Public Limited Company

Close a Company

Making payments efficiently, cost-effectively and surely are pivotal to every well-managed finance function. For this purpose we need to control the corporate spending. Manual purchasing processes are slow, time consuming and often lead to supplier account problems, over budget spending and an ever growing number of suppliers.


  • Do you want to close a Company?

A company can be closed by adopting the following ways:-


(A) Strike off a company under Section 560 :


Section 560, of the Companies Act, 1956, deals with strike off provisions of a defunct company. Any defunct company desirous to strike off its name from the register of Registrar of company can apply in Form FTE for strike off its name from the register maintained by ROC as per Guidelines for ‘FAST TRACK EXIT MODE’ issued vide General Circular No. 36/2011 dated 7.6.2011. Similarly, ROC has also power to strike off any defunct company after satisfying himself of the need to strike off a defunct company and has reasonable cause. But before passing any order in this regard, an opportunity of being heard must be provided to the defunct company by following the due procedure u/s 560.


(B) WINDING UP


Section 425, of Companies Act, 1956, deals with modes of winding up.
The winding up of a company may be either -
(a) By the Tribunal (also known as compulsory winding up)
(b) Voluntary winding up
(c) subject to the supervision of the Court


Overview of Winding up


You can get a general picture from the following steps of winding up which are summarized below (except Voluntary winding up)


  • Firstly, issuing a written demand for debt payments to the target company.
  • Secondly, present a winding up petition to the court and the company
  • Thirdly, Court hearing for the petition
  • Fourthly, granting of winding up order by the court
  • Fifthly, meeting of creditors and other relevant parties
  • Sixthly, appointment of liquidator.
  • Seventhly, realization and distribution of company’s assets to the creditors
  • Eighthly, realize of duties for liquidator
  • Lastly, dissolution of the company.

For more details please visit Company Liquidators website


Voluntary Winding up


Voluntary winding up which may be:


i) Member’s Voluntary winding up.
ii) Creditor’s Voluntary winding up.

In case of voluntary winding up, the entire process is done without court supervision. When the winding up is complete, relevant documents are filed before the court for obtaining the order of dissolution. A Voluntary winding up can be done by members or creditors. The circumstances in which company may be wound up voluntarily are:

a) When the period fixed for the duration of the company in its articles has expired
b) When an event on the happening of which the company is to be dissolved as per its articles happen.
c) The company resolves by special resolution at any general meeting to be voluntary winding up.


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