To track down lost shares the first step should be to contact the company’s share registrar, in cases where the company name is known. There are three main registrars in the UK – Capita, Lloyds TSB / Equiniti and ComputerShare. For contact information see below.
You can trace other lost shares by contacting the three main share registrars: Link Asset Services (Linkgroup.eu or 0371664 0300); Computershare (Computershare.com/uk); and Equiniti (Equiniti.com or 0371 384 2030).
Please find below information about how to login to your CDSL online portal (called Easi) to check whether shares are available in your demat account.
- Click here to login CDSL online portal.
- Click on Register Easi to register yourself in Easi (Electronic Access to Securities Information).
Enter the ticker symbol in the search field of a financial services website, or use the stock-tracking tools provided by most major Internet browsers and search engines. For example, Yahoo! and Google both offer market information. You can also find daily stock information in the newspaper.
Another way to check on a share certificate’s validity is to contact the company registrars whose name should be written on the certificate. Companies use registrars to keep a record of who owns their shares.
How do you find lost investment accounts?
You can use the Treasury Hunt search engine, at www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/indiv.htm, to track down matured savings bonds or missed payments from securities. Click on “Search for Your Securities in Treasury Hunt.” Simply type in your Social Security number to start.
Recovery of Shares
- Transfer of shares after death of an original shareholder.
- Transfer of physical shares.
- Recovery of lost shares.
- Issue of duplicate shares.
- The claim of shares from IEPF.
- The claim of dividend from IEPF.
- Following up with Registrar and Transfer Agent (RTA) for transfer of shares.
As soon as a shareholder realises that a share certificate has been lost, stolen or destroyed, they should contact the company secretary, or directors of the company concerned, both to report the loss and to request a replacement share certificate.
No new share certificates for listed companies will be issued from January 2023. … This will apply across the EU as well as in the UK, so your share holdings in the likes of Santander will be dematerialised by 2025 too.
Requirements concerning Share Certificates
The share certificate must be signed by two persons authorized by the board of directors, one of which is typically the company secretary, who normally issue the share certificates on behalf of the company.