Oneinteresting way of investing in Switzerland is by purchasing a shelf or ready made company. A shelf company in Switzerland refers to a type of legal entity that is available for purchase. The respective company may have just been incorporated for the purpose of being sold or, up to a specific point in time, it may have had various commercial activities. Due its state of inactivity, as well as the fact that it is ready for purchase, it is referred to as a "shelf" company. Our team of company formation representatives in Switzerland can offer more details on the costs related to the purchase of a Swiss shelf company.
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Advantages of a Shelf company in Switzerland
This type of Swiss company can be sold to an entrepreneur or to another company, interested in investing on the business market available in Switzerland. Investors interested inopening a company in Switzerland must know that the main advantage of a shelf company refers to the fact that it will save the time which normally would have been allocated to the incorporation procedures, applicable when creating a new company.
There are many investors who want to start their Swiss businesses in a fast and easy manner, while avoiding the bureaucratic paperwork, normally associated with the procedure of company formation in Switzerland (this is also applicable for most of the European jurisdictions).
Businessmen who want to open a shelf company (referred to as a ready-made company) will need to sign a sale/purchase contract, which will register the transfer of the shelf company's shares to the new buyer. The contract will state the change on the company’s ownership and our team of agents in company formation in Switzerland can provide legal advice on the main provisions that should be included in this document, following the applicable legislation.
• since the company will already be registered, it will also have longevity and this can provide better businesss opportunities to potential clients or investors.
•the investors will be able to change the company’s business operations, as well as its trading name, to better represent the business interests of the new owners.
There are various types of shelf companies, each with different characteristics, which can be bought in Switzerland, but it is necessary to know that most of the offers will provide limited liability companies, which is one of the most populartypes of legal entities incorporated in this country.
Before purchasing the respective company, the investor should first verify if the shelf company is sold in good faith and that it doesn’t have any hidden liabilities. In this sense, it is recommended to perform the company due diligence procedures.
When transferring the shares, the buyer must provide the required documents and write the new amendments in the statutory documents of the legal entity.
There are several aspects the buyer can change in regard to the company, such as its name, address, general board, objective, object of activity and all these must be registered with the Commercial Register of Switzerland.
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