Greek Limited Liability Company (EPE)
The EPE is the most common form of incorporation in Greece and it is equivalent to a Limited Liability Company in the UK or a GmbH in Austria and Germany in that it is a legal entity which is separate and distinct from the individuals who run it. For sole traders and for people in partnerships, the individuals’ personal assets are at risk if there is a claim against the organisation but shareholders in an EPE are liable to lose only the value of the share capital to which they subscribe.
The name for a Greek EPE must be derived from the primary business objects of the company or the names of the shareholders. We are able to check that your proposed name is acceptable with the Chamber of Commerce.
The term ‘registered office’ does not apply in Greece. Your Greek business requires a physical address that must be available to be inspected by the tax office at any time.
Only one director, of any nationality, is required for an EPE company. There is no explicit requirement for a resident director but, as the director must work with the local authorities and the tax office, this is recommended.
Only a single shareholder, there is no restriction on shareholder nationality and nominee shareholders are permitted. Annual general shareholder meetings must be held within three months following the end of the financial year but these may be held anywhere in the world and attended via electronic means.
The minimum share capital is EUR 18,000 and this must be fully paid up upon incorporation, with at least 50% paid up in cash.
All companies must file an annual financial statement and an annual return. EPE's are exempt from auditing requirements if considered ‘small’.
The incorporation process typically takes two weeks from the date that all documents and articles are filed with the Chamber of Commerce.
Proof of Identity
As part of our due diligence we require proof of identity in the form of a passport copy for all directors and shareholders of the company.
It is not a requirement to visit Greece to incorporate your EPE.