Malaysia’s Companies (Amendment) Bill 2024 and Accelerated Transfer Process from ACE to Main Market

Malaysia’s Companies (Amendment) Bill 2024 and Accelerated Transfer Process from ACE to Main Market


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As 2023 wrapped, the Malaysian business world saw some significant updates that were designed to benefit the companies that they affect. We take a closer look at these developments and share what you need to know about:

  1. Dewan Negara passing the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2023 on 13 December 2023 and, 
  2. The introduction of the accelerated transfer process by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC).

Companies (Amendment) Bill 2023 passed by Dewan Negara on 13 December 2023

The Companies (Amendment) Bill 2023 was passed by Dewan Rakyat on 28 November 2023 and by Dewan Negara on 13 December 2023. Some key amendments to the Companies Act 2016 include the establishment of a framework for reporting the beneficial ownership of companies and the enhancement of existing provisions regarding the restructuring and corporate rescue mechanisms of companies. Learn about all the changes in our report.


Transfer of ACE Market Listed Corporation to the Main Market via the Accelerated Transfer Process

Aimed to enhance the stock market vibrancy, and reduce market friction, the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has recently introduced an accelerated transfer process for eligible ACE Market-listed companies. This move will facilitate the transition of ACE Market-listed companies to the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia.

In order to qualify, these companies must fulfil the profit requirements set for the Main Market listing. The regulatory framework governing this initiative came into effect on 1 January 2024, following amendments to the Equity Guidelines, as announced by the SC.

The introduction of the streamlined and expedited transfer process is designed to encourage ACE Market-listed companies to continually enhance their corporate values, fostering sustainable growth for shareholders. We share more on these changes in our report.

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