Aktieselskab (abbr

Aktieselskab (abbr.: ⅍ or a/s, Unicode U+214d ⅍) is the Danish name for a stock-based corporation. An aktieselskab can be both publicly traded and private.The shareholders of an aktieselskab are not liable for the debt of the company. This can be used to protect the assets of the company against creditors by making a group of companies. If an ⅍ is owned by a holding company (typically another ⅍), the profit from the production company can be transferred to the holding company. Since there is no liability for the owners of an ⅍, creditors from the production company will not be able to claim the profit in case of bankruptcy. Professional creditors like banks protect themselves from this by demanding that the holding company guarantees for the debts of the production company.The formation of an aktieselskab follows five steps:An aktieselskab can only acquire rights or incur obligations as a company when it has been registered at the Danish Commerce and Company Agency.The share capital registered at the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency must be at least 500,000 DKK. The capital can come from contributions of cash or other assets.If half of the capital is lost the board of directors must convene a general meeting within six months.An aktieselskab must have a board of directors consisting of at least three members. Members of the board can be elected for a period of up to four years depending on the articles of association.The board members are usually elected at the general meeting. The articles of association may confer upon public authorities or any third party the right to appoint one or more members of the board of directors. In companies with an average workforce of over 35 employees during the last three years, the employees are entitled to elect among themselves a number of members of the board of directors equal to half the members of the board of directors elected by the shareholders or appointed by third parties.