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Switzerland

Open a company in Switzerland

Why open a company in Switzerland?

Switzerland offers a combination of political and economic stability, a clean and safe environment and comparatively low personal and corporate tax rates. But the tax regime, whilst relatively benign, is quite complex.

What are the main types of Swiss company formation?

  • Societé Anonyme (SA): Specialist Corporation
  • Société à Responsabilité Limitée (SARL): Limited liability company

What are the main features of a SARL?

  • Mainly used for small to medium sized businesses
  • Minimum share capital of 20.000 Swiss Francs (€12.320)
  • Minimum of two people required to establish the business
  • One of the directors must be a Swiss resident

What are the main features of an SA?

  • Mainly used for medium to large sized businesses
  • Minimum share capital of 100.000 Swiss Francs (€61.600)
  • At least 50% of share capital to be paid up
  • Shareholders can remain completely anonymous
  • Majority of board directors must be Swiss residents

Is Company Formation Switzerland a complicated process?

Switzerland has its fair share of bureaucracy, but it is arguably easier to set up a business in Switzerland, rather than in major EU countries such as Italy, Germany, France or the UK. The formalities of company incorporation Switzerland include the following:

  • Nominating a Swiss director; required by Swiss laws
  • Preparation of memorandum and articles
  • Opening a Swiss bank account
  • File with the Registrar of Companies

Swiss Incorporation

How easy is it to recruit staff in Switzerland?

The workforce is well educated and highly skilled, with over 80% of the labor pool in possession of a secondary diploma or vocational training. Switzerland has three major official languages – French, German and Italian – and English is widely used and the country has an advanced recruitment sector.

What is the regulatory environment like?

Swiss authorities do their best to ensure that business regulation is as light as possible, but it should be noted that companies are subject to canton (state) as well as federal laws. Cantons have regulatory and taxation powers of their own and they differ from one canton to another, so expert advice is essential.

What about banking facilities?

Swiss banks represent the last word in efficiency and discretion, managing about a third of the world’s private assets and most international financial institutions have a base here.

To what extent are Swiss banks regulated?

Heavily regulated. In recent years the Swiss authorities have introduced strict regulations to guard against money laundering and to ensure compliance with international standards. The banks in Switzerland face heavy due diligence requirements and are very cautious in dealing with new clients. They prefer new clients to be introduced by people they already know and trust

Registration of company in Switzerland

Company Registration Switzerland?

Are there financial incentives available for Swiss company formation?

Not much official support for investment is available at federal level for Swiss company formation. The Government does, however, support infrastructure investment, such as tourist facilities, communications and training establishments, with subsidized loans of up to 25%.

At cantonal level, it is possible to qualify for other kinds of support such as rent subsidy, waiving of work permit requirements, tax holidays up to 10 years, cheap energy and so on, making company registration Switzerland an attractive proposition.

What is the corporate tax rate in Switzerland?

The corporate tax rate is 25% on profits.

How much does it cost to open a company in Switzerland?

We charge € 15,850 and the services included in this amount are: Switzerland, bank account opening and VAT registration.

Mandatory Virtual Desktop in Switzerland for 12 months + Annual Fee paid to the Government: cost of € 24,850.

How can I obtain more information about opening a company in Switzerland?

Please contact us if you have questions and/or want to receive more information on opening a company in Switzerland.

Support

The benefits of having your own company are virtually unlimited. Opening and managing a company with Europa Expert’s orientation is even simpler and easier. We provide all the needed support to open and manage your company in Switzerland.

Services we provide
Consulting for new companies (company’s name, website, etc.)
Initial registration
Corporate documents
Bank account in Swiss bank
Business Address and Mailbox in Switzerland
Fiscal registration (VAT)
Accountancy (according to Swiss Law)
Annual tax declaration
Virtual Office in Switzerland

Switzerland

Open a company in Switzerland

Why open a company in Switzerland?

Switzerland offers a combination of political and economic stability, a clean and safe environment and comparatively low personal and corporate tax rates. But the tax regime, whilst relatively benign, is quite complex.

