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31 August 2004
The State Committee on Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship has issued a Special Order Approving the Requirements on Names of Legal Entities. According to this document, each company must have its own title, which must include its corporate form and the trading name of the company. The name must be in the Ukrainian language. Companies are also permitted to have short names.
The name of one company cannot be similar to that of another company. Moreover, it cannot incorporate the names of state bodies, local agencies and historical state names, a list of which will be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. It also cannot include the word 'national', except in the case of special state organizations and institutions.
A company's full name cannot have more than 182 letters, while its short name cannot exceed 38 letters. Only letters of the Ukrainian alphabet can be used, together with the following symbols: apostrophe, hyphen, dash, and 'N' to designate a number. All Arabic numerals can be used, as well as the following Roman numerals: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX and X. The use of all other symbols and letters is restricted.
For further information on this topic please contact Sergei Konnov or Galina Zagorodnyuk at Konnov & Sozanovsky by telephone (+380 44 490 5400) or by fax (+380 44 490 5490) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Sergei V Konnov