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Open a Designated Activity Company in Ireland

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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Open-a-Designated-Activity-Company-in-Ireland.jpegThe Companies Act in Ireland was modified in 2014 and it entered into force in June 2015, providing new types of limited companies. The Companies Act 2014 created a new type of legal form, the designated activity company (DAC). Foreign businessmen interested in Irish company formation may set up two types of DACs in Ireland: the DAC limited by shares and the DAC limited by guarantee. Our team of company formation representatives in Ireland can offer assistance on the main characteristics of the DAC companies and can help businessmen register the legal entity following the legal incorporation requirements

The characteristics of the Irish DAC

The DAC in Ireland is regulated by the Part 16 of the new Companies Act. Both types of  DAC legal entities have a set of similar characteristics, as follows:
the company may have a maximum of 149 members;
it is necessary to draw the company’s articles of association and memorandum;
the memorandum will specify the company’s objects of activities
it is necessary to appoint two directors
Investors are invited to watch the video below, which provides details on the registration of a designated activity company in Ireland:

The procedure of company formation in Ireland for a DAC legal entity is performed following the same procedures for both types of companies. However, it is important to know that the liability of the company’s shareholders is prescribed in a different manner. In the case of a DAC limited shares, the shareholders are liable in the amount of the shares they own in the company. Shareholders of a DAC limited by guarantee will be liable  following the legal provisions applicable to a DAC limited by shares, but they will also be liable in the amount they have contributed to the company’s assets. Our team of company formation agents in Ireland can provide further details on this aspect. 

DAC’s trading name in Ireland 

Any company operating in Ireland is required to register a trading name with the Companies Registration Office (CRO). The procedure of company registration in Ireland in the case of an Irish DAC requires to state at the end of the company’s name the words “Designated Activity Company” or “Cuideachta Ghníomhaíochta Ainmnithe”. The legal entity can be exempted from this regulation, but only if an exemption was obtained for this procedure. 
Businessmen can find out further information on other characteristics of the Irish DAC from our team of consultants in company registration in Ireland. Please address to our representatives for more details. 


  • Abigail 2017-07-31

    Thank you for the details! I think that the designated activity company limited by shares would be a more suitable legal entity for my business plan.

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