European Business Organization Law Review

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 125–136 | Cite as

The European Private Company

  • Robert Drury


The European Private Company (EPC) is best understood as part of the effort of providing a uniform statute for a wide group of companies that can operate in and move to any part of Europe under a single set of regulations. Starting from the suggestion that the EPC might increase the level of trade overall, the author goes on to point out that this vehicle may produce distinct advantages for a wide group of companies. The author points to the key role the EPC could play in the development of inward investment in the European Union, particularly in stimulating cooperative joint ventures. Importantly, the EPC may be useful to countries that have recently entered or are planning to join the European Union. The article explores the two types of companies that are likely to adopt the EPC and examines the set of model articles of association for the draft statute, which include a wide range of company law elements, including fiduciary duties, a business judgment rule, pre-emption rights, voting rules and valuation rules on share transfer.


European Private Company cross-border activities merger joint venture articles of association 


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© T.M.C. Asser Press 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Drury
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ExeterUSA

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