One Person Company (OPC): The Companies Act, 2013 aims pave the way for a more modern and dynamic legislation, to enable growth and greater regulation of the corporate sector in India. The revolutionary new concept of OPC is a step forward to facilitate more business friendly corporate regulations in India. OPC will give the young businessman all benefits of a private limited company which categorically means they will have access to credits, bank loans, limited liability, legal protection for business, access to market etc. all in the name of a separate legal entity.
Till recently, if you wanted to set up a private company, you needed at least one other person because the law mandated a minimum of two shareholders. So, for the person wanting to venture alone, the only option was proprietorship, an onerous task since it is not legally recognized as a separate entity. Now, after the recent passing of the much-hyped Companies Bill, 2012, there may be hope for the budding entrepreneur. The bill that aims to bring in sweeping changes in the corporate world, has also opened the doors for the entrepreneur looking to set up a company all by himself. This has been made possible by bringing in the concept of OPC.
The important features of the One Person Company (OPC) -
- OPC has only one person as a member/shareholder and can be registered only as a Private Company.
- OPC may be either a company limited by share or a company limited by guarantee or an unlimited company.
- OPC limited by shares shall comply with following requirements : restricts the right to transfer its shares