THE MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF SWITZERLAND COMPANY

General Context

Types of companies Stock Corporation, Ltd. (AG) Limited Liability Company, LLC (GmbH)
Political Stability Excellent
Local law Civil law
Anonymity of the shareholders Yes No
Taxation of companies Variable
Language Official: French, German, Italian and Romansh; English is not an official language, but is often used

Requirements

Minimum Number of Shareholders 1
Minimum Number of Directors 1
Corporate Directors/Managers Permitted No
Need assistant company No
Capital commonly allowed CHF
100,000
CHF
20,000
Amount of required capital to the creation of society CHF
50,000
CHF
20,000

Local Conditions

Registration office Yes
Secretary No
Local Directors Yes
Meetings and assemblies Yes
The directors listed on the Register of the Government Yes
Shareholders registered in the Register of the Government Yes No

Annual Obligations

Performance Yes
Submit Accounts Yes
Audit Yes
Publication of accounts Yes

Overhead Annual

Tax/license fee Variable
Contribution of production of declaration No

Presentation of jurisdiction

Switzerland is a federal republic, which is officially known as the Swiss Confederation. Switzerland is one of the most attractive countries in the world where to live, work and run business. It offers political and economic stability and relatively low company tax rates. And even though, Switzerland is not recognized as an offshore jurisdiction, it is a low-tax jurisdiction, with a wide range of specialized corporate forms which can be used by international investors and multinational companies to optimize and decrease their tax bills. The specific corporate constructions of Switzerland can be more profitable for certain activities, individuals, or companies.

Who should choose Switzerland Company and for which activities?

Who?

  • Entrepreneurs;
  • Consultants;
  • Stockbrokers.

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 SWITZERLAND

Advantages of a company in Switzerland:

  • Location in highly respectable jurisdiction;
  • Sophisticated infrastructure;
  • Confidentiality, widely anonymous for investors;
  • 100% foreign ownership;
  • Limited liability;
  • Simple transfer of shares;
  • A double tax treaty network;
  • No restrictions on repatriation of profits and capital;
  • Absence of Exchange control;
  • Flexibility to act as a global holding company for all international activities.

Disadvantages of a company in Switzerland:

  • Costs;
  • Minimum capital;
  • Duty of publication of share transfers.

How to proceed

Provision of the following documents for incorporation of the company:

  • 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.