• Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008: Bare Act

  • CHAPTER I: PRELIMINARY

    Preamble.- An Act to make provisions for the formation and regulation of limited liability partnerships and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

    BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-ninth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

    NO. 6 OF 2009 7th January, 2009.

     1. Short title, extent and commencement.- (1) This Act may be called the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008.

    (2) It extends to the whole of India.

    (3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint:

    Provided that different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act and any reference in any such provision to the commencement of this Act shall be construed as a reference to the coming into force of that provision.

    2. Definitions.- (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

    (a) "address", in relation to a partner of a limited liability partnership, means-

    (i) if an individual, his usual residential address; and

    (ii) if a body corporate, the address of its registered office;

    (b) "advocate" means an advocate as defined in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Advocates Act, 1961;

    (c) "Appellate Tribunal" means the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal constituted under sub-section (1) of section 10 FR of the Companies Act, 1956;

    (d) "body corporate" means a company as defined in section 3 of the Companies Act, 1956 and includes –

    (i) a limited liability partnership registered under this Act;

    (ii) a limited liability partnership incorporated outside India; and1 of 1956.

    (iii) a company incorporated outside India, but does not include-

    (i) a corporation sole;

    (ii) a co-operative society registered under any law for the time being in force; and

    (iii) any other body corporate (not being a company as defined in section 3 of the Companies Act, 1956 or a limited liability partnership as defined in this Act), which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf;

    (e) "business" includes every trade, profession, service and occupation;38 of 1949.

    (f) "chartered accountant" means a chartered accountant as defined in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 and who has obtained a certificate of practice under sub-section (1) of section 6 of that Act;56 of 1980.

    (g) "company secretary" means a company secretary as defined in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 and who has obtained a certificate of practice under sub-section (1) of section 6 of that Act;23 of 1959.

    (h) "cost accountant" means a cost accountant as defined in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Cost and Works Accountants Act, 1959 and who has obtained a certificate of practice under sub-section (1) of section 6 of that Act;

    (i) "Court", with respect to any offence under this Act, means the Court having jurisdiction as per the provisions of section 77;

    (j) "designated partner" means any partner designated as such pursuant to section 7;9 of 1932.

    (k) ''entity" means any body corporate and includes, for the purposes of sections 18, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52 and 53, a firm setup under the Indian Partnership Act, 1932;

    (l) "financial year", in relation to a limited liability partnership, means the period from the 1st day of April of a year to the 31st day of March of the following year:

    Provided that in the case of a limited liability partnership incorporated after the 30th day of September of a year, the financial year may end on the 31st day of March of the year next following that year;

    (m) "foreign limited liability partnership" means a limited liability partnership formed, incorporated or registered outside India which establishes a place of business within India;

    (n) "limited liability partnership" means a partnership formed and registered under this Act;

    (o) "limited liability partnership agreement" means any written agreement between the partners of the limited liability partnership or between the limited liability partnership and its partners which determines the mutual rights and duties of the partners and their rights and duties in relation to that limited liability partnership;

    (p) "name", in relation to a partner of a limited liability partnership, means-

    (i) if an individual, his forename, middle name and surname; and

    (ii) if a body corporate, its registered name;

    (q) "partner", in relation to a limited liability partnership, means any person who becomes a partner in the limited liability partnership in accordance with the limited liability partnership agreement;

    (r) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

    (s) "Registrar" means a Registrar, or an Additional, a Joint, a Deputy or an Assistant Registrar, having the duty of registering companies under the Companies Act, 1956;

    (t) "Schedule'' means a Schedule to this Act;

    (u) "Tribunal" means the National Company Law Tribunal constituted under sub-section (1) of section 10FB of the Companies Act, 1956.

    (2) Words and expressions used and not defined in this Act but defined in the Companies Act, 1956 shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.

    CHAPTER II: NATURE OF LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

    3. Limited liability partnership to be body corporate.- (1) A limited liability partnership is a body corporate formed and incorporated under this Act and is a legal entity separate from that of its partners.

    (2) A limited liability partnership shall have perpetual succession.

    (3) Any change in the partners of a limited liability partnership shall not affect the existence, rights or liabilities of the limited liability partnership.

    4. Non-applicability of the Indian Partnership Act, 1932.- Save as otherwise provided, the provisions of the Indian Partnership Act, 1932 shall not apply to a limited liability partnership.

    5. Partners.- Any individual or body corporate may be a partner in a limited liability partnership: Provided that an individual shall not be capable of becoming a partner of a limited liability partnership, if-

    (a) he has been found to be of unsound mind by a Court of competent jurisdiction and the finding is in force;

    (b) he is an undischarged insolvent; or

    (c) he has applied to be adjudicated as an insolvent and his application is pending.

    6. Minimum number of partners.- (1) Every limited liability partnership shall have at least two partners.

    (2) If at any time the number of partners of a limited liability partnership is reduced below two and the limited liability partnership carries on business for more than six months while the number is so reduced, the person, who is the only partner of the limited liability partnership during the time that it so carries on business after those six months and has the knowledge of the fact that it is carrying on business with him alone, shall be liable personally for the obligations of the limited liability partnership incurred during that period.

    7. Designated partners.- (1) Every limited liability partnership shall have at least two designated partners who are individuals and at least one of them shall be a resident in India:

    Provided that in case of a limited liability partnership in which all the partners are bodies corporate or in which one or more partners are individuals and bodies corporate, at least two individuals who are partners of such limited liability partnership or nominees of such bodies corporate shall act as designated partners.

    Explanation.- For the purposes of this section, the term "resident in India" means a person who has stayed in India for a period of not less than one hundred and eighty-two days during the immediately preceding one year.

    (2) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (1),-

    (i) if the incorporation document-

    (a) specifies who are to be designated partners, such persons shall be designated partners on incorporation; or

    (b) states that each of the partners from time to time of limited liability partnership is to be designated partner, every such partner shall be a designated partner;

    (ii) any partner may become a designated partner by and in accordance with the limited liability partnership agreement and a partner may cease to be a designated partner in accordance with limited liability partnership agreement.

    (3) An individual shall not become a designated partner in any limited liability partnership unless he has given his prior consent to act as such to the limited liability partnership in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

    (4) Every limited liability partnership shall file with the registrar the particulars of every individual who has given his consent to act as designated partner in such form and manner as may be prescribed within thirty days of his appointment.

    (5) An individual eligible to be a designated partner shall satisfy such conditions and requirements as may be prescribed.

    (6) Every designated partner of a limited liability partnership shall obtain a Designated Partner Identification Number (DPIN) from the Central Government and the provisions of sections 266A to 266G (both inclusive) of the Companies Act, 1956 shall apply mutatis mutandis for the said purpose.

    8. Liabilities of designated partners.- Unless expressly provided otherwise in this Act, a designated partner shall be-

    (a) responsible for the doing of all acts, matters and things as are required to be done by the limited liability partnership in respect of compliance of the provisions of this Act including filing of any document, return, statement and the like report pursuant to the provisions of this Act and as may be specified in the limited liability partnership agreement; and

    (b) liable to all penalties imposed on the limited liability partnership for any contravention of those provisions

    9. Changes in designated partners.- A limited liability partnership may appoint a designated partner within thirty days of a vacancy arising for any reason and provisions of sub-section (4) and sub-section (5) of section 7 shall apply in respect of such new designated partner:

    Provided that if no designated partner is appointed, or if at any time there is only one designated partner, each partner shall be deemed to be a designated partner.

    10. Punishment for contravention of sections 7, 8 and 9.- (1) If the limited liability partnership contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 7, the limited liability partnership and its every partner shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees.

    (2) If the limited liability partnership contravenes the provisions of sub-section (4) and sub-section (5) of section 7, section 8 or section 9, the limited liability partnership and its every partner shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees.

