Implementing a wholly-owned or joint venture industrial project in Bangladesh is a fairly simple process.
Before going through the process of setting up a business firstly elaborate on the type of organization:
Types of Organization
The Company Act, 1994
Register of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSCB) & Bangladesh
Exchange Commission (BSEEC)
Limited by Guaranty
The Trade Organizations Ordinance, 1961 & Companies Act, !994
RJSCB and Ministry of Commerce
Act,1860 and Guideline of
Social Welfare Forum
RJSCB and Somaj Seba Odhidoptor
The trust act,1882 and Societies
RJSCB & Registry office
Partnership Act 1932
RJSCB & Registry office
The companies Act,1994 & The societies registration act,1860
RJSCB & Registry Office
The societies registration Act,1860 & The trade Organizations
RJSCB & Ministry of Commerce & NSI & SBI
The companies Act,1994 &
Special Act of parliament
RJSCB & Parliament
The companies Act,1994 & BIDA Guideline
RJSCB & BIDA
The companies Act,1994 & BIDA Guideline
RJSCB & BIDA
NGO Bureau Guideline
The companies Act,1994 &
Special Act of parliament
RJSCB & Parliament
Start with Trade License
Different License Authority
As set up a company fairly difficult and also most of the business organizations are incorporating a company that is why the entire process of a company is presented in the following section.
Introduction to set up a company:
We need to take registration from the Register of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC) when we form a company. We think Bangladesh is a suitable place to form a new business and to get more profit. We generate an idea and form a business then we have to register our business from RJSC. RJSC is the only authority to approve a registration certificate of incorporation certificate of a company in the country.
After collecting the name clearance certificate to prepare the Company’s Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association by following Company Act 1994. Memorandum of Association describes all kind of business activities and services where company can perform and mentioning number of shares of every Director, Chairmen, Managing Director and Shareholders. Articles of Association expresses all kinks of internal activity as like material work, office stuff’s duty, official manner and so on. Also mentioning here number of occupying shares of each Director, Chairman, Managing Director & Shareholder’s and qualifying share of Directorship written down authorized capital and paid-up capital of the Company.
A company is an association or collection of individuals, whether natural persons, legal persons, or a mixture of both. Company members share a common purpose and unite in order to focus their various talents and organize their collectively available skills or resources to achieve specific, declared goals.
Company is a voluntary association of persons formed for the purpose of doing business having a distinct name and limited liability. It is a juristic person having a separate legal entity distinct from the members who constitute it, capable of rights and duties of its own and endowed with the potential of perpetual succession. The Companies Act, 1956, states that ‘company’ includes company formed and registered under the Act or an existing company i.e. a company formed or registered under any of the previous company laws. However, company is not a citizen so as to claim fundamental rights granted to citizens.
Essential Features of company:
Registration: A company comes into existence only after registration under the Companies Act. But a Statutory Corporation is formed and commence business as notified or stated in the Act and as passed in Legislature. In case of partnership, registration is not compulsory.
Voluntary Association: A company is an association of many persons on a voluntary basis. Therefore, a company is formed by the choice and consent of the members.
Legal Personality: A company is regarded by law as a single person. It has a legal personality. This rule applies even in the case of “One-man Company.”
Contractual Capacity: A shareholder of a company, in its individual capacity, cannot bind the company in any way. The shareholder of a company can enters into contract with the company and can be an employee of the company.
Management: A company is managed by the Board of Directors, whole-time Directors, Managing Directors or Manager. These persons are selected in the manner provided by the Act and the Articles of Association of the company. A shareholder, as such, cannot participate in the management.
Capital: A company must have a capital, otherwise it cannot work.
Permanent Existence: The Company has perpetual succession. The death or insolvency of a shareholder does not affect its existence. A company comes into end only when it is liquidated according to provision of the Companies Act.
Registered Office: A company must have a registered office.
Common Seal: A company must have a Common Seal. The company being an artificial person cannot sign its name on a contract. The common seal is used as a substitute for its signature. The common seal bears the name and place of the company, and date of its incorporation engraved on it.
