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Company Law and the Law of Succession

  • Susanne Kalss

Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. General Report

  3. National Reports

About this book


This book is one of the first to link company law to the law of succession by concentrating on family businesses. It shows that, to understand the legal framework underlying the daily operations of family businesses, one needs legal analysis, empirical data, psychological and sociological knowledge. The book works on the premise that, since many businesses have been founded by families, practitioners need to develop an understanding of the legal background of such businesses and build up experience to be able to create contracts, trusts, foundations and other legal mechanisms to give shape to systems and procedures for the transfer of shares and control within the family. Comparing the national legal order, techniques, and mechanisms in a range of countries, the book examines parallel developments in these fields of law across the world. Finally, it demonstrates the room for companies, shareholders and the members of a family to develop individual solutions within the legal framework for transferring businesses and shares to the next generation.


Anticipated succession Business succession Businesses and shares Company Law Consequences of a death for a business Consequences of business succession Family Business Last wills Law of Succession Legal incapacity Role of foundations for business succession Transfer of ownership

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne Kalss
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Civil and Business LawVienna University of Economics and BusinessViennaAustria

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