    CHAPTER III: INCORPORATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP AND MATTERS INCIDENTAL THERETO

    11. Incorporation document.- (1) For a limited liability partnership to be incorporated,-

    (a) two or more persons associated for carrying on a lawful business with a view to profit shall subscribe their names to an incorporation document;

    (b) the incorporation document shall be filed in such manner and with such fees, as may be prescribed with the Registrar of the State in which the registered office of the limited liability partnership is to be situated; and

    (c) there shall be filed along with the incorporation document, a statement in the prescribed form, made by either an advocate, or a Company Secretary or a Chartered Accountant or a Cost Accountant, who is engaged in the formation of the limited liability partnership and by any one who subscribed his name to the incorporation document, that all the requirements of this Act and the rules made there under have been complied with, in respect of incorporation and matters precedent and incidental thereto.

    (2) The incorporation document shall-

    (a) be in a form as may be prescribed;

    (b) state the name of the limited liability partnership;

    (c) state the proposed business of the limited liability partnership;

    (d) state the address of the registered office of the limited liability partnership;

    (e) state the name and address of each of the persons who are to be partners of the limited liability partnership on incorporation;

    (f) state the name and address of the persons who are to be designated partners of the limited liability partnership on incorporation;

    (g) contain such other information concerning the proposed limited liability partnership as may be prescribed.

    (3) If a person makes a statement under clause (c) of sub-section (1) which he-

    (a) knows to be false; or

    (b) does not believe to be true, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees.

    12. Incorporation by registration.- (1) When the requirements imposed by clauses (b) and (c) of sub-section (1) of section 11 have been complied with, the Registrar shall retain the incorporation document and, unless the requirement imposed by clause (a) of that sub-section has not been complied with, he shall, within a period of fourteen days-

    (a) register the incorporation document; and

    (b) give a certificate that the limited liability partnership is incorporated by the name specified therein.

    (2) The Registrar may accept the statement delivered under clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 11 as sufficient evidence that the requirement imposed by clause (a) of that sub-section has been complied with.

    (3) The certificate issued under clause (b) of sub-section (1) shall be signed by the Registrar and authenticated by his official seal.

    (4) The certificate shall be conclusive evidence that the limited liability partnership is incorporated by the name specified therein.

    13. Registered office of limited liability partnership and change therein.- (1) Every limited liability partnership shall have a registered office to which all communications and notices may be addressed and where they shall be received.

    (2) A document may be served on a limited liability partnership or a partner or designated partner thereof by sending it by post under a certificate of posting or by registered post or by any other manner, as may be prescribed, at the registered office and any other address specifically declared by the limited liability partnership for the purpose in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

    (3) A limited liability partnership may change the place of its registered office and file the notice of such change with the Registrar in such form and manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed and any such change shall take effect only upon such filing.

    (4) If the limited liability partnership contravenes any provisions of this section, the limited liability partnership and its every partner shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than two thousand rupees but which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees.

    14. Effect of registration.- On registration, a limited liability partnership shall, by its name, be capable of –

    (a) suing and being sued;

    (b) acquiring, owning, holding and developing or disposing of property, whether movable or immovable, tangible or intangible;

    (c) having a common seal, if it decides to have one; and

    (d) doing and suffering such other acts and things as bodies corporate may lawfully do and suffer.

    15. Name.- (1) Every limited liability partnership shall have either the words "limited liability partnership" or the acronym "LLP" as the last words of its name.

    (2) No limited liability partnership shall be registered by a name which, in the opinion of the Central Government is -

    (a) undesirable; or

    (b) identical or too nearly resembles to that of any other partnership firm or limited liability partnership or body corporate or a registered trade mark, or a trade mark which is the subject matter of an application for registration of any other person under the Trade Marks Act, 1999.

    16. Reservation of name.- (1) A person may apply in such form and manner and accompanied by such fee as may be prescribed to the Registrar for the reservation of a name set out in the application as-

    (a) the name of a proposed limited liability partnership; or

    (b) the name to which a limited liability partnership proposes to change its name.

    (2) Upon receipt of an application under sub-section (1) and on payment of the prescribed fee, the Registrar may, if he is satisfied, subject to the rules prescribed by the Central Government in the matter, that the name to be reserved is not one which may be rejected on any ground referred to in sub-section (2) of section 15, reserve the name for a period of three months from the date of intimation by the Registrar.

    17. Change of name of limited liability partnership.- (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in sections 15 and 16, where the Central Government is satisfied that a limited liability partnership has been registered (whether through inadvertence or otherwise and whether originally or by a change of name) under a name which –

    (a) is a name referred to in sub-section (2) of section 15; or

    (b) is identical with or too nearly resembles the name of any other limited liability partnership or body corporate or other name as to be likely to be mistaken for it, the Central Government may direct such limited liability partnership to change its name, and the limited liability partnership shall comply with the said direction within three months after the date of the direction or such longer period as the Central Government may allow.

    (2) Any limited liability partnership which fails to comply with a direction given under sub-section (1) shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees and the designated partner of such limited liability partnership shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees.

    18. Application for direction to change name in certain circumstances.- (1) Any entity which already has a name similar to the name of a limited liability partnership which has been incorporated subsequently, may apply, in such manner as may be prescribed, to the Registrar to give a direction to any limited liability partnership, on a ground referred to in section 17 to change its name.

    (2) The Registrar shall not consider any application under sub-section (1) to give a direction to a limited liability partnership on the ground referred to in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 17 unless the Registrar receives the application within twenty-four months from the date of registration of the limited liability partnership under that name.

    19. Change of registered name.- Any limited liability partnership may change its name registered with the Registrar by filing with him a notice of such change in such form and manner and on payment of such fees as may be prescribed.

    20. Penalty for improper use of words "limited liability partnership" or "LLP".- If any person or persons carry on business under any name or title of which the words "Limited Liability Partnership" or "LLP" or any contraction or imitation thereof is or are the last word or words, that person or each of those persons shall, unless duly incorporated as limited liability partnership, be punishable with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees.

    21. Publication of name and limited liability.- (1) Every limited liability partnership shall ensure that its invoices, official correspondence and publications bear the following, namely:-

    (a) the name, address of its registered office and registration number of the limited liability partnership; and

    (b) a statement that it is registered with limited liability.

    (2) Any limited liability partnership which contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than two thousand rupees but which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees.

    CHAPTER IV: PARTNERS AND THEIR RELATIONS

    22. Eligibility to be partners.- On the incorporation of a limited liability partnership, the persons who subscribed their names to the incorporation document shall be its partners and any other person may become a partner of the limited liability partnership by and in accordance with the limited liability partnership agreement.

    23. Relationship of partners.- (1) Save as otherwise provided by this Act, the mutual rights and duties of the partners of a limited liability partnership, and the mutual rights and duties of a limited liability partnership and its partners, shall be governed by the limited liability partnership agreement between the partners, or between the limited liability partnership and its partners.

    (2) The limited liability partnership agreement and any changes, if any, made therein shall be filed with the Registrar in such form, manner and accompanied by such fees as may be prescribed.

    (3) An agreement in writing made before the incorporation of a limited liability partnership between the persons who subscribe their names to the incorporation document may impose obligations on the limited liability partnership, provided such agreement is ratified by all the partners after the incorporation of the limited liability partnership.

    (4) In the absence of agreement as to any matter, the mutual rights and duties of the partners and the mutual rights and duties of the limited liability partnership and the partners shall be determined by the provisions relating to that matter as are set- out in the First Schedule.

    24. Cessation of partnership interest.- (1) A person may cease to be a partner of a limited liability partnership in accordance with an agreement with the other partners or, in the absence of agreement with the other partners as to cessation of being a partner, by giving a notice in writing of not less than thirty days to the other partners of his intention to resign as partner.

    (2) A person shall cease to be a partner of a limited liability partnership-

    (a) on his death or dissolution of the limited liability partnership; or

    (b) if he is declared to be of unsound mind by a competent court; or

    (c) if he has applied to be adjudged as an insolvent or declared as an insolvent.

