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Types of French Companies

July 13, 2010, 2:06 pm

Formation of a French Joint Stock Company (Société Anonyme - S.A.)
The Joint Stock company in France may not be formed by less then seven shareholders, individuals or legal entities that provide at least EUR 37.000 as a minimum capital. The shareholders must appoint a minimum of three directors that manage the company. The liability of the shareholders is limited to the amount of their contribution for the company's capital. Their shares are marketable and can be transferred. This kind of entrepreneurial structure is designated for business at a larger scale.

Formation of a French Limited Liability company (Société A Responsabilité Limitée - S.A.R.L.)

The members of a French limited liability company, two or more (100 maximum), can be individuals, or legal entities, they are not liable beyond their contributions and are not considered merchants. For such a company there is no minimum share capital required. The company's articles sets the capital needed, which is divided into shares. French Limited Liability companies must be entered for registration at the Trade Register, and they are suitable for smaller business.

Formation of a French Simplified Stock Corporation (Société par actions simplifiée - S.A.S.)
This is a hybrid company, newly developed which has extra flexibility than a SA and a very simple registration and formation process. The formation of a SAS requires only two partners that are liable only to the extent of their contribution for the company's capital. Also the company requires a chairman, or president that is assigned by the shareholders. The minimum capital of a SAS is also EUR 37.000 and it must be registered at the Trade Register.

Formation of a French Sole Proprietorship (Entreprise Individuelle)
This form of business is founded by one member who has full liability for his or her company's debts and obligations, but benefits of the profits and gains earned. There is no minimum capital required, and the individual has to register the company for Trade Register, if he employs people, or engage in trading activities.

Commercial Partnership (Société en nom collectif - SNC)
This partnership represents an agreement of association founded by two or more partners who wish to engage in commercial activities under the same business name. Every partner is deemed a merchant and is held responsible and liable for the partnership's obligations and debts to the extent of their personal assets. A SNC does not require a minimum capital, and shares are not transferable or assignable without the consent of all partners.

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Company Formation in France


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