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This article is the forward to the Symposium on Oregon's Limited Company Act. For most of this century, state law has provided participants in jointly-owned business ventures with three principal business forms the corporation, the general partnership, and the limited partnership. In the past four years, over two-thirds of the states, including Oregon, have enacted legislation authorizing a new business form-the limited liability company (LLC). It appears likely that the LLC will soon supplant the two forms of partnership as a principal business form, and that it will challenge the corporation as the form of choice for closely held firms.