Swiss Limited Liability Company (Sarl/GmbH) Company Formation
Switzerland is an attractive jurisdiction in which to incorporate due to the tax benefits, high level of confidentiality and stable economic and political environment.
Switzerland is sub-divided into 26 cantons and the specific tax and accounting and reporting requirements vary between each canton. Formacompany can incorporate a Swiss limited liability company in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden.
There are no restrictions on Swiss company names but they must be unique and not resemble any other registered company name and any reference to a commercial activity must reflect the actual business of the company.
All companies registered in Switzerland must have a registered address in the canton in which they are registered. This must be a physical address where legal documents and correspondence may be served. We are able to provide a registered office in Switzerland as part of our Standard Incorporation Package.
Only one director is required, there are no restrictions on nationality but at least one director must be resident in Switzerland; the resident director must have single signatory power to bind the company. A director register must be filed but this is not available for public inspection. Any Swiss resident will need to disclose their interest in the company for tax purposes.
A minimum of two shareholders is required to incorporate a company in Switzerland and there are no restrictions on the nationality or residency of the shareholders. Shareholder registers must be kept but these are not available for public inspection.
The minimum share capital is CHF 20,000 (approximately EUR 16,400) and whilst this must be fully paid up into a Swiss deposit account during incorporation, it may be withdrawn once incorporated. The minimum value per share is CHF 100 (approximately EUR 100). To register a company the registry requires a Certificate of Deposit from the bank.
Companies registered in Switzerland are required to keep accounting records but there is no need to file annual financial statements or appoint statutory auditors. Annual returns must still be filed.
Once all the necessary information has been received the incorporation process is completed in two weeks.
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.
Visiting Switzerland to complete the incorporation is optional; the incorporation deeds must be signed in the presence of a notary in Switzerland but, if granted Power of Attorney, we can sign these documents on your behalf.