Why the companies are organizations being registered like M/s ......... Ltd., Kindly anybody clear it on the same.
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M/s or Messers is the plural form of Misters.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From India, Lucknow

Usually I have found M/s to be Masters and Sons.

This you'd find more so on the stalls on railway platforms and other places.

Now just to elaborate there are public companies where the funding is from public. Like the companies on NSE are example of public companies where public have their own share in the company. The shares that one buys of a company and the percentage of shares that one owns means one is that %owner of that company. So when situation arises that the company has to liquidate, all the owners and shareholders are the last person to be given cash and clear dues.

Another type of company is government company where govenment is the sole player or major influencer. They may or may not be public.

There are private firms -

Proprietorship - Only one person owns it

Partnership - There are 2 or more partners. There is also an upper limit to the no. of partners but I'm not sure on it if it is 7 or 10.

Master and Sons is the type of business which goes from generation to generation.

Hope I was able to answer your query. :-)

From India, Mumbai

Okay also i would like to elaborate that shared statements on m/s is as per my understanding. Because when I tried to search for it it was quite different from what I have observed.
So if there are any corrections, even I would like to be corrected. It would only enhance my knowledge base.
Thanks and regards.

From India, Mumbai
Raj Kumar Hansdah

Pon has given the correct answer !

Ankita's elaboration is interesting and good !!

Messrs is the plural or collective form of Mister(s).

It comes from French, where a respected gentleman is addressed as Monsieur and a group of gentlemen are addressed as Messieurs.

M/s is the aabbreviation of Messrs (Messieurs).

Partnership firms have several partners. They may be named after their partners like "Kirkland & Ellis", "Allen, Booze & Hamilton"; "Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom" etc.

Similarily family owned ventures are owned and operated by several family members and may have their names like "Johnson & Johnson", "A.D. Paul & Brothers"; "Singhania & Sons".

Companies, whether incorporated or not; have several share-holders and also apart from being considered as an artificial discrete "Žntity", a company is represented by its Board of Directors.

In all the above cases, if one has to address them, the plural form of Mister is used; which is Messrs or when written it is abbreviated to M/s.

Hope members find the above information useful and interesting.

Warm regards.

From India, Delhi

It is the plural of 'Mister'. In the old days, a partnership of solicitors, say, or accountants would adopt the names of all of the partners - for example, Mr Jones, Mr Smith and Mr Evans would call themselves 'Messrs Jones, Smith and Evans'. It has just carried through as a tradition. I don't imagine many new companies or partnerships would adopt this style.
(It is a recognised English word, by the way, albeit probably derived from French.)
- regards - venkat - bangalore

From India, Bangalore

It is rightly pointed out by many that M/s is plural of 'Mister'(in short form).However I wonder that while it is
okay in case of say Mahindra And Mahindra , how does one justify M/s ITC LTD.?

From India, New Delhi

Dear Saibhakta ji....
To say no one say M/s. Mahindra & Mahindra.... or M/s. ITYC ltd...... OR M/s. Infosys....... or M/s. IBM...
While writing only we will have to put it even for Mahindra & Mahindra as M/s. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.,
Any Company while writing the address we will have to put it M/s. ( plural of Mr.) because one company means minimum 2 two 7 Directors should be there..... then only you may cll as Company either private or public ltd., companies. If you address the letter by name in one of the Directors you may put his name after writing Mr. But, When you are writing a letter to a company . that means you letter should be to the all Directors of the Company and in that case you cannot write all the name and put Mr. and that is the reason you will have to start with M/s. followed by the company name.
regards - venkat - bangalore

From India, Bangalore

If we a take a view that while addressing a letter to a company it is implicitly being addressed to all the owners (shareholders or partners) then prefixing it by M/s seems to be logical.
From India, New Delhi
If that is the case, in proprietary firms, there is only one owner and these companies are also addressed as M/s. Anybody who are clear about this, please clarify.
From India, Madras

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