Registration of companies & enterprises in Switzerland

Registration of companies & enterprises in Switzerland

The company EXPERT SM assists in the registration of the following types of legal entities in  Switzerland (all cantons):

  • SARL, or GMbH (LLC, A. Cap. From 20 000 CHF (paid before the registration of the company), from 1 founder. Citizenship of the director and founders is not limited, 1 Swiss co-director is required.
  • SA, or AG (JSC, A. Cap. From 100,000 CHF (of which CHF 50,000 must be paid before the company is registered), from 3 founders, a director or board of directors (with a Swiss majority)
  • Representation / branch of foreign companies in Switzerland (A. Capital is missing)
  • Fund (non-profit organization. Citizenship directors and founders are not limited)
  • Nonprofit Association (2 founders – physical or legal entity)

Documents required for company registration:

  • Information about the founder (founders) and the director (directors) of the company: full name, date and place of birth, place of residence, copy of a foreign passport.
  • If the founders are legal persons, then the charter documents of the company and the decision to create a subsidiary / representative office *
  • Name, activities of the company to be created

* – notarized and translated into English

Company registration term:

  • SARL, or GMbH 3-4 weeks
  • SA, or AG – 4-5 weeks
  • Fund – 3-4 weeks
  • Representative / branch of foreign companies in Switzerland – 4-5 weeks
  • Nonprofit Association – 4-5 weeks.

EXPERT SM also provides assistance in:

  • opening a bank account (corporate, private)
  • providing the legal address of the company
  • organization of accounting of the company
  • providing an equipped office / secretarial service for the company
  • obtaining licenses necessary for the company’s activities under the laws of Switzerland.
  • Providing nominee directors (managers) (from 5000 euro / year), Providing nominee secretaries
  • Apostille design
  • Sale of READY-FIRMED COMPANIES, BANKS with a general license or OJSC (with stock exchange quotes of companies)

• Assistance in obtaining a residence permit. Special offers for businessmen, rare specialists, senior citizens.

Additional information for companies registered in Switzerland:

• Taxation: corporate income tax of 11-35%, depending on the canton on individual income – 20-40%, social ~ 15%

Registration Company In Switzerland

In this country, there are very favorable conditions for operations requiring the simultaneous presence of a resident office and preferential taxation.

Switzerland’s tax advantages are related to the fact that in some cantons it is possible to register a company whose profits will only be taxed at a reduced rate of 9.8%. At the same time, due to the federal tax on equity, the effective real rate will slightly exceed the mentioned value.

The company has standard requirements: it must belong to non-residents and conduct all operations outside the country. However, in some cantons such companies have the right to establish a really functioning office in Switzerland.

Taxation issues in different cantons are dealt with in different ways. In a number of cantons, a trading company may carry out part of operations in Switzerland while maintaining preferential status. However, the proportion of such operations is limited. So, in some cantons tax exemptions are provided, provided that at least 80% of the operations of the trading and purchasing company must be carried out outside the country. Otherwise, the tax rate will increase by 20%.

Thus, the main feature of a Swiss company of this type is that with a low income tax, such a company can be managed in Switzerland, i.e. she has the right to have a real resident status.
Companies registered here may benefit from Swiss Double Taxation Agreements. At the same time, the respectability of the Swiss company is quite comparable to the American one. However, it must be borne in mind that in order to register a company in Switzerland, a contribution of 100,000 Swiss francs is required.

Registration Enterprises In Switzerland

Switzerland is a country with a very high standard of living and well-being. Concepts such as ownership, the right to exercise commercial activities, freedom of trade and business, are unshakable priorities Constitution of the country and its entire legal system. Foreigners with permission for settlement or permission to stay and work, have the opportunity enjoy basic economic rights on a par with Swiss citizens with some exceptions. They can set up Swiss enterprises, participate in such enterprises as shareholders and co-owners, establish branches and manage their own business.
If the alien does not have a settlement permit or residence permit and work, he can also create his own Swiss enterprises, but he must involve Swiss residents in business management.


Swiss law provides for two types of permits, which in Russia they usually call a residence permit:

Arbeits- und Aufenthaltsbewilligung – Residence Permit and the work has several varieties, of which only annual work and stay permits can be extended unlimited time. It is this permission that is basic in business immigration for those planning to establish a company in Switzerland or get a job at full time job. Only this permission makes it possible to transport family with you to Switzerland.

Niederlassungsbewilligung – settlement permit. it permission is issued after many years, usually from 5 to 10 years, stay in the country and makes it possible to stay in Switzerland without restriction timing.

Registration and application for a residence permit and work, including justification of the need to attract a foreign worker (in the case of hiring) – 1.5-2 months. The document on the basis of which a conclusion is made on the appropriateness issuing you relevant permissions, is a business plan (in the case of founding of the company). We assist in the preparation of a business plan – 10 days.

Registration Enterprises

We will help you register an enterprise of any legal status. forms. But in more detail we will dwell on the description of the registration procedure the most affordable – Limited liability companies (GmbH or Srl – in the French and Italian parts of Switzerland). This form is most preferable for a foreigner if he does not have far ongoing plans related to attracting significant capital from external sources, quotation of own shares on the stock exchange, etc.

Conditions for creating a GmbH:

  • 2 founders are required to establish an enterprise
  • minimum authorized capital of 20.000 CHF, if applicable enterprises must be paid at least CHF 10.000
  • society is not required to have a majority of Swiss people on the board (or even one), with permission to stay and work, you can manage

Your community without the involvement of local labor.

Stages of enterprises registration:

  • selection of 2 founders
  • determination of the name of the company and verification of its admissibility in the traderegistry – 10 days
  • development of the charter – 10 days
  • deposit of a part of the authorized capital into a savings account with a bank;
  • constituent assembly takes place in the presence of a notary public who must certify the minutes of the constituent assembly and the charter of the enterprise- 1 day
  • company registration – from 5 days.

From the moment of registration, the company acquires legal capacity.