France Company Formations

France Company Registration

A private company in France is either incorporated as a SAS (Société par Actions Simplifiée) or a Sàrl (Société à Résponsibilité Limitée). The SAS is the newer type of company, and is especially used by non-residents.

Incorporating a SAS (Société par Actions Simplifiée) or a Sàrl (Société à Résponsibilité Limitée)

We offer a complete incorporation package in France that includes:

  • Check your company name with the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle
  • Liaising with the local registrar and relevant authorities
  • Structuring the company as per your requirements
  • Prepare your Company Registration Forms
  • Drafting the Articles of Association / Statutes
  • File the documents with the Centre de Formalitïes des Entreprises
  • Company Books
  • Publication in the Official Journal
  • Commercial Registry fee
  • Stamp duty
  • Appointment of the Directors
  • Initial Government licence fee payable on incorporation
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Bank Account introduction and share capital deposit
  • Registration with Tax Authorities - Upon receipt of the Certificate of Incorporation the bank account is activated Liaising with Tax office to activate the VAT number
  • Issue of shares and production of Share Certificates
  • All documents and certificates supplied in a professional folder
  • Delivery of documents by FedEx / DHL courier

Société par Actions Simplifiée (SAS) or Société à Responsabilité Limitée Company Incorporation (Sàrl)

To incorporate your company in France we require the following:

  • Your proposed company name
  • Registered office of the company.
  • Companies objects - a brief description of the intended activities of your company
  • One director and one shareholder is required for a Sàrl
  • The names and addresses of the directors and shareholders
  • Copy of the passports of the directors and shareholders
  • Percentage of the shares belonging to each shareholder.
  • Proof of the deposit of the paid-up capital deposited in a bank account opened in the company name

Authorised and Issued Share Capital

The minimum share capital is €1.

A Sàrl usually adopts a closed structure, so that share transfers only occur between existing shareholders or with the unanimous permission thereof.

The amount chosen is held with the notary, a bank or in a Caisse de Dêpot during the course of the formation of the company.

The share capital is unblocked as soon as the banker receives the Kbis Certificate.

Company Names

All departments in France have a register of company names and so most company names are allowed so long as it is not used by another company in the same department.

We will check your chosen company name with the the Register of the Commercial Courts and the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle.

  • France is very liberal about which company names are allowed
  • Adding the word France after the company name is usually means you are a non French company
  • Common names, such as Hôtel de la Gare Sàrl, will be repeated several times throughout France
  • A company name check can be carried out free of charge to see if a required name has already been registered
  • We can then reserve your Sàrl name for up to ten days.

French Company Director (Gérant)

Only one director is required for your French company. Directors may be of any nationality. Directors can also be shareholders.

The legal representative of a Sàrl or a SAS company company is called a Gérant; which is the equivalent of a director in other countries.

If you wish to appoint a gérant who is not a resident of the EU or an OECD country then they will need state authorisation.

French Company Shareholders

Only one shareholder is required. A shareholder may be a corporation or an individual. It is not necessary that the shareholders be French, or reside in France.

Registered Office

A company in France must have a Registered Office, we can provide a registered office service in Paris.

French Bank Account

A French bank account is required for the share capital, which we can open for you without a visit to France then a money transfer can be organised for the share capital. As soon as the bank receives the money, they issue an attestation, with this and the signed documents we register the company with the Chamber of Commerce

When the company is formed the Chamber of Commerce issues a Kbis (Certificate of incorporation). We then send the Kbis to the bank, who will open the business bank account and release the share capital into it.

France Fees to Incorporate
  • Company Formation - £1040
  • Provision of Registered Office - £1200
  • Chamber of Commerce or Artisanat, Court Fees, CFE, legal publicity - £440
  • Bank Account Assistance - £360
  • VAT/TVA Registration - £460
France Annual Maintenance Fees
  • Provision of Registered Office - £1200
  • Annual Return, Government Fee (EUR 60) - £50
  • Directors Register Maintenance - £120
France Advantages
  • Time - 2 weeks to incorporate your French company
  • Directors - only 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your SAS or Sàrl Company
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder is required
  • Share Capital - the share capital requirement is €1
  • VAT - easy to get an inter-community VAT number
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process
Required to Proceed
  • Company Name - so we can check your company name is available
  • Documents - proof of address and copy of your passport
  • Form - complete this form
  • Upload - proof of address & copy passport can be uploaded here