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Starting a business in Austria

Legal Forms of Companies

Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung (GmbH) is a Private Limited Company.
Number of partners: One or more partners with no maximum.
Capital (max/min): Minimum EUR 35,000. 50% totally subscribed and released at the creation.
Shareholders and liability: Partners' and shareholders liability is limited to the amount contributed.
Aktiengesellschaft (AG) is a Public Limited Company.
Number of partners: One or more partners with no maximum.
Capital (max/min): Minimum EUR 70,000. 25% totally subscribed and released at the creation.
Shareholders and liability: Partners' and shareholders liability is limited to the amount contributed.
Offene Handelsgesellschaft (OHG) is a general partnership company.
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Partners' liability is joint and unlimited for social debts.
Kommanditgesellschaft (KG) is a limited partnership.
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners. Two types of partners: active partners and sleeping partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Liability of active partners is limited to capital, with at least one partner having unlimited liability. Liability of sleeping partners is limited to the amount contributed.
 

Business Directories

Financial Information Directories
Dun & Bradstreet - Worldwide directory with financial information on businesses
FirmenInfo - Directory in Austria with business information

To go further, check out our service Business directories.


 

Professional Associations

General Professional Associations
SEAANZ - Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand

To go further, check out our service Professional associations.


 

Business Setup Procedures

Setting Up a Company Austria OECD
Procedures (number) 8.0 5.2
Time (days) 21.0 9.5

Source: Doing Business - Latest available data.

 
The Competent Organisation
Office of the Commercial Register
For Further Information
Consult Doing Business Website, Information about procedures to start a Business in Austria.
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