Friday 6 April 2018

Zimbabwe: company law reform - the Companies and Other Business Entities Bill, 2018

The Companies and Other Business Entities Bill, which will set out Zimbabwe's new company law framework, has been published.  A copy of the Bill is not yet available on the Parliament website (it ought to appear here in due course). A copy of the memorandum accompanying the Bill has, however, been published on the Veritas website - see here (pdf) - and from this it is possible to get a good sense of the changes being proposed. With regard to directors' duties, it would seem that Zimbabwe will be adopting a provision very similar to the duty to promote the success of the company found in section 172 of the UK Companies Act 2006 (see what is said about clause 186 in the memorandum).

Public hearings in respect of the Bill are now underway: see here.

Update (9 May 2018) - a copy of the bill is now available: see here.

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