Switzerland is a country that offers great investment opportunities for foreign investors. The types of Swiss companies allow for the formation of both large corporations and small and medium sized businesses.
Choosing the right company type is an important decision every investors has to make. If you want to open a company in Switzerland our company registration experts can help you understand the particularities of the business entities. The types of companies that can be incorporated in Switzerland are the same as in other countries, like structures in Hong Kong for example. Furthermore, if you need company formation services in Norway, Hong Kong, Thailandor Cuba, our partners are at your disposal. Clients who need legal consultancy or representation in Denmark can receive help from our Danish lawyers.
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Types of companies in Switzerland
Switzerland offers a wide variety of business forms and the most commonly used types are the limited liability company and the corporation. Other business forms favor foreign companies that want to open an office and expand to the Swiss market or investors who want to open their individual business.
The Limited Liability Company in Switzerland (GmbH or S.A.R.L.) is usually formed by investors who open small and medium sized companies which cannot be listed on the Swiss stock exchange. This type of company must have shareholders who are mentioned in the company documents and disclosed in the Commercial Register. A minimum share capital of 20,000 CHF is required to form the S.A.R.L.
The Corporation (AG or SA) is suitable for all business needs and its simple requirements for the transfer of shares make it a widely used business form. The shareholders have limited liability and may remain anonymous (unlike for the S.A.R.L.). The corporation requires a larger minimum share capital than the limited liability company (minimum 100,000 CHF with at least 20% paid at the time of the incorporation).
Partnerships in Switzerland can be simple, general or limited. General partnerships are commonly used by small family businesses who carry our commercial activities. The limited partnership bears many similarities with the general type, however, the activities undertaken by the business partners do not need to be commercial.
Branches in Switzerland are suitable for foreign companies abroad that want to expand on the Swiss market. Individuals who want to run a business on their own can form a sole proprietorship.
Switzerland is a country with many business advantages. A good geographical location, excellent infrastructure and highly qualified workforce as well as cultural diversity are just some of the reasons why foreign investors choose the beautiful country. Companies activate in essentially any business field and the country is not only attractive as a business destination. The high quality of living makes many investors decide to remain in the country.
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