Annex A1 - Abbreviations of types of companies recognised as bodies corporate

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ABBREVIATIONS OF TYPES OF COMPANIES

RECOGNISED AS BODIES CORPORATE


Argentina

Sociedade Anonima (S.A.)

All Commonwealth Countries use the following types of companies except for the Public Liability Company PLC or plc which are exclusively used by Great Britain (Commonwealth countries listed on the left, types of companies on the right):

Australia

Limited (Ltd.)

Canada

Proprietary Limited (Pty. Ltd.)

Ireland

Public Liability Company (PLC or plc)*

United Kingdom

(* United Kingdom Only)

India


New Zealand


Pakistan


South Africa




Belgium

Societe Anonyme (S.A.)

beperkte aansprakelijkheid (B.V.B.A)

Naamloose Vennootschap (N.V.)

Denmark

Actie (or Aktie) Selskab (A/S)

France

Societe Anonyme (S.A.)

Societe a responsibilite limitee (S.a.r.l.)

Finland

Osakeyhtio (OY)

Germany

Aktiengesellschaft (A.G.)

Austria

Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien (K.G.a.A.)

Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter

Haftung (G.m.b.H.)

Eingetragene Genosseuschaft

Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit

Indonesia

Perusahaan Terbatas (P.T.)

Italy

Societa per Azioni (S.p.A)

Societa Anonima (S.A.)

Societa a responsibilita limitata (S.R.L.)

Japan

Kabushiki Kaisha (K.K.)

Malaysia

Sendirian Berhad (SDN.BHD.)

Netherlands

Naamloose Vennootschap (N.V.)

Belgium

Beslotene Vennootschap (B.V.)

Norway

Aktie (or Aksje) Selskab (A/S)

Portugal, Spain & South America

Sociedad Anonima (S.A.)

Sociedad Limitada

Sweden

Aktiebolag or Aktiebolaget (A.B.)

Switzerland

Aktiengesellschaft

Societa per Azioni (S.p.A.)

Societe Anonyme (S.A.)

United States

Corporation (Corp.)

Incorporated (Inc.)

Company (Co.)

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

Note:  
a.  The type of company, the abbreviation, or sometimes both, may appear before, after, or within the actual name of the company;

b.  The above list is not exhaustive;

c.  Where the type of company has been stated in two instances, no conflict or discrepancy will be seen between the abbreviated form and the expanded form of a company name - i.e. between “A.B.C.  S.A.” and “A.B.C. a Societe Anonyme” or “A.B.C. a Societe anonyme under the laws of France”.