Types of Corporations

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Understanding How a Franchise Works
What Does Public Limited Company (PLC) Mean?
The Risks and Rewards of a Strategic Alliance
How C Corporations Work
Subsidiary vs. Affiliate: What's the Difference?
Understanding Incorporation
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Subsidiary vs. a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary: What's the Difference?
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Choose Well: The Risks of Establishing General Partnerships
How Conglomerates Work
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How Limited Companies (LCs) Work
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Behind Associate Companies
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Silent Partner
How Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFCs) Work
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What Is a Franchisee?
Understanding Limited Partners
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Understanding Articles of Organization
Limited, General, and Joint Venture Partnerships: What’s the Difference?
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Closed Corporation Definition
Articles of Partnership: What You Need to Know
Silent Partner vs. General Partner: What’s the Difference?
How Publicly Traded Partnerships (PTP) Work
Franchisor Definition
What You Should Know About Delaware Corporations
What are the liabilities of a silent partner?
How Mutual Companies Work
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How Are Business Decisions Made in a Partnership?
Understanding LLC Operating Agreements
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Financial Holding Company (FHC)
How Strategic Joint Ventures Work
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How Unlimited Liability Corporations (ULCs) Work
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Defining the Razor Blade Business Model
Understanding Limited Partnership Units (LPUs)
Understanding Franchise P/E
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Actual Owner
Distinct Business Entity