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Christopher Doyle

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Chris has a background in investment banking and technology start ups and has resided in Zug, Switzerland for the last 17 years. Chris was formerly CEO of Adtcom Network Computing AG, a pan European distributor of thin client computing technologies with nine offices throughout Europe which he acquired through a management buy out/buy in 1999. Chris has experience of many different business sectors and of setting up businesses in Switzerland. His international and business experience is extremely valuable to clients investigating establishing a presence in Switzerland.

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  1. Sorry for the country name, I want to set up a Swiss Company. Question from Maryam Azari Rad on 10/10/2017

    Christopher says:

    Hi ,

    As this is a public Forum please contact me directly at cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch and we will be able to assist you with this.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  2. Your expertise is needed in having SWISS SHOP IN NEW YORK. 1t is to be a one stop shop for marketing and promotion of swiss goods in new york. Your partnership in sourcing swiss exporters who will use the centre is needed Question from malachy asogwa on 21/07/2017

    Christopher says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for your enquiry.
    You might try contacting the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce for this - they should be able to assist you. Web link below

    http://www.amcham.ch/

    Thanks
    Chris

  3. Hello, I am helping a friend of mine with some arrangements for his new business in Switzerland. They are going to be offering road cycling holidays from a chalet in one of the Swiss ski resorts. Cycling in summer and skiing in winter, and will rent the chalet. I know that Switzerland is a low tax economy but is it best to have his business UK-registered or Swiss? Thanks Shaun Question from Shaun McMullen on 19/07/2016

    Christopher says:

    Hi Shaun,

    Uk would probably be cheaper initially but it really depends exactly what Services are provided and where performed - if there are significant Services to be provided in Switzerland locally and if local staff are involved then operating through a Swiss Company would probably be best . In theory taxes would be payable in Switzerland. As this is a public form you can contact me via my provate email with more detailed Information on what Services will be provided and by whom and I can give you some further guidance.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  4. Hi Chris, We are in accessories business based in Portugal and have our own stores and franchisees in Portugal as well as some franchisees in some parts of the world. We would like to franchise our business in Switzerland. Would you tell us how to go about it please? Many thanks for considering my request. Regards, Aylin Question from Aylin Vieira on 02/02/2016

    Christopher says:

    Hi Aylin,

    Thank you for your question.

    It is difficult to advise you without having a fuller description of your business and intentions in Switzerland. For example if you think you will issue multiple franchises it may be worthwhile form an operational, legal and tax point of view to set up your won subsidiary which you can grant a Master Franchise for Switzerland and then use this subsidiary to grant sub franchises.
    As this is a public forum you can email this to me directly.

    In the meantime this link contains a good overview on some of the issues relating to Franchising in Switzerland.

    http://www.franchiseverband.ch/Home/Franchise-in-Switzerland.aspx?lang=en-GB

    Kind regards
    Chris

  5. Hi Chris, Our Company is an Executive Search firm and based in Singapore. We are considering to set up a subsidiary in Switzerland. It is possible to set up a Joint Stock Companies (SA/AG) with 100% owned by a single foreign entity? Best regards, Albert Question from Albert Kwong on 07/01/2016

    Christopher says:

    Hi Albert,

    yes there is no problem to establish an AG/SA owned by your Singapore parent company. There is however a requirement to be licensed with SECO ( State Secretariat for Economic Affairs) to conduct this type of activity in Switzerland (broadly recruitment) and you would also need a suitably qualified Swiss resident person (Director/Manager) to manage this. The Swiss Company would also need at least one Swiss Resident Director irrespective of the type of business . We can assist with this if required as we have experience of establishing recruitment businesses in Switzerland and Licence applications. If you would like more info you can contact me directly on cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch as this is a public forum.
    Kind regards
    Chris

  6. Hello there, Two things 1. Is there a government agency in Switzerland that a major share holder 33% can file a complaint against management? and how do I contact them? 2. Can an officer of a Swiss corporation be removed by management without going to court? Question from jean letennier on 16/11/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hi,

    It is difficult to answer your question proeprly without full Details. In principle as a 33% shareholder you can call a shareholders meeting and add an item to the Agenda. In certain circumstances you can also apply to the court for a Special audit if the Company has breached the articles of association and damage has or may be cuased to the Company or shareholders.

    Generally it is not possible for Management itself to remove a Director. The would nornally require majority board of directors or a shareholders Resolution .