Limited Liability: The liabilities or shareholders of a company are usually limited. The creditors of a company are not creditors of individual shareholders and a decree obtained against a company cannot be executed against any shareholders. It can only be executed against the assets of the company.
Transferability: The shareholder of a company can transfers its share and ordinarily the transferee becomes a member of the company.
Statutory Obligations: A company is required to comply with various statutory obligations regarding management, e.g., filing balance sheets, maintaining proper account books and registers, etc.
Not a Citizen: A company is an artificial person, not a natural person. Therefore, a company is not a citizen, although it may have a Domicile
Residence: A company has a residence (for taxation and other purposes). A company does not possess any fundamental rights.
Social Objective: The present view as regards the legal nature of Company Law is that the Company is a social institution having duties and responsibilities toward the community, its workers, the national economy and progress.
Centrally Administrated: The administration of company law is entrusted to the Central Government.
As a company’s rules and the regulation company has two types like,
Public Limited Company
Private Limited Company.
We want to form a Private Limited Company. Under Section 3(1) (iii) defines a private company as one which: –
has a minimum paid-up share capital of Rs.1 Lakh or such higher capital as may be prescribed; and
by its Articles Association
limits the number of its members to 50 which will not include: –
members who are employees of the company; and
members who are ex-employees of the company and were members while in such employment and who have continued to be members after ceasing to be employees;
Registering Private limited company in Bangladesh
To register a company manually, one has to go to the RJSC office and fill the application form. One can also register through the website of the office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC). The web address is www.roc.gov.bd
Steps of forming a company in Bangladesh
RJSC name clearance is the very first stapes for a company formation or registration to start a business in Bangladesh. RJSC (The Registrar of Joint-stock Companies and Firms) is the only legal authority and regulatory body to issue Name Clearance Certificate.
Name Clearance Terms and Condition:
The same name is not applicable for Company/formation in Bangladesh, (Which is certified by RJSC). Its hearing sound, written style, and sight will not be the same all the way.
The name could not be similar to an international company, organization, social & cultural organization.
Name cannot be permitted any existing company, business body, Social, Cultural, Entertainment & Sporting organization’s name.
The company’s name will not be similar to Govt. Organization or Company.
Nationally fame person’s name or famous family’s name needs permission from a particular person and takes permission to Government.
If you interested to take freedom fighter related name for your company must be the essential approval of Freedom Fighter Ministry of Bangladesh.
The company’s name could not be similar to Govt. development program or development organization.
No name will apply to the political party’s slogan, political party’s name and program which are existing now.
Slang word, Rebuke or……possible for company formation in Bangladesh.
Cannot select any name which is broken Social, Religious and national harmony.
Earlier established (at least 10 years old) Social organization’s real name, to attend personally with organizing Committee resolution for registration of social organization’s real name.
Social, cultural & sporting Organizations can be limited company by taking Ministry permission otherwise not possible to do.
Violating any name clearance terms & conditions R, RJSC can change providing name and if the name is unchanged a certain time, the Registration number will be acquainted with the company.
Only name clearance is not the final settlement of Company Registration/Formation first stapes.
At first, you select the name of your company then submit RJSC and pay 600 (Six Hundred) taka to schedule authorized bank of name clearance cost. If you get name clearance from RJSC of submitting the company’s name and make Memorandum of Association & Article of Association.
Memorandum of Association:
Memorandum of Association describes all kinds of business & activities which will be operated by the company and mentioned of shares distribution of every Director and shareholders. All shareholders, directors, managing directors, Chairman signed it for their proposed share.
Articles of Association:
Article of Association basically written down legal and administrative activities of the company, as like borrowing powers, power of chairman, managing director, director and shareholders, general meeting procedure, the quorum of meeting, the vote of member’s, qualification shares of directors, the quorum of board meetings, number of share of directors and shareholders and all other operating activities which followed by Company Act 1994.
Submission and Payment
After Preparation Memorandum of Association & Article of Association and all relevant documents and getting signature from prospected director and shareholder and submitted to www.roc.gov.bd for the formation and finally
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Registered entities are to file to RJSC documents pertinent to the management /operation of the respective entity in prescribed Forms and Schedules (called Returns Filing).
