Monday, 15 September 2014

New land restriction laws for foreigners jolt Lankan companies

Sri Lankan companies have been thrown into disarray and confusion over a new Land (Restrictions on Alienation) Bill presented in parliament this week which affects land and property if foreign shareholding in a company exceeds the 50 per cent limit.Several company heads told the Business Times that they were shocked after they came to learn about the ramifications of Section 2 (2)(b) of the bill which states that foreign ownership should not exceed 50 per cent for a consecutive period of 20 years from the date of transfer of land. Under the proposed law, all transactions after January 2013 – the effective date – will be affected.
In the event, the foreign ownership exceeds 50 per cent during this period the company stands to be deprived of the title to the land from date of shareholding crossing the 50 per cent foreign ownership. 
(Source: Sunday Times)

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