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Updated on Friday 11th November 2016

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Reserve-a-company-name-in-SingaporeAmong the strongest reasons for investing in Singapore is the easiness of starting a business here. An individual seeking to open a company in Singapore will usually take this aspect into consideration. While the preparation of the incorporation documents is regarded as the most important step for setting up a business in Singapore, the first step is to select a company name. To be more precise, one must choose three company names and submit them for approval with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority in the city-state.

Our company registration agents in Singapore can assist foreign investors seeking to open companies here.
 

How to choose a company name in Singapore

It is important to know that a foreign entrepreneur is required to choose three company names for reservation: the first will be the preferred name and the other two will be the backup, in case the first choice has been taken by another Singapore company. There are also certain restrictions related to the company name reservation procedure in Singapore. These are:

  • -         a company may not add words like “education”, “bank”, or “insurance” to the name, as these types of companies are subject to other incorporation requirements;
  • -          a company may not use a name that resembles another company’s name, as it could infringe a registered trademark;
  • -          certain symbols attached to the name that are not accepted by ACRA;
  • -          certain words that are considered undesirable by ACRA.

Company name reservation in Singapore is completed online.

How to make a company name reservation in Singapore

Foreign investors must appoint Singapore company formation agents in order to handle the company registration and name reservation procedures. Once the name has been approved by ACRA, the owner will be notified. An important aspect to know is that the company name has a 60-day validity period. This time frame can be extended for another 60 days by filing a request with ACRA. Once the company name has been reserved, the registration procedure may continue.

For assistance with the company name reservation and the other steps to have a fully functional company, please contact our consultants in Singapore. Our company formation experts in Singapore can also assist you with the licensing procedure.

 

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