Singapore Limited Liability Company (Pte Ltd) Company Incorporation

Singapore is one of the fastest growing and most stable economies in the world, offering an incredibly safe and competitive environment for new incorporations. The World Bank ranked Singapore the best country in which to do business for two years running and ranked it the second most competitive after the USA. Benefits for incorporating a new company in Singapore include a tax exemption on the first SGD 100,000 profit.

Company Name

All company names must be approved by the Registry of Companies & Businesses. If approved they may be reserved for two months. Company names must end with the suffix Pte Ltd or Ltd. We are able to conduct a company name check to ensure your proposed name is not identical to another company already incorporated.

All companies must have a registered office in Singapore where all correspondence may be sent. This is also where company accounts and registers shall be kept. The registered office must be open and accessible to the public for a minimum of three hours, between 0900 and 1700 on weekdays.

Directors

Only one director is required to incorporate in Singapore, although as most banks and financial institutions in Singapore require two signatories it is recommended to have at least two directors. At least one director must be resident in Singapore but may be of any nationality and there are no restrictions on the nationality or residency of other directors. Companies are required to maintain a directors’ register which is available for public inspection.

Shareholders

Only a single shareholder is required and there are no restrictions on nationality or residency; a shareholder may also hold a directorship position in the company. A maximum of fifty shareholders is allowed and corporate entities are permitted. Should a shareholder be a national of China, Pakistan, Bangladesh or certain other countries, the registry may ask for further information. A shareholder register is kept and available for public inspection.

Company Secretary

As per section 171 of the Singapore Companies Act, every company must appoint a qualified company secretary within 6 months of its incorporation and the secretary must be resident in Singapore. In the case of a sole director/shareholder, the same person cannot act as the company secretary.

Share Capital

The minimum share capital is SGD 1, there is no maximum share capital.

Timescale

The process to incorporate usually takes around three days, but if shareholders are nationals of China, Pakistan and other certain countries it may take slightly longer.

Singapore Company Formation Fees

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

Singapore Pte Company Incorporation- 3 days

  • Reserving your Company Name
  • 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 Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
  • Resident Director Security Deposit (£1750)
  • Initial Government licence fee payable on incorporation
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Issue of shares and production of Share Certificates
  • All documents and certificates supplied in a professional folder
  • Delivery of documents by FedEx / DHL courier
£640
Additional Services
Company Administration & Registered Office (required)£450
Provision of Nominee Local Director (required)£6500
Assistance with opening a Bank Account in Singapore£320
Provision of Corporate Secretary (required)£950
Resident Director Security Deposit£3500
Annual Renewal Fees
Provision of the Registered Office in Singapore£450
Company Secretarial Services£950
Renewal of Nominee Local Director£6500
Directors Register Maintenance£175

The whole incorporation process can be completed online and we will administer the preparation and filing of all registration forms on your behalf.

Filing Requirements

Companies are required to keep accounting records but these may be kept anywhere in the world. Annual financial statements must be filed with the registry and tax authorities within seven months following the end of the accounting period. Generally all companies must have their accounts audited with the audit report filed alongside the financial statement. All companies must file an annual return and pay the filing fee of SGD 20 (approximately EUR 12).

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

It is required to visit Singapore in order to incorporate a company.

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