Company registration in France

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Company name availability check and reservation in INPI Verifying the availability and reserving of your preferred company name in the French National Institute of Industrial Property (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle)
Company registration in form of Plc (SARL) or Jsc (SAS) including government fees Preparation and submission of all required documents and fees to the relevant government authorities for company registration, ensuring a streamlined process for our clients
Articles of Association (Statuts) Preparation of the Articles of Association (Statuts), which defines the procedure for the creation of the company; the authorized capital of the company; the size and nominal value of the shares of the founders, as well as the order of payment
Assistance in share capital contribution Assistance in registering the authorized capital of your company for successful incorporation. For a SARL company, the minimum amount of the share capital is 1 EUR
Publishing a notice of incorporation of the company French companies are required to place a publication on their establishment in an authorized legal announcement journal. We offer the preparation and publication of a standard announcement to fulfill this mandatory requirement. The company name, registered office address, goal for the business, share capital, and managing directors' details must be included in this notice
Certificate of Incorporation (K-bis) After submitting the documents to the Commercial Court and creation of your company you will receive an K-Bis form (extrait K-bis) which is the official proof of registration and equivalent of Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Good Standing
SIREN number (Systéme Informatique pour le Répertoire des Entreprises) A SIREN number (Système d'Identification du Répertoire des Entreprises) is a 9-digit number assigned to every registered business in France by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE). It is used to identify the business and its legal entity, such as a company or a sole proprietorship and does not change over time
SIRET number (Systéme Informatique pour le Répertoire des Etablissements) A SIRET number (Système d'Identification du Répertoire des Établissements). A SIRET number is a 14-digit number that is assigned to each establishment of a business. The first 9 digits of the SIRET number are the SIREN number, and the remaining 5 digits are used to identify the specific establishment. These numbers can change if a company opens or closes branches or locations
NAF number (Nomenclature des Activites Francaises) A NIF (Numéro d'Identification Fiscale) is the tax identification number for individuals, including businesses and self-employed professionals, which is used for tax purposes. It is equivalent to the Tax Identification Number (TIN) in other countries
Assistance in opening a corporate bank account in local bank (Société Générale or BNP PARIBAS) Collecting, processing and filing the necessary documents for opening a corporate account with a local bank
Assistance with a VAT number obtainment Assistance in obtaining a VAT number for your company, which is necessary for accounting and payment of value added tax in accordance with tax requirements
Remote share capital deposit Usually, to deposit the share capital of a company, the founder needs to do so in person, we offer remote share capital deposit services under a separate power of attorney
Free Consultation We offer a free consultation where you can discuss your needs and questions regarding company registration and management. Our experts will be happy to help you understand the process and provide guidance based on your situation. We are happy to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision about the services you need
Total cost
2690 EUR 3490 EUR 3990 EUR 4990 EUR
Provision of a legal address for 1 (one) year
1800 EUR 1800 EUR 1800 EUR 1800 EUR
Remote company registration with transfer of authority
500 EUR 500 EUR 500 EUR 500 EUR
Accounting services
350 EUR 350 EUR 350 EUR 350 EUR

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Until recently, France was considered an extremely bureaucratic country for starting and doing business. But after a series of successful reforms in France, conditions were created for the inflow of foreign capital, which the local public authorities have emphasized. Now it is much easier to enter the market, and this decision makes it possible to do business from the territory of a very prestigious jurisdiction. In addition to company registration in Paris, one should also pay attention to many other developed cities of this country: Marseille, Lyon, and Strasbourg.

Advantages of registering a company in France

The decision to open a company in France can provide access to the following benefits:

  • the opportunity to operate in a country with a highly developed economy (2nd in Europe and the top 10 economies of the world);
  • openness to foreign capital, innovation, and new technologies;
  • availability of qualified workforce;
  • state support of business, such as tax and other benefits, simplified procedure for obtaining residence permits for business people;
  • high standard of living and means of doing business;
  • availability of a large number of double taxation treaties.

Forms of doing business and legal presence in France

You can enter the French market through one of these forms:

  • A limited liability company (SARL, the equivalent of an LLC) is a legal entity that can be founded even by a single member of any residency. The liability of the participants of this company is always limited solely to their contributions to the company. This company has no minimum share capital requirement, but its size must correspond to the types of activities the legal entity plans to engage in.
  • A Joint Stock Company (SA) is suitable for medium and large businesses to attract external capital in large volumes. The company can be founded by at least seven legal and natural participants. The liability of company participants is limited solely by the value of their shares. The minimum share capital for this company is 37,000 euros, 50% of which must be paid at the time of registration. The shares of this company can be freely disposed of to third parties and listed on the stock exchange.
  • A branch is an option suitable for a foreign company to enter the local market in a simplified manner and with minimal investment. Registration is required. The branch will not receive the status of a legal entity, and the parent company will be fully responsible for the results of its activities.
  • A representative office is also suitable for a foreign company, as it allows operating legally in France without the right to conduct business. A representative office is established to promote products/services and to research local markets. Its activities, as in the case of a branch, are entirely the parent company's responsibility.

How to register a business in France

The process of registering a company in France covers the following approximate steps:

  1. Selection of the most optimal organizational-legal form.
  2. Selection and reservation of a unique name for the future company.
  3. Form a list of activities the company plans to engage in France.
  4. Collection of information about the founders, including the parent company, beneficiaries, and company managers. This information will be entered into the Commercial Register and must be updated. Physical persons must provide copies of passports, as well as documents that confirm the residence address of each of them.
  5. Drafting and execution of constituent and registration documents, including notarization.
  6. ormation of the registration package and sending it to the Centre de Formalités des Entreprises for consideration. Entry of information about the new company in the French Commercial Register.
  7. Registration for the payment of taxes and mandatory social charges.
  8. Opening of corporate bank accounts.
  9. Application for a license/permit (for certain regulated activities).

Legislation and regulatory environment

French law belongs to the continental law system and is entirely based on European standards. This means that foreign business people are free to pursue their business objectives in France but must conduct their activities strictly with compliance requirements. As a result, the local environment is favorable for starting and doing business. Furthermore, the presence of benefits and preferences greatly simplifies business conduct. Contact the lawyers at Prinancial for information about the industry in which you operate.

France's tax system

The decision to open a company in France should be considered along with the following information about the country's tax system:

  • Corporate tax - 25%
  • PIT - 45% (+ additional charges)
  • VAT (turnover tax) - 20%
  • Withholding tax (for non-residents) - (1) for legal entities: (i) dividends - 25% (ii) interest - 0% (iii) royalties - 25% (2) for individuals: (i) dividends - 12.8% (ii) interest - 0% (iii) royalties - 25%
  • Capital Gains Tax - (1) corporate - see corporate tax (2) individual - 30% (+ additional charges possible).

How Prifinance lawyers can assist

If you have set your sights on registering a business in France, Prifinance lawyers are ready to assist you in every way possible. The specialists already have more than 11 000 successfully implemented projects connected with companies' registration worldwide. Moreover, experts can apply this experience to launch and support another business project. Let us know the details.

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