    Hope this is of some help.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  7. Dear Chris, I am a B permit holder and I am looking to start an online rental business within Switzerland. The customers will receive and return the goods by post or courier. My question is whether it is possible to operate with a limited company based outside Switzerland without having to open a branch or a subsidiary. Considering that we will keep stock at a Swiss address and deliver to and from that address, is it possible to operate without having to register a Swiss legal entity? Many thanks in advance. Regards Nickolay Question from Nickolay Lazarov on 01/07/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hi Nikolay,

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    Yes it would be possible to enter into the Arrangements you mention with a non-Swiss Company - but you would probably still need a Swiss VAT Number to handle the Import VAT and sales VAT. Before I can give you further Input I would Need to know what types of products you will be renting/dealing with .
    of course as a Swiss Resident you will still be liable for Swiss taxes on income received by you or Dividends from the non Swiss Company. A further issue to consider is the confidence of customers - Swiss Customers would generally be more confident and prefer to buy from a Swiss Company.
    As this is a public Forum suggest you email me cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch if you need further Information.

    Kind regards,
    Chris

  8. Hiya Chris, The business currently retails skincare cosmetics in a number of European Countries including Spain, UK, Germany and Austria. The business is looking to establish a Limited Company to retail in the Swiss market ( retail shops) - Zurich & Geneva. The businesses management / Directors are non-EU nationals how / what needs to be applied for (if anything) in terms of establishing the new limited liability Swiss Company. Can you recommend a notary and an approx cost for help with the businesses establishment Operationally until locals are employed the business will require to send some non-EU nationals to establish the business and train locally recruited staff. Please advise what working permits are required - the establishing support staff will come from the US / Israel and EU countries. Thank you for your assistance in advance Best David Question from david greenberg on 25/06/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hi David, Yes can assist with this. If you let me know your email - send me an email to cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch and I will send you some information as this is a public forum. Thanks, Chris

  9. Bonjour, Je voudrais ouvrir une boutique sur Lausanne d’ici un an et demi, le concept serait de vendre uniquement des vêtements "Made in Korea" Est-ce possible d’acheter des vêtements en Corée du Sud et les revendre directement dans mon magasin sans franchise ou est-ce qu’une franchise est obligatoire pour la revente de vêtement ? Est-ce que je risque de me faire attaquer par la marque ou une amende si jamais je revends leur marchandise sans contrat ou accord passé avec eux ? Dans les 2 cas je vais devoir importer régulièrement de la marchandise, quelles sont les dépenses dont je risque de devoir payer durant la livraison ? (Douane, tax ou autre?) Merci beaucoup ! Question from Estelle Antille on 08/05/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hello,

    Thank you for your questions. In General there is no Problem to sell clothing made in Soiuth Korea within Switzerland. If you are buying from the owner of the brand or an authorised Distributor they should be able to let you know if you are authorised or not. If the brand owner has an exclusive Arrangement with a Swiss Distributor or Retailer they may take steps to have your supply terminated. Of course you will need to ensure you comply with Swiss labeling requirements. You will Need to discuss delviery costs with your supplier and of course you will Need to pay Import VAT and Duty when you Import the goods into Switzerland.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  10. Hi Chris I currently own a company in the French Alps that provides airport transfers in and our of Geneva airport. My business partner and I are looking into the possibility of creating a Swiss company to act as a parent company while making our French business a subsidiary of that Swiss company. Would two non-Swiss nationals but UK nationals (who do not have work permits for Switzerland) be able to set up a Swiss company whilst living in France? If so, what is the process? Thank you for your time. Adam Question from Adam Robertson on 06/05/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for your question.

    It is not a Problem to set up a company in Switzerland if not resident there. However you may find it problematic these days to open a Swiss bank account for that Company as Swiss Banks are increasingly reluctant to open bank accounts for companies where the shareholders are non resident unless the company has ist own Swiss Offices and Swiss staff .

    It is also possible to have your French Company owned by the Swiss Company.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  11. Hi Chris, I am looking at starting a mobile massage company in a Swiss ski resort within the Valais region. How do I go about this? I understand need a B permit how do I get this? Also how do I go about obtaining accident and medical Insurance? Will I need to get legal advice on how to set it up? Thanks for your help. Julie Question from julie Pilcher on 03/05/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hi Jule,

    This would probably fall under the definition of Self Employment. Assuming you are an EU national it would be possible to Register yourself as "self employed" via the Canton Valais Migration dept. But you would been a form af busines splan etc to Show the Business is viable and that it would be capable of supporting you whilst living in Switzerland . you will also Need to take out private medical insurance and Register for social insurance etc. I would suggest arranging a Meeting with the Migration Dept in Valias http://www.vs.ch/Navig/navig.asp?MenuID=25579&language=fr .

