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Company Formation Switzerland



New Company vs. Shelf Company in Switzerland

Updated on Friday 08th December 2017

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Switzerland has one of the most modern and stable economies in the world. The country has been ranked on various occasions as the wealthiest country in the world and it is easy to understand why foreign investors would want to open companies in Switzerland.
After deciding to invest in Switzerland, business owners must choose the type of Swiss company they want to open: new companies or shelf companies as well as Swiss subsidiaries or branches.
Open a new company in Switzerland
Switzerland is a gateway to many markets and a company incorporated here may offer investors access to multiple opportunities and international recognition. Switzerland offers five options regarding the types of companies that can be incorporated here. 
The limited liability company is one of the most popular business structures in Switzerland, however, this type of company requires a minimum share capital of 20,000 CHF. Larger companies that place their business operations in Switzerland may choose to open a stock corporation in Switzerland. 
General partnerships and limited partnerships in Switzerland are formed when at least two individuals choose to enter into a business partnership. Differences apply to the liability of the partners.
Sole proprietorships in Switzerland are usually incorporated by only one entrepreneur that wants to establish operations in Switzerland.
Regardless of the type of company chosen, when entrepreneurs open new businesses in Switzerland they are in charge of the entire incorporation process. Our company formation experts in Switzerland can make sure that every legal aspect is observed during the formation of your new company.
Buy a shelf company in Switzerland
The main advantage of a Swiss shelf company when compared to a new company is the less amount of time in which business operations can begin. Shelf companies are companies that have already been created and they can either have a history or be essentially as new as a freshly formed company.
A shelf company in Switzerland already has all of the necessary documentation submitted at the relevant authorities and it is already registered at the Swiss Commercial Register. However, the buyer must transfer shares or make all other necessary payments to fulfill the obligations regarding the minimum share capital.
Our company incorporation experts can help you buy a shelf company in Switzerland. We will supervise the entire purchase-sale process and we can offer further assistance for opening a Swiss bank account.
If you are interested in other investment options or need counselling regarding company management in Switzerland, please contact us and we will offer you all of the necessary details.


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