    (3) Where a person has ceased to be a partner of a limited liability partnership (hereinafter referred to as "former partner"), the former partner is to be regarded (in relation to any person dealing with the limited liability partnership) as still being a partner of the limited liability partnership unless-

    (a) the person has notice that the former partner has ceased to be a partner of the limited liability partnership; or

    (b) notice that the former partner has ceased to be a partner of the limited liability partnership has been delivered to the Registrar.

    (4) The cessation of a partner from the limited liability partnership does not by itself discharge the partner from any obligation to the limited liability partnership or to the other partners or to any other person which he incurred while being a partner.

    (5) Where a partner of a limited liability partnership ceases to be a partner, unless otherwise provided in the limited liability partnership agreement, the former partner or a person entitled to his share in consequence of the death or insolvency of the former partner, shall be entitled to receive from the limited liability partnership –

    (a) an amount equal to the capital contribution of the former partner actually made to the limited liability partnership; and

    (b) his right to share in the accumulated profits of the limited liability partnership, after the deduction of accumulated losses of the limited liability partnership, determined as at the date the former partner ceased to be a partner.

    (6) A former partner or a person entitled to his share in consequence of the death or insolvency of the former partner shall not have any right to interfere in the management of the limited liability partnership.

    25. Registration of changes in partners.- (1) Every partner shall inform the limited liability partnership of any change in his name or address within a period of fifteen days of such change.

    (2) A limited liability partnership shall-

    (a) where a person becomes or ceases to be a partner, file a notice with the Registrar within thirty days from the date he becomes or ceases to be a partner; and

    (b) where there is any change in the name or address of a partner, file a notice with the Registrar within thirty days of such change.

    (3) A notice filed with the Registrar under sub-section (2)-

    (a) shall be in such form and accompanied by such fees as may be prescribed;

    (b) shall be signed by the designated partner of the limited liability partnership and authenticated in a manner as may be prescribed; and

    (c) if it relates to an incoming partner, shall contain a statement by such partner that he consents to becoming a partner, signed by him and authenticated in the manner as may be prescribed.

    (4) If the limited liability partnership contravenes the provisions of sub-section (2), the limited liability partnership and every designated partner of the limited liability partnership shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than two thousand rupees but which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees.

    (5) If any partner contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1), such partner shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than two thousand rupees but which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees.

    (6) Any person who ceases to be a partner of a limited liability partnership may himself file with the Registrar the notice referred to in sub-section (3) if he has reasonable cause to believe that the limited liability partnership may not file the notice with the Registrar and in case of any such notice filed by a partner, the Registrar shall obtain a confirmation to this effect from the limited liability partnership unless the limited liability partnership has also filed such notice:

    Provided that where no confirmation is given by the limited liability partnership within fifteen days, the registrar shall register the notice made by a person ceasing to be a partner under this section.

    CHAPTER V: EXTENT AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY OF LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP AND PARTNERS

    26. Partner as agent.- Every partner of a limited liability partnership is, for the purpose of the business of the limited liability partnership, the agent of the limited liability partnership, but not of other partners.

    27. Extent of liability of limited liability partnership.- (1) A limited liability partnership is not bound by anything done by a partner in dealing with a person if-

    (a) the partner in fact has no authority to act for the limited liability partnership in doing a particular act; and

    (b) the person knows that he has no authority or does not know or believe him to be a partner of the limited liability partnership.

    (2) The limited liability partnership is liable if a partner of a limited liability partnership is liable to any person as a result of a wrongful act or omission on his part in the course of the business of the limited liability partnership or with its authority.

    (3) An obligation of the limited liability partnership whether arising in contract or otherwise, shall be solely the obligation of the limited liability partnership.

    (4) The liabilities of the limited liability partnership shall be met out of the property of the limited liability partnership.

    28. Extent of liability of partner.- (1) A partner is not personally liable, directly or indirectly for an obligation referred to in sub-section (3) of section 27 solely by reason of being a partner of the limited liability partnership.

    (2) The provisions of sub-section (3) of section 27 and sub-section (1) of this section shall not affect the personal liability of a partner for his own wrongful act or omission, but a partner shall not be personally liable for the wrongful act or omission of any other partner of the limited liability partnership.

    29. Holding out.- (1) Any person, who by words spoken or written or by conduct, represents himself, or knowingly permits himself to be represented to be a partner in a limited liability partnership is liable to any person who has on the faith of any such representation given credit to the limited liability partnership, whether the person representing himself or represented to be a partner does or does not know that the representation has reached the person so giving credit:

    Provided that where any credit is received by the limited liability partnership as a result of such representation, the limited liability partnership shall, without prejudice to the liability of the person so representing himself or represented to be a partner, be liable to the extent of credit received by it or any financial benefit derived thereon.

    (2) Where after a partner's death the business is continued in the same limited liability partnership name, the continued use of that name or of the deceased partner's name as a part thereof shall not of itself make his legal representative or his estate liable for any act of the limited liability partnership done after his death.

    30. Unlimited liability in case of fraud.- (1) In the event of an act carried out by a limited liability partnership, or any of its partners, with intent to defraud creditors of the limited liability partnership or any other person, or for any fraudulent purpose, the liability of the limited liability partnership and partners who acted with intent to defraud creditors or for any fraudulent purpose shall be unlimited for all or any of the debts or other liabilities of the limited liability partnership:

    Provided that in case any such act is carried out by a partner, the limited liability partnership is liable to the same extent as the partner unless it is established by the limited liability partnership that such act was without the knowledge or the authority of the limited liability partnership.

    (2) Where any business is carried on with such intent or for such purpose as mentioned in sub-section (1), every person who was knowingly a party to the carrying on of the business in the manner aforesaid shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees.

    (3) Where a limited liability partnership or any partner or designated partner or employee of such limited liability partnership has conducted the affairs of the limited liability partnership in a fraudulent manner, then without prejudice to any criminal proceedings which may arise under any law for the time being in force, the limited liability partnership and any such partner or designated partner or employee shall be liable to pay compensation to any person who has suffered any loss or damage by reason of such conduct:

    Provided that such limited liability partnership shall not be liable if any such partner or designated partner or employee has acted fraudulently without knowledge of the limited liability partnership.

    31. Whistle blowing.- (1) The Court or Tribunal may reduce or waive any penalty leviable against any partner or employee of a limited liability partnership, if it is satisfied that-

    (a) such partner or employee of a limited liability partnership has provided useful information during investigation of such limited liability partnership; or

    (b) when any information given by any partner or employee (whether or not during investigation) leads to limited liability partnership or any partner or employee of such limited liability partnership being convicted under this Act or any other Act.

    (2) No partner or employee of any limited liability partnership may be discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed or in any other manner discriminated against the terms and conditions of his limited liability partnership or employment merely because of his providing information or causing information to be provided pursuant to sub-section (1).

    CHAPTER VI: CONTRIBUTIONS

    32. Form of contribution.- (1) A contribution of a partner may consist of tangible, movable or immovable or intangible property or other benefit to the limited liability partnership, including money, promissory notes, other agreements to contribute cash or property, and contracts for services performed or to be performed.

    (2) The monetary value of contribution of each partner shall be accounted for and disclosed in the accounts of the limited liability partnership in the manner as may be prescribed.

    33. Obligation to contribute.- (1) The obligation of a partner to contribute money or other property or other benefit or to perform services for a limited liability partnership shall be as per the limited liability partnership agreement.

    (2) A creditor of a limited liability partnership, which extends credit or otherwise acts in reliance on an obligation described in that agreement, without notice of any compromise between partners, may enforce the original obligation against such partner.

    CHAPTER VII: FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES

    34. Maintenance of books of account, other records and audit, etc.- (1) The limited liability partnership shall maintain such proper books of account as may be prescribed relating to its affairs for each year of its existence on cash basis or accrual basis and according to double entry system of accounting and shall maintain the same at its registered office for such period as may be prescribed.

