Company Structures in Belgium

Understand the different company structures in Belgium including public and limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, cooperatives and self-employment...

There are many different forms of company in Belgium and these are outlined below. Each type of company may have civil objectives (for example the liberal professions, such as lawyers, architects, notaries, doctors) or commercial objectives (for example traders or manufacturers). Individuals belonging to the liberal professions should check the special laws governing the profession and, where applicable, its ethical rules to find out which commercial form may be used.

The most common forms are limited companies and cooperatives; partnerships and charities are less common.

Prepared using information supplied by ING Bank SA/NV