Any form of business organization, most commonly a corporation, partnership, association, or fund, which engages in commercial activity for profit. A company can be its own legal entity with characteristics, liabilities and capacities distinct from...



An association, combination or partnership of businesses, financial institutions or investors engaged in a joint venture.

See alsoJoint venturePartnership


Business Law Definition

In business and partnership law, contribution may refer to a capital contribution, which is an amount of money or assets given to a business or partnership by one of the owners or partners. The capital contribution increases the...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe power to direct, regulate, manage, oversee, or restrict the affairs, business, or assets of a person or entity.

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Corporate Charter


See Articles of Incorporation

Corporate Governance

The manner in which a corporation is governed. Corporate governance begins with applicable laws on the subject of corporations, but is heavily affected by judicial decisions and the rules included in a corporation's charter and bylaws. All such...

Corporate Officers

In a corporation, the corporate officers are chosen by the board of directors to do the day-to-day running of the company. The exact number and roles of the corporate officers vary based on state law and the company’s articles of incorporation, but...

Corporate Opportunity


A corporate opportunity refers to any business opportunity that may benefit a corporation. The corporate opportunity doctrine governs the legal responsibility of directors, officers and controlling shareholders in a corporation, under the...

Corporate Raider


See Raider.

Corporate Resolution


A written legal document, issued by the board of directors of a corporation, documenting a binding decision made on behalf of the corporation. The corporate resolution will be adopted at a board meeting, and can be found in the minutes of the...