Widely recognised European alternative for company structuring within the 30 member states of the EEA (Member States).
It gives companies operating in more than one Member State the option of being established with a European corporate identity and operating with one set of rules and a unified management system or even as a single merged company.
The possibility to choose between a one-tier and a two-tier management system provides a flexible tool to structure a company according to the individual needs of the founding entities.
So far, companies have primarily used the SE to create a European identity, to set the ground for cross-border restructuring within the group and to determine employee participation.
A new European corporate form, the European Private Company (SPE), aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, is currently being discussed in Brussels and may well become another standard corporate vehicle across Europe in the future.