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Establish a Branch in Switzerland

Updated on Wednesday 31st May 2017

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There are two convenient ways in which a foreign company can establish its presence on the Swiss market. One of them is to establish a branch in Switzerland and the other is to open a subsidiary. The choice belongs to the mother company abroad and it depends on a series of factors, like liability, taxation, company management issues.
 
The choice to open a company in Switzerland should be well assessed and our team of experts can help you make the right choice.

The scheme below summarizes the main particularities of Swiss branches:

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The branch in Switzerland

 
When an entrepreneur wants to open a Swiss company, the choice to establish a branch depends on the degree of autonomy the new business structure needs to have in relation to the parent company. The most important particularity of the Swiss branch is its dependence on the mother company: the foreign company abroad is fully liable for the debts and responsibilities of the Swiss branch.
 
A Swiss branch does not have a separate legal personality but still has to be registered in the Swiss Companies Register. Unlike a subsidiary, the branch is easier to incorporate and does not require a minimum share capital. Double taxation treaties can favour the taxation of branches in Switzerland. Our company registration experts in Switzerland can help you with the taxation and management of the branch.
 

Opening a branch in Switzerland

 
The branch needs to be registered at Swiss Companies Register. The parent company needs to provide a number of relevant documents in order to register the branch. The list of documents includes: identification details for the parent company and its certificate of incorporation, details about the share capital, number and types of shares, the minutes of the board meeting during which it was decided to open a branch in Switzerland and the official designated individuals who will manage the Swiss branch.
 
Some of the documents need to be translated into French, German or Italian. Our Swiss company incorporation specialists can help you legalize the documents and submit them to the relevant authorities. 
 
We can also help you open a bank account for your branch in Switzerland. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information about how to open a company in Switzerland.
 
 

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