There are two (2) types of Returns Filing, viz., a) Annual Returns Filing and b) Returns Filing for any change in an entity
Entities submit returns for filing at RJSC.
Entities pay a filing fee and late filing fee (if applicable) to RJSC counter
RJSC scrutinizes returns.
In case of any incomplete/incorrect submission, RJSC notifies the entity for remedial measures.
RJSC archives approved returns.
Returns to be Submitted
PRIVATE COMPANY (Companies Act, 1994)
Private companies are to submit the following returns for filing.
Schedule X – Annual summary of share capital and list of shareholders, Directors: to be filed within 21 days of AGM [Section 36].
Balance Sheet: to be filed within 30 days of AGM
Profit & Loss Account: to be filed within 30 days of AGM
Form 23B Notice by Auditor: to be filed within 30 days of receiving appointment information from the company
[Section 210 (2)].
Returns for Change
Filled in Form III – Notice of consolidation, division, subdivision or conversion into the stock of shares: to be filed within 15 days of consolidation and division, etc. [Section 53 & 54].
Filled in Form IV – Notice of increase share capital: to be filed within 15 days of increase of share capital/member [Section 56].
Filled in Form VI – Notice of Situation of Registered Office and of any change therein: to be filed within 28 days of establishment or change [Section 77].
Filled in Form VIII – Special Resolution/ Extraordinary Resolution including a name change, conversion into a public company, alteration of the memorandum of association, alteration of articles of association, etc: to be filed within 15 days of the meeting [Section 88 (1)].
Filled in Form IX – Consent of Director to act: to be filed within 30 days of appointment [Section 92].
Filled in Form XII – Particulars of the Directors, Manager and Managing Agents and of any change therein: to be filed within 14 days from the date of appointment or change [Section 115].
Filled in Form XV – Return of allotment: to be filed within 60 days of allotment [Section 151].
Filled in Form XVIII – Particulars of mortgages or charges: to be filed within 21 days of the creation of the mortgage or charge [Section 159 & 391].
Filled in Form XIX – Particulars of Modification of Mortgage or Charge: to be filed within 21 days of the date modification [Section 167(3) & 319].
Filled in Form XXVIII – Memorandum of satisfaction of mortgage charge: to be filed within 21 days of the date satisfaction [Section 12 & 391].
Filled in Form 117 – Instrument of Transfer of Shares.
Digital copy of original Memorandum & Articles of Association
Mode of Winding Up
The Winding up of a company may be either
By the court; or
Sub-Divisions of Voluntary Winding Up
Members Voluntary Winding Up: wherein a declaration of solvency to pay debts is made
Creditors Voluntary Winding Up: wherein a declaration of solvency is not made
Subject to the supervision of court: wherein a company has resolved to wind up voluntarily and the court makes an order on consideration of a petition by the member (s) or the creditor (s) that the Voluntary Winding up shall continue but subject to the supervision of the court
Winding Up by the Court
The Company or any creditor or creditors or the Registrar submits a petition to the court for Winding up of the company by the court.
Winding up of a company by the court is deemed to commence at the time of presentation of the petition for the Winding Up.
The petitioner/the company files with the Registrar a copy of the Court order within thirty (30) days of the court order.
The Registrar notifies in the official gazette that such a court order has been made.
The court may, at any time after an order for Winding up, in consideration of an application of any creditor or contributor, make an order staying the Winding-up proceedings either altogether or for a limited time.
The court may appoint other than the official receiver a person or persons as official liquidator or liquidators for the purpose of conducting the proceedings of winding up.
The official liquidator files with the Registrar audited accounts.
When the affairs of the company are completely wound up the official liquidator files with the Registrar court order of dissolution within fifteen (15) days of such an order.
Voluntary Winding Up
A company may adopt the resolution, special resolution or extraordinary resolution for Voluntary Winding up.
A Voluntary Winding up is deemed to commence at the time of passing of the resolution.
The company within ten (10) days of resolution notifies in the official gazette and in a newspaper that such a resolution has been taken.
Members Voluntary Winding up: In this case, prior to the passing the resolution of Voluntary Winding up, the directors at a meeting make a declaration of solvency that the company is capable to pay its debts within a period not exceeding three (3) years. The declaration is filed with the Registrar.
