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From Vision to Reality: Navigating the Formation of a Swiss LTD

Discover the step-by-step process of forming a Swiss LTD with Lawsupport. Turn your vision into reality with our expert guidance.


When you have a vision for a business venture in Switzerland, turning that vision into reality requires careful planning and execution. One of the crucial steps in establishing a business in Switzerland is the formation of a Swiss LTD, often referred to as a limited company, AG, a company limited by shares, or an LTD business. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process, helping you navigate the intricate journey from forming an LTD to incorporation. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process, helping you navigate the intricate journey from limited company creation to incorporation.

Understanding the Structure

A Swiss LTD, also known as an AG, a Swiss AG, a company limited by shares, or an LTD business, is a popular choice for entrepreneurs and businesses due to its flexible structure and numerous advantages. It combines the benefits of limited liability with straightforward management. Before diving into the formation process, let's briefly understand the key features:
Separate Legal Entity
An LTD is a distinct legal entity, separate from its owners.
Minimum Share Capital
To form an LTD, a minimum share capital is required, typically CHF 20,000.
Board of Directors
An LTD must have at least one director who is a Swiss resident or a resident in the European Economic Area (EEA).
The company must have a registered office in Switzerland.

Step-by-Step Guide to Formation

Company Name and Purpose
The journey begins with selecting a unique company name and defining its purpose. The name must not be identical or similar to existing companies in Switzerland. Additionally, you must outline the business activities your company will engage in.
Shareholders and Share Capital
Identify the shareholders and specify their contributions. The minimum share capital requirement for an LTD is CHF 20,000, which is divided into shares. Shareholders' liability is limited to the value of their shares.
Articles of Association
Draft the Articles of Association, which outline the company's internal rules, including its purpose, share capital, and corporate governance. These articles must be notarized.
Board of Directors
Appoint at least one director for your LTD. Directors must be Swiss residents or residents in the EEA.
Registered Office
Establish a registered office for your company in Switzerland. This is the official address for legal and administrative purposes.
Notarization and Registration
The Articles of Association and other pertinent paperwork should undergo notarization. Then, submit them to the Commercial Register for registration.
VAT Registration
Depending on your business activities, you may need to register for Value Added Tax (VAT) in Switzerland.
Banking and Operations
Open a Swiss bank account for your company to manage finances. Ensure compliance with Swiss regulations and tax requirements.

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Benefits of Formation

  • International Presence
    Switzerland's reputation attracts international clients and partners.
  • Tax Advantages
    Switzerland offers a favorable tax environment for businesses.
  • Stability
    Switzerland's political and economic stability is conducive to business growth.
  • Access to Skilled Workforce
    Switzerland has a highly skilled and multilingual workforce.
Forming an ltd сompany, also known as an AG, a company limited by shares, is a significant step towards realizing your business vision in Switzerland. Whether you are looking to form a ltd company for domestic or international operations, this guide will provide you with the essential steps and insights needed to navigate the process successfully.
At Lawsupport, we specialize in Swiss company formation and provide expert assistance at every stage of the process. Contact us to explore the possibilities and embark on your entrepreneurial journey in Switzerland.
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