Switzerland allows for the establishment of a number of business forms, with the most common being limited liability companies and the corporation. Other popular business forms are those which allow for companies to open
a Swiss office and expand into the Swiss market or investors who wish to establish their own businesses.
A Limited Liability Company in Switzerland
, also know as GmbH or S.A.R.L, is a company formed by investors who establish small or medium-sized companies that cannot be listed on the Swiss stock exchange. These types of companies are required to have shareholders which are listed in the company's documents and are disclosed on the Commercial Register. To form an S.A.R.L a minimum share capital of 20,000 CHF is required. The Corporation
(AG or SA) is a business type that suits the needs of all businesses and as it has simple requirements for transferring shares, it is a widely utilised business form. Unlike S.A.R.L, shareholders may remain anonymous and shareholders also have limited liability. The Corporation requires a larger share capital the limited liability companies, with a minimum of 100,000 CHF required, and 20% paid at the time of incorporation.
A Partnership in Switzerland
can either be simple, general or limited. A general partnership is normally used by small businesses or family businesses who undertake commercial activities. Limited Partnerships are similar to general ones, although, the activities the business undertakes does not strictly need to be commercial. Branches in Switzerland
are an option for foreign companies who wish to expand into the Swiss market. An individual who wants to open and run their own business can do so with a sole proprietorship.
Our business registration consultants in Switzerland are available to give you more information about each business types requirements.