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Starting a business in Ireland

Legal Forms of Companies

Private Company Limited by Shares (Ltd)
Number of partners: Between 1 and 149 shareholders.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required. Minimum one share per shareholder.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to capital subscribed.
Public Company Limited by Shares (PLC)
Number of partners: Minimum of 7 shareholders, no upper limit. At least two directors.
Capital (max/min): Minimum share capital allocated: EUR 25,000, of which at least 25% must be paid on issue.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to capital subscribed.
Unlimited Company (UC)
Number of partners: Minimum of 2 directors.
Capital (max/min): Minimum share capital allocated: EUR 25,000, of which at least 25% must be paid on issue.
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited and joint.
Limited Partnership (LP)
Number of partners: Maximum of 20 shareholders, 10 for a partnership in the banking sector.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to capital subscribed.
The Competent Organisation
The Irish Companies Registration Office.
Company Directories
CRO, Company Registration Office
 
Setting Up a Company Ireland OECD
Procedures (number) 3.0 5.2
Time (days) 11.0 9.5

Source: Doing Business, 2016

 
Business Setup Procedures
Consult the Doing Business Website, to know about procedures for starting a Business in Ireland.
Companies Registration Office

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