Swiss Company Formation
Switzerland’s political and economic stability, clean and safe environment, and high quality of living makes the country one of the most sought after locations in which to live and work. In addition, the workforce is highly educated and skilled, and Personal and Corporate Tax rates are comparatively low. The regulatory environment is generally relaxed, but variations with canton mean requirements differ with region.
Universal Company Incorporations has the expertise and infrastructure to help our clients through their Swiss company formation. Our team will ensure your company has the capacity to operate efficiently within Switzerland, as well as maximise all the advantages available to foreign investors.
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Swiss bureaucracy is much less than in EU countries, and company formation is much more efficient as a result. Anyone is eligible to set up a company in Switzerland. There are two main forms of company for foreign investors to choose from:
- Limited Liability (Sàrl) – this is mainly used by small to medium sized businesses
- Specialist Corporation (SA) – this is better suited to larger companies as the demands are greater
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Swiss regulations are enforced on two levels; cantonal and federal. Cantons have their own authoritative powers so regulations vary considerably. It is essential to understand the relevant regulations and taxation in your canton when operating a business from there. As a whole the Swiss regulatory environment is relaxed and federal laws are minimal.
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Swiss banks are world class, maintaining the highest level of efficiency and discretion. Approximately one third of the world’s private assets are managed in Switzerland, and all major international banks are represented in the country. Swiss banks are heavily regulated however, and there are strict regulations protecting against money laundering. This means there is cautiousness in dealing with new clients and local advice is recommended to get you started.
Financial incentives are administered at varying levels in Switzerland. Cantonal level provides support with rent subsidies, work permit waivers, tax breaks of up to ten years, and cheap energy. At federal level there is little support, but the government does provide subsidised loans of up to 25% in support of infrastructure investment, such as communications, tourist facilities, and training establishments.
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The Swiss workforce is well educated and highly skilled. Over 80% of the labour pool has at least a secondary diploma or vocational training. Workers are also multilingual as the country has three major official languages, French, German and Italian, as well as English. The recruitment sector is advanced despite the low unemployment rate, and will help you find the right staff for your business