Guidance

Changing your company registration from 1 January 2021

Find out if your business will need to report new information to Companies House after Brexit, and how to do this.

Brexit will not affect how most UK companies report information to Companies House.

European entities formed under EU law

Some EU entities can no longer be registered in the UK. These are:

SEs and EEIGs that did not make alternative arrangements before 1 January 2021 have been automatically converted into new UK corporate structures. This means they still have a clear legal status from 1 January 2021.

Societas Europaea (SEs)

Any SEs still registered in the UK from 1 January 2021 have been automatically converted to a UK societas. You can:

  • remain as a UK societas
  • be wound up
  • be converted to a PLC

From 1 January 2021 no SEs can be formed in the UK, or transferred in or out of the UK.

UK branches of SEs registered in an EU member state must now comply with the overseas company regulations.

The legislative changes for SEs can be found in:

European economic interest groupings (EEIGs)

Any EEIGs still registered in the UK from 1 January 2021 have been automatically converted to a UK economic interest grouping (UKEIG).

The legislative changes for EEIGs can be found in The European Economic Interest Grouping (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018.

UK companies with EEA corporate officers

The filing requirements for a UK company or LLP with EEA corporate officers have changed. You now have to provide the corporate officer’s:

  • name
  • registered (or principal) office address
  • legal form and its governing law
  • register and registration number (if applicable)

This change does not affect a company or LLP which has a UK registered limited company as a corporate officer.

Updating your information

UK companies or LLPs that employed an EEA corporate officer before 1 January 2021 will need to provide Companies House with the relevant information. You’ll have 3 months from 1 January 2021 to do this.

You can also file a paper form to:

It’s taking much longer than usual to process paper forms and documents sent by post.

UK companies and cross border mergers

From 1 January 2021, cross border mergers between a UK company and an EEA company using the EU Cross Border Merger regime will not be able to take place.

Any cross border mergers involving UK companies must have been completed and registered before 1 January 2021.

European Economic Area (EEA) companies

The UK is no longer part of the EEA. This means companies with a registered UK establishment and whose ‘home’ country is inside the EEA, must now report the same information as overseas companies.

EEA companies which have registered a UK establishment will need to provide additional information to Companies House and publish additional information on customer-facing material. From 1 January 2021 this will also include UK branches of SEs registered in an EU member state.

You’ll have 3 months from 1 January 2021 to provide Companies House with:

  • information on the law under which the company is incorporated
  • the address of its principal place of business or registered office
  • the company’s purpose (its ‘objects’)
  • the amount of share capital issued
  • the company’s accounting period and period of disclosure (for companies that are required to disclose accounts under their parent law)

On public facing material (such as websites, letterheads and order forms) you must publish:

  • the location of its head office
  • the legal form of the company
  • its limited liability status
  • if applicable, notice that the company is being wound up, or is subject to insolvency or any other analogous proceedings
  • for companies that choose to refer to their share capital on public facing material, you must do this by reference to paid up capital

See our overseas companies guidance and Companies House forms for overseas companies.

Contact us

If you have any queries about these changes, email enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Published 31 January 2020
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance following the end of the Brexit transition.

  2. First published.