With another busy period for amalgamations coming up, the New Zealand Companies Office is reminding customers to prepare their documents with the proper care and attention, to avoid unnecessary delays.
Following the retirement earlier this year of long-serving senior solicitor Peter Weir, the NZCO can no longer provide the ‘pre-submission’ support and vetting of amalgamation documents that many have grown accustomed to, says National Manager Business Registries, Lawrence Wells.
“While undoubtedly helpful to the professional community, this level of service was never the role of the Companies Office, and has become unsustainable,” says Mr Wells.
The office recently reviewed how it manages its workloads and assists applicants to meet their obligations.
“It’s important for our customers to be fully aware of the requirements, and to follow the proper processes to avoid delays when submitting amalgamations for registration,” says Mr Wells.
To help applicants ‘tick all the boxes’ the NZCO is providing additional online resources, including a comprehensive pre-submission checklist. A video guide is also planned for later in the year.
“Our legal team will continue to support the registry staff who evaluate the amalgamation documents, providing legal advice to them as required.
“Any subsequent enquiry to the legal team will be managed through our regular customer relationship channels, so that calls can be logged and progress monitored,” says Mr Wells.