Croatia Company Formations

For the purpose of attracting foreign investment the Croatian government gives the same rights to foreign investors as it does to domestic. As incorporation agents we incorporate in more than 40 countries and our experience with the Croatian authorities enables us to incorporate your Croatian Private Limited Company (d.o.o), according to your specifications.

When Croatia joined the European Union, company formation law is somehow stricter, namely, personal presence for signing all necessary documents in front of the local Notary is now required.

In order to incorporate your company in Croatia we strongly recommend visiting the capital Zagreb. Generally, remote incorporation is not possible as banks often refuse to open an account for clients who do not visit in person.


We will submit the documents with the Financial Agency of Croatia, they will forward the documents to the Croatian Commercial Court and every company registered with the Commercial Court will become a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Croatia.

To incorporate your company we initially only require the following information:

  • Company name
  • Company Registered Office - a physical address in Croatia
  • Details of the company's proposed activities
  • Details of the director(s)
  • Details of the shareholder(s) - may be an individual or legal entity
  • Details of shares and the share capital - minimum is HRK 20,000 (€2,600)
  • Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association - which we draft for you

A Private Limited Company is established based on the Articles of Association, which are signed by Public Notary, incorporation documents are then sealed by the Public Notary when all the shareholders are present. Foreign nationals must take an ID card or passport and if don't speak Croatian there must be a court interpreter present.

After receiving the certificate of registration your Croatian company is incorporated - It is necessary to have a company seal showing the company name and the court registration number, then company must be registered with the relevant Tax Authority.

Company Procedure

  • checking and reserving the company name
  • drafting the Foundation Acts (Articles of Association, Memorandum etc)
  • preparing and filing the documents with the Trade Court and tax authorities
  • VAT application
  • obtaining a Personal Identification Number necessary for tax purposes
  • share capital bank account
  • Public Notary Fee
  • legal fees
  • state fees

Croatian Company Types

The most common form of company incorporation is a Private Limited Liability Company (d.o.o), and is mainly for small and medium sized companies. The status of legal entity is acquired by registering in the Court Register and all companies are registered following the Court Register Act and the Rules of Court Register Entry Procedures.

A company may engage in any permitted business activity, specified in the Articles of Association.

Share Capital

The minimum share capital for a Croatian d.o.o company is Croatian Kuna (HRK) 20,000 (€2,600). This must be paid into a Croatian bank and a bank certificate proving this payment is required for the Companies Registry when registering the company.

Company Shareholders

Only one shareholder is required, of any nationality and residency.

Company Directors

One or more directors are required for your Croatian company, with no restrictions on nationality or residency.

Croatia Company Name

The company name must be in Croatian or any official language of an EU member state. Company names can be translated into different languages which will appear in the incorporation documents.

The word "Croatia" and derivatives is only allowed with consent from the Central State Administration Office for Public Administration

Company Incorporation Documents

Once incorporated we can provide you with a set of company documents for your Croatian company. This includes the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and the Share Certificates.

A Certificate certifying the company is a member of the Croatian Chamber of Economy is issued, and is considered to be the official document used in concluding business transactions or other business related activities. Copies of incorporation documents are sent via email and the originals from the companies registry are sent in our corporate folder.

Registered Office

A Croatian company must have an official registered office in Croatia which must be a physical address. Our legal representative will temporarily use their own address for the process of registration.

Shareholder and Director Meetings

Company general meetings are mandatory for Croatian Private Limited Companies.

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Croatia Advantages
  • Directors - only 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your company
  • Share Capital - the minimum share capital requirement is Croatian Kuna (HRK) 20,000 (€2,600)
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder is required
  • Registered Office - your company requires a registered office in Croatia, which we can provide
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process