How to change the name of your company in Nigeria

How to change the name of your company in Nigeria

December 23, 2021

The Name of a company can be changed if so desired by the members of the company.

The following are steps to change the name of a company;

  1. A resolution must be passed by the members of the company that the name of the company be changed and the new name of the company be approved.
  2. An application for the reservation of the new name would be made and if approved you can proceed to the next phase. The reservation of name is done on the pre-incorporation portal.
  3. After reservation of name, the Memorandum and Articles of Association (MEMART) would be rewritten according to how it was at incorporation but the company name on the new MEMART would be changed to reflect the new name.
  4. Copies of the MEMART along with the resolution would be taken to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) office for assessment and stamping. The payment for the alteration is usually done on the FIRS website.
  5. The next step is to apply for the change of name on the post-incorporation portal of the company using the availability code gotten from the reservation of the new names.
  6. Complete the Forms and upload all necessary documents.
  7. On approval, a new certificate and status report would be given.
  8. The MEMART would be sent to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for stamping.

Note; for all CAC post-incorporation applications to be approved, the company must have filed up to date Annual Returns.

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Frequently Asked

  • Why must I file Annual Returns?

    It is a mandatory statutory requirement under the Companies and Allied Matters Act to file Annual Returns yearly. 

  • What’s the difference between a business name and an LLC?
    • A business name is a sole proprietorship, usually owned and managed by one individual only. Legally, the sole proprietor and his business are one. It simply means an individual trading with an alias. The sole proprietor is personally liable for all business related obligations.

    • A limited liability company on the other hand is a separate business entity from the individuals that hold its shares and act as directors. Legally, it’s a separate business entity and a person on its own who can transact business, own property separate from its owners and can sue or be sued. 

  • What is an execution clause in a contract?

    This is the section in which the parties sign the contract or agreement.

  • What is SON?

    SON stands for ‘Standards Organization of Nigeria’

  • Is it legal to transfer the personal data you obtained legally to another person?

    No, its not legal. This is because the law prohibits anyone from transferring the data of a third party to another person without consent from the third party to do same even if the data was rightfully obtained in the first instance.

  • Can industrial design be protected under copy right law?

    Yes, it can be protected under copyright law as a work of Art.

  • Do I have to physically drop off my product sample at NAFDAC office?

    No, you can choose to have it sent to NAFDAC office

  • How many shareholders do I need to start a company?

    A minimum of one (1) adult shareholder is required to form a company.

  • Does a trademark search automatically reserve my trademark name?

    No, a trademark search does not automatically reserve that which is sought to be trademarked. A search ascertains whether that which is sought to be trademarked is available or violates any existing trademark.

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