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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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Lawyers in France

F.A.Q.

BridgeWest provides a wide range of legal services in France through our affiliated French lawyers and Law Firms in Paris and other major cities in France. We are mainly specialized in the main aspects of French Commercial Law, including Company Formation, Debt Collection, Commercial Disputes and Litigation, French Real Estate Law and certain areas of Intellectual Property Law (such as Trademark Registration for instance).

You can find some of our main areas of expertise below:

Company Formation in France

Our lawyers will provide  immediate assistance with company registration in France in matters like official registration, structure, financing, taxation, office registration. We handle both French Limited  Liability or Joint-Stock company formations.

Debt Collection in France

BridgeWest provides legal assistance for the recuperation of debts from French companies through pre-trial proceedings (official notifications to the debtor, negotiations etc.) as well as trial representation.

Mergers and Acquisitions in France

Mergers and Acquisitions as well other corporate restructuring on the French market.

Due Diligence in France

This refers to both corporate due diligence (performing certain verifications of French business partners for instance) as well as real estate due diligence (offering a verification of a real estate property to be purchased in France).

Taxation Advice and Planning in France

Advice on any French tax and taxation methods, planning for the minimization of taxes, taxes involved with ownership and transfer of real estate.

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



Articles on Law in France

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Meet us in Paris

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

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 France.