Company formation in Switzerland

The public limited company (AG) is the most widely used legal form in Switzerland. The formation of a public limited company requires a minimum share capital of CHF 100,000, of which 20%, or at least CHF 50,000 must be paid-in by either cash or with a contribution in kind.  For companies whose share capital exceeds CHF 1 million, the authorities charge a stamp duty of 1%.

Swiss AG companies must pay taxes on capital and income. The corporate income tax rate in Switzerland varies significantly between the different Cantons, ranging from 12% to 23%. Loggerhead Corporate Services has a strong presence in Switzerland which allows us to advise and guide clients on the most appropriate Canton for the formation of their Swiss AG company.

 

Another legal requirement for the formation of a Swiss AG Company is that at least one member of the Board must be resident in Switzerland. Through our close network of Associates in Switzerland, Loggerhead Corporate Services can arrange for the appointment of Board Members in accordance with Swiss Laws and Regulations.

 

Although Swiss AG Companies must keep regular books, the auditing of books is reserved for bigger companies with a certain number of employees; a certain capital and annual turnover, or if it is listed on a stock exchange. Loggerhead Corporate Services can arrange for the appointment of an accountant, please contact us should you require further information.

Swiss Public Limited Company (AG) Benefits

Varying level of Cantonal Taxes

Shareholders may remain anonymous

No commercial register entry of shareholders

Shareholders subject to obligatory social security contributions

Tax progression can be broken down through the splitting of profit

0% Capital Gains Tax

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