The activities of several legal entities may also be merged by means of a corporate merger, in which case the activities are transferred to the acquiring legal entity. The legal entity transferring these activities continues to exist, but without the transferred activities.
Pursuant to national legislation introduced in July 2008, international mergers (cross-border) are now also possible with capital companies established in other countries in the European Economic Area (EEA). The features of a legal merger stated above also apply to a corporate merger.
The process for national and international mergers (cross-border) is subject to many legal requirements. Once all these requirements have been met, the notarial deed can be executed. The merger comes into effect on the day following the day on which the deed is executed, at which time the legal entity ceasing to exist actually ceases to exist. The legal entity ceasing to exist must be deregistered from the Trade Register as soon as possible after the deed has been executed.