    (2) Every limited liability partnership shall, within a period of six months from the end of each financial year, prepare a Statement of Account and Solvency for the said financial year as at the last day of the said financial year in such form as may be prescribed, and such statement shall be signed by the designated partners of the limited liability partnership.

    (3) Every limited liability partnership shall file within the prescribed time, the Statement of Account and Solvency prepared pursuant to sub-section (2) with the Registrar every year in such form and manner and accompanied by such fees as may be prescribed.

    (4) The accounts of limited liability partnerships shall be audited in accordance with such rules as may be prescribed:

    Provided that the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, exempt any class or classes of limited liability partnerships from the requirements of this sub-section.

    (5) Any limited liability partnership which fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than twenty-five thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees and every designated partner of such limited liability partnership shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees.

    35. Annual return.- (1) Every limited liability partnership shall file an annual return duly authenticated with the Registrar within sixty days of closure of its financial year in such form and manner and accompanied by such fee as may be prescribed.

    (2) Any limited liability partnership which fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than twenty-five thousand rupees but which may extend to five lakh rupees.

    (3) If the limited liability partnership contravenes the provisions of this section, the designated partner of such limited liability partnership shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees.

    39. Compounding of offences.- The Central Government may compound any offence under this Act which is punishable with fine only, by collecting from a person reasonably suspected of having committed the offence, a sum which may extend to the amount of the maximum fine prescribed for the offence.

    CHAPTER VIII: ASSIGNMENT AND TRANSFER OF PARTNERSHIP RIGHTS

    42. Partner's transferable interest.- (1) The rights of a partner to a share of the profits and losses of the limited liability partnership and to receive distributions in accordance with the limited liability partnership agreement are transferable either wholly or in part.

    (2) The transfer of any right by any partner pursuant to sub-section (1) does not by itself cause the disassociation of the partner or a dissolution and winding up of the limited liability partnership.

    (3) The transfer of right pursuant to this section does not, by itself, entitle the transferee or assignee to participate in the management or conduct of the activities of the limited liability partnership, or access information concerning the transactions of the limited liability partnership.

    CHAPTER IX: INVESTIGATION

    43. Investigation of the affairs of limited liability partnership.- (1) The Central Government shall appoint one or more competent persons as inspectors to investigate the affairs of a limited liability partnership and to report thereon in such manner as it may direct if-

    (a) the Tribunal, either suo motu, or on an application received from not less than one-fifth of the total number of partners of limited liability partnership, by order, declares that the affairs of the limited liability partnership ought to be investigated; or

    (b) any Court, by order, declares that the affairs of a limited liability partnership ought to be investigated.

    (2) The Central Government may appoint one or more competent persons as inspectors to investigate the affairs of a limited liability partnership and to report on them in such manner as it may direct.

    (3) The appointment of inspectors pursuant to sub-section (2) may be made,-

    (a) if not less than one-fifth of the total number of partners of the limited liability partnership make an application along with supporting evidence and security amount as may be prescribed; or

    (b) if the limited liability partnership makes an application that the affairs of the limited liability partnership ought to be investigated; or

    (c) if, in the opinion of the Central Government, there are circumstances suggesting-

    (i) that the business of the limited liability partnership is being or has been conducted with an intent to defraud its creditors, partners or any other person, or otherwise for a fraudulent or unlawful purpose, or in a manner oppressive or unfairly prejudicial to some or any of its partners, or that the limited liability partnership was formed for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose; or

    (ii) that the affairs of the limited liability partnership are not being conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Act; or

    (iii) that, on receipt of a report of the Registrar or any other investigating or regulatory agency, there are sufficient reasons that the affairs of the limited liability partnership ought to be investigated.

    44. Application by partners for investigation.- An application by partners of the limited liability partnership under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 43 shall be supported by such evidence as the Tribunal may require for the purpose of showing that the applicants have good reason for requiring the investigation and the Central Government may, before appointing an inspector, require the applicants to give security, of such amount as may be prescribed, for payment of costs of the investigation.

    45. Firm, body corporate or association not to be appointed as inspector.- No firm, body corporate or other association shall be appointed as an inspector.

    49. Inspector's report.- The Inspector may , and if so directed by the Central Govt., shall make interim reports to that Government, and on the conclusion of the investigation, shall make a final report to the Central Government and any such report shall be written or printed, as the Central Government may direct.

    (2) The Central Government-

    (a) shall forward a copy of any report (other than an interim report) made by the inspectors to the limited liability partnership at its registered office, and also to any other entity or person dealt with or related to the report; and

    (b) may, if it thinks fit, furnish a copy thereof, on request and on payment of the prescribed fee, to any person or entity related to or affected by the report.

    50. Prosecution.- If, from the report under section 49, it appears to the Central Government that any person in relation to the limited liability partnership or in relation to any other entity whose affairs have been investigated, has been guilty of any offence for which he is liable, the Central Government may prosecute such person for the offence; and it shall be the duty of all partners, designated partners and other employees and agents of the limited liability partnership or other entity, as the case may be, to give the Central Government all assistance in connection with the prosecution which they are reasonably able to give.

    51. Application for winding up of limited liability partnership.- If any such limited liability partnership is liable to be wound up under this Act or any other law for the time being in force, and it appears to the Central Government from any such report under section 49 that it is expedient to do so by reason of any such circumstances as are referred to in sub-clause (i) or sub-clause (ii) of clause (c) of sub-section (3) of section 43, the Central Government may, unless the limited liability partnership is already being wound up by the Tribunal, cause to be presented to the Tribunal by any person authorised by the Central Government in this behalf, a petition for the winding up of the limited liability partnership on the ground that it is just and equitable that it should be wound up.

    CHAPTER X: CONVERSION INTO LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

    55. Conversion from firm into limited liability partnership.- A firm may convert into a limited liability partnership in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and the Second Schedule.

    56. Conversion from private company into limited liability partnership.- A private company may convert into a limited liability partnership in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and the Third Schedule.

    57. Conversion from unlisted public company into limited liability partnership.- An unlisted public company may convert into a limited liability partnership in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and the Fourth Schedule.

    58. Registration and effect of conversion.- (1) The Registrar, on satisfying that a firm, private company or an unlisted public company, as the case may be, has complied with the provisions of the Second Schedule, the Third Schedule or the Fourth Schedule, as the case may be, shall, subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, register the documents submitted under such Schedule and issue a certificate of registration in such form as the Registrar may determine stating that the limited liability partnership is, on and from the date specified in the certificate, registered under this Act:

    Provided that the limited liability partnership shall, within fifteen days of the date of registration, inform the concerned Registrar of Firms or Registrar of Companies, as the case may be, with which it was registered under the provisions of the Indian Partnership Act, 1932 or the Companies Act, 1956, as the case may be, about the conversion and of the particulars of the limited liability partnership in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

    (2) Upon such conversion, the partners of the firm, the shareholders of private company or unlisted public company, as the case may be, the limited liability partnership to which such firm or such company has converted, and the partners of the limited liability partnership shall be bound by the provisions of the Second Schedule, the Third Schedule or the Fourth Schedule, as the case may be, applicable to them.

    (3) Upon such conversion, on and from the date of certificate of registration, the effects of the conversion shall be such as specified in the Second Schedule, the Third Schedule or the Fourth Schedule, as the case may be.

    (4) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, on and from the date of registration specified in the certificate of registration issued under the Second Schedule, the Third Schedule or the Fourth Schedule, as the case may be,-

    (a) there shall be a limited liability partnership by the name specified in the certificate of registration registered under this Act;

    (b) all tangible (movable or immovable) and intangible property vested in the firm or the company, as the case may be, all assets, interests, rights, privileges, liabilities, obligations relating to the firm or the company, as the case may be, and the whole of the undertaking of the firm or the company, as the case may be, shall be transferred to and shall vest in the limited liability partnership without further assurance, act or deed; and

    (c) the firm or the company, as the case may be, shall be deemed to be dissolved and removed from the records of the Registrar of Firms or Registrar of Companies, as the case may be.

