Is a Business Name a company?

Is a Business Name a company?

February 19, 2020

The answer is NO. A BusinessNameis not considered as a companyunder Nigerian Law. A business name is incorporated under PART B while a company is incorporated under PART A of the Companies and Allied Matters Act Cap C20 LFN 2004.

A Business name is considered to be the registration of a trade name for purposes of business whereas a Company incorporated is a separate legal entity. Also, it is common knowledge that in Nigeria a Business Name is easier to register and the cost incurred in registering same is minimal compared to the cost of registering a company. A business name also differs from a company in the sense that it can have one person as a proprietor or two or more as partners, whereas a Limited company has a minimum of two shareholders, but can appoint directors and managers to operate the company and must have a secretary.

A person having a Business name which is the proprietor is personally liable for debts and liabilities incurred by the business. While, companies are generally separate entities from the shareholders and hence separately liable for acts, debts, and omissions unless where the court lifts the veil of incorporation for reasons stipulated in the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

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    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.

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