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Company Law

Company Law (6th edn)

Brenda Hannigan
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date: 05 December 2023

p. 31. Formation, classification, and registration of companieslocked

p. 31. Formation, classification, and registration of companieslocked

  • Brenda HanniganBrenda HanniganProfessor of Corporate Law, Law School University of Southampton


This chapter considers the mechanics of formation and registration as well as the various types of companies which may be formed. The focus is on registered companies, registered under the Companies Act 2006. The chapter considers the role of the registrar of companies and the public registry and the types of companies which can be registered. The key categories are companies limited by shares and limited by guarantee. Private and public companies limited by shares as well as corporate groups are all considered. The chapter also looks briefly at alternative vehicles for business, such as partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships.

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