Foreign companies interested in establishing a presence in Singapore can choose the branch office which is a legal entity created to complete the same activities as the parent company. From a legal point of view, the branch office cannot undertake other undertakings than the parent company’s, however, it will benefit from the various incentives granted by the Singapore government. The opening of a branch office in Singapore is quite simple and straight forward.
Our company formation specialists in Singapore explain the requirements related to opening a branch office in the city-state. We specialize in offering complex company registration solutions to both natural persons and corporations interested in investing in Singapore.
As mentioned above, the branch office in Singapore can be created by a foreign company. The other alternative would be for the foreign business to establish a subsidiary company in Singapore.
Foreign companies must choose one of these two business forms in order to conduct any type of commercial activities in a legal manner in Singapore.
The branch office in Singapore can be characterized as:
If you want to open a company in Singapore, our local consultants can offer assistance in choosing the right type of entity and registering it. We can also help you if you want to set up a branch office in Singapore.
The Company Law provides for the registration requirements when opening a branch office in Singapore. A foreign company must consider the following when deciding to establish a branch in Singapore:
With respect to the local agent appointed for the Singapore branch, it should be noted that the foreign company can appoint a person in the company who will obtain a residence permit for Singapore.
A foreign business seeking to open a company in Singapore under the form of a branch office must prepare a set of documents and file them with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority in the city-state. The parent company must submit a copy of its Certificate of Registration and Articles of Association, a declaration which must contain information about the person appointed as a representative for the branch office and his or her duties towards the company, information about the registered address for the branch and the parent company’s latest audited financial statements.
All documents must be translated into English before being filed with the Singapore authorities.
After the branch office registration papers are filed, the company must also open a bank account with a bank in Singapore.
It is necessary for the foreign company to appoint a local agent to complete the registration process of a branch office in Singapore.
Our company registration specialists in Singapore can help with the incorporation of a branch office.
Often, company representatives wonder why they should choose to set up a branch office instead of a subsidiary company. Here are a few of the advantages a branch office in Singapore offers:
Even if from a taxation point of view the branch office in Singapore is treated as a non-resident company, the corporate tax in the city-state is set at 17% which is lower than in other Asian countries.
If you want to open a company in Singapore and need guidance, including for the establishment of a branch office, do not hesitate to contact us.