Establishing a Business in Austria

Foreign citizens may establish a business in Austria, act as managing directors or buy a company. Here you find basic information that will be important for you when establishing a business.

Austrian Company Law

Austrian company Law provides for different types of companies, tailored to the specific needs in tax and liability. Basically, there are corporate and non-corporate legal forms.


  • Company with limited liability (GmbH)
  • Stock corporation (AG)
  • Societas Europea (SE)

Non-corporate forms

  • General partnership (OG)
  • Limited partnership (KG)
  • Dormant partnership (stG)
  • Civil law partnership (GesbR)

The company with llimited liablility (GmbH) is the most widely used form.

For your preparation you find here an overview of the rules and regulations for setting up aGmbH (Ltd.) or a branch office in Austria.

Extensive information on Austrian Company Law and the rules and regulation closely related to starting a business can be found in the brochure Starting Business in Austria. There you also find basic information necessary for preparing a meeting with an attorney or tax advisor, a checklist and a list of helpful addresses.

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