On Thursday 8 February 2018, I will be speaking at a one-day seminar organised by the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC). The SIDC is the training and development arm of the Securities Commission Malaysia.
The seminar is titled ‘Changes in the Listing Requirements Post-Companies Act 2016: What to Look Out For’. You can find out more information and also register at the SIDC website.
With the coming into force of the Companies Act 2016, a number of practical issues and questions have since cropped up. The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) did release its helpful FAQ document. This document has been updated from time to time (presently, it has been updated up until 3 April 2017) and helps to answer the most frequently asked questions.
Nonetheless, there are still other common issues arising from the Companies Act 2016. I come across these queries in my practice or at the talks that I give. I set out below 10 of these key issues. Companies can consider seeking further clarification or advice. These issues range from the constitution, dividends, director-related issues, and transitional matters.
In light of the Companies Act 2016 coming into force on 31 January 2017, Bursa Malaysia has announced on 20 March 2017 that it has issued a consultation paper to seek public feedback on the proposed review of the Listing Requirements. You can access the consultation paper here and feedback is to be given by 14 April 2017.
Reading the consultation paper, I set out below on an interesting proposed move towards greater transparency in the remuneration of directors. It is proposed that new requirements be put in place for tighter shareholder approval and for disclosure of remuneration on a named basis.
This consultation paper is to be read together with the earlier two directives / clarifications from Bursa Malaysia dated 2 February 2017 and 10 March 2017.