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2.6 Annex A - Examples of Legal Persons

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The following types of companies are recognised as legal persons:

Australia

Canada

Eire

Great Britain

Hong Kong

India

New Zealand

Pakistan

South Africa

Limited (Ltd.)

Proprietary Limited (Pty. Ltd.)

Public Liability Company (PLC)

(Great Britain only)

Belgium

Societe Anonyme (S.A.)

Personenvennootschap met

beperkte aansprakelijkheid

(P.V.B.A.)

Naamloose Vennootschap (N.V.)

The Czech Republic

Narodni Podnik

The Slovak Republic

Narodni Podnik

Denmark

Actie (or Aktie) Selskab (A/S)

Anpartsselskab (ApS)

European Union

Societas Europaea (SE)

France

Societe Anonyme (S.A.)

Societe a responsibilite limitee

(S.a.r.l.)

Societe en Commandite par Actions

Finland

Osakeyhtio (OY)

Germany

Austria

Switzerland

Liechtenstein

Aktiengesellschaft (A.G.)

Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien

(K.G.a.A.)

Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter

Haftung (G.m.b.H.)

Eingetragene Genossenschaft

eingetrager Verein (e.V)

Versicherungsverein auf

Gegenseitigkeit

Volkseigenen Betriebe (V.E.B.)

(Old D.D.R.) only

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

Belgium

Naamloose Vennootschap (N.V.)

Vennootschap onder Firma (VOF)

Beslotene Vennootschap (B.V.)

Norway

Aktie (or Aksje) Selskab (A/S)

Portugal

Spain

South America

Sociedad Anonima (S.A.)

Sociedad Limitada

South Africa

Close Corporation

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.)

The following bodies are also recognised as being legal persons:

  • A Minister of the Crown;
  • Australian and overseas universities;

  • Scientific institutes and research organisations of former republics of the USSR and other eastern European former communist bloc countries;

  • Bergrechtliche Gewerkschaft; and

  • Gewerkschaft Eisenhutte Westfalia.  

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