France Company FormationFrance – Societe a Responsabilite Limitee (Sarl) Company Formation

A French Société à Responsabilité Limitée (Sàrl) 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 a Sàrl are liable to lose only the value of the share capital to which they subscribe.

France company formation nameCompany Name

France is liberal concerning company names  Most company names are permissible as long as it is not used by another company in the same industry.

We will check your chosen company name with the Register of the Commercial Courts and the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle. You can conduct a name check now using our free company name check service.

company formation registered officeRegistered Address

A French Sàrl is required to have  a  registered address in France where all official correspondence is sent. This is  provided as part of our standard incorporation package

France Incorporation directorDirectors

A French company only requires one director. Director names are filed on the public register.

France company formation shareholderShareholders

A French company only requires one shareholder.  A maximum of 50 shareholders is allowed and if there are fewer than 25, no annual general meeting of shareholders is required.  All shareholder names are filed on the public register. Corporate Shareholders are permitted

France company formation share capitalShare Capital

The minimum fixed share capital of a French Sàrl is rounded up to an amount which is easily divisible, with a minimum paid up capital of 1 EUR.  Banks will normally accept a deposit of €3000 for the paid up share capital.

France company formation share capitalFiling Requirements

A Sàrl is required to file an annual return, VAT returns and register of officers and accounts.  If there is a corporate shareholder an auditor will need to be appointed.

France company incorporation timescaleTimescale

The incorporation of your new company takes one week from the submission of the documents. Please note the company will not be ready for trading until a bank account is established and the share capital paid up.

France company formation feesFrance Company Formation Fees

We offer an all inclusive France Company Incorporation Service

France Sàrl Company Formation 2 weeks

Our services include:

  • Company Name search
  • Liaising with the local registrar and relevant authorities
  • Structuring the company as per your requirements
  • Prepare your Company Registration Forms
  • Drafting the Articles of Association / Statutes
  • File the documents with the Centre de Formalités des Entreprises
  • Company Books
  • Publication in the Official Journal
  • Commercial Registry fee
  • Stamp duty
  • Appointment of the Directors
  • Minutes appointing first Directors
  • Preparation of the first minutes of Board Meeting
  • Initial Government licence fee payable on incorporation
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Registration with Tax Authorities
  • Issue of shares and production of Share Certificates
  • All documents and certificates supplied in a professional folder
  • Delivery of documents by FedEx / DHL courier
Additional Services
Company Administration & Registered Office (required)£1200
Assistance with opening a French bank account£380
Registration for VAT (required)£380
Mail Forwarding Services£350
Chamber of Commerce or Artisanat, Court Fees, CFE, legal publicity:£480
Directors Register Maintenance£175
Annual Renewal Fees
Company Administration

  • Provision of the Registered Office France
  • Compliance with local domicile requirements
  • Maintaining statutory records
  • Statutory Due-Diligence
  • 12 months basic consultation
  • Ensuring that your company is kept in good standing through payment of the annual government fee and filing of annual documents
Annual Government Fee (€60)£55
Directors Register Maintenance£175
Mail Forwarding Service£350


Your company will be incorporated using your chosen name and we will ensure that the procedure is as simple as possible.

France company incorporation proofProof 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.

France Company formation travelTravel

A visit to France is  required to open and to deposit the share capital into a French bank account as part of the formation process.

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