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Cyprus is considered to be one of the most attractive jurisdictions in Europe to form a limited liability company due to its advantageous tax system. Cyprus holding companies enjoy all the benefits that the low tax jurisdiction has to offer such as full exemption from tax on dividend income, no withholding tax for dividends paid to non-residents, no capital gains tax and one of the lowest company tax rates in Europe of just 12.5%.
In addition, Cyprus has more advantages such as its corporate laws which are based on the English Companies Act and are in line with EU directives, low incorporation fees and a quick incorporation process.
Moreover, Cyprus has a wide double tax treaty network and is currently negotiating for more.
Before any other steps are taken, the Registrar of Companies must be approached to approve whether the name by which the company is proposed to be incorporated is acceptable.
After the name is approved, the necessary documentation needs to be prepared and filed. Such documents are the articles of incorporation and memorandum of association, registered address, directors and secretary.
It is recommended to ensure that upon the incorporation of the company, its beneficial owners or other appropriate officials are provided with copies of all corporate documents. Such corporate documents normally comprise:
Every Cyprus Company must have its own memorandum and articles of association.
The memorandum contains the basic information of the company such as the company name, registered office, the objects of the company and so on. Care must be taken that the first few object clauses are tailored to the specific circumstances and main business objects and activities of the company.
The articles specify rules about the governance of the internal management of the company and regulations about the rights of the members (appointment and powers of directors, transfer of shares, etc).
Under Cyprus Law, every company limited by shared must have a minimum of one director, one secretary and one shareholder.
From a tax planning point of view, it is often required that the company is shown to be managed and controlled in Cyprus and, accordingly, it is recommended that the majority of the directors appointed are Cyprus residents.
For shareholders: Full name, Date and place of birth, Nationality, Residential address, Utility bill as a proof of a residential address or passport with registration stamp for CIS countries, Occupation, Copy of passport, Number of shares to be held.
For directors: Full name, Date and place of birth, Nationality, Residential address, Utility bill as a proof of a residential address or passport with registration stamp for CIS countries, Occupation, Copy of passport, Registered Address.
The following type of documents of Director/Shareholder be sent via email.
The time frame for the incorporation process is 5-7 working day after we clear our KYC procedure as well as there is no other question from Cyprus Registrar. At the last stage, we need you to send the notarized copy of all above documents to Cyprus for our record.
The shares may be held by nominees in trust for the beneficial owners without public disclosure of the owners’ identity.
For more information about nominee service, please refer here Nominee director Cyprus
Every company must have a registered office from the day it commences business or within 14 days after its incorporation, whichever is earlier.
The registered office is the place where writs, summonses, notices, orders and other official documents can be served upon the company. It is at the registered office where the company’s register of members is kept, unless the company informs the Registrar of Companies of another place.
Our service can provide you The Office Address Registered for the incorporation process. As the Secretary company, we also offer the Virtual Office Service to keep record of your company documents.
Other benefit of Virtual Office service, please refer here
It usually can take up to 10 working days to establish a new company in Cyprus.
If time is of high importance, there are shelf companies available.
The company does not help you get a Cypriot Visa.
You must apply for it through the Immigration Department or Cypriot Embassy in your residence country to stay and work in Cyprus.
There are no mandatory requirements for a minimum share capital for a private limited liability company.
Although the registered capital is not required to be paid up, our company registration experts in Cyprus recommend that you do deposit an initial capital for your company of approximately 1,000 EUR. The public limited liability company required no less than 25,630 EUR as minimum share capital.
The types of companies in Cyprus are:
Please contact Our experts to help you understand the particularities of each business type.
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