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Company Formation Switzerland

Updated on Monday 14th May 2018

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BridgeWest provides company formation in Switzerland. Our assistance includes:

> drafting the Articles of Association (necessary for the company incorporation in Switzerland);
The Articles of Association of the Swiss company can be signed through Power of Attorney (the same applies to Public Notary proceedings, a step required by the Swiss Law). 

> drafting all other documents required for the incorporation of the Swiss company; These documents include: Specimen Signatures, Special Forms provided by the Company Registration Office in Switzerland, passport copies etc.

> arranging Public Notary procedures (The procedures for incorporating a company in Switzerland have to be done through a Swiss Public Notary);

> offering a Registered Office in Switzerland for your company (if required);
The registered office required to open a company in Switzerland may be any address where the Swiss company declares to have its headquarters. The registered office will be public.

> setting up a bank account for your Swiss company.
This refers both to an initial share capital account needed to open a company in Switzerland, as well as a current bank account after the company is formed.

> recommending an accountant in Switzerland;
Accountancy services are recommended for any new business registration in Switzerland.

Our Swiss company formation consultants can provide assistance for the formation of the following types of companies:

Aktiengesellschaft (Stock Corporation in Switzerland) - Foreign investors seem to prefer this business type and even though it was initially designated for large business, now it has become popular for small and medium sized companies. Swiss Stock corporations can be established by a minimum of three subscribers. In order to establish this company type a minimum authorized capital of 100.000 CHF (approx.80,000 EUR)is required. A stock corporation in Switzerland must have a board of directors who must be shareholders. The liability of the members is limited to company assets.

Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (Limited Liability Company in Switzerland) - The Swiss Limited Liability company can be formed by two or more persons or companies providing at least 20,000 CHF (around 16,000 EUR) which has to be fully paid up. The liability of the partners is limited to the amount of capital invested in the company. In order to function legally a limited liability company must be entered in the Register of Commerce and have articles of incorporation. Minimum one director is compulsory for this company type, and also at least one of the directors must be resident in Switzerland.

Please be aware that the managing director needs to be a Swiss resident.

Swiss Branch, Subsidiary or Representative Office-Any foreign company is able to set up branch entities in Switzerland. These can be set up as separate
entities from the parent company (Swiss companies having the foreign company as shareholder) or extensions of the parent-company in Switzerland.

Branches of foreign corporations constitute 'permanent establishments' from a tax point of view, and will therefore be taxed on local source income both at federal and at cantonal level as if they were resident corporations.

BridgeWest is able to offer ready-made Swiss companies and VAT registration. Registration for VAT is not mandatory unless the annual turnover is expected to be more than  100,000 CHF (approx. 80,000 EUR).  However, it can be advantageous for companies doing business mostly outside Switzerland to register for VAT before reaching this thresh-hold, as refunds can then be requested for any VAT paid for goods or services obtained in Switzerland.

Please contact us for more information regarding how to open a company in Switzerland and prices.


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