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Mississippi to Require Electronic UCC Filing Effective July 1, 2017
Updated June 21, 2017

Another state joins the ranks of those requiring electronic submission of UCC filings. Effective July 1, 2017, the Mississippi Secretary of State will require all UCC and agricultural lien filings to be filed electronically. Filers may file electronically using Mississippi’s online filing portal or a service provider’s filing system, such as COGENCY GLOBAL’s UCC ProFile system.    

 

Mississippi has one exception to the “online filing only” requirement. The state will accept a paper filing IF the filing is generated on the MS online filing portal, then printed, and mailed to the MS SOS with a check to cover the cost of the filing fee. Filings generated this way will include a specific MS tracking number. The MS-generated filing with the MS tracking number is the only paper filing MS will accept and file after July 1. Paper filings submitted on the national standard UCC forms will be rejected and returned on and after July 1, 2017. 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your COGENCY GLOBAL service specialist.



Embassy and Consulate Closings for Eid al-Fitr: Expect Delays
Updated June 21, 2017

In the event that you need documents legalized for an Islamic country, please note that many embassies and consulates for Muslim countries will be closed the week of June 26th for the observance of Eid al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of Ramadan. Due to the closures, the processing time for the legalization of documents at these embassies will probably be delayed. The affected embassies include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Iraq (closed 6/26 – 6/30)
  • Saudi Arabia (closed 6/26 – 7/5)
  • Yemen (closed 6/26 -- 7/7)
  • Libya (closed 6/26 – 6/28)
  • UAE (closed 6/26 – 6/27)

 

Many embassies have not announced the specific dates of closure, but it is likely that the embassies for most Muslim countries will be closed on June 26th -- and possibly one or more days thereafter. 

 

If you have any questions, or if you need to know if a specific embassy or consulate will be open on a particular date, feel free to contact your COGENCY GLOBAL service specialist.



File ASAP: Washington State Annual Reports & Licenses Due June 30th
Updated June 19, 2017

UCC Filings and Searches May Also Be Affected by Possible Shutdown

 

The Department of Revenue for the State of Washington is recommending that all companies with annual report or business license filings due by June 30th make these filings as soon as possible. Because of delays in budget negotiations, it’s possible that companies waiting until after June 26th will not be able to file on line this year. The Department of Revenue has indicated that if a budget is not approved by June 27th, the MYDOR portal will be taken off line and annual report filings and license renewals will have to be submitted by mail. In addition, if the lack of a budget causes a shutdown, all Revenue offices will be closed, starting Monday, July 3rd, until such time as a state budget is enacted.

 

COGENCY GLOBAL compliance clients can be assured that we are filing WA annual reports and business licenses as early as possible based on this announcement.

 

Should a shutdown occur, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) services will also be suspended until a budget is approved. In addition, services in the following programs will be affected:

 

  • Architects
  • Appraisal Management Companies
  • Appraisers
  • Auctioneers
  • Bail Bonds and Bail Recovery
  • Collection Agencies
  • Combative Sports (Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Wrestling)
  • Cosmetology
  • Court Reporters
  • Employment Agencies
  • Engineers, Land Surveyors and On-site Wastewater Designers
  • Firearms
  • Home Inspectors
  • Notaries
  • Private Investigators
  • Real Estate Agents and Firms
  • Scrap Metal Businesses
  • Security Guards
  • Sellers of Travel
  • Tattoo, Body Art and Body Piercing
  • Telephone Solicitors
  • Timeshares and Camping Resorts
  • Whitewater River Outfitters

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your COGENCY GLOBAL service specialist.



COGENCY GLOBAL’s CLE Seminar in NYC on June 22nd
Updated June 2, 2017

On Thursday, June 22nd, COGENCY GLOBAL INC. (formerly National Corporate Research, Ltd.) will be presenting a free 2-hour CLE seminar in New York City, “Start Ups and Growing Companies: Key Considerations From a Legal and Tax Perspective”.

 

This program is for newly admitted and experienced attorneys, paralegals and other business professionals involved in working with start ups or companies seeking to expand.

 

The focus of this program will be on the current and future legal and tax issues that need to be considered when making decisions regarding entity type and formation/qualification jurisdiction. COGENCY GLOBAL will be joined by CPA firm, Gunnip, in presenting this seminar.

 

The topics to be covered include:

 

  • Choice of Entity Type with the Focus on Corporations and LLCs
  • Future Considerations, including Mergers, Conversions and Reorganizations
  • Choice of Jurisdiction, including tax considerations along with discussing the most popular jurisdictions
  • Financing and Tax Incentives to Consider

 

       AND MUCH MORE!

 

The seminar will be held at the Executive Conference Center in midtown Manhattan and will run from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, with a complimentary continental breakfast beginning at 9 AM.

 

COGENCY GLOBAL has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education. This course has been approved in accordance with the Board for a maximum of 2.0 CLE credit hours, all of which can be applied toward the Professional Practice requirement.

 

While there is no fee to attend the seminar, advance registration is required. Since space is limited, we will accept registrations on a “first come, first served” basis. If you are involved in assisting start ups or companies seeking to expand, you won’t want to miss this program, so register now!

 

Click here for more details about the seminar and to access the registration form. 



COGENCY GLOBAL Can Assist You with Formation Services in More Countries
Updated May 25, 2017

COGENCY GLOBAL has further expanded its international capabilities! We are pleased to announce that we have added Australia, Bulgaria, the Cayman Islands, Denmark, France, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and Taiwan to the list of countries where we now provide formation and compliance services. When your deal calls for the formation of an entity in any of these countries, you can rely on our experienced, multilingual international team to provide the same kind of knowledgeable, responsive service you’ve experienced when working with us in the past.

