France Company Documents

We specialise in incorporating Société à responsabilité limitée (Sàrl) Companies in France and are familiar with the company documents available from the Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés.

Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés

As incorporation agents our experience with the company registry in France means we can obtain copies of company documents easily. We are able to conduct a company search and obtain company search reports and company documents.

France Company Search Report

A French company search report includes details of the company, confirms its existence and lists company information.

A French company search report includes:

  • Full Company Name - Dénomination ou raison sociale
  • Legal Form/Company Type - Société à responsabilité limitée
  • Company Status - active, status radiée is the dissolution and voluntary liquidation of a company
  • Company Number - SIRET
  • Date of Registration - Inscription
  • Date of the Commencement of trading
  • Address of registered office - Siège Social
  • Regional Registry of the Commercial Court
  • NACE Code
  • Legal Gazette Reference - Journal d'annonces légales
  • Company Activity - Activités principales
  • Authorised Share Capital
  • Issued Share Capital
  • Closing date of Financial Year
  • Duration of the Corporation
  • Last Key Figures - Derniers Chiffres Clés
  • List of documents lodged - Actes Déposés - including date, type, deposit number and document filed
  • Includes a copy of the Kbis extract - L'extrait Kbis - from the Trade and Companies Register (RCS). The extract confirms the legal existence of the company and gives verified information 
  • A translation of the Kbis extract - L'extrait Kbis
  • Management details i.e. Name, Nationality, Address, Date and place of birth
  • Latest filed Annual accounts comprise the balance sheet, income statement and notes - Les comptes annuels comprennent le bilan, le compte de résultat et l'annexe - where filed

France Company Search Report - Timescale

The search report will be ordered from the Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés and is delivered by email in 2 -3 days.

France Copies of Company Documents

Copies of the official filed French documents can be obtained for you from the Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés.

This includes copies of:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association / Statutes

Certificate of Incorporation

The Certificate of Incorporation is an official document issued by the Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés. and includes the French company name, company registration number and incorporation date.

Click on the image to see a sample of a French Certificate of Incorporation.

France Certificate of Incorporation

France Certificate of Good Standing

The Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés. do not supply a Certificate of Good Standing but, instead they can provide an extract giving a summary of the current information on the company

L'extrait Kbis -  Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés

The L'extrait Kbis is a French company extract which demonstrates the legal existence of the company and gives verified company information. The extract includes all updates made with the Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés and includes the company name, address, number, date of incorporation and officers of the company.

An electronic copy of this document is included in the search report, alternatively we can provide an certified copy by courier from the Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés.

The Kbis extract is the only official and legal document which confirms the legal existence of a commercial company in France. It can only be supplied by the commercial court registry of the business tribunal.

Financial Statements

French companies must file financial statements with the Commercial Court, which includes the balance sheet, income statement, explanatory notes, management report and the auditors report (if an auditor is required).

Financial statements must be drawn up in French, in Euros and are available for public inspection. In France a company's size generally determines whether an auditor is required or not.

A company is considered 'large', and requires an auditor if the company exceeds any two of the following:

  • Net turnover €3,100,000
  • Total balance sheet €1,550,000
  • Average employees 50

Annual Return

An annual return is required to be produced, signed by the directors, presented at the shareholder meeting for approval and submitted to the Commercial Court.

Public Information

French business law has a high level of transparency, with the majority of accounting and reporting documents submitted to the Commercial Court being available for public inspection on request.

Company Accounts

The filing of annual accounts is compulsory for French limited liability companies and partnerships. The filing of a company's annual accounts is done at the Registry of the Commercial Court and comprise of a balance sheet, income statement and notes.

Complete Company file

We can supply a copy of the complete records filed with Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés, this includes all documents available on the French company.

This is a comprehensive record of a French company and consists of a Kbis extract, history of amendments on the RCS entry, Articles of Association and the latest annual accounts filed, within the last two years.

French Company Documents

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