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Starting a business in Belgium

Legal Forms of Companies

Société Privée à Responsabilité Limitée / Besloten Vennootschap met Beperkte Aansprakelijkheid (SPRL/BVBA): Private Limited Liability Company
Number of partners: Minimum one shareholder.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: Partners' liability is limited to the amount contributed.
La société privée à responsabilité limitée « Starter » - (SPRL-Starter ou SPRL-S): Private Limited Liability Company - Starter
Number of partners: Minimum one shareholder.
Capital (max/min): From 1 to maximum EUR 18,549.
Shareholders and liability: Reserved for natural person and can not hire more than 5 full time employee. Partners' liability is limited to the amount contributed.
Société Anonyme / Naamloze Vennootschap (SA/NV): Public Limited Company
Number of partners: Minimum two shareholders.
Capital (max/min): EUR 61,500 totally subscribed and released.
Shareholders and liability: Partners' liability is limited to the amount contributed.
Vennootschap Onder Firma (VO) is a limited joint-stock partnership
Number of partners: Minimum two partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: The responsibility of the partners is joint and plural.
la Société en commandite simple (SCS/GCV) is an Ordinary Limited Partnership
Number of partners: Two types of partners: active partners and sleeping partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: Active partners' liability is joint and several, while the sleeping partners are liable for debts until the amount of the sum contributed.
La société coopérative (SC) avec responsabilité illimitée et conjointe (SCRIS) ou réunion d'un groupe de sociétés: Cooperative society (SC) with unlimited and joint liability (SCRIS) or group meetings of companies
Number of partners: Maximum 3 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: Partners' liability is joint and unlimited on their whole personal assets.
La société coopérative avec responsabilité limitée (SCRL): Cooperative society with limited liability (SCRL) similar to a BVBA / SPRL.
Number of partners: Maximum 3 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: Partners' liability is limited to the amount contributed.
The Competent Organisation
Business.belgium.be provides all information needed to invest in, set up or manage a business in Belgium.
Company Directories
BCC
 
Setting Up a Company Belgium OECD
Procedures (number) 5.0 5.2
Time (days) 5.0 9.5

Source: Doing Business, 2016

 
Business Setup Procedures
Doing Business: Belgium, to learn about procedures to start a business in Belgium
Belgian Companies Register (BCE/KBO)

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