Company formation Switzerland

What we do

We’re specialized in the incorporation of companies in Switzerland through a relatively quick process, depending on the availability of the necessary documents.

We are present in: GenevaZugZürichLugano.

Why should you choose SIG Fiduciaire

Our firm is able to set up this entire process and to manage the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs who are interested in the formation of a company in Switzerland. We offer the best solutions in order to make this process as simple, quick and easy as possible for all our clients.

TAXATION FOR SWISS COMPANIES

Certain Swiss companies, depending on their activity benefit from privileged taxation in various Swiss cantons.

  • Holding companies are exempt from cantonal income tax and pay a reduced rate (0.02 ‰) of capital tax.
  • Investment companies are granted a tax reduction at cantonal level for significant investments in other companies, similar to the participation deduction.
  • Management companies are proportionally taxed for revenues from foreign sources, depending on the extent of the activity. Income from investments in other companies is exempt from taxes.
  • Mixed companies are taxed according to various regulations, which allow for significant tax deductions.
  • Principal companies can claim a deduction at the level of direct federal tax for business conducted outside Switzerland.

Types of companies incorporated in Switzerland

AG (Aktiengesellschaft) – can be established by at least one shareholder, with a minimum required share capital of 100'000 CHF paid 50%, CHF 50'000.

GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung) – a limited liability company (LLC) with one shareholder and a minimum share capital of 20,000 CHF. The liability of the members is limited by their contribution to the share capital. The sharholders name is published in the Register of Commerce.

Sole proprietorship – established by a private individual resident in Switzerland for commercial activities. No minimum share capital is required. The company must be entered in the Commercial Register if the annual turnover exceeds 100,000 CHF.

General Partnership – formed by at least two individuals residents in Switzerland, with the same economic purposes and under the same name. This partnership does not require a minimum share capital.

Limited Partnership – formed by at least one partner who has the full liabilityand at least one partner with limited liability up to the contribution brought to the partnership.

Steps for company formation

  1. Prepare shareholder's documents.
  2. Opening a blocked capital account with a Swiss bank
  3. Depositing the share capital
  4. Receiving the capital certificate from the Swiss bank
  5. Setting up a registered office in Switzerland
  6. Applying for business registration (all the documents are signed by a Swiss notary and then sent to the Register of Commerce)
  7. Receiving the registration certificate
  8. The capital bank account becomes a business account for the company

Why should you open a company in Switzerland?

  • Switzerland has one of the most competitive economies in Europe
  • The taxation system is very competitive and foreign companies can benefit from various tax incentives
  • Well-developed infrastructure
  • Pro-business environment created by the Swiss government
  • Highly educated and trained labor force
  • Switzerland has double taxation treaties with various countries all over the world
  • Solid monetary security policies and excellent banking system