from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A union, association, or society; -- used in names of German organizations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Union; a union, association, or society.


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  • The plan to create King & Wood Mallesons, which was hatched in November 2010, involves a somewhat unusual structure known as a verein, an association between partnerships that share a common name but remain financially independent and maintain separate budgets and expenses.

    Merger to Form Big Asian Law Firm

  • Lawyers point out that the Chinese-Australian deal isn't a true merger because it was formed as an association of partnerships that maintain separate finances, in a structure known as a verein.

    Asia's Allure Deepens

  • The two firms may combine some operations under a so-called verein structure, which allows for central management of functions such as technology and marketing, while maintaining separate finances, according to the people, who declined to be identified because the talks aren't public. -- Top News

  • (Deloitte Central), a Swiss business form called a verein, loosely meaning an association, club or union.

    Concurring Opinions

  • Deloitte is headquartered in New York but it also set up in Switzerland as an association - or 'verein'.

    The most recent articles from Accountancy Age

  • In March, 1848, he established the "Pius verein", which did much good among the Catholics of Germany.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Bonifatius verein (Paderborn, 1899); Eyschen, Staatsrecht des

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Washington-based Hogan & Hartson LLP used a verein for its merger last year with Lovells LLP and London-based Norton Rose LLP also used a verein for its combination with Deacons Australia, which assumed its British partner's name. -- Top News

  • Baker & McKenzie, another verein, has the longest history of globalisation of any big firm.

    The Economist: Daily news and views

  • DLA Piper, product of a three-way Anglo-American merger and technically a "verein", an association of partnerships under Swiss law aims to offer global clients a complete service while keeping prices down by working out of cheaper cities.

    The Economist: Daily news and views


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  • A German-speaking friend writes to tell me that I got the pronunciation of verein wrong, so here is another limerick to cover the bases.

    When cat and companion combine

    In union humano-feline

    I'm quite at a loss

    To know who's the boss.

    It must be a working verein.

    September 24, 2017

  • Surveying the legal terrain

    For linkage that will not enchain,

    Suppress your keen urge

    To partner or merge

    And choose a less binding verein.

    September 23, 2017