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registration of legal entity

Cost of registration The cost of the second year Number of Directors The tax on profits of legal persons Payment of Charter Capital Financial statements
8100.00 USD 5250.00 USD 1 16.00% 50000.00 Да

Company registration in Switzerland

Company registration in Switzerland

The Swiss taxation system, legislative order, financial and economic systems have long been the standard for the whole world, and, as a consequence, the service of registration of companies in Switzerland is prevalent among non-residents. The process of business registration in the territory of Switzerland does not take much time, but involves certain legal difficulties.

The experts of Law & Trust International offer professional assistance in filling out forms, preparing constituent documents when registering companies in Switzerland.

The objectives of establishing company in Switzerland are determined by the founder, and the selection of the organizational and legal form should be made using support of the specialists in this matter. A number of requirements that are imposed on both registration of offshore company in Switzerland and its further activities depends on the form of incorporation.
Switzerland consists of 26 cantons, each of which has its own legislation regarding the establishment of new companies.

Taxation of companies in Switzerland is carried out at the municipal, cantonal and federal levels, the final interest rate can be considerably high, so that non-residents and local citizens should focus on the registration of offshore companies in Switzerland.
The most cost-efficient for this procedure are the cantons of Zurich and Zug.

How to register a company in Switzerland? Forms of incorporation

Limited Liability Company (GmbH)

The composition of the Board of Directors can consist of several people, but one of the participants shall be the resident of the country. There are no requirements concerning the citizenship of shareholders or investors. The authorized capital of the company can not be less than 20 thousand in local currency. When registering company in Switzerland, the capital shall be contributed before the moment of submission of the constituent documents.

Independent audit of the limited liability companies is not mandatory, but the company shall submit annual reporting forms filled in according to all the rules of the canton’s jurisdiction.

Joint-stock company (AG)

All directors, shareholders and participants of the management are appointed by the founder. Employment for the post of the director of one resident of Switzerland is required. The citizen of the country shall be the natural person, but is entitled to finance or act as the shareholder in other companies. The registration of company in Switzerland in the form of AG requires contribution of the authorized capital in the amount from 100 thousand to half a million of Swiss francs. The indicated amount is paid immediately after the establishment of the business.

The authorized bodies shall receive annual report concerning maintenance of bookkeeping, as well as regarding turnover and income of the company. Independent audit is assigned individually, and the more employees are in the workforce and the higher is the level of turnover, the more likely is the assignment of the audit.

Branch of foreign company

Registration of business in Switzerland in accordance with this form is relevant for the extension of already existing business. Its founder is the head office of the company, and there are no requirements regarding the authorized capital. The mandatory requirement is that one of the participants of the management shall have permanent place of residence in Switzerland.

Submission of reporting is necessary, but the audit is assigned only for the branches conducting certain types of activities. All details on the company's registration in Switzerland can be clarified with the specialists of Law & Trust.

Among the advantages of establishing branch in comparison with registration of new company, there are the following:

  1. More efficient process of establishment requiring the collection of considerably smaller documentation package.
  2. There are no state fees, and the level of tax rate is much lower than for the new company.
  3. The company's income received abroad and in the territory of Switzerland will not be taxed, if the head office of the founder is registered in the country with which Switzerland has agreement on preventing double taxation.

Conditions of doing business in Switzerland for non-residents

The citizen of any country can register company in Switzerland. If the founder establishes company, but does not reside in Switzerland, he will need constant legal assistance. The availability of representative with actual address is mandatory, and it is possible to send company correspondence or personal information for the founder from local partners to this address.

The non-resident’s company is also registered at certain legal address, which is indicated in all accompanying documentation.

The lawyers of Law & Trust offer clients all the services necessary for successful registration of company in Switzerland. At the preparatory stage, we carry out free consultations, analyze the current status of the applicant's company, and help with filling in the forms. The collection of documentation and its submission to the registrar is performed by the client's authorized representative from among the lawyers of our company.

After successful business registration in Switzerland, we offer legal and accounting support. All details are available on the website or can be specified during personal consultation with the expert.

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General information
Square41277.00
Population7655630.00
CapitalBern
Unemployment8.20
State polityformally a confederation structure closer to a federal republic
Telephone code41
Place in the world in corruption8
locationCentral Europe, east of France, north of Italy
ClimateTemperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers; avg. maximum temperature +25°; avg. minimum temperature -4°
Literacy rate99.00%
Ethnic groupsGerman 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%
National currencySwiss franc (CHF)
USD exchange rate0.91
GDP per capita15
Official languageGerman (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8%
Credit ratingAAA
The judiciaryFederal Supreme Court, the Federal Administrative Court
Executive authorityHead of government: President. Government: Federal Council elected by the Federal Assembly usually from among its members for 4 years.
Legislative authoritiesbicameral Federal Assembly: the Council of States (46 seats), the National Assembly (200 seats)
Corporate information
Opportunity to purchase ready-made companiesNo
Legal systemCivil Law
The use of the Cyrillic alphabet in the nameNo
Local registered officeNo
Organizational and Legal FormsAktiengesellschaft (AG) or Société Anonyme (SA) - Stock Company; Limited Liability Company HOLDING COMPANY DOMICILIARY COMPANY AUXILIARY COMPANY SERVICE COMPANY MIXED COMPANY Branch
Indication of BPA in the nameAktiengesellschaft - AG or Société Anonyme - SA or Limited - Ltd
Local registered agentNo
Shares and share capital
Standard currencySwiss franc
Information about the beneficiary is disclosed100000
The minimum amount of paid-in capital, nat. currency50000
The minimum amount of the issued capital50000
Bearer sharesNo
Possibility to issue shares without par valueNo
Taxation
VATNo
Min. income tax rate for legal. persons16.00%
Capital gains taxNo
Currency controlNo
The tax on profits of legal persons (Details)typically varies from 13%-22%, depending on canton
Stamp dutyNo
Director and Secretary
Minimum number of directors1
The requirement for residency directorsYes
Director of legal entities are allowedNo
The data reveals to the local agentYes
Data field to the public registryYes
The requirement for the presence of the SecretaryNo
Requirement to the residense of the SecretaryNo
Requirements to qualification of the SecretaryNo
Legal entity as the SecretaryNo
Shareholder and beneficiary
Minimum number of shareholders1
Data is entered in the public registerNo
Shareholders residency requirementYes
Information about the beneficiary is disclosedNo
Information may be disclosed to the local agentNo
Shareholders-legal entities are acceptableYes
Reporting
The requirement for filing reportsYes
Open access to reportsNo
Statutory auditNo
The requirement for filing Annual ReturnNo
Open access to the Annual ReturnNo
The requirement for reportsYes
Treaty on avoidance of double taxation (States which signed)70
Membership in the OECDYes
Is it offshore according to Russian legislationNo
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