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For many Luxembourg companies with a financial year ending 31 December 2019, May and June are usually the months during which those companies need to finalise, approve and publish their annual accounts. The state of emergency declared by the Luxembourg Government due to the Covid-19 crisis has disrupted many companies in terms of the finalising, approving, filing and publishing of their annual accounts and other related documents, despite the temporary measures provided for in the Grand-Ducal regulation of 20 March 2020.
Progressive lockdown exit has been initiated in Luxembourg and the state of emergency is now scheduled to come to an end on 24 June 2020. The new law of 22 May 2020 provides companies with an extension of 3 months from the usual legal deadlines for holding the shareholders’ annual general meeting to approve the annual accounts, the filing of those annual accounts and other related documents with the Trade and Companies Register, and their publication.
Any company whose financial year is ended between 18 August 2019 and 24 June 2020 may benefit from the 3-month extension.
To avoid possible abuse of process, the extension only applies to annual accounts or consolidated accounts and related reports relating to a financial year that has ended on or before the date of the end of the state of crisis (i.e., 24 June 2020) and whose filing and publication deadlines had not already expired on 18 March 2020.
The 3 month-extension concerns the following deadlines:
|Actions||Normal deadline||Extended deadline|
|Approval of the annual accounts (including consolidated accounts as the case may be) by the shareholders||Within 6 months after the financial year end||Within 9 months after the financial year end|
|Filing and publication of the annual accounts (including consolidated accounts as the case may be) with the Trade and Companies Register||Within 1 month from their approval which cannot be later than 7 months after the financial year end||Within 10 months after the financial year end|
|Publication of the report (including consolidated accounts) on payments to government||Within 12 months after the financial year end||Within 15 months after the financial year end|
The law of 22 May 2020 referred to above entered into force on 29 May 2020.
MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour’s Corporate M&A team are happy to advise our clients on the organisation of shareholders’ annual general meetings. If you have any questions, please contact any of MOLITOR’s Corporate & M&A team.
 Law of 22 December 2020 regarding extension of deadlines for filing and publication of annual accounts, consolidated accounts and the related reports during the state of emergency.