Swiss Company Registration – Onshore Business Setup in Switzerland

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5 simple steps are needed to incorporate your company in Switzerland

Upload your documents
Your account manager will ask you for official documents which are required for your company formation.
Incorporate your company successfully
Once your documents have been processed your company will be successfully incorporated subject to local authority approval.
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.
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 (upon validation of your identification documents).
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 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.
  • 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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Switzerland is the ideal gateway to European and international markets, as it serves as a global financial hub and a premier destination for companies and individuals seeking security and stability.

The process for company formation in Switzerland is a streamlined process and can be completed in 5 simple steps. With SFM, you can register a company online in any region listed on our jurisdictions list, including Switzerland.

With the provision of both a dedicated client service specialist and a local director, your company will be able to thrive in the Swiss market. The client service specialist will guide you through the process and will help you keep your documentation up to date, while the local director will assist with keeping your company in good legal standing in Switzerland.

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