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Switzerland Company Registration – Business Setup

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5 simple steps are needed to register an offshore company in 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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Switzerland Company Formation

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 of a Switzerland Company

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.
Taxation
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.
Legislation
Under Civil Law.
Standard currency
CHF
Time to form
Approximately 10 days (upon validation of your identification documents).
Stability
Extremely stable jurisdiction, enjoying an excellent reputation.
Communication
Highly developed means of communication.
Time zone
Convenient World Time Zone: GMT+1
Secretary required
No
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 a Switzerland Company

2 notarized & apostilled copies 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, 2 notarized & apostilled copies of proof of domicile dated within last month, a copy of last tax return declaration, a curriculum vitae, as well as last 3 months' bank statement. All in original.**






Frequently Asked Questions

Company Formation in Switzerland

  • What type of company do you register in Switzerland?

    The two types of company that we form in Geneva - Switzerland are known as S.A. (Société anonyme) and S.A.R.L. (Société A Responsabilité Limitée). The Canton’s Register acts as a monitoring body.
  • What is the difference between S.A. and S.A.R.L.?

    These two types of companies are called in the French language S.A. (Société anonyme) and S.A.R.L. (Société A Responsabilité Limitée) and are equivalent to a Public Limited Company (PLC) and Limited Liability Company (LLC) respectively.

    Please refer to our complete guide about both entities.
  • Are Swiss SA and Swiss SARL tax liable?

    Yes.Please refer to our complete guide about a swiss company taxation.
  • Do I need to submit accounts for a Swiss SA and Swiss SARL?

    Yes, accounting is compulsory, but auditing is not required. If the company does not want to be audited, it must apply for “opting out” applicable under certain circumstances.
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  • Will my data be publicly available in Switzerland?

    Yes, for both SA and SARL, the name of the director is publicly available in the local commercial register.

    However, the name of the shareholders appears publicly only for an SARL company.
  • Will my liability be limited if I register my company as SA or SARL in Geneva, Switzerland?

    The shareholders’ liability in an SARL is the amount of share capital that they have invested. However, additional payments may be imposed if and when required to cover losses, or in case such clause is stipulated in the articles of association of the company. These additional payments cannot exceed twice the value of the company share capital.

    The shareholders’ liability in an SA is typically limited to the amount of shares respectively held by them.
  • Do I need to deposit the paid up capital for a SA or SARL company in Geneva, Switzerland?

    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.
  • How many directors and shareholders should I appoint to my SA or SARL company in Geneva, Switzerland?

    A minimum of one shareholder and one swiss resident director should be appointed while registering a SA or a SARL company.

    The necessary local swiss resident director services are obtained through SFM and our agent in consideration of the professional director service fees.


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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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Our Client Reviews

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96% Customer satisfaction rate, testimonials verified by Feefo.com
12-Jan-2015
When I initially took on SFM, I though the process would take 2-3 days, this was quoted in their website for registration in BVI. I started the ball rolling on the 15th of April and it is only recently that I have been told the Registration is complete. A lot of this due to my working abroad and my wife also being a director, which has delayed document signings and submission.

There was a lot of documentation to sign and provide. When I thought it was all done I was presented with more paper work. I find it very hard to believe that to form a company in a few days is possible in the best of circumstance.

However my company is now formed and I have a bank account with a bank recommended by SFM. They leave quite a bit to be desired, but then that is internet banking.

I think your selection of 4 catagories is not good as I would not say they were 'Poor' but I would also not describe them as 'Good' either. A ranking of 1 -10 would be a farer way of evaluation simplistically, in that case I would give them a 6 out of 10
14-Dec-2014
The offshore registration transaction was pretty straight forward. What should have been a similarly simple follow up bank account setup became a convoluted process bogged down by compliance red tap. SFM persevered through months of paper work to get the job done. Really quite impressed.
03-Dec-2014
They are very professional and efficient I can recommend them to foreign professionals.
11-Nov-2014
Tout s'est bien déroulé avec SFM. Ma société et mon compte ont été ouverts dans les délais annoncées sur leur site et mon interlocuteur a toujours été dispo donc AAA. merci.
10-Nov-2014
Je n'ai pas eu les informations nécessaires avant de ma lancer dans cette aventure.
J'ai mis plusieurs mois (plus de 2 mois) avant de voir ma société être créee et à ce jour je n'ai toujours pas de documents officiels hors des échanges de mails.
Les services ne sont pas complets
06-Nov-2014
Great services the people of SFM give to businessman all around the world that has special and unique necessities when it comes to legal and tax advising.
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