Switzerland Company - Corporate Environment Summary

Author:Mr George Schizas
Profession:Genshape Management Limited

Switzerland has been recognised across the world as financial vehicles that can be successfully used in a variety of business activities, carry out commercial and industrial activities.

Switzerland GmbH, is a limited liability company which conducts its trading and business outside the Switzerland and is intended for offshore activities. It takes up to 10 days to incorporate a company in Switzerland.

The Directors of the company may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere. At least one director is required and there is a requirement to appoint at least one local resident director.

The Shareholders of the company may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere. At least one shareholder is required, this can be the same person as one of the directors. There is no upper limit to the number of shareholders and a shareholder can be a person or a corporation

The standard share capital of a Swiss company is 20,000 CHF and it has to paid up. Your company's share capital can be issued in any currency.

Company Secretary / Registered Office / Registered Agent 

The company must have a registered agent and registered office in Switzerland. There is no requirement for local secretary.


The details of Shareholders do appear on public record compared to Directors details which are fully accessible.

Company Records

The company must maintain accounting records, however it does not have to keep records in the Switzerland. There is a requirement for audited financial statements and submit details of the directors and shareholders to companies' house.

Corporation and other taxes

A Swiss company is taxed on its worldwide income at a rate ranging from 11.48 -24.43%.

The VAT (sales tax) standard rate is at 8%.

Why use a Switzerland Company

Switzerland offshore companies are commonly used for

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