Since November 2, 2016, it became mandatory to notarize the authenticity of the signatures on certain documents when making changes to a legal entity; in particular, it is required when amending the Charter. In recent times, cases of illegal take-over of the companies and the removal of their assets through registration of changes in information about a legal entity have become more frequent. But what about notarization of signatures on documents?
The current illegal scheme is about the illegal production of a press of a really existing notary which is used to certify the protocols and statutes. Further on through these documents registration action is carried out. Most often attackers apply to the registration center which has no legal possibility to check or question the reliability of the notary‘s statement of certification and seal on the documents submitted for registration. After the legalization of changes in the register of legal entities, the fate of the company is in the hands of unscrupulous persons who can do with the company whatever it pleases - withdraw money from accounts, sell assets etc.
How can you reduce such risks?
First of all, try to work with 1-2 proven notaries who will know you in person.
Take for the rule once a day to check data about your company in the registry.
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