European companies—alteration of registered particulars, ongoing administration and transfer of registered office
European companies—alteration of registered particulars, ongoing administration and transfer of registered office

The following Corporate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • European companies—alteration of registered particulars, ongoing administration and transfer of registered office
  • The SE's name
  • Altering the statutes
  • An SE's registers
  • Appointment, resignation or changing the details of the organ members
  • Accounts
  • Transfer of registered office

BREXIT IMPACT: The availability of the Societas Europaea (SE) in the UK will be affected by Brexit. For further details on the impact of Brexit, see Practice Note: Brexit—European entities.

This Practice Note summarises the obligations of a European company (otherwise known as a Societas Europaea or SE) in relation to:

  1. the alteration of its registered particulars, such as its name or the members of its management, administrative or supervisory organs

  2. ongoing administrative matters, such as keeping registers and preparing accounts, and

  3. the transfer of the SE's registered office to another Member State

A number of the matters covered in this Practice Note are specific to SEs registered in the UK only, not to SEs generally. Where this is the case, it is clearly indicated.

For an introduction to SEs and details of the legislative framework that applies to them, see Practice Note: European companies—an introduction. For details on how to form an SE, see Practice Note: European companies—formation.

The SE's name

The name of an SE must be preceded or followed by the abbreviation 'SE'. Only SEs may include the abbreviation SE in their name, although if an entity was registered in a Member State prior to 8 October 2004 (being the date that the Council Regulation 2157/2001 for the Statute for a European Company (the SE Regulation) came into force)