    Kind regards
    Chris

  12. Hi Christopher, We are Canadians and want to start a business in Switzerland. All of our business would be in Europe. 2 questions: - Can we incorporate in Canada and then have a branch in Switzerland? Or is it simpler to just incorporate in Switzerland? - Can I have the business in Switzerland and operate a warehouse in France and get my goods manufactured in the UK without having to open any other office? Thanks, JP Arcand Question from Jean-Philippe Arcand on 30/04/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hi JP, Thanks for your enquiry.

    yes you can incorporate in Canada and open a subsidiary or branch in Switzerland. Unelss there are Business or tax reasons for having a Canadian parent it may be easier just to incorporate a sole entity in Switzerland. If you want to email me provately and let me know your Business and plans I can advise further. yes with a SWiss entity you could have outsourced warehousing in France and goods manufactured in the UK under contract without having to open Offices there- the Swiss Company would probably need to get a French or UK VAT Registration .

    Hope this is of some help.
    Kind regards
    Chris

  13. I would like to know how long it would take to set up a corporation in Switzerland? Does it require a trip for the owner and an attorney? What are the ball park costs involved? The reason for the company is to hold a patent on software that will be licensed to another company in the USA launched in the USA in the next couple of months. Thank you, David Graham Question from David Graham on 17/03/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hi David,

    No trip not required. Although may be necessary for the opening of a bank account.
    As this is a public forum suggest I will repond by direct email.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  14. I am looking to buy a franchise of an English school based in Germany. I am planning to run it from home on a small part time basis to begin with initially with 10 classes a week with 4/5 children per class and with me as the sole teacher. Are there any specific things that I need to consider when starting a business from home in Switzerland or any special checks that will be undertaken? I believe that I will not need to fill in the registre du commerce because the business will not be big enough, but are there laws regarding teaching children in the home, health and safety / insurance etc and do I need to register with the commune? Any advice willingly received. Best wishes, Alice Debell Question from Alice Debell on 04/02/2015

    Christopher says:

    Hi Alice,

    Assuming you are on a B Permit you should contact the immigration dept or your local tax office where you live to enquire about registering as self-employed so you can run your Business from home. I am sure there are some requirements that would Need to be met relating to suitability of premises, safety and personal checks - perhaps the Labour Dept in the Canton where you live would be able to guide you on this. Kind regards, Chris

  15. Hello, I am British but resident in Valais and would like to open up a softplay café. Can you advise me on the cost of setting up a SARL business in Switzerland and also where can I get appropriate business insurance e.g public liability in relation to children. Thank you. Kind Regards Sonja Question from Sonja Vigneswaren on 12/12/2014

    Christopher says:

    Hi Sonja,

    The cost of setting up a Sarl would be approx CHF 4,000 - CHF 5,000 including Notary Fees and Commercial Registry fees assuming you use a Fiduciary or lawyer. It can be cheaaper if you do some of the work yourself. As you are CH resident you could act as the Director but you would need to organise accounting and also someone to assist with your corporation tax returns, VAT administration, payroll administration etc.
    The Minimum capital requirement for an SARL would be CHF 20,000 .

    With regard to insurances the main Insurers would be able to cover you for Public Liability as well as your pension and social security insurances that you would need for employees.

    I would suggest you find a Fiduciary in Valais whom will be able to assist you with incorporation and other elements of your business set up requirements.

  16. Hi I am Amit Saxena from India. I am into hearing health care and authorised distributor for many hearing aid companies one of them, being Phonak which is a Switzerland based company. I am interested in moving to Switzerland with my wife and daughter. I would want to know if a business in dispensing of international makes of hearing aids can be successful in Switzerland or how about if I start something new like import and export of indian handicrafts or surgical instruments or catering. How much minimum investment is required to start a sole proprietorship firm and what type of visa is required to set up a new business in Switzerland . Question from Amit Saxena on 21/11/2014

    Christopher says:

    Hi Amit,

    Sorry you would need to research the Swiss market to see what competition and opportunities might exist for importing hearing aids or other opportunities you have in mind. Assuming you have an Indian passport residency would not be easy and you would need to seek advice form the Immigration department of the canton you wish to reside in to see what might be possible.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  17. Hi Christopher Doyle I am Nirmal Singh From India (Delhi) I would like to open a Typical Indian Food Restaurant in Switzerland.Please let me know is it possible n how much money I invest. Question from Nirmal Singh on 19/11/2014

