Company Formation

GmbH

990.-
CHF
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  • Limited Liability Company
  • Minimum capital CHF 20000
  • 1x Managing Director

AG

1490.-
CHF
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  • Joint-Stock Company
  • Minimum capital CHF 50000
  • 1x Board of Directors

Incorporate your company in Switzerland

Time required

  • Clarification – acceptability of company name 1 to 5 days
  • Preparation of foundation documents with annexes (foundation document, Articles of Association, application to Commercial Registry, etc) 1 to 5 days
  • Clarification of domicile and auditors
  • Paying in of capital
  • Meeting of founding shareholders/members less than ½ day
  • Entry in Commercial Register 3 to 7 days

The management

A corporation is usually managed by the Board of Directors as well as the managers appointed. The people authorized to sign on behalf of the company need to be entered in the Commercial Register. The management must prepare an annual report, providing information on the progress of business, the economic as well as the financial situation and any capital increases. The General Shareholder´s Meeting must be held at least once a year.

Accounting

According to the law a certain minimum structure is required when it comes to the balance sheet and income statement. It needs to comply with the principles of orderly presentation of accounts, including the completeness, clarity, materiality, prudence, continuity, etc. The company´s position shall “be able to be assessed with as much reliability as possible”.

A holding company, which exercises control over one or more companies by majority voting rights or any other way, are obliged to prepare consolidated financial statements – if it meets two of the following criteria:

  1. total assets of more than CHF 10 million
  2. turnover of more than CHF 20 million or more than 200 employees

Besides the general principles of orderly presentation of accounts, the “International Accounting Standards” or the “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles”, there are no particular consolidation rules.
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