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Introduction - The European Company: Societas Europaea (SE)


This publication explains the main features of the European Company or ‘Societas Europaea’ (SE). It has been possible to set up this type of legal entity in Great Britain (GB) since 8 October 2004. The guidance in this publication applies only to European Companies (SEs) registered (or to be registered) in UK.

This is intended as an introductory guide only. It cannot tell you everything you may need to know if you are involved in the formation of an SE, managing an SE, or are a shareholder or an employee of an SE.

If you are considering forming an SE, please seek specialist legal advice or refer to the law governing SEs. You will find the relevant law in the

European Public Limited – Company (Amendment Regulations) Regulations 2009 (Statutory Instrument No.2009/2004)
European Public Limited-Liability Company Regulations 2004 (Statutory Instrument No. 2004/2326),
Council Regulation (EC) No 2001/2157 on the Statute for a European Company (the ‘Regulation’), and
Council Directive 2001/86/EC supplementing the Statute for a European Company with regard to the involvement of employees (the ‘Directive’).
This guidance does not cover in any detail existing company law that applies to both PLCs and SEs; it assumes that the reader is familiar with the regulation of PLCs registered in the UK. A glossary of unfamiliar terms is included at the end of this guide.