    Christopher says:

    Hi Nirmal,

    Sorry this is information you would have to find out yourself by research in the local market and perhaps speaking to other restaurant owners.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  18. Dear Chris, I would like to open a franchise in Bern (marketing consultancy B2B e B2C) to create business relationship, to generate business awareness and business development opportunity between many of the world's most famous brands in the country. Could you give me any advice? Do you know if there is a possibility to get grants or a low interest loan or any other government's form of help for my start-up? Looking forward to hearing from you. regards Aurelio ps I need to investment around this figure 100.000$ Question from Aurelio Manca on 28/03/2014

    Christopher says:

    Hi,

    I am not aware of any grants etc to assist with the type of business you are considering. However you might try www.startups.ch and have an initial consultation- they may be able to advise you better on start up support etc.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  19. dear Mr, Doyle i'm Malith and i have my family furniture and handicrafts business in sri lanka and it is also a BOI project over 300 workers ...we export to most of europe ..however it is my intentions to export to switzerland as well but i have no contact there and have no clue about how it things work in switzerland and i also recently started a spice business aiming for the european market ,i alos heard that spices have a market in switzerland is it true ? will you be able to assit me ...but i'm not from a EU country Question from malith dalpatadu on 11/02/2014

    Christopher says:

    Hi Malith,

    Our business is mainly involved in the formation of companies in Switzerland but if you would like to send me some info on the type of furniture and/or spices that you are interested in selling in Switzerland we can make some preliminary enquiries and perhaps find you a Distributor that works in these areas that might be able to assist you . You can email me at cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch

    Kind regards
    Chris

  20. hi, i want to start a chocolate business in Switzerland. However i do not know how pricing of products is done in Switzerland, as I live in Canada. If you could help, it would be greatly appreciated! Question from Nayha Wadud on 02/01/2014

    Christopher says:

    Hi ,

    Thank you for your enquiry.
    Sorry can't really help you with this - suggest you identify comparable quality products and contact a Swiss Chocolate Distributor so establish some wholesale/retail proce ranges.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  21. Dear Christopher, My name is Rajan arya. I am from INDIA. I would like to settle in switzrland my whole life with family. By setting up any business there. Plz advise is it possible if yes then what is the procedure to start the business and settle there. I would like to do any service industry or any store there. Plz advisenor you can call me at 91 9015027774 Thanks Rajan arya Question from rajan arya on 20/12/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi Rajan,

    I am afraid as you are from a non-EU country obtaining residence and work permits would be diffuicult unless you were planning on investing is a significant business involving significant employment opportunities.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  22. Hi I want to start a busness however I am 14, and I would like to know what is the legal age to start a buisness in switzerland if there is one. Question from Jonathan Paserman on 03/10/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi, You would need to be 18 - but one of your parents could do on your behalf until then .

    Kind regards
    Chris

  23. Dear Mr Doyle, I am in the process of starting an online fashion business in Zurich. I have a B permit, and I am an EU citizen. Are there any limitations to stop me starting a business? At first my business will be online, are there any startup/set up costs? Do I need to register the company ? I would be grateful for your reply, as I am very new to this. Regards, Sophie. Question from Sophie Portch on 03/08/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi Sophie,

    No there are really no more restrictions than there would be as a Swiss person. A key early decision you need to make is to do this as a self employed business or via a company which you would need to set up. If you wish to go down the self employed route you will need to register as such with the cantonal immigration office. You will also need to consider registering for VAT .If you wish to set up a company we can assist if you would like to contact me on cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch . The cheaper option may be to be self employed initially however having a company may give you more credibility with suppliers and customers. if you would like to send me more details of what you have in mind would be happy to discuss with you over the phone.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  24. Dear Mr. Doyle, My partner and I U.S. Citizen that would like to open a retail electric smoke shop in Switzerland. Our friend, whom resides in Switzerland, is interested in running the store for us as possibly a part owner. I would like to know the best I should go about this. I have done research on possibly creating a business in the U.S. and possibly creating a branch store. I will also add that we are trying to establish this business without a minimum capital requirement to be held in escrow, if possible. Question from Jonathan Louie on 25/07/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the enquiry. Yes if you have a Company established in the USA and are selling there it would be possible to register a branch of the US Company in Switzerland and have your Swiss colleague appointed as the local manager (required by law) and then conduct the activities of the business through the Swiss branch. This would avoid the need for capital but of course this would be needed to set up the business etc. and it may be easier to set up a GmbH (especially if there are multiple shareholders) which would only require CHF 20,000 in paid in capital (which of course can be used in the business)
    If you would like assistance with setting up the branch or a company you can contact me at cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch .


