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Company Formation Singapore



Shelf Companies in Singapore

Updated on Monday 18th December 2017

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Singapore is a great investment destination for foreign businessmen that have many possibilities of opening companies in different industries.  Foreign investors can set up a new company or purchase an already registered one. The main advantage of the registered or shelf company, as many people refer to it, is the fact that being registered it does not need to go through the whole incorporation procedure again.

Find out from the video below why buy a shelf company in Singapore:

What are the benefits of shelf companies in Singapore?

The first and probably most significant advantage of buying a shelf company in Singapore is the time an investor can save with the incorporation. It is a well-known fact that a company’s reputation is built throughout the years, so investors can choose to buy aged companies that will provide them with the reputation they require. Foreign investors must also know that a wide range of shelf companies are available for purchase and our experts in company formation in Singapore will offer the best solutions available. Clients can consult with our specialists and select between shelf private or public limited liability companies and companies limited by shares. Another benefit of shelf companies in Singapore is that through them, investors get the possibility of obtaining loans without much effort and finding better business opportunities through a shelf company with an established reputation than by setting up a new company.

What are the features of shelf companies in Singapore?

As ready-made companies are registered at the time of the purchase in Singapore, they will have a name, the statutory documents which will contain the names of shareholders and directors and the secretary. Additionally, Singapore shelf companies are registered with the tax authorities, and thus have a tax registration and a GST number in order to start operating immediately. They will also have a corporate bank account.

Since the Company Law is tailored to provide to the needs of foreign investors, one should know that changing the company structure is possible in Singapore.

Our Singapore company formation consultants can assist in the relation with the Accounting and Regulatory Authority in the city-state by mediating the changes brought to shelf companies.

How is a shelf company registered in Singapore?

The registration procedure of a ready-made company is quite simple in Singapore. Once the investor has chosen the appropriate type of structure and established all the details with the seller, a sale-purchase contract will be prepared, followed by the transfer of ownership. After the contract is signed, our specialists in company registration in Singapore will amend the Articles of Association, if required, and submit it together with the other necessary documents with the Companies Register. Foreign enterprisers must know that they are allowed to appoint a new director and secretary for the recently purchased shelf company according to the Companies Law in Singapore.

What are the services related to buying a read-made company in Singapore?

Foreign investors can ask for additional services when purchasing a shelf company with our company formation representatives in Singapore. We offer a wide range of accounting and nominee services, among which the most sought are the nominee shareholder, director and secretary services. Apart from these, foreign investors can also rely on us if they need virtual CFO services. We can also assist foreign investors when choosing between a shelf or a new company.

For details about company registration and prices for shelf companies you can contact our specialists in company formation in Singapore.



  • Alice Brogna 2015-05-15

    Dear Sir or Madam from Company Formation Singapore, I am interested in buying a ready made company in Singapore with no prior business operations. From your website I could gather clear and comprehensive information about this issue, but I was not able to get an idea about how much it would cost to turn to you for this kind of service. Since I am having a look at multiple possibilities, I wanted to ask you if it would be possible to receive an approximate quote for this kind of service and also an estimation of how long it would take to do it. Looking forward to hearing form you, I thank you very much in advance. Best regards, Alice

    Hello Alice and thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you. Please feel free to e-mail us at office[at]lawyers-singapore.com for more information and a personalized quotation in regards to shelf companies in Singapore.

  • Travis 2017-02-16

    How much is a shelf company with you guys?

    Hello Travis! Please write us an e-mail with your question at office@lawyers-singapore.com and we will reply as fast as possible with details about our prices for shelf companies. Have a great day!

  • Alexander 2017-02-17

    It's good to know that this is a viable option. Would a shelf company be good for any type of business, even a small one?

    Hello Alexander! Yes, a shelf company can be suited even for a small business. If you want to purchase this type of company, please send us an e-mail with details about your project at office@lawyers-singapore.com. We will reply as fast as possible. Have a great day!

  • Jean 2017-02-20

    The shelf company is a good option when the investors wants to set his operations on the local market as soon as possible. But I suppose it can be bought for other reasons as well.

  • Carol 2017-02-26

    Great info about the shelf company in Singapore!

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