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Swiss Confederation

The Swiss Confederation is one of the most attractive countries for foreign business. About forty percent of international capital is accumulated in the state.

Switzerland is home to one of the world's major currency markets. The high level of development of the financial sector attracts foreign companies to open their branches. One of the main advantages of the banking sector is strict banking and commercial secrecy.

Switzerland has signed an agreement on avoiding double tax payments with many countries. In Switzerland, there is no classic form of offshore zone, however, the company can operate on favorable tax terms, subject to certain obligations stipulated by the legislation of the country.


Legal forms of business

The formation and organization of business activities in the country takes place in accordance with the conditions and requirements of state legislation.

Foreign citizens can register the following types of companies:

  1. Aktiengesellschaft, AG – joint stock company / Corporation. The amount of the authorized capital is one hundred thousand Swiss francs, at least half of the specified amount (fifty thousand) must be paid at the time of registration of the company. JSC is the most common form of business in the country, the most common among representatives of medium and large businesses. Aktiengesellschaft will help foreign business representatives protect their monetary assets. The country's loyal legislation allows business owners to conduct their business anonymously and confidentially. In the prevailing majority, members of the Board of Directors must be residents of the state.

    Since Switzerland is not a standard "tax haven", every year companies need to prepare and submit financial statements, involve audit companies to check the company's activities. A joint-stock company can issue shares – with an anonymous holder and registered ones. The shareholders must include at least one participant without restriction of status – a legal entity or individual, or an offshore company. Only a resident of the country can be appointed Director.

  2. Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, GmbH-limited liability company. A popular form of doing business among the medium and small business segment. Twenty thousand Swiss francs are required to form the authorized capital. There is no restriction on the ownership of foreign property in the country's legislation. To create a company, you will need at least two people. The Director must have the status of a resident of the state. The audit is performed once a year, and companies conduct a mandatory procedure – a General meeting of shareholders and prepare consolidated financial statements.

  3. Divisions of foreign companies. There are no requirements for the formation and Deposit of authorized capital. The management Board of the company must include at least one participant who is a resident of Switzerland with permanent residence on the territory of the state. The company is obliged to keep records of business operations and submit tax returns to the authorized bodies. If the purpose of creating a company is to work on the stock markets, attracting auditors is a mandatory procedure. For other types of activities, audit evidence is not required.


Procedure for organizing and forming a company

Swiss law provides for the use of the services of a representative (attorney). It is his responsibility to transmit documentation to the state authorities. Subsequently, the authorized person will take the post of Director of the company. The team of professionals and our partners organize the entire procedure for forming a foreign branch.

At the next stage of registration, a full set of documents will be prepared, the direction of the company's activity will be determined, and the company name will be chosen.

At this stage, you need to open a current account in a banking institution and then transfer the amount of the authorized capital to it. Depending on the Bank's decision, the amount of money deposited will vary. If a credit and financial institution does not plan to issue securities, it is sufficient to pay half of the amount of the criminal code. If a decision is made to issue shares with an anonymous holder, the firm must pay the full amount of the authorized capital.

The entire set of documents is notarized before being submitted to the representative office of the chamber of Commerce. The joining procedure is completed by opening a current account.


Main benefits and opportunities of the state

Swiss representation allows foreign businessmen to get a number of benefits and opportunities. The main advantages of operating in the country:

  • Anonymity and privacy;
  • Simplified registration scheme;
  • Preferential taxation;
  • Developed banking system, financial and economic stability;
  • Favorable investment climate;
  • The legislation is based on motivation, stimulation and attraction of foreign capital;
  • Prestige and increasing the status of the company.