Open company in:

Partner Law Firms
We encourage you to contact our partner law firms in Bucharest: Rolegal and E&C, both part of our legal network.
April 19, 2018
Tax Minimization Structures
BridgeWest is specialized in special corporate structures designed for tax minimization.
April 12, 2018
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.
April 12, 2018

Buy a European Shelf Company

Updated on Monday 20th August 2018

Rate this article
based on 1 reviews

The shelf company is a ready-made and registered legal entity and purchasing such a legal structure can be advantageous for foreign investors looking to set up their operations in Europe.

Our team who specializes in offshore company formation can assist you throughout the process of purchasing the company and its subsequent set up. Having local assistance can prove to be of high importance to foreign investors looking to buy a European shelf company.

What are the main characteristics of the shelf company?

The shelf company is a legal entity that has been incorporated and duly registered with the authorities in a chosen European country.

The process of transferring the ownership is a simple one and less time consuming than the actual incorporation of the company from the beginning. In most cases, these companies will also have an offshore bank account

What are the advantages of buying a shelf company in Europe?

Some of the advantages of the shelf company in Europe include:
  1. No trading history
  2. No debts
  3. Registration with the country’s Trade Register is complete
  4. Credibility for business partners and clients alike due to longevity

Our agents can help you with offshore company set up in countries around Europe and can give you additional details about the advantages of shelf companies.

What countries in Europe are attractive for purchasing a shelf company?

The table below highlights some of the countries in Europe that are attractive to investors looking to purchase a ready-made company.
Country Advantages
Cyprus With a low tax regime and pro-business policies aligned with EU standards, Cyprus is an attractive location to buy an shelf company.
Ireland This country also has a low corporate income tax, English is an official language is and it is located close to the United Kingdom.
Malta The tax benefits here attract a large number of investors interested in shelf company formation.
The Netherlands Located at the heart of Europe, the country welcomes foreign investors with good business policies and a very attractive business environment.
Romania Company set-up and maintenance advantages, including lower costs, compared to other European countries; an attractive regime for micro-enterprises.

Please note that the list above is not an exhaustive one and investors in Europe have plenty of options when choosing where to base their company.

Should you be interested in opening a bank account in Europe or other details related to doing business in this region, our team of offshore company formation agents can assist you.

Contact us for complete assistance for offshore company creation in Europe and in a number of countries worldwide. 


There are no comments.

Please note that URLs are not allowed in the message.