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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  • When are Annual Returns due for filing?

    A company’s first Annual Returns are due for filing after 18 months of its inception, subsequently it should be filed annually as the name implies. The filing dates could differ for each company depending on their financial year end but must be filed not later than 42 days after its Annual General Meeting.

    The Annual Returns for Business Names is due not later than the 30th of June each year except in the year the business was registered.

  • Must my Company Secretary be a Lawyer?

    Although it’s ideal to have a lawyer as a company secretary, it is not compulsory for small private businesses.

  • What is a testimonium clause in an agreement?

    This is the part of the agreement where the witness attests to have witnessed the execution of the agreement.

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    Name, photograph, personal health/bio information, account/financial information, phone number, Address, date of birth, place of birth, Email address, etc.

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    No, all intellectual property (IP) rights which includes trademarks are territorial, which means you are protected in the countries in which you register them.

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    Yes, you can process/register multiple products at the same time

  • Who can be directors in my company?

    Any two adults can be directors in a company.

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    You need to register your trademark because if you don’t register it, someone else can! It helps identify you as the source and indicates a consistent level of quality of your products and services. Securing a registered trademark protects your brand, and provides you with tools to prevent someone else from using similar signs and riding off the back of your business.

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