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Countries - Signatories of the Hague Convention

Perhaps most relevant convention signed regarding company formation is The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents of 5th October 1961. This convention has set international rules about recognizing concepts in private law and specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an "apostille". It is an international certification comparable to a notarization and is often added to documents that have been in some manner signed by a Notary, lawyer or other public official such as the clerk of a court of record in their official capacity.

Country signatories to the Hague Conventions: