Directors in the spotlight
Incorporating a limited liability company has been the preferred way for many businesses to grow. But recent regulatory pressures have led a number of companies and entrepreneurs to question the wisdom of this approach, says Barry O'Neill
Until now, the preferred vehicle for carrying on a business in the Republic of Ireland has been by incorporating a limited liability company. The liability of the members can be limited either by shares or by guarantee. The main benefit of incorporating such a company is, as the name suggests, that the shareholders of the company have their liability to third parties limited to the extent that they wish to invest in the company. This is true as long as the shareholders are not guilty of fraud or recklessness.
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