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Companies House procedures for a cross-border merger
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Companies House procedures for a cross-border merger


1. What do I have to file at Companies House?

The directors of a UK merging company must deliver to the Registrar:

A copy of the draft terms of merger
A copy of any court order summoning a meeting of members or creditors made under regulation 11 of the Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) Regulations 2007
A completed cross-border mergers form CB01.
These documents must be delivered to the Registrar at least 2 months before the first meeting of the members (for England and Wales the Cardiff office; for Scotland the Edinburgh office; for Northern Ireland the Belfast office).

2. What information is needed on the cross-border mergers form?

The cross-border merger form asks for a number of details which will have to be completed for each merging company. These are:

full company name
registered number
registered office address
legal form and law by which the company is governed, and
name of the member state, and the name and address of the registry where company documents are filed


3. Is there a fee for filing the cross-border mergers form?

There is no fee payable for registration of this form.

4. In which language does the form need to be filed?

The form must be completed in English

5. Where can I obtain a cross-border mergers form?

The cross-border mergers form CB01 is available on our website at www.companieshouse.gov.uk

6. What happens to the documents sent to the Registrar?

The Registrar will publish notice of the receipt of the documents in the national Gazette and make the documents available to the public on the companies register.

7. What contact will the UK merging company have with Companies House next?

When the company has completed all the relevant procedures, the next document to be delivered to the Registrar will be a court order.

Where the court order is made in a UK court (in England and Wales the High Court, in Scotland the Court of Sessions and in Northern Ireland the High Court) approving the completion of a merger, every UK company involved in a merger must deliver a copy of the court order to the Registrar. The court order must be delivered to Companies House no more than 7 days after the date on which it was made.

Where an order is made by a ‘competent authority’ of another Member State approving the completion of a cross-border merger, every UK company involved in the merger must deliver a copy of the order to the Registrar for registration not more than 14 days after the date on which it was made. Any order in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified translation.

8. What will Companies House do when it receives a court order?

When a court order approving the completion of a merger is received, the Registrar will:

For each company from another Member State which is being dissolved as part of the merger, inform the relevant registry of the merger (if it is a UK court order)
For a UK company which is being dissolved as part of the merger, strike the name from the UK register and place a note on the public register stating that a merger had taken place.


9. Can I deal direct with Companies House to form a cross-border merger?

Yes, for UK companies involved in a cross-border merger Companies House will be happy to help. However, while our staff can give you guidance on general matters (such as filling in forms), they cannot advise on the suitability of a cross-border merger for your company and cannot give any guidance except on the completion of the statutory forms.

If you are unsure about any aspect of forming a cross-border merger, please seek professional advice from a solicitor.