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European and Worldwide Company Formations


Setting up a new business, branch or subsidiary in Europe or indeed worldwide can be a daunting task. Communications with lawyers, notaries and banks can be difficult especially if you do not know where to look.

Our team of experts know Europe, India, Dubai, Malaysia and Kenya like the back of their hands. They specialise in the intricate field of European company formation and incorporation and they have the knowledge and contacts to ensure that the process runs smoothly from start to finish.

At 4Business we offer a full “one stop” service which includes:
  • Company formation in more than twenty European countries, India, UAE, Malaysia and Kenya
  • Rapid formation shelf companies in various locations*
  • Office Services
  • Managed services, business consultancy,accountancy
* A premium charge is applicable to these services.

COUNTRIES COVERED

EUROPE
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine

WORLDWIDE
India, Malaysia, Dubai, Kenya, Russia

HOW WE WORK?

We also offer something that money can't buy - the reassurance, security and confidence that you will gain from knowing that you are dealing with a team of professionals, well versed in doing successful business in Europe and indeed worldwide.

Our company formation consultants can give you an excellent indication regarding the set up of your international business. We use local lawyers and accountants who are the best in their field, carefully selected for their professional ability, reliability and integrity.

So there's no need for you to spend hour after hour mastering company incorporation law, scaling mountains of paperwork or trying to recruit people that you can trust - we've already done that for you!

To utilise our company formation experience, or to find out more about how we can assist you in taking those initial steps towards running your own successful European company please contact us for further information on European and worldwide company formation.


AT A GLANCE INFORMATION RE: INDIVIDUAL JURISDICTIONS COVERED

EUROPE

AUSTRIA

  • Standard form for a limited liability company in Austria is a GmbH
  • Minimum share capital is EU35,000, of which at least EU17,500 to be paid up
  • At least one shareholder required
  • At least one director who does not have to be an Austrian citizen.
  • Audit and disclosure requirements may be necessary
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

BELGIUM

  • Standard form for a limited liability company in Belgium is a Sprl/BVBA
  • Minimum share capital is EU18,600. The minimum share capital paid up changes with the amount of shareholders. One shareholder the minimum is EU12,400, two then EU6,200 to be paid up.
  • At least one shareholder required
  • This form of company admits one director
  • Financial plan must be submitted (English translation) and a degree or high scholl diploma must be present for the director of the new Belgian company
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

BULGARIA

  • Standard form is an LLC
  • Founders can be local, foreign individuals or legal entities
  • Minimum capital required is 5000BGL
  • At least 70% of the sum must be transferred to a Bulgarian bank account
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Standard form for a limited liability company is S.r.o – this type of company does not issue shares, but owners have limited liability up to their updaid deposit.
  • Basic capital is 200,000 CZK
  • Annual filing of accounts must be completed
  • Board of directors is not required
  • Requires appropriate business licenses to trade
  • Registered manager is necessary and this can be any EU citizen or individual holding a residence permit
  • A clear criminal record needs to be provided. This can be applied for in your home country. The procedure takes approximately 2 weeks and upon receipt this then needs to be Notarised and Apostilled, which takes another week
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

DENMARK

  • Standard form for a limited liability company is Aps
  • Minimum share capital EU17,000
  • Minimum director is one
  • Registered office (if holding): virtual or physical office if trading
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

ESTONIA

  • Standard form for a limited liability company is OÜ
  • Minimum share capital is EEK40,000
  • Auditors required if share capital exceeds EEK400,000
  • If share capital exceeds EEK40,000 an OÜ must have a supervisory board with three members,. Auditor obligatory in this case.
  • At least half of the members of the Board of Management must be EU permanent residents
  • A business plan needs to be provided together with copies of contracts and any invoices to prove trade in EU or through Estonia if applying for VAT
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

FINLAND

  • Standard form for a limited liability company is Oy
  • Minimum share capital is EU2,500
  • Minimum director is two (at least one has to be an EU resident).
  • Managing director needs to be EU resident.
  • Statutory requirement foraudited accounts only if company has a turnover of more than EU20,000, balance sheet total of more than EU100,000 and 3 or more employees
  • Registered office is sufficient
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

FRANCE

  • Standard form for a limited liability company is Sarl
  • Minimum share capital is EU2 although if setting up a bank account minimum deposited should be around EU4,000
  • Minimum director is one
  • All non EU residents are required to apply for government authorisation in France. Please contact us for further details
  • Virtual or physical office recommended for VAT registration
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

GERMANY

  • Standard form for a limited liability company is GmbH
  • Minimum share capital is Eu25,000 (EU12,500 to be paid up)
  • Minimum number of shareholders/directors is 1
  • Business plan required for bank account set up
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

GREECE

  • Standard form for a limited liability company is EPE
  • Minimum share capital is EU4,500 and must be fully paid up at formation
  • Minimum number of directors is 1.
  • Statutory financial reporting requirement
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

