      EDF-SC15 Statement of Capital N/A
      EDF-TC01 Application for trading certificate for a public company Section 700
      EDF-RR01 Application by a private company for re-registration as a public company Section 78
      EDF-RR02 Application by a public company for re-registration as a private limited company Section 84
      EDF-RR03 Notice of application to the court for cancellation of resolution for re-registration Section 83
      EDF-RR04 Application by a private limited company for re-registration as an unlimited company Section 87
      EDF-RR05 Application by an unlimited company for re-registration as a private limited company Section 90
      EDF-RR06 Application by a public company for re-registration as a private unlimited company Section 94
      EDF-RR07 Application by a public company for re-registration as a private limited company following a court order reducing capital Section 592
      EDF-RR08 Application by a public company for re-registration as a private company following a cancellation of shares Section 604
      EDF-RR09 Application by a restricted scope company for re-registration as a non-restricted scope company Section 96
      EDF-RRA01 Form of assent for re-registration of public company as private and unlimited Section 94(2)
      EDF-RRA02 Form of assent for re-registration of private limited company as unlimited Section 87(2)
      EDF-RP01 Replacement of document not meeting requirements for proper delivery Section 950
      EDF-RP02 Application for rectification by the Registrar of Companies Section 970
      EDF-RP04 Notice of an objection to a request for the Registrar of Companies to rectify the Register Section 970
      EDF-RP05 Correction of a director's date of birth Section 970
      EDF-RT01 Application for administrative restoration to the Court Section 889
      EDF-SD01 Striking off application by a company Section 867
      EDF-SD02 Withdrawal of striking off application by company Section 874