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Company Formation in France F.A.Q

Company Formation Services in France and details on how to incorporate a French company, VAT registration, establish a bank account and setup of a virtual office in France.

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1. What is the minimum share capital of a French S.A.R.L. (Limited Liability Company)?
In order to set up a French S.A.R.L. or French Limited Liability Company the law only requires a symbolic minimum share capital of 1 EUR.

2. What is the minimum share capital for a French S.A. (Joint Stock Company)?
The shareholders of a French Joint Stock Company need to provide a minimum capital of at least 37.000 EUR which should be paid in at registration at 50% of the face value of shares.

3. Are there any special requirements for establishing a S.A.R.L. in France?
A French S.A.R.L. is a company designed for small to medium-sized businesses, as it can be set up by at least 2 partners, and a maximum of 100. Their liability depends solely on the amount invested. It is necessary for anyone who is a director of any business entity to obtain a Foreign Trader's Card. The legal representative of the company who is not a citizen/resident of an OECD or EU member state, must obtain a merchant's license in certain conditions. Even though all the procedures can be completed through a legal representative authorized with power of attorney, some banks may require the presence of the bank account titular in order to ensure of his or her existence.

4. How can I register for VAT in France?
VAT Registration is mandatory in France, only for some businesses, carrying out specific activities. Upon company incorporation the representative, or the person in charge with establishment of the company, must submit an application at the Centre de Formalités des Enterprises which issues the registration certificate for the French company. After issuance of the incorporation certificate the institution also informs the tax authorities of the formation of the new company submitting its information.

5. How can I open a bank account in France?
A French company that will engage in commercial activities is required to open a bank account through which future transactions will be operated, or where the initial capital deposited. However there are certain aspects in the procedure of setting up a bank account, that need to be kept in mind. The French bank needs to receive proof of address for the company and information on the bank account titular, like identity card, passport etc. However some banks require the physical presence of the founder at the moment the bank account is setup.

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    Setting up a company in France can be done in a short amount of time and implies low costs. Any person - no matter his or her nationality or residency - can be a director or a shareholder in a company in France. Shareholders of a French company can be natural persons or legal entities. The company must have a local registered office and BridgeWest offers this type of service. A plan containing financial…

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Types of French Companies

Formation of a French Joint Stock Company (Société Anonyme - S.A.) The Joint Stock company in France may not be formed by less then seven shareholders, individuals or legal entities that provide at least EUR 37.000 as a minimum capital. The shareholders must appoint a minimum of three ...

Set up a French company

The French business environment is created on the basis of a strong economy, with strategic fields and major investments and, being a member of the G8 group of leading initialized countries, France absorbs and encourages on one hand domestic company foundation and, on the other hand, foreign investm ...

The French Registry of Commerce and Companies

The French Registry of Commerce and Companies, or the Registre de commerce et des sociétés (RCS) includes all natural and legal persons engaged in commercial activities, and other entities according to the Act of December 19, 2002 on non profit foundations, civil society etc. The Trade ...

Open Company Branch or Subsidiary in France

Foreign investors who wish to incorporate a business may do so by establishing a brand new company, and going through the incorporation procedure or extend their business through a branch established in France. Foreign investment is encouraged in France, and entrepreneurs will benefit from a non-dis ...

Guide to Company Incorporation in France

1. What is the minimum share capital of a French S.A.R.L. (Limited Liability Company)? In order to set up a French S.A.R.L. or French Limited Liability Company the law does not require a minimum capital, as this requirement has been removed since 2003. Before that, the minimum capital was 8000 EUR. ...

Paying Taxes in France

  1. What is the corporate tax in France? Under French tax law the corporate tax is an annual direct tax that affects all profits made by corporations and business entities. Corporations domiciled or managed in France are obliged to have full corporation tax liability, having their do ...

