Overview of the Greek Private Company
Law 4072 of 2012 (the “Law”) introduced in Greece a new type of company, the Private Company (“PC”) (“Idiotiki Kefalaiouchiki Etaireia” or “IKE” in Greek) in order to meet the growing need for a modern and flexible limited liability middle- sized company.
After three years since its creation, the Private Company may be characterised as a success with the establishment up to this day of over 10000 Private Companies since 2012 and a clear preference of businesses to choose this type of company over the pre- existing structures, according to an announcement of the Ministry of Development in April 2014.
ADVANTAGES OF THE PRIVATE COMPANY IN RELATION TO OTHER TYPES OF GREEK COMPANIES
- Zero capital requirements.
- Quick establishment with minimum expenses (as usually the involvement of a Notary is not required) and simpliﬁed procedure.
- Provided the Articles comply with the requirements of the Law, they may be drafted accordingly to suit the particular needs of a type of business as well as of its members, enabling the company to be shaped either closer to a partnership or closer to a Societe Anonyme.
- Very ﬂexible corporate form (meetings can be held through teleconference and abroad, any amendments and changes are made by a private agreement).
- Corporate documentation may be drafted also in any oﬃcial EU language.
- Only the manager and the sole member (in case of a single- membered PC) are subject to compulsory registration at the local insurance organisation (as opposed to all members/ partners in other types of companies).
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