Company Law Course

Course Outline

The course introduces the concepts, requirements and procedures of company law 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.

Venue and Date

Institute of Legal Studies Tuition Centre, 19/12 Vincenti Buildings, Strait Street, Valletta VLT1432

13th, 14th, 19th, 22nd, 29th April; 3rd & 9th May, 2016

Participation Fee

€ 250; cheques payable to Institute of Legal Studies Malta


To apply kindly use our online registration form.


Wednesday 13th April, 2016

1530 – 1800hrs
Session 1 – An Overview of Commercial Partnerships, Dr. Caroline Bencini; GANADO Advocates

  • Company Law in Malta
  • Commercial Partnership as business Medium
  • The Three Commercial Partnerships
  • Fundamentals of the Partnership En Nom Collectif
  • Fundamentals of the Partnership En Commandite

 Session 2 – General Principles of Company Law, Dr. Annalise Caruana; GANADO Advocates

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

Thursday 14th April, 2016

1530 – 1800hrs
Session 3 – Incorporation of Companies, Dr. Philip Mifsud; GANADO Advocates

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

Session 4 – Capital, Dr. Elaine Magri; GANADO Advocates

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

Tuesday 19th April, 2016

1530 – 1800hrs
Session 5 – Directors, Dr. Mark Caruana Scicluna; GANADO Advocates

  • Appointment & Termination
  • Powers
  • Duties and Liabilities

 Session 6 – Meetings & Resolutions, Dr. Lorraine Poole; GANADO Advocates

  • 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)

Friday 22nd April, 2016

1530 – 1800hrs
Session 7 – Corporate Governance; Mr. Patrick Briscoe White, GANADO Advocates

  • 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 8 –  Company Secretary Statutory Duties and Notifications, Mr. Francesco Apap Bologna; GANADO Advocates

  • 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

Tuesday 26th April, 2016

1530 – 1800hrs
Session 9 – Accounts, Audit & Annual Return, Mr. David Delicata; Deloitte

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

Tuesday 3rd May, 2016

1530 – 1800hrs
Session 11 –
 Registrar of Companies, Dr. Geraldine Baldacchino; MFSA

  • Function of Registrar of Companies
  • Investigative Power

Session 12 – Dissolution & Winding-up of Commercial Partnerships, Dr. Nadia Cassar; GANADO Advocates

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

Monday 9th May, 2016 (NEW DATE)

1530 – 1730hrs
Session 10 – Holding of Shares by Trustees or Fiduciaries, Dr. Anthony Cremona; GANADO Advocates

  • Article 127 of the Companies Act and Related Issues
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