Comparative Study of the Company Types in Selected EU States

Posted: 30 Apr 2009

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Eddy Wymeersch

Ghent University - Financial Law Institute; ECGI

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Date Written: April 2009


The purpose of this paper consists of giving an overview of the way company laws in some European states have been dealingwith the dividing line between closely held companies limited by shares, and those that have gone public or have widely distributed shares. It analyses whether a case can be made for regrouping the rules relating to "public" companies in a single body of law, a discussion that is going on in Germany. Also analysed is the question to what extent other jurisdictions have a fully mandatory companies act, comparable to the German "Satzungsstrenge".

Suggested Citation

Wymeersch, Eddy O., Comparative Study of the Company Types in Selected EU States (April 2009). European Company and Financial Law Review, Vol. 6, No. 1, Available at SSRN:

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