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Types of Corporations


In Portugal, the following are accepted forms of incorporation:
  • A public company (with the suffix S.A.)
    -     At least 5 shareholders are needed to set up the company. The shareholders may be individuals or companies.
    -     The minimum share capital is Euro 50,000.
    -     The owners of the company are only liable for the amount of capital invested.
    -     Companies of the above sort are popular for large business.
  • Private limited companies (with the suffix LDA)
         - This is the most popular type of company for small companies. At least two shareholders are needed to form a company.
         - The minimum share capital is Euro 5,000.
         - The liability of the owners of the company is limited to the sum of capital invested.




  • A company with a single shareholder (with the suffix EIRL)
         - The company is comprised of one single shareholder.
         - Liability is only for the assets of the company and not that of the shareholder personally.
         - An individual may open only one company of this sort in Portugal.







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