    CHAPTER XI: FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIPS

    59. Foreign limited liability partnerships.- The Central Government may make rules for provisions in relation to establishment of place of business by foreign limited liability partnerships within India and carrying on their business therein by applying or incorporating, with such modifications, as appear appropriate, the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 or such regulatory mechanism with such composition as may be prescribed.

    CHAPTER XII: COMPROMISE, ARRANGEMENT OR RECONSTRUCTION OF LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIPS

    60. Compromise, or arrangement of limited liability partnerships.- (1) Where a compromise or arrangement is proposed-

    (a) between a limited liability partnership and its creditors; or

    (b) between a limited liability partnership and its partners, the Tribunal may, on the application of the limited liability partnership or of any creditor or partner of the limited liability partnership, or, in the case of a limited liability partnership which is being wound up, of the liquidator, order a meeting of the creditors or of the partners, as the case may be, to be called, held and conducted in such manner as may be prescribed or as the Tribunal directs.

    (2) If a majority representing three-fourths in value of the creditors, or partners, as the case may be, at the meeting, agree to any compromise or arrangement, the compromise or arrangement shall, if sanctioned by the Tribunal, by order be binding on all the creditors or all the partners, as the case may be, and also on the limited liability partnership, or in the case of a limited liability partnership which is being wound up, on the liquidator and contributories of the limited liability partnership:

    Provided that no order sanctioning any compromise or arrangement shall be made by the Tribunal unless the Tribunal is satisfied that the limited liability partnership or any other person by whom an application has been made under sub-section (1) has disclosed to the Tribunal, by affidavit or otherwise, all material facts relating to the limited liability partnership, including the latest financial position of the limited liability partnership and the pendency of any investigation proceedings in relation to the limited liability partnership.

    (3) An order made by the Tribunal under sub-section (2) shall be filed by the limited liability partnership with the Registrar within thirty days after making such an order and shall have effect only after it is so filed.

    (4) If default is made in complying with sub-section (3), the limited liability partnership, and every designated partner of the limited liability partnership shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees.

    (5) The Tribunal may, at any time after an application has been made to it under this section, stay the commencement or continuation of any suit or proceeding against the limited liability partnership on such terms as the Tribunal thinks fit, until the application is finally disposed of.

    61. Power of Tribunal to enforce compromise or arrangement.- (1) Where the Tribunal makes an order under section 60 sanctioning a compromise or an arrangement in respect of a limited liability partnership, it-

    (a) shall have power to supervise the carrying out of the compromise or an arrangement; and

    (b) may, at the time of making such order or at any time thereafter, give such directions in regard to any matter or make such modifications in the compromise or arrangement as it may consider necessary for the proper working of the compromise or arrangement.

    (2) If the Tribunal aforesaid is satisfied that a compromise or an arrangement sanctioned under section 60 cannot be worked satisfactorily with or without modifications, it may, either on its own motion or on the application of any person interested in the affairs of the limited liability partnership, make an order for winding up the limited liability partnership, and such an order shall be deemed to be an order made under section 64 of this Act.

    62. Provisions for facilitating reconstruction or amalgamation of limited liability partnerships.- (1) Where an application is made to the Tribunal under section 60 for sanctioning of a compromise or arrangement proposed between a limited liability partnership and any such persons as are mentioned in that section, and it is shown to the Tribunal that-

    (a) compromise or arrangement has been proposed for the purposes of, or in connection with, a scheme for the reconstruction of any limited liability partnership or limited liability partnerships, or the amalgamation of any two or more limited liability partnerships; and

    (b) under the scheme the whole or any part of the undertaking, property or liabilities of any limited liability partnership concerned in the scheme (in this section referred to as a "transferor limited liability partnership") is to be transferred to another limited liability partnership (in this section referred to as the "transferee limited liability partnership"), the Tribunal may, either by the order sanctioning the compromise or arrangement or by a subsequent order, make provisions for all or any of the following matters, namely:-

    (i) the transfer to the transferee limited liability partnership of the whole or any part of the undertaking, property or liabilities of any transferor limited liability partnership;

    (ii) the continuation by or against the transferee limited liability partnership of any legal proceedings pending by or against any transferor limited liability partnership;

    (iii) the dissolution, without winding up, of any transferor limited liability partnership;

    (iv) the provision to be made for any person who, within such time and in such manner as the Tribunal directs, dissent from the compromise or arrangement; and

    (v) such incidental, consequential and supplemental matters as are necessary to secure that the reconstruction or amalgamation shall be fully and effectively carried out:

    Provided that no compromise or arrangement proposed for the purposes of, or in connection with, a scheme for the amalgamation of a limited liability partnership, which is being wound up, with any other limited liability partnership or limited liability partnerships, shall be sanctioned by the Tribunal unless the Tribunal has received a report from the Registrar that the affairs of the limited liability partnership have not been conducted in a manner prejudicial to the interests of its partners or to public interest:

    Provided further that no order for the dissolution of any transferor limited liability partnership under clause (iii) shall be made by the Tribunal unless the Official Liquidator has, on scrutiny of the books and papers of the limited liability partnership, made a report to the Tribunal that the affairs of the limited liability partnership have not been conducted in a manner prejudicial to the interests of its partners or to public interest.

    (2) Where an order under this section provides for the transfer of any property or liabilities, then, by virtue of the order, that property shall be transferred to and vest in, and those liabilities shall be transferred to and become the liabilities of, the transferee limited liability partnership; and in the case of any property, if the order so directs, freed from any charge which is, by virtue of the compromise or arrangement, to cease to have effect.

    (3) Within thirty days after the making of an order under this section, every limited liability partnership in relation to which the order is made shall cause a certified copy thereof to be filed with the Registrar for registration.

    (4) If default is made in complying with the provisions of sub-section (3), the limited liability partnership, every designated partner of the limited liability partnership shall be punishable with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees.

    Explanation.- In this section "property" includes property, rights and powers of every description; and "liabilities" includes duties of every description.

    CHAPTER XIII: WINDING UP AND DISSOLUTION

    63. Winding up and dissolution.- The winding up of a limited liability partnership may be either voluntary or by the Tribunal and limited liability partnership, so wound up may be dissolved.

    64. Circumstances in which limited liability partnership may be wound up by Tribunal.- A limited liability partnership may be wound up by the Tribunal,-

    (a) if the limited liability partnership decides that limited liability partnership be wound up by the Tribunal;

    (b) if, for a period of more than six months, the number of partners of the limited liability partnership is reduced below two;

    (c) if the limited liability partnership is unable to pay its debts;

    (d) if the limited liability partnership has acted against the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State or public order;

    (e) if the limited liability partnership has made a default in filing with the Registrar the Statement of Account and Solvency or annual return for any five consecutive financial years; or

    (f) if the Tribunal is of the opinion that it is just and equitable that the limited liability partnership be wound up.

    65. Rules for winding up and dissolution.- The Central Government may make rules for the provisions in relation to winding up and dissolution of limited liability partnerships.

    CHAPTER XIV: MISCELLANEOUS

    66. Business transactions of partner with limited liability partnership.- A partner may lend money to and transact other business with the limited liability partnership and has the same rights and obligations with respect to the loan or other transactions as a person who is not a partner.

    67. Application of the provisions of the Companies Act.- (1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that any of the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 specified in the notification-

    (a) shall apply to any limited liability partnership; or

    (b) shall apply to any limited liability partnership with such exception, modification and adaptation, as may be specified, in the notification.

    (2) A copy of every notification proposed to be issued under sub-section (1) shall be laid in draft before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in disapproving the issue of the notification or both Houses agree in making any modification in the notification, the notification shall not be issued or, as the case may be, shall be issued only in such modified form as may be agreed upon by both the Houses.

