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
More details on the Swiss shelf company are available in the video below:
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 in opening 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.
Why purchase a shelf company in Switzerland?
• the transaction can be performed in 1-2 days;
• 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 popular types 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.