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 Druzhestvo s Ogranichena Otgovornost (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.
The most common form of company incorporation is a Druzhestvo s Ogranichena Otgovornost (d.o.o), this is the equivalent of a Private Liability Company in the UK. 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.
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:
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.
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
Opening a bank account with a Croatian bank is part of the company formation process. You are required to open a bank account in which to deposit the minimum share capital. The capital remains blocked during company formation procedure. A visit to Croatia will be required to open a bank account.
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.
Only one shareholder is required, of any nationality and residency.
One or more directors are required for your Croatian company, with no restrictions on nationality. EU citizens can be a director of the company. Special rules apply if the director is a non-EU citizen.
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.
Company general meetings are mandatory for Croatian Private Limited Companies.
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.