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Significant changes for public limited companies and partnerships limited by shares in 2020

A commercial companies and partnerships code amendment, providing for dematerialization of shares, is to take effect on 1 January 2021.

From the beginning of 2021, entries in shareholders registers, kept by entities which are authorized to maintain securities accounts (in accordance with the Financial Instruments Trading Act), will have legal effect. This means that from that date on it is the persons listed in such registers, and not the holders of shares (in the case of bearer shares) or persons entered in the share register (in the case of registered shares), who will be deemed as shareholders.

Although the vacatio legis period relating to the amendment may seem relatively long, some of the new regulations, regarding the procedure of share registration, already entered into force on 1 January 2020, with further provisions taking effect on 10 March 2020. As of 1 January 2020, every public limited company (spółka akcyjna) and partnership limited by shares (spółka komandytowo-akcyjna) will be required to put up a website where, in a section intended for shareholder communication, it will publish news it is required to advertise under the law or own articles of association. What is more, the companies will be required to repeat the request to shareholders to handover paper-form shares five times, with the time limit for the first request until 30 June 2020. Before the first request, the company should enter into a shareholders register agreement with an entity approved by a shareholders’ meeting.

In case of any questions about the issues presented above, feel free to get in touch. We will be happy to guide you through this process together with brokerage houses with whom we are cooperating.

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Jakub Salwa
Attorney-at-law / Partner
+48 22 420 59 59
jakub.salwa@actlegal-bsww.com

Michał Pawlak
Attorney-at-law / Senior Associate
+48 22 420 59 59
michal.pawlak@actlegal-bsww.com

16.01.2020

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