Swiss Company Registration

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Steps to company formation - Switzerland
Upload your documents
Your account manager will ask you for official documents which are required for your company formation.
Register your company successfully
Once your documents have been processed your company will be successfully registered.
Process any additional services
Your account manager will guide you through the steps of completing your request of additional services such as bank accounts.
Manage Your company via our client portal
Our client portal will give you immediate access to all your documents as well as display your company structure.

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Good to Know
Switzerland is a founding member of the European Free Trade Association, but notably it is not part of the European Union, nor the European Economic Area. However, the country does participate in the Schengen Area and the EU's single market through a number of bilateral treaties.

Main Characteristics
Company type
S.A. or S.A.R.L.
Governing corporate legislation
The Canton’s Register acts as a monitoring body.
Information published relating to company officers
The names of the directors appear in the public register (available on the Internet). For an S.A.R.L. the names of associates are also published.
Accounting requirement
Annual accounts required. Audit is not mandatory.
The current corporate tax rate in Geneva (Switzerland) is of 13.99% on profits following the enactment of Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing in 2019.
Under Civil Law.
Standard currency
Time to form
Approximately 10 days.
Extremely stable jurisdiction, enjoying an excellent reputation.
Highly developed means of communication.
Time zone
Convenient World Time Zone: GMT+1
Secretary required
Paid up capital requirement
To register a company in Switzerland, the following amount should be deposited on the company's account: CHF 50,000 for an S.A. and CHF 20,000 for an S.A.R.L.
Renewal Date
Anniversary date of the company / Each Year
Minimum directors/shareholders
Minimum of 1 director/shareholder
A director resident in Switzerland is mandatory. The price of the nominee director in Switzerland is 3,600 Euros
Bearer shares
Bearer shares are not permitted.
Documents Required
for the Creation of the Company
A certified copy Certification of a passport can be made by a notary, an attorney-at-law, a bank, a public officer, or in accordance with SFM indications. Kindly consult your dedicated account manager at SFM to obtain precise information. of your passport (or identity card), as well as proof of domicile dated less than three months.**

Swiss Company Registration

Switzerland Jurisdiction News

Switzerland Begins Process of Bearer Share Abolition

4 December 2018
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27 June 2018
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Swiss Court Ruling Prevents Prosecution by US Federal Tax Body

26 February 2018
A recent ruling by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court determined details of Swiss banking employees and other third-party persons and organisations should not be passed to the American tax organisation IRS (Inland Revenue Service). [..]
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* Subject to the constraints of the due diligence procedure.
** Documents must be provided for every person related to the company.
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The company has been opened in no time. Bank account is taking a while, but not SFM's fault.
At the end of the day I can say I'm happy with the service provided.
I received above excellent service from day 1 when I placed an order online, and was kept up to date as the process went on, never felt unsure of anything. Mafalda went out of her way to provide me with all the facts I needed before opening a bank account and the account was opened and active in a matter of days. I would recommend SFM any time and will definitely be making use of their service again in the near future. Thanks for everything
They always kept me noted for any development. They assisted me fully with any additional requirements I had or any questions that arouse during the whole process.
I needed very quick response while my contact officer was on vacation and Ms. Alejandra Esmoris stepped in immediately and helped me. I am very, very satisfied with service that I had and Ms. Alejandra's quick and professional response.
Ce service a été excellent à plusieurs égards.
Pour moi, la confiance est un élément fondamental et cela est le fruit d’un pari initial puis de signaux venant confirmer, ou pas, la pertinence d’un choix.
À chaque moment clé, Myriam a su envoyer ces signaux.
Au delà de la confiance, un rapport humain dans un contexte business est très important à mes yeux. Lors de nos échanges, j’ai à chaque fois pu voir à la fois la grande professionnelle au service du client mais aussi un être humain qui avait plusieurs dimensions de tête et de cœur. C’est important de ne pas être en face d’un robot !
De façon à être constructif, je ferai une ou deux remarques pour améliorer le service: lors de mon entretien téléphonique avec la banque j’aurai aimé recevoir avant un petit briefing pour le préparer au contenu de l’entretien et maximiser les chances de le réussir. Ensuite, j’aurais aimé être informé à l´avance qu’il y avait deux cartes de débit, une que la banque propose et une que SFM propose. Ceci m’aurai permi d’opter des le début pour la meilleure option.

Faire ce parcourt est une succession de prises d’informations et de prises de décisions. Ce qui a retardé le processus au début, c’est le temps et les efforts nécessaires à vérifier que SFM était une vraie société et non pas une arnaque. Cela a prit deux mois ! Mais une fois ceci accomplit, le reste de la procédure à toujours été facile et agréable, en particulier grâce au professionnalisme et à l’humamanite de Myriam, dont je loue et recommande l’excellence.

Bonne continuation !
Excelente atendimento, equipe profissional e competente, deu todo o suporte e segurança para abertura da empresa de forma profissional. Parabéns a todos os envolvidos.
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