Company Law Course

Course Outline

The six sessions can be booked either all together or individually. The course introduces the concepts, requirements and procedures of company law to participants, with particular emphasis on the application and operation of the law.

Who should attend ?

The course will be of particular interest to staff carrying out supporting legal, administrative and finance duties relating to company law in all types of professional services and commercial firms.


Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who attend a minimum of five workshops.

This course qualifies for consideration by the MFSA when establishing competence levels of staff employed by licence holders.

The Company Law course has been accredited with 16 hours of structured CPE and qualify for the attainment of Professional Competencies (Other Relevant Legislation) in terms of the MIA CPE Regulations.

Venue, Date and Time

Institute of Legal Studies Tuition Centre, 11/12 Vincenti Buildings, Strait Street, Valletta VLT1432

14th March, 21st March, 4th April, 11th April, 2nd May and 9th May, 2011

1630 – 1930 hrs including a 20 min coffee break

Participation Fee

€ 200 including VAT; individual sessions € 35 including VAT; cheques payable to Ganado Services Ltd


To apply kindly use our online registration form.

Programme :

Monday, 14th March 2011   

Session 1 Kinds of Commercial Partnerships, Dr Caroline Bencini    

  • Commercial Partnership as business Medium
  • Companies Act, 1995
  • En Nom Collectif
  • En Commandite
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Other Business Forms

Session 2 En Nom Collectif & En Commandite, Dr Caroline Bencini

  • Fundamentals of En Collectif
  • Fundamentals of En Commandite

Session 3 Incorporation of Companies, Dr David Borg Carbott

  • Incorporation of companies
  • Analysis of Memorandum & Articles of Association (Specimen)

Monday, 21st March 2011           

Session 4 General Principles of Company Law, Dr Elizabeth Ganado

  • Types of Companies: Private, Private-Exempt, Public, Single-Member Companies, International Trading Companies & Holding Companies
  • Distinction between Ownership & Control
  • Separate Juridical Personality
  • Concept of Limited Liability
  • Shareholders, Directors, Shadow Directors, Management, Company Secretary, Employees, Creditors
  • Legal Representation of Companies & Ultra Vires Rule

Session 5 Capital, Dr Marina Grech

  • Capital
  • Share Capital & Debt Capital 
  • Classes of Shares & Class Rights
  • Changes to a Company’s Share Capital & Maintenance of Share Capital
  • Pledging of Securities

Monday, 4th April 2011             

Session 6 Directors, Dr. Leonard Bonello

  • Appointment & Termination
  • Powers
  • Duties and Liabilities

Session 7 Meetings & Resolutions, Dr. Rosette Xuereb

  • Calling a Meeting (Notice, Service, Agenda, Quorum)
  • Procedure at Meeting (Chairperson, Motions, Resolutions, Minutes, Approval of Minutes, Adjournments)
  • Board Meetings & Alternate Directors
  • Board Committee Meetings
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Extraordinary General Meetings
  • Ordinary & Extraordinary Resolutions
  • Voting
  • Proxies (Specimen)
  • Drafting of Notices (Specimen)
  • Drafting of Resolutions and Minutes (Specimen)

Monday, 11th April 2011

Session 8 Corporate Governance, Dr. Stephanie Sciberras             

  • Corporate Governance – Definitions, Importance and Pillars thereof
  • Effective Board and the Role of the Board
  • Corporate Governance Failures : Implications for Directors
  • Code of Principles of Good Corporate Governance for Listed Companies 

Session 9 Company Secretary Statutory Duties and Notifications, Mr Francesco Apap Bologna

  • The Company Secretary
  • Procedure at Meetings
  • Transfer & Transmission of Shares
  • Register of members & register of Debentures
  • Share certificates
  • Management of Registered Office
  • Annual Return
  • Penalties & Time-Limits

Monday, 2nd May 2011

Session 10 Accounts, Audit & Annual Return, Mr. David Delicata

  • Keeping of Accounts
  • Accounting Reference Period
  • Audit & Auditors
  • Directors’ Report
  • Auditors’ Report
  • Laying of Accounts before General Meeting
  • Distribution of Profits- Dividends

Monday, 9th May 2011

Session 11 Registrar of Companies, Dr Anton Bartolo

  • Function of Registrar of Companies
  • Investigative Power

Session 12 Dissolution & Winding-up of Commercial Partnerships, Dr. Louis Cassar Pullicino

  • Insolvency and its Practical Relevance
  • Winding- up by the court
  • Members’ Voluntary Winding-up
  • Creditor’s Voluntary Winding-up
  • Company Recovery Procedure

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