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Company formation abroad

Company formation abroad has a number of advantages. Liability risks are reduced. The tax can be legally reduced. Ownership is not visible to the outside world. Property is protected from access by third parties and much more.

On the other hand, there are also disadvantages. Not every company in most of the countries would like to supply a foreign company on account or even have foreign companies in its own books.


What to look for:

Whether and how you can use a foreign company depends on your project. Special benefits include overseas affiliate, starting new business, or corporate restructuring.


Company formation abroad – advantages:

Company formation abroad offers many advantages. Below listed are the key factors on why you should incorporate your company abroad.


Open Up Untapped Markets

The biggest problem entrepreneurs have today is that they are constantly competing with others in their home country. Getting a unique idea is nearly impossible, and the chances are that there are at least a hundred other companies with similar concepts. Standing out from the crowd can be hard, but it’s not the same all over the world.


Government Incentives

A lot of countries have problems attracting foreign investors and businesses. To encourage people to come, they put the potential for tax cuts and grants on the table. Come up with a great business idea, agree to move to that country, and you can get a boost right from the beginning.


Better Business Environment

Some countries are notoriously anti-business. That’s why more and more companies are deciding to move to other parts of the world where they don’t have to deal with the same bureaucracy.


Bring Your Business Back to Life

Not all entrepreneurs decide to start overseas. A lot of entrepreneurs decide to move overseas. Entering an overseas market can do a lot to bring an ailing business back to life. Companies that find themselves operating in saturated markets can acquire some breathing space by moving overseas.



Expanding your business overseas can be an exciting journey with its own set of obstacles. I personally like to establish my business in my home country first before expanding overseas.


Advantages of forming a company abroad:

  • - Legal tax savings in compliance with legal framework
  • - Minimizing liability risks
  • - Protection of property


The most important key data

Many agencies and law firms do not advise comprehensively or wrongly. Learn what to look for.

Gravity of the situation

Often, these law firms think foreign companies are half-silk, tax evasion is favored and mailbox companies are the leaders rather than the exception. This is true, however, only in some start-up agencies that do not have the necessary expertise. Self-proclaimed law firms that do not employ tax accountants or lawyers usually set up companies that are unlikely to operate legally. We set up and look after companies that can withstand tax audits and that are legally operated.


Do you have to live in the country where you start a company?

You can set up a company worldwide, as long as the respective country allows you as a foreigner to acquire shares in local companies or to act as a managing director. If this is not the case trustees can be used. For example, Cyprus allows every EU citizen to own and run a business. Nevertheless, trustees can be used for the purpose of identity protection. However, it is important that the management takes place locally, in the country in which the company is to be taxable. In addition, a permanent establishment must be set up. Without these, a major tax offices around the world do not recognize the company and in the worst case would require additional payment of corporate and business taxes plus late payment surcharges. We rent you a real office and set up a permanent establishment that meets all requirements beyond doubt.


Problematic Law firms: Privacy is not regarded.

Some law firms bind customers with toggle contracts and exert pressure when the customer wants to close his company. If you are a client of a law firm that has established a legally flawed company, they can be blackmailed. Because in the case of a fiscal problem, law firms without a license are not bound by a duty of secrecy.


Migrating to a different law firm

We receive many inquiries from customers who already own a foreign company and are looking for a new law firm. The process of changing law firm is made often difficult on purpose. Therefore, we have developed a principle of trust. If you are not satisfied with us and want to change, you can do that at any time. The necessary documents (resignation letter), you receive from us standardized after founding. You are therefore protected against unexpected costs and you are free at any time to visit another law firm. So far we have not lost any customer to another law firm.


Privacy / Firm Location

Your accounting documents are kept safe with us. In addition, all electronic data is stored encrypted and accessible only by us, which are bound to a professional secrecy. All accounting records are also stored locally only. Neither authorities nor hackers are able to access this data.


No taxes?

There are quite a few locations in the world that do not charge taxes on companies or individuals, or only estimate a very low flat rate tax. But this can rarely be used without corresponding change of residence. If you are a resident of any major country, the relevant double taxation agreement is decisive. Providers who promise otherwise lead them to tax evasion, which in the case of discovery usually punishes severely. We advise against setting up companies in countries that have already been blacklisted by the OECD. The foundation is usually very cheap, but the tax consequences in your origin country can be devastating. Since the introduction of the automatic exchange of information between almost all major countries, an anonymous private account no longer exists.


We comply with the following code:

  • - Legally secure foundations
  • - No unexpected(hidden) costs
  • - No false promises
  • - Finding the right solution by focusing on your requirements


With this strategy, we have been on the market since 2013 and have not disappointed any customer so far. And we prioritize it in keeping that way. We strive to ensure that every client is satisfied and does not take risks with the solutions we provide for them, but only exploits legal opportunities. Starting a company that involves doing real business is more costly than a letterbox company, but it is the only way to save on taxes without risking legal action.


Contact us now!

To avoid mistakes as you set up your new company, it is essential to seek advice. We would be happy to provide you with the best advice on how to set up your company abroad. We are offering you a short, intial, free and non-binding consultation via email. It will go a long to way to help you setup your company the right way.

International Taxes
Tatjana Lintner

Key account manager at W-V Law Firm LLP

+44 2080783389 069 2475630-68 [email protected] Mo - Fr 09.00 till 17.00 CET
International Taxes
International Taxes
Tatjana Lintner

Key account manager bei W-V Law Firm LLP

International Taxes
+44 2080783389 069 2475630-68 [email protected] Mo - Fr 09.00 till 17.00 CET

Worldwide acceptance by incorporating a foreign company

Decide on a beneficial legal personality - with worldwide acceptance - by incorporating a foreign company.


What is the first step towards establishing a foreign company?

The first step in forming a business abroad is to get acquainted with the country, the nature of the business, the tax situation and other relevant aspects that are important to start a business. In addition, it should be ascertained which legal form corresponds to the activity of the company. Furthermore, the availability of the company name should be checked.

  German GmbH Cyprus Limited Company Limited (Licensed Business)
Profit 80,000 EUR 80,000 EUR 80,000 EUR
Corporate tax 12,660 EUR (15,825% incl. Solidarity surcharge) 10,000 EUR (12.5%) 2,000 EUR (2.5%)
Business tax 12,180 EUR (average rate of assessment in Germany 435% in 2010) N/A N/A
Profit after taxes 55,160 EUR 70,000 EUR 78,000 EUR
Tax 24,840 EUR 10,000 EUR 2,000 EUR


Incorporating a company - That's how it works

If you are interested in starting a business abroad, please contact us. We are happy to find the best solution for your company together with you.


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