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How to set up a company through SFM’s website

Step 1

Order Form

The first step is to decide which jurisdiction is best fitted to your purpose. Please Read Where is the best place to register my company? to know more about this.

Once you have decided which jurisdiction is best fitted to your personal situation, you will need to fill in an order form Here.

The order form usually takes about 3-4 minutes to fill in and will allow you to select different options for your company (such as bank account, any other optional services such as Nominee Directors The nominee director service may be used where a client doesn’t wish to be personally appointed or has to meet local requirements. The name of the director will appear in the corporate documents, in any business contract and sometimes in the jurisdiction's business register.

Upon appointment of a nominee director, a Nominee Service Agreement will be signed between the client and the nominee. It will guarantee the client that the nominee can only act or sign documents upon the client's request and with the client's prior approval. Professional directors introduced by SFM work with the highest level of integrity and confidentiality.
, Virtual Office Virtual Office Standard allows you to have a company address in Geneva or London, with the mention C/O
Virtual Office Premium allows you to have a company address in Geneva or London with your company name on the post box
Virtual Office Full includes the company name on the post box, its own phone and fax number, telephone answering in the name of your company by a secretary and call forwarding.

With or without a virtual office, your company will still have its registered address in the country of incorporation.
). Another important aspect of the order form is choosing your company trade name. Please read Can I choose the name of my company? for more information about company name selection.

Step 2

Upload of your documents

Once the form is filled in, you shall receive a confirmation email, with your unique client ID, as well as a request to upload your personal identification documents, and an invoice. Personal Identification documents requirement can vary from one jurisdiction of incorporation to another, but generally include the following in all cases :

  • A passport or identification document copy
  • A proof of address : this can be a utility bill, a bank statement, or any other document that can prove your personal address.

Other documents that can be requested, depending on the jurisdiction, are :

  • a recent bank statement or bank reference letter.
  • a business plan
  • a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

please refer to each jurisdiction page to see the exact requirements.

Step 3

Company registration

Once your payment is received (we accept payments over bank transfers, credit cards or cash in our offices), you will be appointed a dedicated account manager. This account manager will be your main point of contact during the rest of the year and subsequent years.

The account manager will proceed in incorporating your company and keep you informed at every step of the process, that is : recapitulation of your order, submission to the registrar, successful incorporation of the company.

Step 4

Additional services

With the company now registered, your account manager will proceed in putting in place any additional services that you have opted for. This may include bank accounts, nominee structures, virtual offices, stamps etc.

To know more about bank accounts, please read : https://www.sfm.com/banking.html

To know more about additional services, please read https://www.sfm.com/faq-offshorecompany.html

As usual, for any service, your account manager will keep you updated about every step of the process.

Step 5

Company kit dispatch

Now that all services are processed successfully, it is time for you to receive your company kit, which will include all company documents, consisting generally of the following:

  • An SFM cover letter with explanations about the documents and the relationship going forward
  • The Certificate of Incorporation issued by the local registrar.
  • Company secretarial maintenance.
  • The Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • The share certificate(s).
  • The resolution relating to the nomination of director and the distribution of shares.

Going forward, your relationship manager will always be at your disposal for any questions/remarks. You will also be receiving industry news about your country of incorporation, and SFM in general. You may of course opt out of these communications at any point in time.

Steps of Company Formation (1min 13 sec)
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