A Comparative Study of Legal Framework for Single Member Company in European Union and China

Beihui Miao


Following the policy of “reform and opening up” since 1978, China has experienced a prolonged and impressive period of economic growth and development in the past nearly three decades. The 2005 Chinese new Company Law which was resulted from the economic and legal reform came into force on January 1st 2006. It is the milestone of recognition to the legal state of single member company in law for the first time in China. While in Europe, it has been commonly recognized by most countries thanks to the EU company law, especially the Single Member Company directive. This article is to explore the peculiarity and similarities between legal system of Single Member Company in Europe and China by analyzing and compare some key provisions in each legal system, thus to shed light on the advantages and drawbacks of the current legal system, so as to inspire law makers in the future.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/jpl.v5n3p1

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