AG is the abbreviated form of the German word “Aktiengesellschaft”. In Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, the term denotes a limited liability company which issues shares to the general public.
An “Aktiengesellschaft” is similar in structure to a public limited company (plc) in the United Kingdom or a business corporation in the United States. In French-speaking Switzerland, this type of company is referred to as a “société anonyme” or “SA”.
In Switzerland, a business must hold a minimum of CHF 100,000 in capital in order to obtain “Aktiengesellschaft” status.