France - 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.

  • Company 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.

  • Registered Agent

    A French Sàrl is required to have a resident registered agent and a  registered address in France where all official correspondence is sent. These are both provided as part of our standard incorporation package

  • Directors

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

  • Shareholders

    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.

  • Share 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.

  • Filing Requirements

    A Sàrl is required to file an annual return, VAT returns and register of officers and accounts. Although it is not routine, in some cases an audit can be expected.

  • Timescale

    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.

  • Fees

    France Company Formation – £1840

    Company Administration & Registered Office – £1200

    Chamber of Commerce or Artisanat, Court Fees,
    CFE, legal publicity – £480

    Bank Account Assistance – £380

    Mail Forwarding Service£350

    VAT/TVA Registration – £380

    Shareholder & Directors Register Maintenance –  £170

  • 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.

  • Travel

    A visit to France is  required to deposit the share capital into a French bank account.

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