The third edition of Company Meetings: Law, Practice and Procedure focuses on the new concepts and amendments brought in by the Companies Act, 2013. It includes guidance on conducting and convening meetings as well as on post meeting formalities. It exhaustively deals with the law, procedures and practices relating to all aspects of the meetings. This subject becomes more important on account of the fact that the provisions relating to the meetings of members and directors under the Companies Act, 2013 have become effective with effect from 1 April 2014. This book has commented on changes introduced by the Companies Act, 2013, such as the attendance by directors in board meetings through videoconference and electronic voting in general meetings. The Companies Act, 2013 has also brought about vital changes with regard to board committees. Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement has also been recast and has affected to some extent the board and committee composition and meetings. This edition of the book has attempted to encapsulate all these changes brought by the Companies Act, 2013 and also updated the commentary in the light of statutory changes and case laws. This book caters to the need of all types of companies – private and public, listed and unlisted and covers all types of meetings. It will be equally useful to company secretaries, lawyers and judges, and organisations other than companies can also use it as a practical guidebook.
Dr K R Chandratre is a practising company secretary with over 35 years of experience. He holds a Master’s degree in commerce, an LL.B from the University of Pune. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He was the President of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India during 1996 and was also the Vice-President for two years. He was a member of the Working Group on Redrafting of the Companies Act, 1956 constituted by the Government of India in August 1996, to draft a new Companies Act to be substituted for the Companies Act, 1956, which resulted in the Companies Bill, 1997. He also served as the Chairman of the Committee on ‘Delisting of Securities’ constituted by SEBI in March 1997. He was the President of the Pune Stock Exchange, Pune, India, during April 2004 to April 2005. He has authored over 1000 articles and 24 books on various subjects in the areas of Corporate Laws and Corporate Secretarial Practice. He has also addressed more than 300 seminars, workshops, conferences and conventions besides contributing papers at national and international levels.