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Company Formation in Estonia


BridgeWest offers you the following services:

- drawing up the articles of association that can be signed through power of attorney (Estonian laws require powers of attorney for any public notary proceedings);

- drawing up documents for company incorporation in Estonia: specimen signatures, passport copies, application forms required for company registration;

 - arranging public notary proceedings (all procedures for company incorporation are done in front of an Estonian public notary);

- providing a registered office in Estonia on demand; the registered office serves as headquarters for the company in Estonia and it will be made public;

- setting up a bank account for the company in Estonia; BridgeWest will help in setting up the share capital bank account, as well as a current bank account once the company is incorporated.

- recommending an Estonian accountant, as accounting services are needed for new businesses in Estonia.

Types of companies in Estonia

1. Osaühing (OÜ - private limited company)

The Estonian private limited company can be owned by one or more shareholders and it is required to have a director. The minimum amount to start a private limited company is 2,550 euros and the minimum nominal value of a share must be 1 euro. The Estonian private limited company must have a management board formed by Estonian residents, although management board members do not need to be shareholders and it is also required to have a registered office.

2. Aktsiaselts (AS - public limited company)

A legal or natural person is the minimum required to start a public limited company in Estonia. It needs a public share capital of 25,500 euros with a minimum nominal share value of 1 euro. It is also required to have a management and supervisory board and a registered office. The public company’s shares must be registered in the Estonian Central Register of Securities.

3. Estonian Branch, Subsidiary and Representative Office

Foreign companies are allowed to set up separate enterprises from the parent company, where the foreign company will be a shareholder in an Estonian company. Foreign companies can also open extensions of the parent company in Estonia.

Documents required for company incorporation in Estonia

- the memorandum and articles of association;

- the desired name for the company;

- the business activity;

- in case the shareholder is a legal entity, a certificate of good standing from the Trade Register in the country of origin of the shareholder is required;

- certificate from the bank as a proof that the minimum share capital has been deposited.

Taxation in Estonia

The corporate tax in Estonia is set at 21%.

In Estonia the standard VAT rate is 20 %, but a reduced rate of 9 % and a zero percent rate apply for some good and services.

Undistributed profits are not taxed in Estonia, but a 21% rate applies to gross dividends.

BridgeWest is also able to offer ready-made Estonian companies and VAT registration.

Please contact us for more information and prices for opening a company in Estonia.

Articles on Company Formation in Estonia

Set up a company in Estonia

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Types of Companies in Estonia

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The Commercial Register of Estonia

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Open Company Branch or Subsidiary in Estonia

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Guide to Company Incorporation in Estonia

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Paying Taxes in Estonia

1. What is the corporate tax in Estonia? The tax system in Estonia does not require the payment of a corporate tax for undistributed profits, a characteristic quite unique to Estonia. The distributed profits are subject to a 21% tax rate.   2. What is the VAT in Estonia? In Estonia, ...

VAT in Estonia

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Company Law in Estonia

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Setting up a Private Limited Liability Company (OÜ) in Estonia

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Setting up a Public Limited Liability Company (AS) in Estonia

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Company Liquidation in Estonia

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Open a Representative Office in Estonia

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Register a Non Profit Organization in Estonia

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Nominee Director in Estonia

The Estonian Private Limited Company (Osaühing or OÜ) and Public Limited Company (Aktsiaselts or AS) are formed based on a set of regulations written in the articles of associations. In these articles are stipulated the name and the address of the company, the capital and the shares (usual ...

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Meet us in Tallinn

Call us now at +44 203 287 0408 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Tallinn, Estonia. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Estonia.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Estonia.