How to Open a Bank Account for Your Limited Liability Partnership

Five months ago, I wrote an article about how to set up a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) in Malaysia. If you search for “Limited Liability Partnership Malaysia”, you’ll find it on the first page of Google. Which tells me one thing: there’s huge interest, but there’s also very little information out there about LLPs.

(So here’s my contribution to the local startup community: If you have any information or experiences to share about LLPs, do comment below, or maybe write a blog post about it too?)

Anyway, ever since I wrote that article — I’ve been getting a lot of questions about LLPs. While I would never claim to be an expert, I try my best to help. This article answers one of the most frequently-asked questions I get: how do you set up a bank account for your LLP?

If you meet a bank teller who isn’t well-trained — they might not even know what an LLP is. But I assure you that it can be done. My girlfriend recently got hers approved, and she very kindly provided me the information for this article.

Here’s how to do it:

 

1. Visit Your Favorite Bank Branch

Sad but true — in this modern age where we get real-time traffic information beamed to our mobile phones via satellite, we still have to physically go to a bank to get some things done.

Setting up a bank account for an LLP is one of them. I suggest you visit your favorite bank branch and ask them for the full procedure, and all the forms required. There’s still too little information online, so I think it’s best to talk to the bank officers face-to-face.

Searching through multiple pages of Google Search only got me the below information:

OCBC Bank’s “Application Procedure for Business Account

HongLeong Bank’s “Application Procedure for Business Account

Alliance Bank’s “Business Banking Application Form

p.s. If possible, go to the head branch in your state, or at least a big bank. I hate to be elitist, but hopefully the bank officers there have heard of LLPs before and know what to do. A lot of people still haven’t.

Screenshot of LLP business account requirements
courtesy of HongLeong Bank

 

2. Get the Documents Required

From your bank visit and websites above, we now know that you need:

  1. Certified true copies of NRIC/Passport of all partners and compliance officers
  2. Original NRIC/Passport of all partners and compliance officers (the bank officers need to see the originals, so you have to drag your partners to the bank with you)
  3. Certified true copy of LLP corporate profile
  4. Certificate of registration of LLP
  5. Certified extract of resolution for LLP (certified by compliance officer and one partner. This is the document that says all the partners agree to open a bank account)

These are optional, depending on your LLP:

  1. Practicing certificate (for a professional practice e.g. lawyers, accountants and secretaries)
  2. Letter of approval from governing body (for professional practices like above)
  3. Certified true copy of LLP agreement (this is the agreement made between all the partners of the LLP. If this is not available, “default LLP rules” a.k.a. 2nd Schedule of the LLP Act apply)
  4. Annual declaration of LLP (if available)

 

Let’s take a closer look at the mandatory forms:

Certified True Copy of LLP Corporate Profile

The LLP corporate profile contains all the important information about your LLP, like: business code, contact details, address and partners’ information.

Certificate of Registration for LLP

This is just like your LLP’s birth certificate.

You can buy both these documents from the MyLLP system (although you’ll have to physically collect them from SSM). The process is really fast, and you can collect the documents as soon as you pay.

The screenshots below show the process:

Screenshot of buying documents on MyLLPAt the main Dashboard, click “Buy Now!”

Screenshot on buying LLP certificate and current profileAdd “Certificate of Registration” to basket, then click “Search” under “LLP Current Profile”

Screenshot of LLP Current Profile optionsEnter your LLP name, check all the boxes, then “Add to Basket”

Screenshot of price for LLP certificate and current profileTotal price (before GST) for the two documents is RM 40.00

 

Certified Extract of Resolution for LLP

A “resolution” is a document that tells outsiders what the partners of an LLP have agreed on. In this case, your resolution will say that your LLP is making so much money that you now need a bank account.

Each bank has a “standard format” for this document. Ask your bank officer if he can provide you a sample for you to follow. And just because I’m a nice guy, here’s a link to a board resolution document from HSBC.

Screenshot of resolution of LLP
courtesy of HSBC

 

3. Fill Up the Forms With Your Partners

Now that you’ve got all documents:

  1. Fill up and get all the partners to sign the business account application form
  2. Prepare copies of the partners’ NRICs/passports
  3. Fill up the “resolution for LLP”

Some of the documents need your LLP’s rubber stamp. So you’ll have to make one if you haven’t already.

Certain banks (like Public Bank) require a current account holder to “introduce” you to the bank. If that’s the case, you need to get your introducer to sign the form too.

