Corporate representation indicates that a legal person can only be represented externally by their organs . These in turn are composed of natural persons , the administrators , who act as representatives. Several types of representation can be differentiated in law: legal representation ( parental custody according to § , BGB ; guardian according to BGB; custodian according to BGB; key power of spouses according to BGB), under company law for partnerships ( GbR : BGB; OHG : f. HGB ; KG : para. 2 HGB), as a body for legal entities ( managing director of the GmbH : GmbHG ; stock corporation : AktG ; cooperative : para. 1 GenG ; partnership : para. 3 PartGG ; EWIV : Art. 20 EWIV-VO) as well as legal representation ( power of attorney in accordance with para. 2 BGB).
Corporate representation is always legal representation, but not power of attorney. A legal person can act and appear in legal dealings through its representative . Not natural persons are in particular legal persons (e.g. registered association , stock corporation , there the board of directors according to BGB or AktG), but also associations of persons with partial legal capacity (e.g. open trading company ).