Swiss Company Formation
Foreign investors can choose to establish a branch office, a Public Limited Company (“SA” or “AG”) or a Limited Liability Company (“SARL” or “GmbH”) in Switzerland.
A branch is generally quicker to establish, lower cost to maintain and easier to shut down in the event that the foreign parent wishes o curtail their local activities. With a branch office the parent company is responsible for all trading and employment liabilities arising in Switzerland. Features of a branch office in Switzerland are as follows:
Public Limited Company (“SA” or “AG”)
Foreign companies often used this legal form when establishing a subsidiary. A SA is a corporation with a legal entity whose liabilities are covered exclusively by its own assets. The SA is suitable for SME or large companies and it is the most commonly used legal form for holdings and financial services companies. A SA must have:
Limited Liability Company (“SARL” or “GmbH”)
To register a SARL, the company must have:
Our Formation Fee is:
Annual Retainer Fee for the maintenance of a:
Branch: around CHF4,000 (includes VAT of 8%);
SARL or SA: around CHF4,500 (includes VAT of 8%);
Optional service: Swiss Resident director: around CHF6,500 (includes VAT of 8%).
We can also assist to open a bank account in Switzerland and our fee is around CHF500.
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