Types of collaboration
Through a franchising contract, the franchisee has licence to use the brand or company name, products, know-how and technical assistance of the franchisor.
Companies may also form an economic interest group (EIG). The aim here is long-term cooperation between professionals using the different attributes of each company.
A European company (societas europaea - SE) is a business incorporated under Community law. This status allows for mergers and reorganisations within European groups. It enables them to avoid the legal obstacles that exist in the laws of the Member States.
Other options for expanding your business are taking over an existing one, merging with another company or opening a branch in another EU country.
Registering a European company
The SE must be constituted before a notary, and its establishment must be notified in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The SE must also be registered with the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register (Registre de commerce et des sociétés).
Businesses looking for partners can consult the Commercial Atlas website. Among other things, this provides a database of companies domiciled in Luxembourg.
The Guichet entreprises business portal also provides various information.