How to establish an SARL: SECO checklist and instructions

What should be taken into consideration when establishing a limited liability company (SARL)? Here is a non-exhaustive checklist.

  • Budget for start-up costs
  • Decide on the corporate name
  • Share capital, members' shares and definition of capital paying-up methods (in cash and/or in kind)
  • Appoint partners and management
  • Choose the bank for the share escrow account and open said account
  • Decide on the corporate name (trade register)
  • Draft the incorporation documents, articles of association, etc.
  • Submit the incorporation documents to the notary and the trade register to be checked and possibly corrected
  • If an auditor has been appointed, request acceptance
  • Organize the inauguration of the company
  • Entry in the trade register
  • Payment of members' shares to the bank (upon presentation of a copy of the registration with the trade register)
  • If you have employees (as a founder you are also considered to be an employee): register with the AVC compensation fund and take out compulsory LPP and LAA insurance policies
  • Inform the Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) that your company will be collecting VAT.

Last modification 17.08.2018

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