Global Business Entities


The lawyers of the Multilaw Corporate and Commercial Group understand that the selection, formation and use of the appropriate form of business entity is a crucial component of the (cross-border) transactions in which our clients are involved, and our clients’ international expansion and structuring processes. Accordingly, we decided to prepare the following guide which is intended to answer some of the basic questions that arise about business entities in our daily practice. The section on each country contains summary information arranged on a template basis regarding the most common forms of business entities practitioners can expect to encounter in those countries.

The Corporate and Commercial Group has undertaken this project on a region by region basis. The first region to have its business entities guides completed and on line is the EMEA Region.

These guides are not intended to serve as a substitute for active legal advice. Please contact the Multilaw member firm with which you normally work in a country for more information about our Global Business Entities Guide and how that firm can assist you with matters ranging from business formations to mergers and acquisitions to commercial transactions.


Thomas Schmuhl
Duane Morris LLP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Edwin Liem
Van Campen Liem
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sven Hoffmann
Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Stuttgart, Germany

Andreas McConnell
Phillip Lee
Dublin, Ireland