Switzerland Offshore Company Formation Service

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Switzerland is the quintessential offshore jurisdiction, and despite many changes still remains a viable alternative for incorporation.

While part of the European Free Trade Association it is not part of the European Union or the EEA. There are a number of treaties in place which can be attractive to certain industries, and the tax regime is advantageous. A host of double taxation treaties exist, and there is no withholding tax, reduced corporate taxes on financial/interest income and an exemption or reduction on interest income for certain entities that meet the criteria.


Key Features

Company type S.A. or S.A.R.L.
Governing corporate legislation The Canton’s Register acts as a monitoring body.
Information published relating to company officers The names of the directors appear in the public register (available on the Internet). For an S.A.R.L. the names of associates are also published.
Confidentiality Switzerland offers a high level of confidentiality. For an S.A. the names of shareholders remain anonymous.
Accounting requirement Annual accounts required. Audit is not mandatory.
Taxation 9% if the majority of turnover is made abroad. Otherwise between 20% and 30% on profits.
Legislation Under Civil Law.
Standard currency CHF
Time to form Approximately 10 days.
Stability Extremely stable jurisdiction, enjoying an excellent reputation.
Communication Highly developed means of communication.
Time zone Convenient World Time Zone: GMT+1
Secretary required No
Paid up capital requirement To register a company in Switzerland, the following amount should be deposited on the company's account: CHF 50,000 for an S.A. and CHF 20,000 for an S.A.R.L.
Renewal Date Anniversary date of the company / Each Year
Minimum directors/shareholders Minimum of 1 director/shareholder; A director resident in Switzerland is mandatory which can be arranged.
Bearer shares Bearer shares are authorized.

Banking Options for Switzerland

We assist our clients in identifying the best banking solution for their particular needs from a variety of providers.



Switzerland is Recommended For

Real Estate Holdings
Traders and Investors
Advisers, Consultants and Counselors
Electronic Commerce and Digital Transactions
Business Holdings
Inheritance and Estate Planning
Expatriats and Offshore Workers