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Public limited company (AG)

Similar to the limited liability company, the proprietors of a public limited company (AG) do not assume full liability. In addition, the AG has a very good public reputation.

The public limited company, or Ltd. (AG), is an important and popular legal structure in Switzerland. Foreign companies often use this legal form when establishing a subsidiary. A Ltd. (AG) is a corporation with a legal entity whose liabilities are covered exclusively by its own assets. The base capital, determined in advance, is divided into shares. The Ltd. (AG) is not only the ideal structure for large companies, it is also suitable for small and medium-sized companies. It is the most commonly used legal form for holding and financial companies.


  • Minimum capital: CHF 100,000
  • Number of persons: at least one shareholder and one member of the board of directors, whereby these may be the same person. 
  • The majority of the members of the board of directors who are authorized to sign have to reside in Switzerland.
  • Widely anonymous for investors
  • No obligation for disclosure
  • Limited liability
  • Simple transfer of shares
  • Costs
  • Minimum capital


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