Updated: May 8
A Company is a type of entity wherein the liability of its members or shareholders is limited to their shareholding in the Company. Companies in India are governed by the Company Act, 2013 (as well as its rules and notiﬁcation) along with the rules and regulations stated in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company. There are two main types of Companies: 1. A Private Limited Company 2. A Public Limited Company Private Limited Company: (What are the key features of a Private Limited Company?) A Private Limited Company has the following characteristics: a. A Private Limited Company can be formed by a minimum of 2 members and a maximum limit of members is 200 (age of the directors should be 21 years or more). b. It cannot issue shares to the general public, it can issue shares to either its members or a selected group of individuals. c. The shares of a Private Limited Company cannot be traded in the public market. d. Disclosure and compliances for a Private Company are fewer as compared to a Public Limited Company. e. Such companies must use the words “Private Limited”at the end of its name, for e.g. ABC Private Limited. f. A Private Company should have a minimum of 2 directors.
Public Limited Company: (What are the key features of a Public Limited Company?) A Public Limited Company has the following characteristics: a. A Public Limited Company can be formed by a minimum of 7 members. There is no restriction on the maximum number of members (age of the directors should be 21 years or more). b. It can issue shares to the public and these shares can be traded in the public market. c. As compared to a Private Limited Company, a Public Limited Company has to adhere to stringent regulations, compliances and disclosures. d. Such companies must use the word “Limited” at the end of its name, for e.g. ABC Limited. e. A Public Company should have a minimum of 3 directors. Beneﬁts of setting up a Company: (What are some beneﬁts of setting up a Company?) 1. As compared to other types of entities, a Company is a well-structured organization. 2. Liabilities of members are limited to their shareholding. 3. A Company is a separate legal entity. 4. A Company can raise capital by issuing shares to its members, this helps to raise quick funds. 5. A Company has perpetual existence, which means that even if its members or directors change or leave the Company’s existence is not aﬀected. 6. In large and complex projects, a Company form of entity is preferred over another type of organization structures.
Points to be considered while setting up a Company: 1. Setting up a Company is costlier than other types of entities. 2. It takes a longertime to set up a Company as compared to other entities. 3. A Company has to adhere to more compliances as compared to other types of entities. 4. In case any compliances are not completed on time, it can attract penalties and legal proceedings. 5. Percentage of taxes is higher for a Company. 6. Dissolving a Company is a tedious and lengthy procedure.
List of documents and information required to set up a Private Limited Company: (Which documents and information should be kept ready while setting up a Private Limited Company?) • Proposed name of the Company. • Name of the proposed directors and a total number of directors. • Name of the proposed shareholders. • Address proof and identity proof of the directors and shareholders (Aadhar Card and PAN card is compulsory). • Address proof of the registered oﬃce of the Company. • The total capital of the Company and means of raising the capital amount. • Contribution of each shareholder in the total capital of the Company. • List of activities the Company will be engaged in. • A digital signature of all the directors (If available). Brief procedure for incorporation (How to incorporate a Private Limited Company?) For incorporating a Private Limited Company e-forms are to be ﬁled through after login to Ministry of Corporate Aﬀairs (MCA) website: • For reserving and approval of proposed name – Form to be ﬁled through RUN (Reserve Unique Name) service available on MCA website. • SPICE Form (Simpliﬁed Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically). After ﬁlling all the above-stated forms “Certiﬁcate of Incorporation” will be issued by MCA. Certiﬁcate of Incorporation is a document which signiﬁes that a company has been incorporated. (Forms are available on http://www.mca.gov.in/MinistryV2/companyformsdownload.html link) Note: The procedure, information and documents required to set up a Company may vary as per any amendments in the Companies Act, 2013 or the e-form ﬁling procedures and requirements of MCA website.
FAQ’s Q. Is the process to incorporate a Company online? A: You can incorporate a Company by ﬁlling online forms through the Ministry of Corporate Aﬀairs (MCA) website. Q. What is the shareholder’s liability in case of a Company? A: Shareholders liability is limited to their shareholding in the Company. Q. What is the minimum requirement of directors for setting up a Company? A: Minimum 2 directors in case of Private Limited Company and a minimum of 3 directors in case of a Public Limited Company are required to set up a Company. Q. What is a Digital Signature Certiﬁcate (DSC)? A: A Digital Signature Certiﬁcate or DSC is used for signing a document, form, etc. digitally. While ﬁlling online forms through the Ministry of Corporate Aﬀairs(MCA), while ﬁling the form through MCA, the authorized signatories shall have to aﬃx your DSC to various forms. There are three kinds of DSC, based on the required you need to apply for and obtain a DSC. The validity of the DSC can be for either 2 years or 3 years, based on your requirement you need to choose the validity of the DSC.
Q. What is the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association? A: When incorporating a Company, you will have to prepare Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA)of the Company. These are the constitutional documents of a Company. MOA includes clauses like name, the objective of the Company, liability of its members,its registered oﬃce address, detailsof share capital, subscribers of the Company. AOA comprises of rules and regulations that govern the internal working and management of the Company.