The Czech Societas Europaea Puzzle
20 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2011 Last revised: 12 Jan 2012
Date Written: December 7, 2011
The European Company (Societas Europaea, SE) has become a popular company law form for businesses, and it is most popular in the Czech Republic, which is puzzling. We study the motives of Czech SE founders on the basis of data from the Czech national Commercial Register on all Czech SEs registered in 2010 and 88 interviews with Czech SE users. SE incorporations in the Czech Republic are mainly driven by the desire to economize on board size and the positive European image of the SE (brand management). The large number of Czech shelf SEs probably results either from service providers overestimating these advantages and, as a consequence, demand for new SEs or, conversely, from users underestimating the beneficial effects of (re-) incorporating as an SE. Time will tell which conjecture comes closer to the truth.
Keywords: European company, societas Europaea, Czech Republic, legal arbitrage
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