Bahrain Clear (BHC) announced on 1st August 2022 the launch of Bahrain Private Market, a new comprehensive platform for closed shareholding companies that aims to provide a full suite of bespoke share registrar services in a secure and electronic format in accordance with issued Law No. (09) of 2022 in relation to commercial registration services published in the Official Gazette No. (3594). The services will be provided by Bahrain Clear effective as of 18th August 2022. The shares will be held in safe custody by Bahrain Clear to ensure the safe keeping and visibility to the company’s shareholders. The platform will enable closed shareholding companies to access, connect, manage and execute their transactions in an efficient and effective manner.
The Bahrain Private Market will offer a platform that will provide a full suite of bespoke services for closed shareholding companies. These new capabilities will help fulfill an unmet market demand and provide a more transparent and efficient offering for closed shareholding companies, and subseqnetly the respective shareholders.
Bahrain Private Market will offer a range of services for closed shareholding companies with a total annual fee of BD 500 which includes change of partners (trading between existing shareholders), authorized signatories, directors, and company type and mergers. In addition, closed shareholding companies can transfer company ownership, increase/decrease in capital, preform pledging and unpledging transactions, discharge & lifting, and judicial custodianship. The platform also provides for additional add-on services such as AGM management services (physical and eAGM), cash dividend distributions, share options, and auction services, eVoting, and consolidated statements.
Bahrain Bourse’s Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bahrain Clear, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa commented: “Today’s announcement highlights our optimism about the evolution of the private markets. At Bahrain Clear, we are utilizing our expertise to further support the growth of private market infrastructures and foster innovation. The launch of Bahrain Private Market will provide a more transparent and efficient offering for closed shareholding companies, providing unique opportunities in the private company secondary trading market.”
“The platform will serve as a unique one-stop-shop for closed shareholding companies, which aims to provide a range of services and tailored solutions, as well as greater flexibility with the opportunity to trade shares between existing shareholders. The launch of Bahrain Private Market aims to capitalize on technology-driven operational efficiencies of Bahrain Clear to further expand services to encompass both public and private shareholding companies.
Joining Bahrain Private Market aims to prepare closed Shareholding companies to kick-start their journey towards public capital markets and expose them to the overall exchange ecosystem,” Shaikh Khalifa added.
Bahrain Clear is a fully owned subsidiary of Bahrain Bourse with a disclosed capital of 5 million Bahraini Dinars, and a paid up capital of 1 million Bahraini Dinars. Bahrain Clear is licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a ‘Clearing House and Central Depository’ offering post-trade services to investors. Bahrain Clear’s service offering includes related services of securities transactions depository, clearing, settlement, central registry and registration.
For further inquiries on services offered by Bahrain Clear in relation to Bahrain Private Market, interested parties can contact Bahrain Clear on: 17108841 or email: email@example.com
About Bahrain Bourse
Bahrain Bourse is a self-regulated multi-asset marketplace operator established since 1987. Bahrain Bourse aims to offer to its investors, issuers, and intermediaries a comprehensive suite of exchange-related facilities including offering listing, trading, settlement, and depositary services for various financial instruments. We aim to offer our stakeholders with the best investment and trading solutions, and pair it with creative insights and problem solving skills to provide our investors, issuers, and intermediaries with valuable resources to meet their every expectation. Our key growth pillars underpins our way of conducting business and how we interact with our stakeholders: Origination, Innovation, Collaboration, and Pioneering Spirit, and all of them working together is what enables us to offer you with an "Oasis of Investment Opportunities”.
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