    Kind regards
    Chris

  25. Dear Mr. Christopher Doyle, I currently live in Geneva, Switzerland and completing my masters in UK. I would be graduating in September 2013 and am quite interested in starting an import business venture operating from Geneva (I have a resident status). However, I am quite new to this and would be very grateful if you could point me to the right direction. I intend to be involved in textile importing and have identified a supplier as well. However, even though I have done some basic research, I am not very knowledgable about import regulations and registration; customs and taxes, and any import agents who could help me out. I would be grateful if you can kindly help me out. Regards, Question from mehreen ovais on 13/07/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the enquiry. There are quite a few issues to consider as part of the set up process. rather than trying to address all the issues on this forum if you want to give me a call on +44 1733 330682 I would be happy to discuss what you have in mind and talk you through the key issues.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  26. Hello Mr.Doyle, I am planning to start a company in Switzerland that imports clothes from India. Can you please let me know how good an idea it is, as I'm not sure if there is a good market for clothes imported from India. Also I would like to discuss more on the process of starting a business and expenses. Thanks in advance, Arul Question from Arul Mozhi Varman Manimozhi on 11/04/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi Arul,

    I cant really advise you on whether the import of clothes is a good idea -it will depend of the type/style and quality/pricing and local competition you would need to do some research before doing this or possibly speak to one of the large clothing importers/distributors to see if they thin there is a good market in Switzerland for the clothing you have in mind .

    If you want to set up your own company to import and sell clothing this is not a problem but you would have to incorporate a Swiss Company and get a VAT registration - we can help you with this if you want to contact me directly at cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch I can give you some more information and a quote for this.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  27. Mr. Doyle I'm from India having own business of fuel station, import export business in luggage i wanna start new business in the industry i can earn more, for this i need you to guide me and if you are on skype please do tell we can communicate easily. It was nice talking to you. Will be waiting for your reply Regards AMAN GARG +919729282726 +919996930129 BB PIN:285601C6 Question from AMAN GARG on 19/03/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi Aman,

    Thank you for your enquiry.
    To assist you I would need a lot more information on your business intentions. if you would like to email me full details of what you have in mind on cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch I would be happy to assist you.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  28. Dear Mr. Doyle, I'm a Swiss expat currently living in the UK. I'm in the process of starting up my own business (Ltd) where I will be trading mostly with Swiss and EU companies. I am wondering whether to start-up in the UK or Switzerland as I'm planning to move back to Switzerland in the next 2 - 3 year. Will moving a business from the UK to Switzerland be easy? Start-up costs are more attractive in the UK, plus I'm still living here. However I would already want a Swiss bank account for trading in Switzerland. What would you recommend? Many thanks Question from Anon on 16/01/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for your enquiry. I would need some more detailed information on what type of business/trade you would be involved with and what sort of revenue profile the business might have to give you any guidance on this. If you would like to email me directly at cdo@co-handleszentrum.ch with some more details would be happy to advise.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  29. Dear Mr. Doyle, I'd like to know the possibilities do start a business in Switzerland as a foreigner. Is it necessary a partner from the country? It'll be an import and export company (surgical medical devices) and I have no idea how to begin. Thanks in advance. Question from Flúvia Casam on 04/01/2013

    Christopher says:

    Hi,

    No you don't need a Swiss partner- but if you are setting up a Swiss Company you do need at least one Swiss Resident Director . Would be happy to talk you through the process and options you have . If you would like to email me ( cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch ) your telephone number and good day/time to call I would be happy to give you a call to discuss.

    kind regards
    Chris

  30. Dear Chris, I'm american and I would like to open an Import/ Export Business in Switzerland. Do I need to speak other langhages or english and some french is enough? How can I start my business? Do I need some capital to invest and for how long I can be in switzerland with the business. Does the business has to make more than a specific amount in order to stay opened? I also have 3 children. Are they alawed to study in he public schools in switzerland while I'm there with this business? Best Regards Mrs, Young Question from Flavia Young on 24/12/2012

    Christopher says:

    Hi Mrs Young,

    Yes it is possible to open business of the type you have described in Switzerland. Typically this will involve setting up a Swiss Company (a GmbH or an AG). Upon incorporating a Company to house your intended business it is then possible to apply for a work and residency permit and for your children to attend Swiss Schools. The rules between Cantons vary significantly and there is a quota system (for non EU passport holders) operated by most - so it would depend largely on where you wanted to live.
    You should be able to get by fine with just English as it is widely spoken but German or French would be useful . If you would like more information of the formalities of opening a swiss company you can find on our website www.co-handelszentrum.com or email me on cdo@co-handelszentrum.ch .