(Sorry, I can’t be your introducer).

Finally, if you like online banking, remember to fill up the “online banking application” form. Some banks (again, like Public Bank) don’t include that in the business account application form — so you’ll need to fill up another form.

 

4. Submit Documents to the Bank

You can now go back to the bank with the completed documents.

To be safe, bring originals of the important documents (especially your NRIC/passport), as the bank might need to physically see the original.

You don’t need to bring your introducer, but remember to bring all your partners along.

And your rubber stamp.

 

5. Wait for the Bank to Call You Back

The bank needs time to process your documents, so you’ll need to be patient. Even someone as good looking as my girlfriend had to wait three weeks for Public Bank to call her.

But eventually, the bank will call: “Your account is now ready,” they’ll say. “Now please deposit RM 5,000 into account number xxxxx xxxx xxxx to activate it.”

Deposit the money, wait a day, then call the bank. Ask them if they’ve received the money.

Once they’ve confirmed the money is in, and they’ve activated your account — you can go to the bank and collect your checkbook (+ any online banking accessories).

Congratulations — your LLP now has a bank account.

Now let’s make some money.

 

 

*Update 2nd July 2016: Many of you have been asking about banks which offer online banking for LLP accounts. These banks do: CIMB, RHB, Public Bank, and the foreign banks (e.g. HongLeong, UOB, OCBC…). Let me know if I’ve missed any, and Maybank — time to up your game. 

*Update 27th December 2016: If you need a professional consultant to help register your LLP or draft your LLP agreement, my partner can help you out. Promotional prices for LLP agreements start from RM 990, and additional services will be charged separately. For more info, please email info@axecute-consultancy.com.

p.s. If you’ve opened a bank account for your LLP, would you mind sharing your experience in the comments below? 

Pic by michael kooiman at Flickr

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46 comments

  • Hi, when opening an account with the banks mentioned above, did you have to submit as well the trade license?
    Also, are you required to register with lhdn to acquire a trade license?

    • Hey Sheng,

      Nope the banks didn’t require a trade license. Unfortunately I’m not well-versed with trade licenses, so I don’t have a good answer.

  • Omg this was so useful! Definitely going for CIMB to open a LLP account at usj9 . But I have 2 partners that are currently not here, is it plausible to just have 2 partners to register for the account?

  • Hi, Mr. Stingy,

    thanks for your post, it helps a lot. i follow your guide to register LLP too. now bank account. thanks for your articles. Mr. Stingy, do you i ask one more question, the rubber stamp means by you is that individual company stamp right? thank you

  • Does anyone have experience with opening a bank account if one of the partners in LLP is a foreigner. We just got rejected by Maybank , reason being that needed a work permit. But our foreigner was just a silent investor!

  • Mr. Stingy, your posting has been really helpful. I practically follow through your instruction to get my LLP setup and now trying to open banking account.

    Visited Dataran Maybank this morning for business accounting opening for LLP. The officer is not very clear about the procedure for LLP. She did help me to get information in the end upon checking the user manual from the thick folder, i mean the physical folder. No online banking yet as the LLP registration number prefix hasn’t been integrated into the system. After leaving maybank, i just drop by RHB to try my luck. I got all my information within 10 mins without much hassle. Still i need a partnership agreement for account opening.

    can you ping me for your partner’s contact? Thanks.

    • Thanks Jane for the very helpful information. I’ll email you right now.

      Attention Maybank: You really need to up your game!

    • Hi,
      I ended up opening Maybank2E account. Price is quite steep for package that allows viewing and fund transfer (RM78i think). I hate the stupid long LLP registration number. Very syok sendiri kind of number

  • Hi Mr. Stingy, I register as partnership and plan to convert to LLP end of this year. I have a Maybank account currently, the question is does it have any effect on the bank account after I have convert into LLP? or I need to go to the bank to update the officer?

    • Hi Roger,

      I’m pretty sure you need to go inform the bank that you’ve converted to an LLP. But I’m guessing it won’t be very much of a hassle after that…

  • Hi,

    In your point #3 , the 3rd point; resolution for LLP, what’s it? how to prepare it? What need to be considered?

    • Hi Eddie,

      I believe each bank has their preferred format for the LLP resolution. Best to check with the bank directly, and I’m confident they can give you a sample.