    69. Payment of additional fee.- Any document or return required to be filed or registered under this Act with the Registrar, if, is not filed or registered in time provided therein, may be filed or registered after that time up to a period of three hundred days from the date within which it should have been filed, on payment of additional fee of one hundred rupees for every day of such delay in addition to any fee as is payable for filing of such document or return:

    Provided that such document or return may, without prejudice to any other action or liability under this Act, also be filed after such period of three hundred days on payment of fee and additional fee specified in this section.

    71. Application of other laws not barred.- The provisions of this Act shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, the provisions of any other law for the time being in force.

    72. Jurisdiction of Tribunal and Appellate Tribunal.- (1) The Tribunal shall exercise such powers and perform such functions as are, or may be, conferred on it by or under this Act or any other law for the time being in force.

    (2) Any person aggrieved by an order or decision of Tribunal may prefer an appeal to the Appellate Tribunal and the provisions of sections 10FQ, 10FZA, 10G, 10GD, 10GE and 10GF of the Companies Act, 1956 shall be applicable in respect of such appeal.

    73. Penalty on non-compliance of any order passed by Tribunal.- Whoever fails to comply with any order made by the Tribunal under any provision of this Act shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months and shall also be liable to a fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees.

    74. General penalties.- Any person guilty of an offence under this Act for which no punishment is expressly provided shall be liable to a fine which may extend to five lakh rupees but which shall not be less than five thousand rupees and with a further fine which may extend to fifty rupees for every day after the first day after which the default continues.

    75. Power of Registrar to strike defunct limited liability partnership off register.- Where the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that a limited liability partnership is not carrying on business or its operation, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, the name of limited liability partnership may be struck off the register of limited liability partnerships in such manner as may be prescribed:

    Provided that the Registrar shall, before striking off the name of any limited liability partnership under this section, give such limited liability partnership a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

    76. Offences to limited liability partnerships.- Where an offence under this Act committed by a limited liability partnership is proved –

    (a) to have been committed with the consent or connivance of a partner or partners or designated partner or designated partners of the limited liability partnership; or

    (b) to be attributable to any neglect on the part of the partner or partners or designated partner or designated partners of that limited liability partnership, the partner or partners or designated partner or designated partners of the limited liability partnership, as the case may be, as well as that limited liability partnership shall be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly. 

    77. Jurisdiction of Court.- Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any Act for the time being in force, the Judicial Magistrate of the first class or, as the case may be, the Metropolitan Magistrate shall have jurisdiction to try any offence under this Act and shall have power to impose punishment in respect of said offence.

    78. Power to alter Schedules.- (1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, alter any of the provisions contained in any of the Schedules to this Act.

    (2) Any alteration notified under sub-section (1) shall have effect as if enacted in the Act and shall come into force on the date of the notification, unless the notification otherwise directs.

    (3) Every alteration made by the Central Government under sub-section (1) shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the alteration, or both Houses agree that the alteration should not be made, the alteration shall, thereafter, have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done in pursuance of that alteration.

    81. Transitional provisions.- Until the Tribunal and the Appellate Tribunal are constituted under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956, the provisions of this Act shall have effect subject to the following modifications, namely:-

    (a) for the word "Tribunal" occurring in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 41, clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 43 and section 44, the words "Company Law Board" had been substituted;

    (b) for the word "Tribunal" occurring in section 51 and in sections 60 to 64, the words "High Court" had been substituted;

    (c) for the words "Appellate Tribunal" occurring in sub-section (2) of section 72, the words "High Court" had been substituted.

    FIRST SCHEDULE

    See section 23(4)

    PROVISIONS REGARDING MATTERS RELATING TO MUTUAL RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF PARTNERS AND LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP AND ITS PARTNERS APPLICABLE IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY AGREEMENT ON SUCH MATTERS

    1. The mutual rights and duties of the partners and the mutual rights and duties of the limited liability partnership and its partners shall be determined, subject to the terms of any limited liability partnership agreement or in the absence of any such agreement on any matter, by the provisions in this Schedule.

    2. All the partners of a limited liability partnership are entitled to share equally in the capital, profits and losses of the limited liability partnership.

    3. The limited liability partnership shall indemnify each partner in respect of payments made and personal liabilities incurred by him-

    (a) in the ordinary and proper conduct of the business of the limited liability partnership; or

    (b) in or about anything necessarily done for the preservation of the business or property of the limited liability partnership.

    4. Every partner shall indemnify the limited liability partnership for any loss caused to it by his fraud in the conduct of the business of the limited liability partnership.

    5. Every partner may take part in the management of the limited liability partnership.

    6. No partner shall be entitled to remuneration for acting in the business or management of the limited liability partnership.

    7. No person may be introduced as a partner without the consent of all the existing partners.

    8. Any matter or issue relating to the limited liability partnership shall be decided by a resolution passed by a majority in number of the partners, and for this purpose, each partner shall have one vote. However, no change may be made in the nature of business of the limited liability partnership without the consent of all the partners.

    9. Every limited liability partnership shall ensure that decisions taken by it are recorded in the minutes within thirty days of taking such decisions and are kept and maintained at the registered office of the limited liability partnership.

    10. Each partner shall render true accounts and full information of all things affecting the limited liability partnership to any partner or his legal representatives.

    11. If a partner, without the consent of the limited liability partnership, carries on any business of the same nature as and competing with the limited liability partnership, he must account for and pay over to the limited liability partnership all profits made by him in that business.

    12. Every partner shall account to the limited liability partnership for any benefit derived by him without the consent of the limited liability partnership from any transaction concerning the limited liability partnership, or from any use by him of the property, name or any business connection of the limited liability partnership.

    13. No majority of the partners can expel any partner unless a power to do so has been conferred by express agreement between the partners.

    14. All disputes between the partners arising out of the limited liability partnership agreement which cannot be resolved in terms of such agreement shall be referred for arbitration as per the provisions of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

    SECOND SCHEDULE

    (See section 55)

    CONVERSION FROM FIRM INTO LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

    1. Interpretation.- In this Schedule, unless the context otherwise requires,-

    (a) "firm" means a firm as defined in section 4 of the Indian Partnership Act, 1932;

    (b) "convert", in relation to a firm converting into a limited liability partnership, means a transfer of the property, assets, interests, rights, privileges, liabilities, obligations and the undertaking of the firm to the limited liability partnership in accordance with this Schedule.

    2. Conversion from firm into limited liability partnership. –

    (1) A firm may convert into a limited liability partnership by complying with the requirements as to the conversion set out in this Schedule.

    (2) Upon such conversion, the partners of the firm shall be bound by the provisions of this Schedule that are applicable to them.

    (3) Eligibility for conversion.- A firm may apply to convert into a limited liability partnership in accordance with this Schedule if and only if the partners of the limited liability partnership into which the firm is to be converted, comprise, all the partners of the firm and no one else. 4. Statements to be filed.- A firm may apply to convert into a limited liability partnership by filing with the Registrar-

    (a) a statement by all of its partners in such form and manner and accompanied by such fee as the Central Government may prescribe, containing the following particulars, namely:-

    (i) the name and registration number, if applicable, of the firm; and

    (ii) the date on which the firm was registered under the Indian Partnership Act, 1932 or under any other law, if applicable, and

    (b) incorporation document and statement referred to in section 11.

    5. Registration of conversion.- On receiving the documents referred to in paragraph 4, the Registrar shall subject to the provisions of this Act, register the documents and issue a certificate of registration in such form as the Registrar may determine stating that the limited liability partnership is, on and from the date specified in the certificate, registered under this Act:

    Provided that the limited liability partnership shall, within fifteen days of the date of registration, inform, the concerned Registrar of Firms with which it was registered under the provisions of the Indian Partnership Act, 1932 about the conversion and of the particulars of the limited liability partnership in such form and manner as the Central Government may prescribe. Registrar may refuse to register.

    6. Registrar may refuse to register.-

    (1) Nothing in this Schedule shall be construed as to require the Registrar to register any limited liability partnership if he is not satisfied with the particulars or other information furnished under the provisions of this Act:

    Provided that an appeal may be made before the Tribunal in case of refusal of registration by the Registrar.

