THE MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF LICHTENSTEIN COMPANY

General

Type of entity Limited Liability Company (Anstalt)
Political Stability High
Type of law Civil
Disclosure of Beneficial Owner No
Migration of Domicile Permitted Yes
Corporate Taxation 12,5%
Double taxation treaty access Yes, not numerous

Corporate Requirements

Minimum number of shareholders/members One holder of Founder’s rights
Minimum Number of Directors/Managers One
Corporate Directors/Managers permitted Yes
Company Secretary Required No
Usual Authorised Capital CHF 30,000

Local Requirements

Registered Office/Agent Yes
Company Secretary No
Local Directors Yes
Local Meeting No
Government Register of Directors Yes
Government Register of Shareholders/Members No

Annual Requirements

Annual Return Yes
Submit Accounts Yes/No

Recurring Government Costs

Minimum Annual Tax/Licence Fee CHF 1,200
Annual Return Filing Fee N/A

Presentation of jurisdiction

The Principality of Liechtenstein is a small country in Central Europe, bordered by Austria and Switzerland. Liechtenstein is a constitutional monarchy with an estimated population of 35,000.

Liechtenstein is the richest German-speaking country and enjoys economy with:

  • The highest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world.
  • The world’s lowest external debt.
  • One of the lowest unemployment rates.

The economic strength is link to its robust financial sector located in the capital, Vaduz, which has been identified as a tax haven. The Liechtenstein offers unique blend of most attractive economic and financial features, which provide a wide range of solutions and add value investment vehicles. At this moment, a lot global companies enjoy offshore solutions that Liechtenstein offers.

Who should choose Liechtenstein Company and what activities benefit the most?

Who?

  • Entrepreneurs;
  • Consultants;
  • Stockbrokers;
  • Holding companies.

Which activities?

  • International trade;
  • Inheritance tax purposes;
  • Holding of intellectual property rights (IP);
  • Ownership of movable and immovable property;
  • E-Commerce.

INTEREST OF THE JURISDICTION OF LICHTENSTEIN

Advantages of a company in Lichtestein:

  • A flat corporate tax rate of 12.5% with minimum annual tax of CHF 1,200;
  • Liberal and flexible corporate law provides its own trust legal frame;
  • Political and economic stability;
  • Banking secrecy law;
  • Liechtenstein enjoys a very stable monetary customs union with Switzerland.

Disadvantages of a company in Liechtenstein:

  • Offshore companies cannot benefit from international double tax agreements.
  • The Anstalt, name of the company structure in Liechtenstein, can be expensive for non-trading operations or small assets.

How to proceed

To incorporate or purchase a company the following documentation should be provided:

  • A completed application form signed by the company or by the representative;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • A personal bill, which is less than 3 months old from the date of the application;
  • Payment of our fees.

Note: additional documents may be required depending on the certain offshore bank.

Set-up time: From the moment, we are in possession of all required documents:

  • Incorporation of a company or purchase of an existing company: 3 days;
  • Delivery of the original company documents: 15 days;
  • Offshore Bank: offshore bank account opening: 3 weeks.