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CHARACTERISTICS

GENERAL CONTEXT
Type of entity
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

INTEREST OF THE JURISDICTION

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.

Possible disadvantages of a company in Switzerland

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

Main info

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.

HOW TO
PROCEED

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

01

A completed application form signed by the company or by the representative

03

A personal bill, which is less than 3 months old from the date of the application

02

Copy of valid passport

04

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:

3 days

Incorporation of
a company or purchase
of an existing company

15 days

Delivery of the original
company documents

3 weeks

Offshore Bank: offshore
bank account opening