What are the main types of Swiss company formation?

  • Societé Anonyme (SA): Specialist Corporation
  • Société à Responsabilité Limitée (SARL): Limited liability company

What are the main features of a SARL?

  • Mainly used for small to medium sized businesses
  • Minimum share capital of 20.000 Swiss Francs (€12.320)
  • Minimum of two people required to establish the business
  • One of the directors must be a Swiss resident

What are the main features of an SA?

  • Mainly used for medium to large sized businesses
  • Minimum share capital of 100.000 Swiss Francs (€61.600)
  • At least 50% of share capital to be paid up
  • Shareholders can remain completely anonymous
  • Majority of board directors must be Swiss residents

Is Company Formation Switzerland a complicated process?

Switzerland has its fair share of bureaucracy, but it is arguably easier to set up a business in Switzerland, rather than in major EU countries such as Italy, Germany, France or the UK. The formalities of company incorporation Switzerland include the following:

  • Nominating a Swiss director; required by Swiss laws
  • Preparation of memorandum and articles
  • Opening a Swiss bank account
  • File with the Registrar of Companies

Swiss Incorporation

How easy is it to recruit staff in Switzerland?

The workforce is well educated and highly skilled, with over 80% of the labor pool in possession of a secondary diploma or vocational training. Switzerland has three major official languages – French, German and Italian – and English is widely used and the country has an advanced recruitment sector.

What is the regulatory environment like?

Swiss authorities do their best to ensure that business regulation is as light as possible, but it should be noted that companies are subject to canton (state) as well as federal laws. Cantons have regulatory and taxation powers of their own and they differ from one canton to another, so expert advice is essential.

What about banking facilities?

Swiss banks represent the last word in efficiency and discretion, managing about a third of the world’s private assets and most international financial institutions have a base here.

To what extent are Swiss banks regulated?

Heavily regulated. In recent years the Swiss authorities have introduced strict regulations to guard against money laundering and to ensure compliance with international standards. The banks in Switzerland face heavy due diligence requirements and are very cautious in dealing with new clients. They prefer new clients to be introduced by people they already know and trust

Registration of company in Switzerland

Company Registration Switzerland?

Are there financial incentives available for Swiss company formation?

Not much official support for investment is available at federal level for Swiss company formation. The Government does, however, support infrastructure investment, such as tourist facilities, communications and training establishments, with subsidized loans of up to 25%.

At cantonal level, it is possible to qualify for other kinds of support such as rent subsidy, waiving of work permit requirements, tax holidays up to 10 years, cheap energy and so on, making company registration Switzerland an attractive proposition.

What is the corporate tax rate in Switzerland?

The corporate tax rate is 25% on profits.

How much does it cost to open a company in Switzerland?

We charge € 15,850 and the services included in this amount are: Switzerland, bank account opening and VAT registration.

Mandatory Virtual Desktop in Switzerland for 12 months + Annual Fee paid to the Government: cost of € 24,850.

How can I obtain more information about opening a company in Switzerland?

Please contact us if you have questions and/or want to receive more information on opening a company in Switzerland.

Support

The benefits of having your own company are virtually unlimited. Opening and managing a company with Europa Expert’s orientation is even simpler and easier. We provide all the needed support to open and manage your company in Switzerland.

Services we provide
Consulting for new companies (company’s name, website, etc.)
Initial registration
Corporate documents
Bank account in Swiss bank
Business Address and Mailbox in Switzerland
Fiscal registration (VAT)
Accountancy (according to Swiss Law)
Annual tax declaration
Virtual Office in Switzerland

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 IN THE USA: + 1 305 824-9100

 FAX: 305 675-8584
 409 NW 10th Terrace
 Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 

 IN BRAZIL: +55 11 4063-6052 

 FAX: 11 3957-1612

 Rua Maestro Cardim, 354 – Cjs 91 e 92 

 Bela Vista – São Paulo/SP

 01323-000 – Brazil 

 IN EUROPE: +44 020 8144-5686 

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