The Companies Act came into effect on 29 December 1967. The Minister for Finance appointed a Steering Committee in October 2007 to review the Companies Act to build on an efficient and transparent corporate regulatory framework that supports the Singapore’s growth as a global hub for businesses and investors.
The Steering Committee was chaired by former Attorney-General Professor Walter Woon, and supported by a joint secretariat comprising the Ministry of Finance, Attorney-General’s Chambers and ACRA. The Steering Committee formed five working groups to look into the following five broad areas of reform, namely, directors' duties; shareholders' rights and meetings; capital maintenance (including amalgamations and takeovers); accounts and audit; and the administration of companies.
The Steering Committee completed its review and submitted the "Report of the Steering Committee to Review the Companies Act" on 29 April 2011. ACRA and the Ministry of Finance launched a public consultation on 20 June 2011 to invite the public to provide feedback on the report.
The Ministry of Finance has completed its review of the Companes Act. Please click here for the press release and MOF’s responses to the Report of the Steering Committee for Review of the Companies Act.
Public feedback is sought on the draft Companies (Amendment) Bill 2013 implementing recommendations by the Steering Committee for the Review of the Companies Act. Please click here for the press release and to download the public consultation documents.
The Companies Act was last reviewed in December 1999 by the Company Legislation and Regulatory Framework Committee (CLRFC), appointed by the Ministry of Finance, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The CLRFC was chaired by Dr. Philip Pillai. The CLRFC issued its Final Report in October 2002, and majority of its recommendations have since been implemented.
This page will be updated as and when there are further developments in the reform of the Companies Act.