Creditors Voluntary Winding up: In this case, a declaration to pay debts is not made.
The company shall appoint one or more liquidators.
As soon as the affairs of the company are fully wound up and final meeting held, the liquidator within one (1) week of the meeting files with the Registrar final accounts and returns of the final meeting.
The company shall be deemed to be dissolved on the expiration of three (3) months of registration of returns of the final meeting.
The dissolution period may, however, be extended by the court on consideration of any petition.
Winding up subject to the supervision of court: At any stage of the Voluntary Winding up process, the court may make an order, on consideration of a petition by the member (s) or the creditor (s), that the Voluntary Winding up shall continues but subject to the supervision of the court.
Issuance of Certified Copies:
RJSC is the sole authority that keeps records of all registered entities (companies, trade organizations, societies and partnership firms).
Anyone can apply for a certified copy of any of such records of an entity
However, the profit & loss account of a company is not open to all. Only authorized personnel of the respective company can apply for it.
On receipt of an application and requisite fee, RJSC issues a certified copy of the records applied for.
Documents Constituting an Issuance of Certified Copies Application
i. One applies for a certified copy of the record (s) through website
Documents for which certified copies are issued
PRIVATE COMPANY (Companies Act, 1994)
Identified by unique nature
Articles of Association or part thereof
Memorandum of Association or part thereof
Certificate of incorporation
Declaration on registration of the company
List of persons consenting to be directors (1st Directors)
Identified by the applicable year
Annual summary of share capital and list of shareholders, Directors
Profit & Loss Account (only to the authorized person of the respective company)
Notice by Auditor
Identified by the effective date
Notice of consolidation, division, subdivision or conversion into stock of shares
Notice of increase of share capital
Notice of situation of registered office and of any change therein
Special Resolution/Extraordinary Resolution
Consent of director to act
Particulars of the Directors, Manager and Managing Agents and of any change therein
Return of allotment
Particulars of mortgage or charges
Particulars of modification of mortgage or charge
Memorandum of satisfaction of mortgage charge
The instrument of Transfer of Share
Alteration of Memorandum of Association
Alteration of Articles of Association
Conversion of private company into a public company
Certificate of Registration of mortgage or charge
Certificate of Registration of modification of mortgage or charge
Certificate of Registration of satisfaction of mortgage or charge
Struck off certificate
Wound up certificate
Where the Registrar has a reasonable cause (like annual returns are not submitted for a long period etc.) to believe that a company is not carrying on business or in operation, sends to the company a notice (1st notice) inquiring whether the company is carrying on business or in operation.
If the Registrar does not within thirty (30) days of sending the notice receive any answer thereto, shall within fourteen (14) days, after the expiration of the said thirty (30) days send to the company a 2nd notice stating that if an answer is not received to the 2nd notice within thirty (30) days from the date thereof, a notice will be published in the Official Gazette with a view to striking the name of the company off the register.
If the Registrar either receives an answer from the company to the effect that it is not carrying on business or in operation, or does not within thirty (30) days after sending the 2nd notice to receive any answer, he may publish in the Official Gazette, and send to the company a notice that, at the expiration of ninety (90) days from the date of that notice, the name of the company mentioned therein will, unless the cause is shown to the contrary, be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved, and
In such a case the Registrar may send a copy of the notice to the company while sending it to the concerned authority for its publication in official Gazette.
Post-registration tasks for different nature of business (Business Sector Wise):
Depending on the type of your newly registered joint venture, there are some additional licenses and procedures you need to follow:
Common Licenses & Permission:
Collect Trade License
Obtain the Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN) Certificate
Regularize Bank Account for the newly registered Joint Venture Company
Obtain VAT Certificate or BIN Registration (Business Identification Number
Commercial Purpose Licenses & Permission:
Import Registration Certificate (In case of Import Business)
Export Registration Certificate (In case of Export Business)
Trade Association (TO) Membership
Manufacturing Purpose Licenses & Permission:
Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA)
Land or Floor Lease from Bangladesh Hi-Tec Park Authority