    (2) The Registrar may, in any particular case, require the documents referred to in paragraph 4 to be verified in such manner, as he considers fit.

    7. Effect of registration.- On and from the date of registration specified in the certificate of registration issued under paragraph 5,

    (a) there shall be a limited liability partnership by the name specified in the certificate of registration registered under this Act;

    (b) all tangible (movable and immovable) property as well as intangible property vested in the firm, all assets, interests, rights, privileges, liabilities, obligations relating to the firm and the whole of the undertaking of the firm shall be transferred to and shall vest in the limited liability partnership without further assurance, act or deed; and

    (c) the firm shall be deemed to be dissolved and if earlier registered under the Indian Partnership Act, 1932 removed from the records maintained under that Act.

    8. Registration in relation to property.- If any property to which sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph 7 applies is registered with any authority, the limited liability partnership shall, as soon as practicable after the date of registration, take all necessary steps as required by the relevant authority to notify the authority of the conversion and of the particulars of the limited liability partnership in such medium and form as the authority may specify.

    9. Pending proceedings.- All proceedings by or against the firm which are pending in any Court or Tribunal or before any authority on the date of registration may be continued, completed and enforced by or against the limited liability partnership.

    10. Continuance of conviction, ruling, order or judgment.- Any conviction, ruling, order or judgment of any Court, Tribunal or other authority in favour of or against the firm may be enforced by or against the limited liability partnership.

    11. Existing agreements.- Every agreement to which the firm was a party immediately before the date of registration, whether or not of such nature that the rights and liabilities there under could be assigned, shall have effect as from that date as if-

    (a) the limited liability partnership were a party to such an agreement instead of the firm; and

    (b) for any reference to the firm, there were substituted in respect of anything to be done on or after the date of registration a reference to the limited liability partnership.

    12. Existing contracts, etc.- All deeds, contracts, schemes, bonds, agreements, applications, instruments and arrangements subsisting immediately before the date of registration relating to the firm or to which the firm is a party, shall continue in force on and after that date as if they relate to the limited liability partnership and shall be enforceable by or against the limited liability partnership as if the limited liability partnership were named therein or were a party thereto instead of the firm.

    13. Continuance of employment.- Every contract of employment to which paragraph 11 or paragraph 12 applies shall continue to be in force on or after the date of registration as if the limited liability partnership were the employer thereunder instead of the firm.

    14. Existing appointment, authority or power.-

    (1) Every appointment of the firm in any role or capacity which is in force immediately before the date of registration shall take effect and operate from that date as if the limited liability partnership were appointed.

    (2) Any authority or power conferred on the firm which is in force immediately before the date of registration shall take effect and operate from that date as if it were conferred on the limited liability partnership.

    15. Application of paragraphs 7 to 14.- The provisions of paragraphs 7 to 14 (both inclusive) shall apply to any approval, permit or licence issued to the firm under any other Act which is in force immediately before the date of registration of the limited liability partnership, subject to the provisions of such other Act under which such approval, permit or licence has been issued.

    16. Partner liable for liabilities and obligations of firm before conversion.- (1) Notwithstanding anything in paragraphs 7 to 14 (both inclusive), every partner of a firm that has converted into a limited liability partnership shall continue to be personally liable (jointly and severally with the limited liability partnership) for the liabilities and obligations of the firm which were incurred prior to the conversion or which arose from any contract entered into prior to the conversion. (2) If any such partner discharges any liability or obligation referred to in sub-paragraph (1), he shall be entitled (subject to any agreement with the limited liability partnership to the contrary) to be fully indemnified by the limited liability partnership in respect of such liability or obligation.

    17. Notice of conversion in correspondence.- (1) The limited liability partnership shall ensure that for a period of twelve months commencing not later than fourteen days after the date of registration, every official correspondence of the limited liability partnership bears the following:

    (a) a statement that it was, as from the date of registration, converted from a firm into a limited liability partnership; and

    (b) the name and registration number, if applicable, of the firm from which it was converted.

    (2) Any limited liability partnership which contravenes the provisions of sub-paragraph (1) shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees and with a further fine which shall not be less than fifty rupees but which may extend to five hundred rupees for every day after the first day after which the default continues.

    CONVERSION FROM PRIVATE COMPANY INTO LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

    1. Interpretation.- In this Schedule, unless the context otherwise requires, -

    (a) "company" means a private company as defined in clause (iii) of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Companies Act, 1956;

    (b) "convert", in relation to a private company converting into a limited liability partnership, means a transfer of the property, assets, interests, rights, privileges, liabilities, obligations and the undertaking of the private company to the limited liability partnership in accordance with this Schedule.

    2. Eligibility for conversion of private companies into limited liability partnership. –

    (1) A company may convert into a limited liability partnership by complying with the requirements as to the conversion set out in this Schedule.

    (2) A company may apply to convert into a limited liability partnership in accordance with this Schedule if and only if –

    (a) there is no security interest in its assets subsisting or in force at the time of application; and (b) the partners of the limited liability partnership to which it converts comprise all the shareholders of the company and no one else.

    (3) Upon such conversion, the company, its shareholders, the limited liability partnership into which the company has converted and the partners of that limited liability partnership shall be bound by the provisions of this Schedule that are applicable to them.

    3. Statements to be filed.- A company may apply to convert into a limited liability partnership by filing with the Registrar –

    (a) a statement by all its shareholders in such form and manner to be accompanied by such fees as the Central Government may prescribe, containing the following particulars, namely:-

    (i) the name and registration number of the company;

    (ii) the date on which the company was incorporated; and

    (b) incorporation document and statement referred to in section 11.

    4. Registration of conversion.- On receiving the documents referred to in paragraph 3, the Registrar shall, subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made there under, register the documents and issue a certificate of registration in such form as the Registrar may determine stating that the limited liability partnership is, on and from the date specified in the certificate, registered under this Act:

    Provided that the limited liability partnership shall, within fifteen days of the date of registration, inform the concerned Registrar of Companies with which it was registered under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 about the conversion and of the particulars of the limited liability partnership in such form and manner as the Central Government may prescribe.

    5. Registrar may refuse to register.- (1) Nothing in this Schedule shall be construed as to require the Registrar to register any limited liability partnership if he is not satisfied with the particulars or other information furnished under the provisions of this Act:

    Provided that an appeal may be made before the Tribunal in case of refusal of registration by the Registrar.

    (2) The Registrar may, in any particular case, require the documents referred to in paragraph 3 to be verified in such manner, as he considers fit.

    6. Effect of registration.- On and from the date of registration specified in the certificate of registration issued under paragraph 4-

    (a) there shall be a limited liability partnership by the name specified in the certificate of registration registered under this Act;

    (b) all tangible (movable or immovable) and intangible property vested in the company, all assets, interests, rights, privileges, liabilities, obligations relating to the company and the whole of the undertaking of the company shall be transferred to and shall vest in the limited liability partnership without further assurance, act or deed; and

    (c) the company shall be deemed to be dissolved and removed from the records of the Registrar of Companies.

    7. Registration in relation to property.- If any property to which clause (b) of paragraph 6 applies is registered with any authority, the limited liability partnership shall, as soon as practicable, after the date of registration, take all necessary steps as required by the relevant authority to notify the authority of the conversion and of the particulars of the limited liability partnership in such form and manner as the authority may determine.

    8. Pending proceedings.- All proceedings by or against the company which are pending before any Court, Tribunal or other authority on the date of registration may be continued, completed and enforced by or against the limited liability partnership.

    9. Continuance of conviction, ruling, order or judgment.- Any conviction, ruling, order or judgment of any Court, Tribunal or other authority in favour of or against the company may be enforced by or against the limited liability partnership.

