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What are the differences among terms deregistration, striking off and winding up ?

Updated time: Mar 3, 2017 , 16:22 (UTC+08:00)

Winding up is the process of settling the accounts and liquidating the assets of a company for the purpose of making distribution of the net assets to members and dissolving the company.

Deregistration is A defunct solvent company, it is a relatively simple, inexpensive and quick procedure for dissolving defunct solvent companies.

As for striking off, the Registrar of Companies may strike the name of a company where the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that the company is not in operation or carrying on business.The company shall be dissolved when its name is struck off the Companies Register. Striking off is a statutory power conferred on the Registrar, a company cannot apply for striking off.


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