Spanish Sociedad Limitada (SL) Company Formation

We have an office in Madrid very close to the Tax Office and Mercantile Registry making dealing with the authorities effective and efficient.

A Spanish Sociedad Limitada (SL) 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 SL are liable to lose only the value of the share capital to which they subscribe.

Incorporating an SL allows access to the lucrative Spanish market.  Formacompany is uniquely qualified to help you establish and maintain your Spanish business.  We have 20 years’ experience incorporating business in Spain and our Madrid office can facilitate everything from drafting the initial documentation to set up your company  to processing and running the payroll for your employees.

  • Company Name

    All company names must be approved by the Mercantile Register which takes around three days, once approved the name can be reserved for ten days.  Company names must not be identical or deceptively similar to other companies already registered and the name must end with the suffix Sociedad Limitada or the abbreviation SL.

  • Registered Office

    All companies are required to have a registered office in Spain where official correspondence is sent. We provide you with a registered office in Madrid.

  • Directors

    Only one director is required for your company there is no restriction on either residency or nationality. Corporate directors are not permitted. The director may also be a company shareholder.

  • Shareholders

    Only a single shareholder is necessary, there are no restrictions on the nationality or residency and corporate shareholders are permitted. An initial shareholder register is filed upon incorporation but any subsequent changes to shareholdings does not need to be filed.

  • Share Capital

    The share capital is €3,000, a company bank account is required to deposit the €3,000 share capital.

  • Filing Requirements

    Companies are required to file annual financial statements and an annual return. Our office in Madrid can undertake this work on your behalf.

  • Timescale

    Once we have your proof of identity it takes only two weeks to incorporate your Sociedad Limitada in Spain.

  • Fees

    Spain Company Formation – £1900

    Company Administration & Registered Office – £560

    VAT Registration – £120

    NIE number per officer – £400

    Bank Account Introduction – £420

  • 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

    Travelling to Spain is recommended. Incorporation documents are signed before a notary in Spain we can do this on your behalf when granted a Power of Attorney.

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