Switzerland Company Formation Programme

Minimum Investment:
$150,000 /year one
Residency in:
3-4 months
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Schengen member:
Overview Switzerland
Establishing a presence in Europe is an excellent business opportunity, and it is hard to top what Switzerland brings to the table. Liberal government and a long-term public and economic policy outlook make Switzerland one of the most stable economies in the world. Thinking of opening an office in Switzerland? Let Ousheng do the legwork, from the initial company formation process to opening a bank account and registering a virtual or physical address. Your company can be set up and running in Switzerland within a matter of weeks. The company formation programme can be a route to Swiss residency, which can be acquired by forming a Swiss company.
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Company formation procedure:
  • The share capital is paid into an escrow account with a financial institution. The minimum share capital required is 100,000 CHF. Paid-up capital is 20% of the nominal capital, or 50,000 CHF, whichever is greater. After the company registration, this amount is paid into the company account.
  • Articles of association and incorporation are drawn up and notarized. A Stamped Declaration Form and the Lex Friedrich Declaration Form are also signed and submitted to the Register of Commerce. This process takes around 3 days to complete.
  • The deed certifying the articles of registration is filed with the commercial registry. The entity is then formed.
  • Stamp tax is paid and company is registered for VAT.


Investors must meet the following criteria:
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over 18 years old
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No criminal record
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Only suitable for very high net worth investors
Must have a Swiss residence

Why Choose Switzerland Residency by Investment Programme?

  • Switzerland has an incredibly liberal and competitive economy. The government is stable and plans policy on a long-term basis, avoiding the inconsistent public policies of certain other jurisdictions. The government is investment and business-friendly, and company formation and regulation is streamlined and free from unnecessary bureaucracy.
  • Switzerland is famous for its banking sector. Swiss banks protect their clients’ information and take privacy very seriously. The Swiss franc is considered one of the world’s strongest currencies, and the Swiss banking sector is famously robust and backed by significant reserves. Investors can rest assured that their money and their company’s money is safe in Swiss banks.
  • Although Switzerland is not a member of the EU, Switzerland is a member of the Schengen-area. Should you choose to reside in Switzerland, you may travel to any of the Schengen member states visa-free for stays of up to 60 days.
  • Switzerland is at the forefront of business. It was once again rated as the most innovative country in the world by the Global Innovation Index 2016. Switzerland also has one of the most highly-trained, highly-skilled, multilingual and productive workforces in the world. Owing to these numerous benefits, it has long been a major destination for foreign direct investment.
  • Our services make company formation in Switzerland easy and cost-effective. Allow us to do the heavy lifting when it comes to registering your business entity, acquiring a business address and obtaining a Swiss bank account


What kind of entity would you like to form? Choose between a sole partnership, single-owner company, general partnership, limited partnership, corporation, limited liability company, subsidiary or branch.

If you plan to work in Switzerland, you will need a Swiss visa. You will need a valid travel document, adequate health insurance and adequate resources to support yourself while in Switzerland. Stays in excess of three months require a residence permit, which are issued by the relevant canton. Ousheng is on hand to advise in this regard.

The Tax Benefits of a Holding Company

The main activity of the company must be the long-term management of equity investments in subsidiaries, as stated in the company articles.

The company must show that either:

  • substantial shareholdings or participations make up more than two-thirds of the company’s balance sheet or more than two-thirds of the company’s income, or
  • participation income from such substantial shareholdings and participations must make up more than two-thirds of the company’s income.

A holding company is then technically only liable to pay the federal CIT rate of 7.83%, although further relief is available on qualifying dividends and capital gains. Dividends received from participations of at least 10% of equity, or with a market value of not less than CHF 1,000,000, can qualify for relief. Capital gains on participations sold are also exempted, so long as the participation represents at least 10% of company equity and has been held for at least a year prior to sale. The withholding tax rate on distributed dividends is reduced or eliminated by tax treaties and under certain circumstances.

Residence & Citizenship Switzerland Contact


Bahnhofstrasse 21,

6300 Zug,


Tel: +41 (0) 445802159

Email: switzerland@kylinprime.com

Work schedule:

Mon – Fri: 09:00 – 17:30

Sat – Sun: Closed

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