Companies Act 2006 – Section 1047
Registered name of overseas company
1336. This section applies to overseas companies required to register with the registrar of
companies by regulations made under section 1046 (duty to register particulars). Overseas
companies registered under that section must be required to provide a name for registration.
The name will be entered on the index of company names (see section 1099).
1337. The company may register its corporate name (by which is meant its registered or
legal name in its place of incorporation) or another name. All companies are free to choose
whether to register their corporate name or another name, subject to the restrictions imposed
by subsections (4) and (5). A name other than the corporate name can be registered only if it
complies with the requirements imposed on the names of companies formed and registered
under the Act. Likewise, unless the overseas company is incorporated in an EEA State, its
corporate name can only be registered if it complies with these requirements. The only
requirements of Chapters 1 to 4 of Part 5 (a company’s name) that do not apply are the
requirements for the names of certain types of company to end with certain words (sections
58 and 59). These rules are not appropriate for overseas companies as they are specific to the
types of company formed under the Companies Acts.
1338. Where the overseas company is incorporated in an EEA State (defined in section
1170), it may always register its corporate name, even if it does not comply with the
requirements imposed on the names of companies formed under the Act provided that it
complies with the requirement relating to permitted characters (contained in section 57). This
section, together with section 1048 (registration under alternative name) replaces section 694
of the 1985 Act.
Section 1048: Registration under alternative name
1339. This section enables an overseas company to be registered under a name other than its
corporate name. It also enables an overseas company to change the name by which it is
registered. To do so it must deliver a statement to the registrar of companies with its proposed
new name for registration. As long as the proposed name complies with the requirements for
registration (see section 1047) the registrar of companies will enter it on the index of
company names in place of the name previously registered.
1340. The section also provides that whatever name an overseas company is registered
under, whether its corporate name or another, it is treated as being its corporate name for the
purposes of the law in the UK. The change of name will not affect any legal proceedings that
are continued or commenced by or against the company.
Section 1049: Accounts and reports: general
1341. This section confers on the Secretary of State a power to make regulations requiring
overseas companies to prepare accounts and directors’ reports, and to obtain an auditor’s
report. The requirements must be like those imposed on companies formed and registered
under the Act. The accounts, directors’ report and auditor’s report requirements applying to
companies formed and registered under the Act appear in Part 15 (accounts and reports) and
Part 16 (audit).
1342. Regulations under this section may require the overseas company to deliver to the
registrar of companies copies of the accounts and reports prepared in accordance with the
regulations; alternatively the overseas company may be required to deliver to the registrar a
copy of the accounts and reports that it prepared and had audited in accordance with the law
of the country in which it is incorporated. The registrar will place the accounts and reports on
the public register.
1343. Regulations under this section will replace sections 699AA to 703 of, and Schedule
21D to, the 1985 Act. The regulations will be subject to the negative resolution procedure.
Section 1050: Accounts and reports: credit or financial institutions
1344. This section applies only to credit or financial institutions incorporated or formed
outside the UK and Gibraltar, with their head office outside the UK and Gibraltar but having
a branch in the UK (subsection (1)). This section confers on the Secretary of State a power to
make regulations specifically in respect of accounts and directors’ reports by these credit or
1345. Credit institution and financial institution are both defined in section 1173.
1346. Regulations under this section will implement requirements of the Bank Branches
Directive 89/117/EEC of the Council of 13 February 1989. The definition of “branch” for the
purposes of this section (subsection (2)) is based on Article 1.3 of Directive 2000/12/EC of
the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 March 2000 relating to the taking up and
pursuit of the business of credit institutions. The power to make regulations under this section
is similar to that in under section 1049 (accounts and reports: general).
1347. The regulations will replace section 699A of, and Schedule 21C to, the 1985 Act. The
regulations will be subject to the negative resolution procedure.
Section 1051: Trading disclosures
1348. This section confers on the Secretary of State a power to make regulations as to the
information that overseas companies must display in specified locations, include in specified
documents or communications, or provide to those who make a request in the course of
business. Regulations made under this section will replace the provision made by section 693
of the 1985 Act. This section complements the similar power under section 82 to make
regulations imposing trading disclosure obligations on companies formed and registered
under the Companies Acts. Regulations under this section may require an overseas company
carrying on business in the UK:
• To display particular information in particular places. For example, a sign with its
name outside every branch;
• To include particular information in certain documents. For example, its name and
country of incorporation on every invoice;
• To provide certain information, such as its name, to those who request it when doing
business with the overseas company.
1349. They may also make provision, corresponding to that made in sections 83 and 84, in
respect of a failure by a company formed and registered under the Companies Acts to comply
with the trading disclosure requirements imposed on them by regulations under section 82.
1350. Regulations under this section, like those under section 82, are subject to the
affirmative resolution procedure.
Section 1052: Company charges
1351. This section applies to overseas companies that are required to register particulars
under section 1046. It confers on the Secretary of State a power to make regulations about the
registration by those companies of charges they grant over property in the United Kingdom.
Subsection (2) lists some of the matters that may be dealt with in such regulations, and
subsections (3) and (4) enable the regime for overseas companies to mirror specified
provisions in Part 25, with modifications. This section replaces sections 409 (charges on
property in England and Wales created by an overseas company) and 424 (extension of
Chapter 2) of the 1985 Act.