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Trading company
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1. Basics

In modern commercial law, an open trading company (general partnership) is an association of two or more natural or legal persons to engage in commercial trade under a common brand name. Trading companies in this sense have been widespread since the end of the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, contractual variants are found that make it necessary to distinguish been investors who are liable only to the extent of thei…

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Denzel, Markus A. and Pfister, Ulrich, “Trading company”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020614>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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