    Thanks
    Kind regards, Chris

  31. Dear Sirs, We are local egyptian manufacturer for all kind of wood furniture, and we were planning to export our products to the swiss market beleiving that our fine and artistique furniture can fullfil this great matket. but it's our first time for doing export and we don't know from where to begin. Can you help please Thanks and Best Regards Hana salib Marketing Dept. Art De Bois Question from Hana salib on 27/12/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi Hana,

    If you are particularily interested in exporting to Switzerland it would be a good idea to establish contact with an existing Swiss Furniture retailer. If you would like to send us some information on your products we can recommend a few who might be interested in reselling these for you and to get some feedback of the likely demand market for these in Switzerland. If you are also interested in exporting to other Countries it may be worth considering setting up a Swiss Company to handle your international sales but this might be best discussed when we have further information.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  32. Hi Dear Sir, How are you? I Raja Muhammad Ali Raza From Pakistan I have my own company in Pakistan and Branch office is in China and Hong Kong now I am interested to open my business in your grate Country. I have import export company last 7th years in Pakistan we are Trading Company we import many kind of Products from China and sale in Pakistan and also sale in Afghanistan Malaysia and Thailand. export from Pakistan Cement Rice Fan and Furniture to UAE Malaysia Bangladesh and some African Countries. and now in Pakistan is not safe Govt is not stable so I like to transfer my Business is on safe please. Please you Help me and tell me Requirements and time please. I hope you help us and save time and give me a Good Chance. Do Take care have a Nice weekend Best Regards Raja M Ali Raza M/S. NASIM & COMPANY Malik Plaza Dinga Road Kharian City, Distt Gujrat Pakistan 50090. Ph: 0092-537532528 Mob: 00923215901080 Question from RAJA RAZA on 24/12/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi Raja,

    We would be happy to discuss this with you. I will call you early in the New Year so we can understand your requirements a bit better.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  33. Dear Chris, thank you in advance for your time. I am a USA citizen, living in Portugal, and want to form a holding company in Geneva. Can you tell me the process that I need to go through to make this happen? Also, the technology we have is very advanced and we have a sister company in the USA that shows a competitive solution for the market. I also want to know what types of incentives there are for startup companies in Geneva and in Switzerland. Finally, can you tell me if having a multi-million Euro investment make the decision for Swiss authorities to award me a B-permit so I can start the company? Best Regards, N Question from Nathan Turner on 21/12/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi N,

    Normally a Fiduciary Agent like ourselves would handle the incorporation on your behalf. Will the Holding Company hold shares in existing companies ? Will any IP be transferred into the Swiss Company. If your business is to be condiucted mainly outside of SWitzerland most Cantons offer tax incentives for domiciling the company within their respective jurisdications . There are additiopnla incentives if the venture would involve a large inward investment , the setting up a manufacturing base or employing a significant number of Swiss Nationals . It should be possible to secure a B permit depending on the profile of the company you are envisaging but as this is quite a complex area it would be best to discuss in greater detail. If you would like to dicuss let me have contact details and we would be happy to have an initial discussion with you. Kind regards, Chris

  34. Hi, I hope you can help me. We have opened company in Swiss recently. And made one sale already. The question is following: UK company sells us (Swiss company) goods. Swiss company sells these goods to Polish company. Goods actually are not crossing Switzerland. Now UK company wants to charge Swiss company VAT (20%). Are they right? Thank you in advance. Marina Question from Marina Malova on 14/12/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi Marina,

    Thanks for your enquiry. Normally a sale of goods to a Swiss Company should be made without UK VAT but the UK company would need to retain evidence that the goods were shipped to Switzerland (Non EU. In this case as the goods were shipped to Poland (EU member) VAT would have to be charged. However if Swiss Company had a EU VAT number then the UK Company would not have to charge UK VAT as the supply would be to a EU VAT Registered business. Hope this is of some help.
    Kind regards,
    Chris

