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Starting a business in Belgium

Legal Forms of Companies

Société à Responsabilité Limitée (SRL) / Besloten Vennootschap (BV): 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.
Société Anonyme (SA) / 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.
Société Simple / Maatschap: Partnership
Number of partners: Minimum two shareholders.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: A partnership may acquire legal personality and become a general partnership (Société en nom collectif / Vennootschap onder firma) or a limited partnership (Société en commandite / Commanditaire vennootschap), depending on whether all or only certain partners will be jointly and severally liable.
Société Coopérative (SC) / Coöperatieve Vennootschap (CV): Cooperative Company
Number of partners: Minimum 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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