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Switzerland Companies Registry

Switzerland Company Registry – Federal Commercial Registry

Eidg. Amt für das Handelsregister – Federal Office of the Register 

Federal Office of Justice
Federal Commercial Registry Office
Bundesrain 20
CH-3003 Bern

The Commercial Registry is organized on a decentralized basis and each canton is responsible for maintaining it and the Federal Government exercises only an oversight over the registry.

The Swiss Commercial Register is administered by the cantons under the supervision of the Swiss Confederation there are 28 commercial register offices.

All the commercial register entries made by the cantonal register offices are published in the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce after having been approved by the Federal Commercial Registry Office.

The Central Register administered by the Federal Commercial Registry Office ensures the right of uniqueness of registered business names in Switzerland.

Certified excerpts of the registry of commerce are ordered from the Cantonal registry of commerce where the company is domiciled.

The Central Business Names Index, is based on the Central Register of the Federal Commercial Registry Office.

Swiss Commercial Gazette – SHAB

New companies and changes in the Switzerland commercial register are published in Swiss Commercial Gazette.

Swiss Cantons

Swiss companies are registered in a particular canton, each canton maintains a Commercial Register which maintains the entries of the shareholders, director, capital structure and registered office.

Entries in the Swiss Commercial Registry

The entries depends on the type of legal entity concerned and depending on the type of company, the notice of registration includes the following information:

  • Date of founder’s meeting
  • Company name and domicile of the entity
  • The business purpose and duration of the entity;
  • Amount of share capital and amount of paid in capital
  • Contributions received in property or shares
  • Type and par value of the shares
  • Special rights granted to founders, if any
  • Company representations
  • Name, residence and citizenship of company directors and founders
  • Name of the company auditors