 

COGENCY GLOBAL provides document retrieval and lien searching services all over the world.

 

The list of countries where we provide formation and compliance services, in addition to document retrieval and lien searching services, now includes:

 

AFRICA: Liberia

 

AMERICAS: U.S. (all states and D.C.), U.S. territories (Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Brazil, Canada (all provinces and territories), Mexico and Peru

 

ASIA: Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan

 

BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES:  Cayman Islands

 

EUROPE:  Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain and the United Kingdom

 

PACIFIC: Australia, the Marshall Islands and New Zealand

 

For more information or to inquire about how we can assist you with an upcoming transaction, contact our international team.



Holiday Closings for June and July 2017
Updated May 22, 2017

To assist you in planning closing dates and avoiding surprises, COGENCY GLOBAL has compiled a list of U.S. state holiday closings for June and July 2017. To download the list in PDF format, click here.

 

For clients who work on international transactions, we have also compiled a list of corporate registry holiday closures in select countries. To access our international list of holiday closings for June and July, click here.

 

Please note that some jurisdictions declare holidays at the last minute. So if a particular filing date is important to you, contact your service specialist and we will double check at that time to ensure the filing office will be open on the date you are interested in. Also note that as we become aware of any changes to the holiday closing lists, we will post updated versions of the lists to this page of our website.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your COGENCY GLOBAL service specialist.

 

Subscribe to our updates to receive e-mail alerts of holiday closings every two months.

 



National Corporate Research is Now COGENCY GLOBAL
Updated April 30, 2017

We are pleased to share some fun and exciting news about our organization. Effective May 1, 2017, we have changed our company name from National Corporate Research, Ltd. to COGENCY GLOBAL INC.

 

The word COGENCY is defined as “clear, logical, and convincing.” It’s what all of us strive to be in our organizations, every day and on every issue we address. And it’s why you choose us to be your trusted partner, registered agent, and service company.

 

We made this change because in recent years we have evolved dramatically: offering many new and innovative products; opening offices in key international commercial centers; and now providing services on six continents. In addition to our new name, we are refreshing several aspects of our company identity, including a new logo, a new domain name, and a newly re-imagined website that will be launching soon. But while these aspects of our organization may be changing, most everything else about our brand is remaining exactly the same: Same Company. Same Ownership. Same Values. Same Management Team. Same Great Service Teams. Same Account Executives. And the same commitment to providing you with The Right Response at the Right Time, Every TimeSM.

 

Beginning today, we are co-branding our current website and many of our services with both our old name and our new name for a short transition period while everything is converted to COGENCY GLOBAL. Our office addresses and telephone numbers are remaining the same. You will still be able to find us at nationalcorp.com as well as at our new home, COGENCYGLOBAL.COM. You will be able to communicate with us using our current e-mail addresses and on our new domain name. For example, you can continue to reach us at e-mail addresses such as info@nationalcorp.com even as we begin to use INFO@COGENCYGLOBAL.COM. Our main objective during all of this is to ensure that in all cases and in every way, you will have no difficulty continuing to do business with us today and going forward.

 

For our Registered Agent customers, we are currently updating the public record in all jurisdictions to reflect our change of name in that representative capacity. But rest assured that this will have no effect on our ability to receive service of process and other critical documents on your behalf, as we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the highest quality of uninterrupted service available.

 

We hope you find our new company identity as fun and exciting as we do. If you have any questions about any of this please do not hesitate to contact your Account Executive or Client Service Specialist at any time.

 

To view a video message from our CEO, Bruce Jacobi, about our new name, visit the home page of our website.



U.S. Department of State Changes Translation Policy
Updated April 14, 2017

National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR) has recently been informed of a change in policy by the U.S. Department of State. The department now requires that a notarized translation accompany any document written in a language other than English in order to issue a Certificate of Authentication. The translator should certify the accuracy of the translation, and that certification must be notarized. The notary stamp on the translator’s certificate does not need to be separately authenticated at the local or state level before presentation to the U.S. Department of State. However, the notarization must be done in the U.S.  Notarized translations into English from other countries are currently not considered acceptable. 

 

Contact your NCR service specialist with any questions regarding this new policy or for assistance with your document legalization needs.



NCR Offers Formation Services in Additional Countries
Updated February 23, 2017

National Corporate Research, Ltd. (NCR) has further expanded its international capabilities! We are pleased to announce that we have added Liberia, the Marshall Islands, Ireland and Luxembourg to the list of countries where we now provide formation and compliance services. When your deal calls for the formation of an entity in any of these countries, you can rely on our experienced, multilingual international team to provide the same kind of knowledgeable, responsive service you’ve experienced when working with us in the past.

 

NCR provides document retrieval and lien searching services all over the world.

 

The list of countries in which NCR provides formation and compliance services, in addition to document retrieval and lien searching services now includes:

 

The Americas

Europe

Asia Pacific

 Africa

Brazil

Ireland

Hong Kong

 Liberia

Canada (all provinces/ territories)

Luxembourg

Japan

 

Mexico

United Kingdom

Marshall Islands

 

United States (all states/ jurisdictions)

 

Singapore

 

U.S Territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands)

 

 

 

 

For more information or to inquire about how we can assist you with an upcoming transaction, contact our international team