Company Law, Modernisation of Company Law and Enhancement of Corporate Governance, Cross-border transfer of the registered office

Transfer of the registered office of limited companies


Consultation on the cross-border transfers of registered offices of companies

The Directorate General for the Internal Market and Services launched a broad public online consultation on the cross-border transfers of registered offices of companies.

You will find below the consultation document and related information, the feedback statement from the public consultation, contributions from the stakeholders as well as additional information:

  • Consultation
  • Feedback statement (forthcoming)
  • Received responses
  • Contributions received outside of the online consultation

Impact Assessment (December 2007)

The European Commission has published in December 2007 an impact assessment on the Directive on the cross-border transfer of registered office. The document presents the pros and cons of possible policy actions, also including an evaluation of the consequences of not undertaking any regulatory action in this field. The impact assessment has been validated by the Commission's impact assessment board. Having weighed the arguments advanced, Commissioner McCreevy has decided there is no need for action at EU level on this issue. DG Internal Market and Services has therefore stopped work in this area.

Public consultation

The public consultation relates to the outline of the planned proposal for a 14th Company Law Directive on the cross-border transfer of the registered office of limited companies.

Case Law

Date Case Description
16.12.2008 C 210/06 Cartesio
13.12.2005 C 411/03 SEVIC Systems AG
30.09.2003 C 167/01 Kamer van Koophandel en Fabrieken voor Amsterdam vs. Inspire Art Ltd
05.11.2002 C 208/00 Überseering BV vs. Nordic Construction Company Baumanagement GmbH (NCC)
09.03.1999 C 212/97 Centros Ltd vs. Erhvervs- og Selskabsstyrelsen
27.09.1988 C 81/87 The Queen vs. H. M. Treasury and Commissioners of Inland Revenue, ex parte Daily Mail and General Trust plc
10.07.1986 C 79/85 Segers vs. Bestuur van de Bedrijfsvereniging voor Bank- en Verzekeringswezen, Groothandel en Vrije Beroepen