  35. Dear Christopher, I'm looking forward to open small shop in Geneva and export cashmere goods from my country. I have a partner-friend there in Geneva who will run the business(she's the citizen) and I'm going to invest 50% of expenses and all the goods from home. Is it possible to become a official partner and set up LLC even not visiting Switzerland for me? Thank you in advance for your kind advice. Best regards Ari Question from ariuna tsend on 10/12/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi Ari,

    I am not sure on the potential size/scale of your businesd but if you feel it may be significant it may be an idea to establish a Swiss Company where you and your partner can both hold shares to reflect your ownership interests - it may also be easier when dealing with customers and other suppliers if this was all conducted through a company and you may need to register for Swiss VAT. You can also document the arrnagements between yourselves (e.g. what you each will do/contribute both financially and in terms of labour ) as regards the business. This will also enable you to keep a clear account of costs, sales, loans, profits etc.
    It may be that this company could be incorporated in Geneva but consideration could also be given to a lower tax Canton where the business would pay lower company taxes. if you would liekt o contact me directly with more detailed information we would be happy to help.
    Kind regards
    Chris

  36. Hi I am doing business in India as IT security with 14500 clients across US army, indian army and major AEA. so we want to ope next office in europe so i want to know which is best for us where english is widely used and IT in more demand Thanks Question from manish kumar on 09/12/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi, Thanks for your enquiry. Switzerland may be a good location for a European sales office for a variety of reasons ..not least of which is a favourable tax structure. I would need to know more about your products/services and service mix and how how these are currently provided to advise you more on this. it is probably best if we have an initial telephone discussion .Please feel free to contact me directly or let me know a contact number and time so we can speak. Kind regards, Chris

  37. Dear Mr. Doyle, I am from India and started an IT business in back 2008. I want to expand my business in Europe, in Switzerland for example, and wants your expert advise on that. I want that I can advertise in Europe and can target the potential customers out there. So, please help me in this regard. Thanks, Sanjeev Question from Sanjeev Goel on 07/11/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi Sanjeev,

    Thanks for your enquiry.
    Would be glad to advise you on this. I would need to understand more about your business and what type of prodcts/services you offer an to whom before I could do this. I would suggets we have an initial telephione call to discuss in greater detail. You can contactme directly or let me have a contact number and day/time and I can call you to discuss.
    Kind regards
    Chris

  38. Dear Christopher, thank you in advance for your time. I am in a similar situation than Ken, looking forward to open a business in Switzerland, difference being that I am a Swiss citizen but Belgian resident. You talk about setup and ongoing costs, could you give me an idea of those costs ? I would also like to know if we have to go to Swizerland for the setup or if everything can be done from abroad, and what is the average time for the setup. Again thank you very much and best regards. Charlie Question from Charlie Tuan on 03/11/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi Charile,

    To set up a company say in Zug (GmbH or AG) cost approx CHF 10,000- CHF 12,000 and approx CHF 10,000 - CHF 15,000 p.a. for for Nominee Swiss Resident Director and basic admin . No you dont need to come to SWitzerland to set up this can be done by your Fiduciary Agent under a Fiduciary Agreement . Incorporation is performed through a Notary and this process can take about 2 weeks. Note the capital of the Company needs ot be paid in before as part of the incororation process .
    If you need more detailed information let me know further information re the business you have in mind and we can get a a more detailed quote for you - you can email me directly.

    Kind regards, Chris

  39. Hi Chris, What fees apply to importing goods like woolly hats? Where can I find this kind of information for other types of goods in order to calculate the cost of bringing them into the country for resale? Thanks so much for your time and knowledge! I really appreciate the guidance you provide. Ruskin Question from Ruskin Constant on 23/10/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi Ruskin,

    Apologies for delay in responding. You can find Swiss import duty rates and information here http://xtares.admin.ch/tares/main/mainFormFiller.do;jsessionid=Tyyy62GQLJT41XTdShVLhvzFMFwLmtvjFQdmMX4RHWkYnWfG7sMz!185984734

    There is also a search tool - yopu wil lalso need to identify where the imnport is coming from.

