The European Court of Justice Recognizes A Member State’s Right To Impede The Transfer of A Company Seat to Another Member State While Maintaining The Lex Societatis of The Original Member State

16 February 2009

The high court determined that, currently, freedom of establishment is not violated when a member state impedes a company incorporated in accordance with their laws to transfer the company seat to another member state while maintaining the applicable law of the original state.

Therefore, in these cases the only way that a company can transfer their company seat to another member state without requiring the winding-up and re-incorporation in accordance with the laws of the new state is, in the high court’s judgement, by adopting the new state’s lex societatis.

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