Obtaining Information about Swiss Companies
Obtaining Information about Swiss CompaniesUpdated on Monday 07th September 2015
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How to find information about a Swiss company
Foreign investors wanting to find information about a Swiss company they will sign a contract with have several options. From queries with the Trade Register, to company due diligence procedures conducted by a Swiss law firm or by appealing to other services provided by other firms. Usually, foreign businessmen will want to know information about the company’s financial background.
Obtaining information about companies with the Swiss Trade Register
Foreign enterprisers have the possibility of obtaining information about companies with the Swiss Federal Commercial Register or with the cantonal offices of the Trade Register. One can find out details about the following types of business entities with the Swiss Trade Register:
- - Swiss sole proprietorships,
- - partnerships,
- - Swiss stock corporations,
- - limited liability companies,
- - associations,
- - investment companies.
Investors can also find out information about the Swiss subsidiaries or branch offices of foreign companies. In regards to the information one can obtain with the Swiss Commercial Register, they can find out the following:
- - the object of activity of the company,
- - the liability of company members,
- - who the Swiss company’s representatives and managers are.
Certain information about Swiss companies is public and can be accessed at any time. However, extracts issued by the Commercial Register are subject to certain fees.
Company due diligence in Switzerland
Another way of obtaining information about Swiss companies is to request the services of specialists. Company due diligence is very popular in Switzerland especially when concluding different types of contracts. One of the greatest advantages of the due diligence procedure is that it can be targeted to specific purposes. One can find out the following information about Swiss companies when appealing to company due diligence procedures:
- - information about a company’s financial status,
- - information related to the company’s legal status,
- - information related to the company’s domain of activity.
Our lawyers in Switzerland offer company due diligence procedures to foreign investors. Whether you want to set up a company in Switzerland or find out what is the best canton to invest in, do not hesitate to contact us.