Company Liquidation in Norway

Company Liquidation in Norway

Updated on Monday 09th January 2023

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How can a company be liquidated in Norway?

Just like in any other states, the decision of closing a company in Norway can be taken by the members of a company or by a competent court. In Norway the regulations of the Limited Companies Act, Partnerships Act, Cooperatives Act and the Foundations Act must be followed in the process of company liquidation. For this procedue, it is advisable to ask for the help of a Norwegian law firm.

What are the steps for company liquidation in Norway?

All the activities related to the liquidation must be taken by a committee of liquidators appointed during a special meeting.
In the beginning the members of the committee are announcing the Brønnøysund Register Center regarding the decision of liquidation. The authority will make public the name of the committee of liquidators and the chairman along with his address. This is used by the creditors to deposit their claims.
The announcement related to the company liquidation must be published in an official newspaper at least twice at an interval bigger than one week. In the same time all the known creditors are announced in written regarding the liquidation.
A report regarding the process of company liquidation must be elaborated by the committee of liquidators along with a balance sheet where are mentioned all the company’s assets. All the shareholders must see and approve the copies of the balance sheet along with an auditor’s declaration related to it.
All the assets are used to cover the claims in full and the amount of the non-requested claims are deposited at the Norges Bank
The remaining assets can be distributed to the entitled shareholders, after at least two months after publishing the announcement of liquidation in the Brønnøysund Register Center’s electronic publication.
The Register of Business Enterprises is notified after the liquidation process is ended. 

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 Company liquidation requested by a Court in Norway

In case of a company liquidation requested by a Court, a period of maximum one month for solving an issue which leaded to this situation can be granted (if the company had an expiration time, if the company didn’t report the structure of the management board, the name of the manager and the name of an auditor to the Register of Business Enterprises, if the company didn’t send for a period longer than six months the necessary fiscal documents to the Register of Company Accounts). Our Norwegian lawyers can handle the entire company liquidation procedure for you.
The Brønnøysund Register Center’s electronic publication is making public the Court’s decision of company liquidation but another term for fixing the issues of four weeks is granted.
The Court is giving a decree to dissolve the Norwegian company in case the above term is exceeded. The company liquidation procedure can be lengthy and complicated. That is why it is recommended to address to a professional law firm in Norway, with extensive experience in this field.

How long does it take to liquidate a company in Norway?

The process of company liquidation may take from a few months to a few years but the company must be aware that the accounts and books of the company are stored for a period of at least seven years and also the accounting information must be reproducible for a period of at least ten years.

In case you are interested in closing your Norwegian business, our team of local lawyers can help you through the entire procedure and can make sure that you comply with all the rules and regulations related to company liquidation in Norway. Do not hesitate to contact us.