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Company Restorations

Since the economic collapse of 2008, thousands of Irish companies have fallen foul of involuntary strike off, most commonly due to non-compliance with statutory filing requirements and needed company restorations.

For business owners, the consequences of an involuntarily strike-off can be significant. From the date of strike-off, the company ceases to exist as a legal entity, and the protection of limited liability is lost. Therefore, if the business continues trading, the owners are trading in their personal capacity.

Furthermore, the assets of the dissolved company become the property of the State and are held in trust for a period of 20 years. If the company is restored within this 20-year period, the property reverts to the company. However, after this period, ownership transfers in full to the state.

Restorations can take up to 6 months, but if the company and acting accountant are diligent in providing information, we can help turn them around in as little as 8 weeks

If properly managed, the restoration process should be relatively stress free, so email us or contact us on 053-9100000, and we will soon have you back in business.

How We Can Help With a Company Restoration

The general improvement in economic conditions – and particularly rising property values – is increasingly motivating directors to seek to restore dissolved companies that still hold value.

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The additional motivation for restoring a company that is still trading is to return its operating status to that of a legal entity, with all the benefits of being an Irish registered company, including limited liability. Any assets vested with the Minister of Finance on the company’s dissolution will be returned, and anything done in the name of the company while it was not on the register will be treated as if the company had been on the register.

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If the directors seek to restore the company within 12 months, then they can avail of an administrative restoration (Note: If the Company is a Company Limited by Guarantee then it is within 6 years). However, if the company is dissolved for more than a year (or 6 years for a Company Limited by Guarantee), the directors must apply to the High Court for restoration. In either case, OmniPro can look after the process on behalf of your client. In the case of the more complex High-Court restoration, we will also engage and instruct our specialist legal partner on your behalf.

Routes to Company Restoration

Administrative Restoration

The Administrative Restoration process requires the completion and submission of a H1 form along with all outstanding returns to the CRO within 12 months of the strike off. The submission must include all late filing fees up to a maximum of €3,600. All the financial statements filed as part of this return must be audited, and must be filed within 15 months of strike off. Note: A Company Limited by Guarantee that is struck off for a period greater than 1 year but less than 6 years, can arrange for an administrative restoration. They must file a H1-OMC among other items.

High-Court Restoration

A ‘standard’ High-Court restoration process has a number of requirements and steps, as detailed below. The company must be represented by a barrister, and the barrister, in turn, must be instructed by a practicing solicitor.
The most common pitfall that companies encounter is not having their returns filed with Revenue; it is crucial that these returns are filed and up to date.

The High Court Restoration Process - In Detail

High-Court Restorations by their nature can take anything up to six months, but if the company and acting accountant are diligent in providing information, we can help turn them around in as little as eight weeks – on the assumption that the High Court is sitting. No restoration cases are heard out of term.

In a ‘standard’ high court restoration, a number of steps must be followed.

  • A letter of consent is required from the Chief State Solicitor, the CRO and the Revenue Commissioners.
  • Under normal circumstances all returns need to be filed with the CRO and Revenue before a ‘Letter of No Objection’ can be obtained. Circumstances may arise whereby the CRO and Revenue will consent to the restoration on the basis that all outstanding returns will be filed within a prescribed time limit – but these are exceptional circumstances and will ultimately be at the discretion of the judge.
  • The company must prepare and have audited financial statements for all years up to the proposed date of restoration, and these should be filed with CRO along with any late-filing fees (up to a maximum of &3,600 in total).
  • An affidavit must be drafted, setting out various details of the company, including its activities, how it came to be dissolved and the why the directors request that it be restored.
  • The affidavit, along with the various exhibits, must be presented to the judge in court, and the judge ultimately has discretion as to whether the company can be restored or not.
  • If the application is successful, the order is granted and, once perfected, it is lodged with CRO, thus restoring the company.

*This article does not deal with creditor restorations.

If properly managed, the company restoration process should be relatively stress free, so email us or contact us on 053-9100000, and we will soon have you back in business.

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