Types of companies

This is a list of types of companies, i.e. legal forms such as the corporation.


Name Country Type
AB Sweden A "stock corporation"
AG Austria A "stock corporation"
AG Germany Aktiengesellschaft or "stock corporation", equivalent to Public Limited Company (PLC) or incorporated company
AG Switzerland A "stock corporation"
A/S Denmark Aktieselskab. A "stock corporation"
ApS Denmark Anpartsselskab. Similar to Limited Liability Company. Taxwise, it is a separate entity. The company capital must be at least DKK 125.000
a. s. Slovakia A "stock company". Akciová spoločnosť assimilable to Public Limited Company, plc. The minimum share capital is 1 million SKK (approx. 25 000 EUR). Organs: General Assembly, Board and Control Council.
GIE France Groupement d'Interet Economique, a consortium formed for collaboration on a specific project
GmbH Austria Translated: "company with limited liability". Similar to Limited Liability Company (LLC).
GmbH Germany
GmbH Switzerland
Inc. U.S.A. A corporation
Inc. Australia An incorporated association; that is, a non-profit entity.
LLC U.S.A. Limited liability company, similar to a corporation and a limited liability partnership.
LLP U.S.A. Limited liability partnership where each partner is fully liable for the debts of the partnership, not including acts of professional negligence or malpractice.
Ltd. U.K. and others Private company with liability limited by shares (not traded publicly). Established under English law and used by countries with similar company laws. In Australia, a company with the suffix Ltd may be a company limited by guarantee (e.g. for charities, universities etc). Such companies may obtain dispensation from the federal government to operate without the suffix to distinguish their activities from those of a commercial company.
NL Australia Mining company not entitled to call on the unpaid issue price of shares; no liability for shareholders, as distinct from limited liability
N.V. Belgium and Netherlands Dutch terminology for a public limited liability company (translation of Société Anonyme) and eqivalent of Private limited company by shares.
PLC U.K. and Ireland A public limited company, liability limited by shares which are traded publicly.
Pty. / Pte. Various a prefix used to distinguish a Proprietary Limited company (Pty. Ltd.), essentially the same as a UK private limited company (Ltd.) Used in Australia, South Africa and others. A Proprietary company generally (depending on jurisdiction) is one with less then 50 members (shareholders), and not exceeding a certain annual revenue. In Australia, proprietary companies are classified as either small or large depending on the number of employees and the quantum of gross assets and operating capital.
S.A. Spain Sociedad Anónima
S.A. Portugal Sociedade Anónima
S.A. France Société Anonyme, French public corporation.
SpA Italy Societa per Azioni, Italian plc.
S.P.R.L Belgium Société privée à responsabilité limitée.


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