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Company incorporation: how long does it take?

Depending on the legal form, on the domicile canton and on the formation’s complexity, it takes approximately 2-6 weeks. Normally, the registration of non-incorporated firms (Sole proprietorship and partnership) is quicker (because no Statutes nor notarially certified Act of Foundation are required) The formation of a corporation (AG and GmbH) requires the Statutes and a […] more…

How do I establish the name of my sole proprietorship?

The name of a sole proprietorship has to be composed of the owner’s family name, with or without the given name. Preferably, the given name should be written in full. Therefore, “Sarah Sample” would be better than “S. Sample”. Fancy names or technical names amending one’s family name are also allowed. Especially the latter are […] more…

Is it possible to translate the firm name (sole proprietorship, general partnership, GmbH, AG) into a foreign language?

The Commercial Registry Decree as well as the competent authority have set up a number of rules which are to be abided by: A foreign-language version can only be registered if written in roman alphabet. The content of all versions must be congruent! Fancy names or denominations which combine different notions resulting in a fancy […] more…

Do I have the right, as an employee, to establish my own business (GmbH, AG, sole proprietorship) nevertheless?

Under swiss law, in the vast majority of cases the employment contract requires the employee to obtain the employer’s approval in advance. The consent will normally be given if the employee does not compete against the employer in his second activity and if the employee’s performance does not suffer. Absent a contrary agreement, the employee […] more…

Which requirements has an american company to fulfill in order to become shareholder of a swiss GmbH or of a swiss AG?

If an american company wishes to participate in a swiss limited liability company (GmbH) or in a swiss corporation (AG), it has to provide evidence of its existence. In order to do so, a current “certificate of good standing” with Apostille, issued by the Secretary of State, is required. This document acts as an accredited […] more…

Swiss corporation (AG) shareholder duties

Payment under subscription: This is the only duty of a shareholder. He is bound to pay for the shares upon issue, either with money or with real assets.  Upon founding a corporation (AG), the shareholders have to pay at least 20% of the face amount, though at any rate at least a value of CHF […] more…

Does a foreign national require a residency in Switzerland to found a sole proprietorship in Switzerland?

No, it’s not mandatory any more! A domicile in Switzerland newly fulfills the requirements for the foundation of a sole proprietorship. Are you searching for a domicile in Switzerland? STARTUPS.CH will be happy to help you. Preferably you establish the foundation of your company with STARTUPS.CH. STARTUPS.CH will provide you with professional guidance before and […] more…

Company foundation in Zug – Self-employment – Entrepreneurship – Incorporation – Company formation in Zug – Establishing a new business in Zug – GmbH (limited liability company), AG (corporation), sole proprietorship and general partnership, commutation of a sole proprietorship to a GmbH or AG

In the fiscal year 2009 as well it is possible to request a counselling interview of STARTUPS.CH in the State of Zug for the step towards self-employment respectively for the incorporation of a new company. The interview will particularly focus on the following points: – Selection of the appropriate legal form – Details on establishing […] more…

Company foundation in Geneva – Self-employment – Entrepreneurship – Incorporation – Company formation in Geneva – Establishing a new business in Geneva – GmbH (limited liability company), AG (corporation), sole proprietorship and general partnership, commutation of a sole proprietorship to a GmbH or AG

In the fiscal year 2009 as well it is possible to request a counselling interview of STARTUPS.CH in the State of Geneva for the step towards self-employment respectively for the incorportaion of a new company. The interview will particularly focus on the following points: – Selection of the appropriate legal form – Details on establishing […] more…

Company foundation in Zurich- Self-employment – Incorporation – Entrepreneurship – Company formation in Zurich – Establishing a new business in Zurich- GmbH (limited liability company), AG (corporation), sole proprietorship and general partnership, commutation of a sole proprietorship to a GmbH or AG

In the fiscal year 2009 as well it is possible to request a counselling interview of STARTUPS.CH in the State of Zurich for the step towards self-employment respectively for the incorporation of a new company. The interview will particularly focus on the following points: – Selection of the appropriate legal form – Details on establishing […] more…