    Kind regards
    Chris

  40. hi Christopher.. i own web solution compnay in usa and in india. we have more then 400+ satisfied customer. we are in india since last 11 yrs. now i am looking for good busienss partner in switzerland. who is doing website solution business or web application business. i have good team of 22 professionals. how can you help me? and what are yur charges? and what time limit you require. Question from jigen majmudar on 30/08/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi, Thanks for your question.
    We have occassional need for web development services for our clients and are involved in a little ourselves directly. We also have an ASP Datacentre in the Swiss Mountains whhich we use for secure hosting of many of our clients Swiss Company IT environments .We would be happy to look at your company if you want to email me details for web services. This is only an ancilliary service for us though our main business is on the Fiduciary side so we wouldnt ourselves get involved int he active resale of web development services.
    Chris

  41. Hi & thank you for taking the time to read my email, I am an Australian (with a British passport) living in France right near the Swiss border & only 30km from Geneva. I have the opportunity to become an agent for a UK based company who manufacture plumbing fittings & are looking to export these fittings into Australia. I have looked into setting up a business in France & there is alot of red tape & it seems quite complex, hence why i am enquiring to set something up across the border in Switzerland. Firstly, is at actually possible for me to start up a business in Switzerland ? & would it be a better option than say starting something in the UK or France ? Ken Question from ken McDonald on 26/05/2011

    Christopher says:

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for your enquiry
    I am sorry I just swa your message. Sometimes these do not get notified to me.
    Yes it is possible and relatively easy to set up a Company In Switzerland (say a low tax Canton like Zug) even though you are resident in France. This could be managed under a Fiduciuary Agreement using as local/Nominee Director. The main benefit of using Switzerland would be to save tax on the trading profit derived from your export business which would be taxed at a lower rate than would apply in France or the UK. There is a cost to set up and ongoing costs so you would need to look at the projected sales/profits to ensure the tax saving justified this. If you want to call me or email me ditrectly we can talk about this in more detail. Chris

  42. Chris, I appreciate the ability to ask you a question here. Right now, I am investigating whether it is feasible to form a business in Switzerland. We have the possibility of placing a couple of consultants for long-term projects in the Zurich area. As we are from the US and not the EU, the consultants need to be full-time employees of a Swiss firm in order to become contractors for this particular Swiss company. We are a registered S Corp in the US, and I'm wondering what the rules are for registering as an LLC (seems to make the most sense) in Switzerland. What is the minimum capital to be placed in escrow? Do any or the partners in the LLC need to be Swiss or EU citizens? How long does the process take? I am trying to determine whether it is easier to start the business in Switzerland or partner with a local firm to achieve the same goal. Thank you for your expertise. Please let me know if you need additional info. Regards, Jennifer Moore Question from Jennifer Moore on 03/08/2010

    Christopher says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Apologies for late response- I have just seen your enquiry. A few questions - where do the two consultants you mention currently reside and what passports do they hold ?
    Depending on the project value/beenfits and residency issues it may make sense to incorporate a Swiss GmbH in Zug (30 mins form Zurich) - and a lower tax canton. This would enter into the project agreement with the Swiss Company and employ the two consultants. Min capital would be CHF 10,000 (does not have to stay in escrow) , incopraoration costs would be approx CHF 10,000 - CHF 12,000 including all set up costs, accounts, bank accounts etc. Process can be done in a few weeks but generally allow a month. The GmbH will need one Swiss resident director . Difficult to investigate the partnering option without fiurther info on the projects etc - but we may be able to help. Please call if you would like to discuss in further detail. Kind regards, Chris

  43. Chris Is it possible to become a Swiss Resident? Thanks KL Question from Kevin Long on 27/05/2010

    Christopher says:

    Yes, but the procedure will differ depending on the Nationality of the person involved. Since 2002 and the signature of the Agreement on the Free Movement of Person between Switzerland and the EU, Switzerland allows all nationals of EU member States the right of entry, of residence and the right to work, study or retire in Switzerland. There are however restrictions of the new accession countries where a work permit will still be required until the end of the agreed transition period in April, 2011.

    Non EU citizens have no automatic right to live or work in Switzerland and Residency is granted based on individual circumstances .

  44. Dear Chris We are looking into expanding our business and opening up an office in central Europe. What are the main benefits of setting up a business in switzerland? Thanks, Kevin Question from Kevin Long on 27/05/2010

    Christopher says:

    The benefits of establishing a business or business presence in Switzerland will vary depending on the type of business to be conducted but generally we find clients are attracted to Switzerland for one or more of the following reasons:

    • International Credibility and location
    • Pro Business environment
    • Relatively low Corporate and Personal taxes
    • Quality of life – long term residency potential
    • Extensive network of Double tax Treaties

    If you would like to send me specifcs of your business we can discuss in greater detail.

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