Swiss companies are governed by the Civil Code at the federal level. Swiss companies are domiciled in a particular canton and each canton maintains a Commercial Register.
Our Swiss company formation package includes:
To start incorporating your offshore company in Switzerland we require the following:
Documents you are required to provide:
The company name must end with SA, AG, Ltd, GmbH or Sàrl. We will check the availability of your proposed company name. Swiss company names should not resemble any other company name registered with the Swiss Federal Commercial Registry.
One of the directors must be resident in Switzerland.
Provision of a professional Swiss director, acting in a supervisory capacity to ensure compliance with corporate law, the company's articles of association, regulations and directives.
Representation at notary and Commercial Registry
We can provide your company with a Swiss resident director if required.
There are no restrictions with respect to the nationality or the domicile of the shareholders.
All Swiss companies must have a registered office and must be a physical address in Switzerland. The registered office fee varies depending on the canton.
The minimum share capital for a limited liability company (Sàrl/GmbH) is CHF20,000 (€19,000) this has to be fully paid up on the day of incorporation into a Swiss depository bank. The notary needs to see the certificate of deposit. The issued shares are CHF 100 each.
The share capital for a limited company (AG) is CHF100,000 (€95,000). At least CHF50,000 (€48,000) must be paid into a Swiss depository bank.
These include the following information:
A temporary bank account is opened on your behalf and the share capital is paid into the account as stipulated by the incorporation procedure.
We then prepare and file with the Swiss Federal Commercial Registry all translated, signed and notarised incorporation documents.
All the initial details need to be given to the Swiss Federal Commercial Registry, and this will include details about the shareholders and directors.
Any subsequent transfer of shares is not disclosed in a public record:
As Swiss companies are incorporated through a notarial deed the company director must visit Switzerland in order to sign for the company in front of a notary. This combined with high maintenance costs and requirements for a Swiss director means very few ready made companies are available in Switzerland.
However, if you require a Swiss ready made company we are able to source one upon request. All ready made companies are dormant with dormant accounts being filled annually to ensure they have remained in a state of good standing since incorporation.
It is often easier and far less expensive to incorporate a new company as per your requirements; this is what we recommend.