Minimum capital

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Minimum capital denotes the amount that the shareholders must at least make contributions to a corporation and determines the capital requirement of the legal form . The amount of the minimum capital starts at zero, depending on national law and legal form, and goes up to a statutory minimum amount of the national currency.

The following non-exhaustive list (selection) shows the minimum capital for the respective legal form in Europe :

Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Other jurisdictions


  • Ulrich Wackerbarth, Ulrich Eisenhardt: Company law II. Law of corporations: With references to balance sheet, insolvency and capital market law. CF Müller 2013, ISBN 3-811-4716-78 , p. 57 ff.