Establishing A Business Entity In Austria

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1. Introduction -

In Austria, any national citizen or foreign national is, in principle, allowed to establish a business. A company is defined as a partnership of at least two persons (exceptions for limited liability companies and joint-stock companies), founded by a legal transaction, who want to achieve a certain purpose through organized cooperation. While one person is sufficient to establish a limited company (Kapitalgesellschaft), at least two persons are necessary to form a partnership entity (Personengesellschaft). A business operated by a single natural person with full personal liability (i.e. without any further partners or shareholders) is referred to as a sole proprietorship (Einzelunternehmen)....

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