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New Amendment to Spanish Companies Act

Act no. 31/2014, dated 3 December, amends the Spanish Companies Act to improve corporate governance (Official State Gazette, BOE no. 293, of 4 December, 2014) introduces substantial changes to Royal Legislative Decree 1/2010, dated 2 July enacting the Consolidated Companies Act, affecting shareholders and meetings, and Company Directors.

The law reform shall come into force on 24 December 2014. There is a transitional period for the companies to introduce important changes in their Articles of Association and/or organization strutures. Changes shall come into force as from 1 January 2015, and the companies shall, on the first shareholders General meeting to be held after that date, adapt their internal regulations to the newly amended law.