Foreign citizens may establish a business in Austria, act as managing directors or purchase companies. Here you find basic information that will be important for you as an investor when establishing a business.
Austrian company law
Austrian company law provides for different types of companies, tailored to the specific needs of companies with respect to the stipulations contained in tax and liability laws. Basically, a distinction is made between two types of companies: corporate entities (corporations, joint stock companies) and business partnerships.
Limited liability company (GmbH)
Stock corporation (AG)
Societas Europea (SE)
General partnership (OG)
Limited partnership (KG)
Dormant partnership (stG)
Civil law partnership
The limited liability company (GmbH) has proven to be the most popular form of company in the Austrian economy.
How to start a business in Austria - Support and consulting services
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Detailed information and checklists "Starting business in Austria"
Download detailed information on company formation, tax and legal aspects in Austria can be found in our online brochure "Establishing a Business in Austria".
- Overview of, and legal basis for, the establishment of a business
- Asset and share deals (M&A)
- Employment law, foreign alien employment authorisation
- Trade licensing and other approval requirements
- Tax law
- Industrial property rights and protection of intellectual property
In addition you will be given basis information required to help you prepare for your discussions with a lawyer or tax consultant, as well as a checklist for starting up a company and a list of addresses which could assist you in establishing a company.
Further information about the business location Austria
In our download area you will find comprehensive information on the economic sectors of Austria.