France Company Formations

A Private Company in France is either incorporated as a Société par Actions Simplifiée (SAS) or a Société à Résponsibilité Limitée (Sàrl). The SAS is the newer type of company, typically used by non-residents.

Incorporating a Société par Actions Simplifiée (SAS) or Société à Résponsibilité Limitée (Sàrl)

Our French company incorporation package includes:

  • Checking the availability of your company name with the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle
  • Liaising with the local registrar and relevant authorities
  • Structuring the company as per your requirements
  • Prepare your Company Registration Forms
  • Drafting the Articles of Association / Statutes
  • Filing the documents with the Centre de Formalitiés des Entreprises
  • Company Books
  • Publication in the Official Journal
  • Commercial Registry fee
  • Stamp duty
  • Appointment of the Directors
  • Initial Government licence fee payable on incorporation
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Issue of shares and production of Share Certificates
  • All documents and certificates supplied in a professional folder
  • Delivery of documents by FedEx / DHL courier

Société par Actions Simplifiée (SAS) or Société à Responsabilité Limitée Company Incorporation (Sàrl)

To incorporate your company in France we require the following:

  • Your proposed company name
  • Registered office of the company.
  • Companies objects - a brief description of the intended activities of your company
  • One director and one shareholder is required for a Sàrl
  • The names and addresses of the directors and shareholders
  • Copy of the passports of the directors and shareholders
  • Percentage of the shares belonging to each shareholder.
  • Proof of the deposit of the paid-up capital deposited in a bank account opened in the company name

Company Names

All departments in France have a register of company names and so most company names are allowed so long as it is not used by another company in the same department.

We will check your chosen company name with the the Register of the Commercial Courts and the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle.

  • France is very liberal about which company names are allowed
  • Adding the word France after the company name is usually means you are a non French company
  • Common names, such as Hôtel de la Gare Sàrl, will be repeated several times throughout France
  • A company name check can be carried out free of charge to see if a required name has already been registered
  • We can then reserve your Sàrl name for up to ten days.

French Company Director (Gérant)

The legal representative of a Sàrl or a SAS company company is called a Gérant; which is the equivalent of a director in other countries.

Only one Gérant of any nationality is required for your French company. Directors may also be shareholders.

If you wish to appoint a Gérant who is not a resident of the EU or an OECD country then they will need state authorisation.

French Company Shareholders

A minimum of one shareholder is required for your company with no restriction placed on nationality or residence. A shareholder may be a corporation or an individual.

As of August 2017 all companies incorporated in France are required to disclose the details of the Ultimate Beneficial Owner ?(those who have more than 20% of the control of the company)

All documents filed on companies incorporated in France are public record.

Authorised and Issued Share Capital

The minimum share capital is €1.

A Sàrl usually adopts a closed structure, so that share transfers only occur between existing shareholders or with the unanimous permission thereof.

The amount chosen is held with the notary, a bank or in a Caisse de Dêpot during the course of the formation of the company.

The share capital is unblocked as soon as the banker receives the Kbis Certificate.

Registered Office

A company in France must have a Registered Office based in France. We can provide a registered office service in Paris if required.

French Bank Account

A French bank account is required for the share capital to be deposited. As soon as the bank receives the money, they issue an attestation, with this and the signed documents we register the company with the Chamber of Commerce.

When the company is formed the Chamber of Commerce issues a Kbis (Certificate of incorporation). We then send the Kbis to the bank, who will open the business bank account and release the share capital into it.

VAT/TVA Registration

We can assist with Registration with the Tax Authorities. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Incorporation the bank account is activated Liaising with Tax office to activate the VAT number.

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France Fees to Incorporate
  • Company Formation - £1140
  • Provision of Registered Office - £1200
  • Chamber of Commerce or Artisanat, Court Fees, CFE, legal publicity - £440
  • Bank Account Assistance - £360
  • VAT/TVA Registration - £460
  • Mail Forwarding Service - £350
France Annual Maintenance Fees
  • Provision of Registered Office - £1200
  • Annual Return, Government Fee - €60
  • Mail Forwarding Service - £350
  • Directors Register Maintenance - £175
France Advantages
  • Time - 2 weeks to incorporate your French company
  • Directors - only 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your SAS or Sàrl Company
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder is required for your company
  • Share Capital - the share capital requirement is €1
  • Registered Office - we can provided a Paris registered office address if required
  • VAT/TVA - we can assist you with VAT/TVA registration
  • Bank - a French bank account is required to incorporate your French company.
  • Travel - a visit to France is required to open a bank account
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process
Required to Proceed
  • Company Name - so we can check your company name is available
  • Documents - proof of address and copy of your passport
  • Form - complete this form
  • Upload - proof of address & copy passport can be uploaded here


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