UK company or LLP with EEA corporate officers

UK company and limited liability partnership (LLP) with EEA corporate officers are required to submit additional information to Companies House about their corporate officers. This change came into effect after the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and you have until 1 January 2021 to file it.

Companies House would require the following additional information about your corporate officer.

  • The corporate name.
  • It’s registered office address or your principal address.
  • The legal form of your corporate entity and its governing law.
  • Register and registration number (if applicable) of your corporate entity.

This law does not apply to a company or LLP who has a UK limited company as a corporate officer.

If you have any questions about filing your Companies House forms for your UK company or LLP with EEA corporate officers, contact us or contact Companies House.

Companies House forms for EEA companies

The United Kingdom no longer part of the European Union from the midnight of 31 January 2020. For this reason, some changes to the Companies House forms for EEA companies are necessary. Make sure you download the most updated company forms from the Companies House website.

Companies House would reject incorrect or incomplete forms. Click here for the common errors made by applicants when writing their company names on the Companies House forms.

Below are the Companies House forms subject to changes after Brexit.

Corporate officers forms for limited company

Form refForm name
IN01Company incorporation
AP02Corporate director appointment
AP04Corporate secretary appointment
CH02Change of corporate director details
CH04Change of corporate secretary details

Corporate officers forms for Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

Form ref Form name
LLIN01LLP incorporation
LLAP02Corporate LLP member appointment
LLCH02Change of corporate LLP member details

Companies House forms for Societas Europaea (SE)

Form ref Form name
SE CV01Convert a SE to a public limited company (PLC)
SE AP01Appoint a member of a supervisory organ of a SE
SE AP02Appoint a corporate member of a supervisory organ of a SE
SE CH01Change member’s details of a supervisory organ of a SE
SE CH02Change the corporate member’s details of the supervisory organ of a SE
SE TM01Terminate appointment: member of supervisory organ of a SE
SE AS01Amend the statutes of a SE
SE WU01Give notice of insolvency event, cessation of payment procedures, decision to continue operating a SE
SE DT03Notification of draft terms of conversion of SE to a PLC

Companies House forms for European economic interest grouping (EEIG)

Form ref Form name
EEAP01Appoint a manager of a EEIG where the official address is in the UK
EEAP02Appoint a corporate manager of a EEIG where the official address is in the UK
EECH01Change the details of a manager of a EEIG where the official address is in the UK
EECH02Change the details of a corporate manager of a EEIG where the official address is in the UK
EEFM02Register an establishment of a EEIG whose official address is outside the UK
EEMP01Give notice of documents and particulars filed for a EEIG
EEMP02Give notice of setting up or closure of an establishment of a EEIG whose address is outside the UK
EENM01Register an alternative name for a EEIG whose official address is outside the UK
EENM02Register a change of alternative name for a EEIG whose official address is outside the UK

All existing EEIG forms will be updated with references to EEIG changing to UKEIG. The forms SE AP02, SE CH02, EE AP02 and EE CH02 would be amended in the same way as the forms AP02 and CH02.

Please also take note of the discontinued Companies House forms for EEA companies that took effect on 31 January 2020.

Confirmation statement

Make sure you notify Companies House of any changes to your corporate officers’ details and registered office addresses before you submit your confirmation statement.

What is EEA companies?

What is EEA companies ? EEA companies are companies incorporated in the European Economic Area (the EEA) and have an establishment in the UK.

The UK has left the EU on 31 January 2020. Because of this, Companies House in the United Kingdom has implemented changes to the disclosure and filing requirements for the EEA companies. In other words, there are new rules for overseas companies after Brexit.

If your company is incorporated in one of the countries listed below then your company is considered an overseas company after Brexit. To put it simply, if your company has a registered office address in one of the EEA countries then your company is an EEA company under UK company law.

Below is the list of the countries in the EEA.

EEA countries

The EEA countries include the following countries and the European Union (EU) countries.

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway

EU countries

The EU includes the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

It is also important to take note that some Companies House forms have been discontinued on the exit day. Do not send the discontinued forms to Companies House.

Contact Companies House if you have any questions about your company registered in the EEA and has a legal establishment in the UK.

New rules for Overseas companies after Brexit

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. There are new rules for overseas companies after Brexit. The new rules affect EEA companies with a registered UK establishment.

Under this new law, the EEA companies are required to provide additional information to Companies House within 3 months from the Brexit day.

Compulsory disclosure for overseas companies after Brexit

Your overseas company must provide the following information to Companies House:

  1. Information on the law under which your company is incorporated.
  2. Your company’s registered office address and principal place of business.
  3. Your company’s purpose (its ‘objects’).
  4. The amount of share capital issued.
  5. Your company’s accounting period and period of disclosure. This applies to companies that are required to disclose accounts under their parent law.

Other disclosure for the public

Your overseas company must also publish the following legal information on your company’s official stationery, websites and letterheads.

  • The location of your head office.
  • The legal form of your company.
  • Your limited liability status.
  • Notice if your company is being wound up, or subject to insolvency or any other analogous proceedings, if applicable.
  • And for companies that choose to refer to their share capital on order forms etc, they must do this by reference to paid-up capital.

How to provide information to Companies House

To comply with the new rules for overseas companies after Brexit, you must provide the additional information to Companies House by sending in relevant Companies House forms.

Companies House publish updated company forms incorporating the new rules after Brexit on their website. They are available electronically on the exit day. Make sure you download the most updated forms from the Companies House website.

Take note of the Companies House discontinued forms after Brexit.

Abolished company laws after Brexit

Some company laws are abolished after Brexit. They are necessary changes to reflect the current status of the UK has left the EU. This change come into effect on the exit day on 31 January 2020.

The revocations of some company laws are brought into effect through The Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships and Partnerships (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 on the exit day.

Summary of abolished company laws

To cut the long story short, the following company laws are revoked on exit day on 31 January 2020.

  1. The Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) Regulations 2007(1) in their entirety.
  2. The Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) (Amendment) Regulations 2008(2) in their entirety.
  3. Part 4 (Amendments to the Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) Regulations 2007) of the Companies (Reporting Requirements in Mergers and Divisions) Regulations 2011(3).
  4. The Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) (Amendment) Regulations 2015(4) in their entirety.
  5. The Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/884 of 8 June 2015 establishing technical specifications and procedures required for the system of interconnection of registers established by Directive 2009/101/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council in its entirety.

Practical changes for UK companies after Brexit

Companies House forms

Consequently, Companies House introduced changes to UK companies filing and disclosure requirements through Companies House forms on exit day. This includes some Companies House forms were discontinued after Brexit and minor changes to the Confirmation statement CS01 and other forms too.

Company accounts

Concurrently, the accounting rules after Brexit also took effect on 31 January 2020 on exit day. For this purpose, all UK companies who currently use EU adopted IAS to prepare their company accounts must now us the UK adopted IAS.

Practically, this change has a minimum impact on UK companies because the EU adopted IAS and the UK adopted IAS is technically the same at the moment. However, future developments make to the UK adopted IAS may not hold the status quo.

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