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Buying a European shelf company with VAT number

Whenever you need to start doing business immediately in a European country and you need a company with a VAT number, you don’t have to wait for the bureaucratic procedures.

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Partner Law Firms

We encourage you to contact our partner law firms in Bucharest: Rolegal and E&C, both part of our legal network.

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Tax Minimization Structures

BridgeWest is specialized in special corporate structures designed for tax minimization. No matter where you want to incorporate your company, you will need to consider how you can legally minimize costs.

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French Public Notary

September 25, 2011, 1:26 am

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 educated lawyers, with the status of public officials appointed by the state. A French public notary has to be neutral and objective when offering advice and consultancy, as well as in mediating negotiations and preparing contracts or agreements. Public notaries in France provide legality and authenticity for signed papers. The French government sets the fees for a public notary in France. Public notaries in France are under the authority of the Minister of Justice, but there is also a Chamber of Notaries who supervises their activity. A national regulation which submits to Decree of 26 November 1971 states that public notaries in France must help each other and not become competitors. 


Since public notaries in France are basically lawyers, they need to have a strong knowledge of the French legal system. Besides, they need to obtain a degree and practice for two years as trainee notaries in France. A master’s degree in legal studies is compulsory, as well as a post-graduate degree in notarial law, which can be obtained in a French university or in a special program provided by the “Centre de formation professionnel notarial”. This takes one year and an examination has to be passed at the end of this period. After two years of training in a notarial office, a notary in France receives a diploma called “Diplome superieur du notariat”. Highly experienced legal specialists like attorneys, magistrates, teachers in law schools or corporate lawyers are also eligible for admission to public notaries in France by the Superior Council of Notaries.


Public notaries in France are legal advisors for individuals and companies who need help in fields like sales, divorces, taxes, asset management or property. In other words, a French notary draws up deeds and advises in contracts concerning the clients’ affairs. A notary in France also deals with company formation, selling of businesses or co-ownerships. He evaluates properties, mediates conflicts and guarantees the validity of the contracts.

BridgeWest offers company registration in France, including virtual office and other related services. 

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