    10. Existing agreements.- Every agreement to which the company was a party immediately before the date of registration, whether or not of such nature this the rights and liabilities there under could be assigned could be assignee, shall have effect as from that date as after or not of such nature that the rights and liabilities hereunder could be assigned, shall have effect as from that date as if-

    (a) the limited liability partnership were a party to such an agreement instead of the company; and

    (b) for any reference to the company, there were substituted in respect of anything to be done on or after the date of registration a reference to the limited liability partnership.

    11. Existing contracts, etc.- All deeds, contracts, schemes, bonds, agreements, applications, instruments and arrangements subsisting immediately before the date of registration relating to the company or to which the company is a party shall continue in force on and after that date as if they relate to the limited liability partnership and shall be enforceable by or against the limited liability partnership as if the limited liability partnership were named therein or were a party thereto instead of the company.

    12. Continuance of employment.- Every contract of employment to which paragraph 10 or paragraph 11 applies shall continue in force on or after the date of registration as if the limited liability partnership were the employer thereunder instead of the company.

    13. Existing appointment, authority or power. –

    (1) Every appointment of the company in any role or capacity which is in force immediately before the date of registration shall take effect and operate from that date as if the limited liability partnership were appointed.

    (2) Any authority or power conferred on the company which is in force immediately before the date of registration shall take effect and operate from that date as if it were conferred on the limited liability partnership.

    14. Application of paragraphs 6 to 13.- The provisions of paragraphs 6 to 13 (both inclusive) shall apply to any approval, permit or licence issued to the company under any other Act which is in force immediately before the date of registration of the limited liability partnership, subject to the provisions of such other Act under which such approval, permit or licence has been issued.

    15. Notice of conversion in correspondence.-

    (1) The limited liability partnership shall ensure that for a period of twelve months commencing not later than fourteen days after the date of registration, every official correspondence of the limited liability partnership bears the following, namely:-

    (a) a statement that it was, as from the date of registration, converted from a company into a limited liability partnership; and

    (b) the name and registration number of the company from which it was converted.

    (2) Any limited liability partnership which contravenes the provisions of sub-paragraph (1) shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees and with a further fine which shall not be less than fifty rupees but which may extend to five hundred rupees for every day after the first day after which the default continues.

    CONVERSION FROM UNLISTED PUBLIC COMPANY INTO LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

    1. Interpretation.-

    (1) In this Schedule, unless the context otherwise requires,-

    (a) "company" means an unlisted public company;

    (b) "convert", in relation to a company converting into a limited liability partnership, means a transfer of the property, assets, interests, rights, privileges, liabilities, obligations and the undertaking of the company to the limited liability partnership in accordance with the provisions of this Schedule;

    (c) "listed company" means a listed company as defined in the Securities Exchange Board of India (Disclosure and Investor Protection) Guidelines, 2000 issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India under section 11 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992;

    (d) "unlisted public company" means a company which is not a listed company.

    2. Conversion of company into a limited liability partnership.-

    (1) A company may convert into a limited liability partnership by complying with the requirements as to the conversion set out in this Schedule.

    (2) Upon such conversion, the company, its shareholders, the limited liability partnership into which the company has converted and the partners of that limited liability partnership shall be bound by the provisions of this Schedule that are applicable to them.

    3. Eligibility for conversion.- A company may apply to convert into a limited liability partnership in accordance with the provisions of this Schedule if and only if-

    (a) there is no security interest in its assets subsisting or in force at the time of application; and

    (b) the partners of the limited liability partnership to which it converts comprise all the shareholders of the company and no one else.

    4. Statements to be filed.- A company may apply to convert into a limited liability partnership by filing with the Registrar-

    (a) a statement by all its shareholders in such form and manner to be accompanied by such fee as the Central Government may prescribe containing the following particulars, namely:-

    (i) the name and registration number of the company;

    (ii) the date on which the company was incorporated; and

    (b) incorporation document and statement referred to in section 11.

    5. Registration of conversion.- On receiving the documents referred to in paragraph 4, the Registrar shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, and the rules made there under, register the documents and issue a certificate of registration in such form as the Registrar may determine stating that the limited liability partnership is, on and from the date specified in the certificate, registered under this Act:

    Provided that the limited liability partnership shall, within fifteen days of the date of registration, inform the concerned Registrar of Companies with which it was registered under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 about the conversion and of the particulars of the limited liability partnership in such form and manner as the Central Government may prescribe.

    6. Registrar may refuse to register.- (1) Nothing in this Schedule shall be construed as to require the Registrar to register any limited liability partnership if he is not satisfied with the particulars or other information furnished under the provisions of this Act:

    Provided that an appeal may be made before the Tribunal in case of refusal of registration by the Registrar. (2) The Registrar may, in any particular case, require the documents referred to in paragraph 4 to be verified in such manner, as he considers fit.

    7. Effect of registration.- On and from the date of registration specified in the certificate of registration issued under paragraph 5-

    (a) there shall be a limited liability partnership by the name specified in the certificate of registration registered under this Act;

    (b) all tangible (movable or immovable) and intangible property vested in the company, all assets, interests, rights, privileges, liabilities, obligations relating to the company and the whole of the undertaking of the company shall be transferred to and shall vest in the limited liability partnership without further assurance, act or deed; and

    (c) the company shall be deemed to be dissolved and removed from the records of the Registrar of Companies.

    8. Registration in relation to property.- If any property to which clause (b) of paragraph 7 applies is registered with any authority, the limited liability partnership shall, as soon as practicable, after the date of registration, take all necessary steps as required by the relevant authority to notify the authority of the conversion and of the particulars of the limited liability partnership in such form and manner as the authority may determine.

    9. Pending proceedings.- All proceedings by or against the company which are pending in any Court or Tribunal or before an authority on the date of registration may be continued, completed and enforced by or against the limited liability partnership.

    10. Continuance of conviction, ruling, order or judgment.-, Any conviction, ruling, order or judgment of any Court, Tribunal or other authority in favour of or against the company may be enforced by or against the limited liability partnership.

    11. Existing agreements.- Every agreement to which the company was a party immediately before the date of registration, whether or not of such nature that the rights and liabilities there under could be assigned, shall have effect as from that date as if-

    (a) the limited liability partnership were a party to such an agreement instead of the company; and

    (b) for any reference to the company, there were substituted in respect of anything to be done on or after the date of registration a reference to the limited liability partnership.

    12. Existing contracts, etc.- All deeds, contracts, schemes, bonds, agreements, applications, instruments and arrangements subsisting immediately before the date of registration relating to the company or to which the company is a party shall continue in force on and after that date as if they relate to the limited liability partnership and shall be enforceable by or against the limited liability partnership as if the limited liability partnership were named therein or were a party thereto instead of the company.

    13. Continuance of employment.- Every contract of employment to which paragraph 11 or paragraph 12 applies shall continue in force on or after the date of registration as if the limited liability partnership were the employer thereunder instead of the company.

    14. Existing appointment, authority or power - (1) Every appointment of the company in any role or capacity which is in force immediately before the date of registration shall take effect and operate from that date as if the limited liability partnership were appointed.

    (2) Any authority or power conferred on the company which is in force immediately before the date of registration shall take effect and operate from that date as if it were conferred on the limited liability partnership.

    15. Application of paragraphs 7 to 14.- The provisions of paragraphs 7 to 14 (both inclusive) shall apply to any approval, permit or licence issued to the company under any other Act which is in force immediately before the date of registration of the limited liability partnership, subject to the provisions of such other Act under which such approval, permit or licence has been issued.

    16. Notice of conversion in correspondence.- (1) The limited liability partnership shall ensure that for a period of twelve months commencing not later than fourteen days after the date of registration, every official correspondence of the limited liability partnership bears the following, namely:-

    (a) a statement that it was, as from the date of registration, converted from a company into a limited liability partnership; and

    (b) the name and registration number of the company from which it was converted.

    (2) Any limited liability partnership which contravenes the provisions of sub-paragraph (1) shall be punishable with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees and with a further fine which shall not be less than fifty rupees but which may extend to five hundred rupees for every day after the first day after which the default continues.

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