Establishment in Switzerland

Establishment in Switzerland

Greenberg, Hornblower, Deschenaux & Partners also works to assist you in settling in Switzerland.

The establishment of foreign entities in Switzerland, including corporation and individuals, is subject to specified conditions and may differ from one canton to another.

The authorization for establishing yourself or a company in Switzerland depends on the competent authority which is free to allow or not the establishment even if all conditions are fulfilled.


The residence permits requests have to comply with conditions and expectations of the relevant authorities.

The conditions are stricter for countries outside the Schengen area.

Knowing the way the relevant authority thinks can be very useful when preparing the request and during the whole administrative process of admission. Greenberg, Hornblower, Deschenaux & Partners developed extensive ties and know-how to build residence permits requests in order to comply with authorities’ expectations.


Establishing a company in Switzerland requires choosing a canton in which the mother company intends to possess its branch.

Greenberg, Hornblower, Deschenaux & Partners guide its clients in the choice of the most appropriate place in Switzerland to settle the activity, keeping in mind that the goal of establishing a company in Switzerland is to open up new markets. The Swiss branch of a foreign activity is governed by Swiss laws including civil law, business law, contract law or tax law. It is a secondary company in respect to the mother company. As a consequence of being established in Switzerland, the company is registered and taxable in Switzerland and governed by Swiss accounting rules.

Establishing foreign companies in Switzerland requires a strong knowledge of the procedure. This knowledge can be brought by Greenberg, Hornblower, Deschenaux & Partners which is able to prepare all documents complying with conditions and expectations of Swiss Law.

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