HUNGARY

  • Standard form for a limited liability company is KFT
  • Minimum share capital is EU2,000 and must be fully paid up at formation
  • Minimum number of directors is 1.
  • Requirement to travel to Hungary for bank account set up
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

IRELAND

  • If directors are non EEA, a non-refundable bond of EU1692 needs to be paid. This is bi-annually renewable.
  • Minimum number of directors is 2.
  • No requirement to travel to Ireland to set up. Bank may need to see client for signatures dependant upon file
  • Proof of trading is required for VAT registration, together with physical office
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

ITALY

  • Standard form of limited liability company is Srl.
  • Minimum number of directors is 1 – this must be an EU citizen
  • If 1 shareholder EU10,000 share capital to be deposited: if 2 shareholders then EU2,500 share capital to be deposited
  • Codice fiscale required
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

LATVIA

  • Standard form of limited liability company is SIA
  • Minimum directors: one required and must be an individual
  • No restrictions on foreign shareholders or directors (shareholders can be corporate or private entities)
  • Registered office address (no PO Box allowed)
  • Visit is necessary to sign documents with the notary and forms for the bank account.
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

LITHUANIA

  • Standard form of limited liability company is UAB
  • Minimum share capital EU2,896, at least 25% to be paid up
  • No requirement for board or supervisory council
  • Maximum number of shareholders is 250
  • Visit to Lithuania required.
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

NORWAY

  • Standard form of limited liability company is AS
  • Minimum share capital 100,000NOK fully paid up
  • At least one shareholder;board of directors required
  • 50% of board members must be resident in Norway
  • Nominees can be provided
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

POLAND

  • Standard form of limited liability company is S.p.z.o.o
  • Minimum share capital 5000 zlotys to be fully paid up
  • Minimum number of directors is one
  • No restrictions on foreign shareholders
  • Annual accounts to be prepared and held at company offices
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

PORTUGAL

  • Standard form of limited liability company is Lda
  • Minimum share capital EU5,000
  • At least one shareholder;board of directors required
  • 1 single shareholder allowed
  • Visit to Portugal neccessary
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

ROMANIA

  • Standard form of limited liability company is Srl
  • Minimum share capital 200 LEYS
  • Minimum number of directors is one
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

SLOVENIA

  • Standard form of limited liability company is D.o.o
  • Minimum share capital EU7,500
  • Minimum number of directors is one
  • At least one shareholder, no restrictions on foreign shareholders
  • All founders and/or directors from abroad must obtain a Slovenian tax number
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

SPAIN

  • Standard form of limited liability company is SL
  • Minimum share capital eu3,006
  • Minimum number of directors is one
  • At least one shareholder, no restrictions on foreign shareholders
  • NIE number required before beginning the company formation process, please contact us for further details
  • If local Spanish tax number required, a registered office is sufficient
  • If EU VAT number is required a serviced/physical office is required
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

SWEDEN

  • Standard form of limited liability company is AB
  • Minimum share capital SEK50,000
  • Board may consist of just one member, plus a deputy
  • A summons representative is required if there is no intention to have a presence in Sweden. Please contact us for
  • NIE number required before beginning the company formation process, please contact us for further details
  • If local Swedish tax number required, a registered office is sufficient
  • If EU VAT number is required a serviced/physical office is required
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

THE NETHERLANDS

  • Standard form of limited liability company is BV
  • Minimum share capital EU18,000 needs to be fully deposited
  • Minimum one director, one shareholder
  • Accounting obligations required
  • A virtual/physical office is required
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

TURKEY

  • Standard form of limited liability company is LTD
  • Minimum share capital between 5,000 and 10,000TL
  • At least 25% of the authorised share capital must be paid up
  • Minimum of two shareholders required
  • Minimum of one director required (may be either Turkish or foreigner however foreigners must have a work permit)
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

UKRAINE

  • Standard form of limited liability company is TOV
  • Minimum share capital is USD$7,000 -50% capital to be paid up
  • Foreign director will require a work permit
  • Minimum number of directors – one
  • Minimum number of shareholders - one
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales


WORLDWIDE

RUSSIA

  • Standard form of limited liability company is OOO
  • Minimum share capital is 18,000 Roubles
  • Minimum number of directors – one
  • Minimum number of shareholders – one
  • Any nationaly allowed
  • Company name must be in Russian
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

MALAYSIA

  • Standard form of limited liability company is Sdn Bhd
  • Minimum share capital is RM2
  • Minimum number of directors – two
  • Foreign directors must have residential address in Malaysia –can use nominee
  • Requirement for tax agent
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

INDIA

  • Standard form of limited liability company is Pvt Ltd
  • Minimum share capital is INR 100,000
  • Minimum number of directors – two
  • No restrictions on foreign shareholder or directors
  • No requirement to visit to incorporate
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

KENYA

  • Standard form of limited liability company is LTD
  • Minimum share capital is zero
  • No restrictions on foreign shareholders or directors
    Please contact us for further information re: fees and timescales

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