  • Thanks Mr Stingy for the sharing. I have finally registered LLP. May i know which bank offer most friendly online facility for LLP? As i know Maybank do not offer online facility for LLP. Looking forward for your suggestion
    .

  • I opened Maybank account. They still don’t offer online banking.

    However, registering was simple. The document you listed above, company stamp (had this done in Wisma Central) and presence of my Partner. No need of partnership mandate document and partnership agreement.

    The most difficult part is to get friend with current account opened >1 year.

    • I would like to add that the documents listed above (company info & company registration cert) can be printed, once purchased and email to you. Maybank do accept the copies printed from home. No need to go to SSM to get certified copy.

  • Hi. Thanks for te article about opening LLP. I save rm700 because of your article by registering myself. But here another problem. I heard maybank does not give an Online Banking for LLP account type. So can i ask which bank you open your account and do they give u Online Banking?

  • Currently, Maybank is still not ready for LLP business accounts. Online transfer as well as phone banking are not available. Account holder will have to fill out form and go to the counter to transfer pay/transfer via cheque. Bad for overseas based businesses.

  • Hi, Mr Stingy,

    You write there certified true copy of the documents. May i know whom shall certify for us. SSM office or lawyers or we certify ourself?

    • Hello marcus,

      Which document exactly are you referring to? If it’s documents from SSM — then yes, the SSM office can certify them.

      If it’s the other documents — better to check with the bank on what their requirements are.

      Hope this helps!

  • “You can buy both these documents from the MyLLP system (although you’ll have to physically collect them from SSM).” — Is there any issue if we print out the documents ourselves instead of having to go to the SSM office to collect?

    • Hello Grace,

      I don’t think you can print out the documents yourself. (Haven’t tried it myself though — so please let us know if you find otherwise). Thanks!

      • Hi, when you collected from SSM office does it contain official SSM stamp on the LLP certificate / documents?

        • Hi topevemi,

          I believe you only get official SSM stamp if you specifically request for “certified true copy” when purchasing, and then go to SSM to collect. Otherwise, you can just print the documents directly from home.

  • Thanks for another great article on LLP.

    Is the deposit amount standard for all banks at RM5k?

    • Hi Bernard, I’ve recently open current account for my LLP at CIMB for RM1k which comes with online banking. Less hassle, just pick up a form from the branch and submit to the bank officer. All you need to bring is just SSM documents – certificate of registration and LLP current profile. However, you need an introducer to open a current account with them. Hope this helps.

      • Hi Felicia,

        Can you double confirm that you managed to open up LLP at Malaysia CIMB which comes with online banking? I was told that it does not have internet banking yet. It seems that all the foreign banks in Malaysia do offer LLP account and internet banking (OCBC, UOB, etc) but their monthly transaction fee are high.
        Appreciate your response. Thanks!

        • Hi Paul,

          Thanks for writing in. Just wanted to add that Public Bank does offer LLP account with Internet Banking.

          • Thanks for your suggestion on Public Bank Mr Stingy, Do you know if CIMB has it too?
            It has not been 100% smooth process applying for LLP. Even registration.
            Maybank took us for a ride for 3 weeks for profile check, then when we showed up, they mentioned there is no internet banking. I was shocked, all other business application (sole/partnership/company) has internet bank except LLP?
            I later called Maybank phone banking, only then they suggested a Maybank 2E which works for LLP. But the transaction cost are high.. I was suprised the officer at the counter did not even suggest Maybank 2E. Shows that not everyone is educated about LLP process.

        • Hi Paul,

          Sorry for the late reply. Yes, it’s at Malaysia CIMB, specifically at USJ 9. I also initially went to Maybank in Taipan, but was told similarly that they don’t cater internet banking for LLP and the process is long and tedious for registration, requiring to make a company rubber stamp just for the registration. So that trigger me to enquire from other banks, and ended up at CIMB which was super efficient.

          Hope this helps.

          • Thanks a million Felicia for being so helpful!

            I’ll add CIMB to the list of “online banking-enabled” banks!

          • Hi Felicia,

            I also just realized that maybank does not offer online banking for LLP which is a big no no. Just want to know do you need to bring along Introducer for opening current account?

            Why la I don’t stumbled with this blog, thanks Mr Stingy for a detail comprehensive walkthrough. this blog help lot for LLP process.

        • Hi Li,

          For LLP current profile from MyLLP system:
          1. “Buy Now!”
          2. LLP Current Profile >> Search
          3. Enter LLP name, select information required, then “Add to Basket”

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