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Old 26.02.2013, 07:44
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Starting company in Switzerland as EU citizen

GrŁezi!

There's probably some thread somewhere covering this subject, I did a quick search in the forum and came up with noting so don't hate me too much

As a citizen in a EU-country, Sweden to be more precise, is there any way for me to start a company in Switzerland?

I'm not looking for links to sites of some ministry of bla bla bla where there's tons of rules and regulations to read - altough this will be have to be done at some point I know that.

What I'm looking for is something that answers my questions:

Approx cost (one time costs, annual fees)
What I need (Copy of passport, account at swiss bank)
How long it takes (from submitting application)

Write as much info as you can also if you know of any pitfalls etc.
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Re: Starting company in Switzerland as EU citizen

Start here and then look deeper to find all the costs. There is a doc floating around that has the exact prices but I dont remember what or where.

http://www.expatica.com/ch/essential...any_11265.html
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Old 27.02.2013, 13:28
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Cheers for that!

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http://www.expatica.com/ch/essential...any_11265.html
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Old 27.02.2013, 15:25
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Re: Starting company in Switzerland as EU citizen

Hopefully not offering services in the field of internet searching!

You will need at least one Swiss or an EFTA (or is it EEA) country national resident in Switzerland director.
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Re: Starting company in Switzerland as EU citizen

http://www.gruenden.ch/en/ offers impartial information and access to some commercial services.

http://www.startup.ch/ does much the same with direct links to a range of setup services.

Options are:
* AG (company with minimum capital 100,000 CHF)
* GmbH (company with minimum capital 20,000 CHF)
In both cases you need a minimum of one shareholder and one officer who is Swiss domiciled. If you are resident here you can be that officer, or you can engage a fiducuiary to do it for you.
* Zweigniederlassung (branch) of an offshore company (no capital)
* Einzelfirma (self-employed)
I opened a branch of my UK company as it was the quickest option. Essentially its the same as a GmbH without the capital requirements, although to register at the Handelsregister you need a lot of paperwork for the overseas company, proof you are resident, some hoops to jump through to establish that you are independent of the overseas company etc. I did that rather than going self-employed as there is a lot more information to be provided to prove you have a viable business plan before they let you go self-employed as a non-swiss national. But it is doable.

After one year of operation I'm probably about to start a GmbH because there are some potential tax concerns regarding double taxation of swiss profits in the UK, and I'm moving between kantons and I need to go through all the same hoops and paperchase again if I set up a branch in the new kanton.

Good luck!
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