How to register a company without shares?

How to register a company without shares?

May 09, 2019

The stipulation for registration of a company is that it must be registered with shares. The Corporate affairs Commission (CAC) is strict in its adherence to this rule. A private company limited by shares must allot at least 25 percent of its shares before it can be registered.

However, there is a type of company where the subscribers can register the company without shares. This type is called a company limited by guarantee. In a company limited by guarantee, the subscribes are only liable for the amount in which they undertake to.

A company limited by guarantee is usually incorporated to promote a certain objective or for the advancement of art, culture, science etc. It is not for profit but can enter into commerce but any money gotten must be for the Advancement of its objectives.

The following is the procedure for the registration of a company limited by guarantee;

  1. Reserve the company’s name with the commission
  2. Download and Fill in the CAC 1.1 from the CAC website.
  3. Download and Fill in the Memorandum and Articles of Association Form from the Corporate Affairs Commission site.
  4. Print and sign the CAC 1.1 Form and Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  5. Upload the documents on the site.

The document to be uploaded includes;

  1. Availability printout
  2. CAC 1.1 form
  3. Memorandum and articles of association
  4. Identification of the subscribers
  5. Payment printout
  6. Consent letter from the Attorney General




The information in this blog post (“post”) is provided for general informational purposes only, no information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through this post without seeking the appropriate legal or professional advice from the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer. This post is protected by intellectual property law and regulations. It may however be shared using appropriate sharing tools provided that our authorship is always acknowledged and this Disclaimer Notice attached.


More Articles


Connect With Us

Got any questions?

If you are having any questions, please feel free to ask.

Send us an email

Frequently Asked

  • Why must I file Annual Returns?

    It is a mandatory statutory requirement under the Companies and Allied Matters Act to file Annual Returns yearly. 

  • What is the first thing I must do to register a business in Nigeria?

    To register a business in Nigeria; you would need to conduct a name search of the business. You can achieve this using your CAC-CRP account.

  • What are the terms of a contract?
    • an offer and an acceptance.
    • competent parties
    • Consideration
    • Legal subject matter
    • Mutual agreement/ Assent
    • Conesus ad idem
    • Obligation
  • What are the benefits of Registering with SON?
    1. Product traceability in the Nigerian market
    2. Detection of counterfeit products
    3. Barriers to the circulation of substandard goods
    4. The official SON Product Registration Logo and number are displayed on registered products.
  • Is it legal to transfer the personal data you obtained legally to another person?

    No, its not legal. This is because the law prohibits anyone from transferring the data of a third party to another person without consent from the third party to do same even if the data was rightfully obtained in the first instance.

  • what does copyright protect?
      1. Music, books, brochures and written materials.
      2. Photographs, drawings and illustrations.
      3. Films and videos.
      4. Logos and packaging.
      5. Computer programs and games.


  • Can I process/register multiple products at NAFDAC at the same time?

    Yes, you can process/register multiple products at the same time

  • What is share capital?

    The share capital in a private limited company is the amount of money invested by its owners in exchange for shares of ownership.

  • How long does a trademark registration in Nigeria Last?

    Trademark is valid for seven years from the date of application but you may renew the application for the trademark for an additional period of 14years.

Call Us Now on +234 901 719 0079 Whatsapp icon Chat on WhatsApp