No hiding in the shadows: Increased director’s accountability under Companies Act 2016

This article is third in a series entitled A New Corporate Landscape: Key Changes under the Companies Bill 2015 that our clients should know about.

As alerted in our previous issue of The Legal Link, the Companies Bill 2015 has received Royal Assent and shall come into force next year. We continue our series setting out the key changes under the new Act, and this time round, will examine changes relating to the accountability of directors in the running of companies.

Key Change 5: Heavier penalties for directors under the Act

The new CA 2016 imposes harsher sanctions for directors who breach the Act. The RM30,000 fine under the present Companies Act 1965 has been raised to a whopping RM3,000,000.00. Hence, directors found guilty of breaches constituting serious offences, may find themselves facing a five year term of imprisonment, a fine of RM 3,000,000.00 or even both without the possibility of compound (the CA 2016 has taken away the power of the Registrar to compound offences). Continue reading “No hiding in the shadows: Increased director’s accountability under Companies Act 2016”