VAT in France

1. What is the VAT in France? The VAT in France has a standard rate of 19.6% since April 2000 and applies to the majority of products and services, while the reduced rate of 5.5% applies only to some sectors, such as public health or culture. 2. How can I get a VAT refund in France? Most entrepreneu ...

Company Law in France

The main document to which French company law submits is the Commercial Code (Code de Commerce). Moreover, the Civil Code and the Monetary and Financial Code are also considered sources of the rules that apply to the establishment of French companies. The French Registry of Commerce and Companies, o ...

Doing Business in France

Country profile France is a republic with 22 administrative regions that contain 96 departments. Its population of 65 million lives either in the metropolitan area, or in overseas territories. France is considered the largest West-European Country, with a surface of 545,630 kilometers square of land ...

Foreign Investments in France

General overview At the moment, there are over 20,000 foreign companies in France, employing over 2.3 million people. In 2010, France registered 782 new foreign investment projects, creating more than 30,000 jobs, according to the Invest in France Agency. Some European Statistics situate France in t ...

Why Invest in France

France is one of the leading foreign investment recipients in Europe. Its stable economy and high quality of life are among the most frequent reasons for entrepreneurs to choose France as their investment destination. In a report published in 2010 by the Invest in France Agency under the name &ldquo ...

Setting up a Limited Liability Company (SARL) in France

If a foreign investor intends to set up a Limited Liability Company in France or a Societe a Responsabilite Limitee (SARL), it is necessary to know that this type of company is the best choice for small and medium-sized businesses. Although the French system is rather complex and you may need some g ...

Setting up a Joint Stock Company (Société Anonyme) in France

Joint stock corporations are very common in France and they are known as Société Anonyme or SA. The French Joint Stock Companies are preferred by foreign investors who want to set up a larger business. Capital The minimum capital required for setting up a SA in France is 37,000 EUR. At ...

Lawyer in France

Lawyers in France practise in either private or public law. Private law focuses on civil and criminal law, while public law means especially administrative and constitutional law. In 2007, there were over 47,000 lawyers in France, out of which half were practising in Paris. The profession of an atto ...

French Public Notary

A public notary in France is responsible for written agreements, contracts and other official documents. French public notaries play an important role in the legal system. In 2007, there were over 8,500 notaries in France and more than 4,500 notarial offices. Public notaries in France are highly edu ...

French Accountant

A French accountant provides numerous services, from offering advice to dealing with all sorts of financial matters. The profession of French accounting is regulated by law and the principles of an accountant in France are based on the Commercial Code, the Plan Comptable General, and the Code Genera ...

Power of Attorney in France

The Power of Attorney in France is known as a “procuration” in French and has the role of granting the person appointed the right to represent the person who grants the power, as well as undertake actions on behalf of the latter. The French Power of Attorney or POA is necessary when a pe ...

Business Start-up Costs in France

1. What is the minimum share capital? An entrepreneur who wants to set up a business in France, can choose between the formation of a limited liability company or a joint stock company. The first type does not require a minimum share capital higher than one euro, but when it comes to a joint stock c ...

Company Liquidation in France

BridgeWest handles all steps required for company liquidation in France. Please contact us via email or phone for appointing a liquidator to carry on the company dissolution, submitting the required application forms, dealing with the Court, closing the company's bank account or any other ...

Open a Representative Office in France

BridgeWest handles opening representative offices in France and in other European countries. For more information, please contact us. What are the special requirements for creating a French Representative Office? To increase the presence at a global level and assist their clients who wish to do bus ...

Register a Non Profit Organization in France

The French associations are forms of non-profit organization settled in France under the “Association Loi 1901”. The association created in France may be declared or non-declared, this affecting the way of operating. For example, a non-registered association opened in France cannot ope ...

Nominee Director in France

The French company’s articles of association are stipulating that minimum one administrator is required in order to act in the name of the entity on the market and perform all the necessary actions required for registration. The French joint stock company (Société Anonyme - S.A ...