Constitution of Legal Entities



Greenberg, Hornblower, Deschenaux & Partners helps you to create your association and handles for you the formalities. An association is an agreement between several people in which they pool their knowledge or activities. The purpose of this contract shall not reside in the sharing of benefits between the parties.

Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code governs the constitution of associations.

An association can be created freely by at least three people. Creating an association in Switzerland costs nothing. Its by-laws must be written and adopted at the Extraordinary General Meeting. An association has to settle the bodies required by law and its by-laws.

No registration is required. Registration in the Commercial Register is not required, except for associations:

  • to achieve their goal, have a form of commercial industry;
  • are subject to the requirement to have their accounts audited.


Greenberg, Hornblower, Deschenaux & Partners act as a guide for the “fondateur” even before the incorporation of its “fondation” and its registration. The “fondation” only exists in the purpose of realizing the will of the “fondateur”.


The Swiss “Propriété Par Etages (PPE)” is a co-property in which the owners benefit from rights concerning “common parts” and hold exclusive rights on one or several stages.

Greenberg, Hornblower, Deschenaux & Partners elaborates the establishment act while analyzing precisely your wishes and needs.

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