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Amendments to the Cayman Islands Companies Act

On 11 March 2024, the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2024 was gazetted (the “Amendment Act”).  The purpose of the Amendment Act is to make the following innovative commercial enhancements to the Companies Act (as revised) (the “Act”) as the Cayman Islands continues to thrive as a globally respected financial centre of excellence in the face of evolving market dynamics.

The Amendment Act is not yet in force and we will issue a further update as and when the Amendment Act (or parts of the Amendment Act) are brought into force.

Reduction of Share Capital

At present, a reduction of share capital for a solvent company (save in respect of a redemption or repurchase of shares) requires court sanction.  The Amendment Act will now permit a reduction of share capital without court approval provided that this is permitted by a company’s articles of association.  All that will be necessary is a special resolution of shareholders approving the capital reduction together with a solvency statement.

It will be necessary to provide the special resolution and solvency statement to the Registrar of Companies (the “Registrar”) within 15 days after the special resolution approving the capital reduction is passed, following which notice of the registration will be published by the Registrar in the Cayman Islands Gazette.


The Amendment Act allows for the conversion of a limited liability company (LLC) or a foundation company to an exempted company.  The process will simply require consent of the members (or equivalent), a certificate of good standing and filing with the Registrar.


The Amendment Act also allows for the re-registration of an exempted company as an ordinary resident company for companies who propose to carry on business within the Cayman Islands.

Continuation by Bodies Corporate

Previously, the Act provided that only a body corporate with a share capital could continue into the Cayman Islands as an exempted company.  The Amendment Act will permit bodies corporate with or without a share capital under the laws of any jurisdiction outside of the Cayman Islands to apply to be registered by way of continuation as an exempted company limited by shares under the Act.

Fractions of Shares

The Amendment Act confirms that, if permitted by a company’s articles of association, fractions of shares may be redeemed or repurchased under the Act.


For further information please contact your usual Campbells contact or reach out to any of the key contacts listed below.

Alan Craig - Partner, Campbells Cayman Islands - Corporate Law

Alan Craig

Managing Partner, Head of Corporate
+1 345 914 5864
Richard Spencer - Partner, Campbells Grand Cayman - Corporate Law

Richard Spencer

+1 345 914 5835
Simon Thomas - Partner, Campbells Grand Cayman - Private Equity

Simon Thomas

+1 345 914 5843
Robert C. Searle - Managing Partner, Campbells Hong Kong - Corporate Law

Robert C. Searle

+852 3708 3014