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Brenda Schönenberger obtained her bilingual law degree from the University of Lucerne and Neuchatel in 2011 and was admitted to the Bar in 2014. Since January 2016 Brenda Schönenberger is working for the online business STARTUPS.CH, the largest company founding platform in Switzerland. As of December 2016 Brenda Schönenberger is the Head of Legal of STARTUPS.CH.

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  1. Hi Brenda, Based in the UK I'm a small labour only joiner/carpenter sub contractor who has ( 3 guys ) started working on a site in Switzerland for a large contractor. In order to commence payment to myself the contractor has asked me to pprovide my own public liability insurance. I'm having difficulty obtaining this in Switzerland as I've been told I'm not ' a Swiss entity' from Swiss insurance brokers and UK insurance providers won't insure as I'm working outside the EU. In your opinion is there a solution to my situation? Ideally easily and cost effective . Thanks for your time and help. Regards Chris Question from Christopher McGill on 18/12/2017

    Brenda says:

    Dear Chris
    If you have a UK company, you can register a Swiss branch of your company. Otherwise you most likely will have to incorporate a company in Switzerland. To look more precisely into you situation, you can book a consultation meeting https://startups.ch/en/contact-service/about-us/standorte/zurich/ (we can also do this per Skype).
    Kind regards
    Brenda Schönenberger

  2. Hi Brenda, I would like to organise a consultation to discuss starting a business in Switzerland. I am an Irish national holdibg a B permit. I am currently working as an engineer in Solothurn and would like to open bar / restaurant here. I need advice on my options. Thanks, John Question from John Meaney on 28/10/2017

    Brenda says:

    Dear John

    We are happy to help you with the legal set up of your new project. You can book a consultation meeting with STARTUPS.CH online : https://www.startups.ch/de/kontakt-service/ueber-uns/standorte/

    Kind regards

  3. Dear Ms. Schonenberger, I would like to register a company in Germany. In this regard, I want you to introduce some valid companies/organizations to help me setting up my company. Thank you Question from Maryam Azari Rad on 10/10/2017

    Brenda says:

    Dear Mahoma

    To set up your company in Switzerland you can easily go on our webpage www.startups.ch and fill out everything online. After that we will get in contact with you within 24h (on working days) to discuss with you about your company and send you all the documents for the incorporation. If you have questions about the incorporation process, feel free to contact me or book a consultation meeting (also possible per skype)..

    Kind regards

  4. Hi, Brenda, My name is Jun from China. I have finished my master study by a reputed Swiss business university and I am now possessing a B Residence Permit in Switzerland. I am planning to set up a business in business consulting for Swiss companies operating in China and vice versa. Two question : 1). Since I am already having a B-Permit, can I myself alone set up the company as Sole Proprietorship or GmbH? 2). if I set up a GmbH as the major shareholder and director, am I automatically allowed to get the work permit? I would be seriously interested to explore further since I already have a viable business plan with co-investors from Switzerland. Question from Jun zhu on 12/06/2017

    Brenda says:

    Dear Jun

    As long as you are a Swiss residence you can set up a sole proprietorship or GmbH by yourself. As a major shareholder and director you won’t get automatically a Permit, but you will be able to sign up for a new one before your Permit expires with your work contract. Since you are from China you will have to show the migration office a Businessplan and why your Business is important for Switzerland.

    The explore further please check our website: https://www.startups.ch/en/ were you can sign up for a consultation meeting or fill in an online order and we will help you to set up your business.

    Kind regards
    Brenda Schönenberger
    Head of Legal

  5. Dear Walter , I would like set up a trading company in Swiss. The proposed business model shall be, trading in foodstuff .i.e mainly buying from south east Asia and selling in Africa /Mideast. The prime object of setting up the new company in Swiss is firstly it is preferred destination among the MNC trading companies to operate in out of Swiss also various advantages like very very affordable banking e.g financing from banks is around 1.25 % pa . So you can share your opinion. Regards JEET 971526696888 jeet@ggtgroup.biz Question from Jeet S on 30/07/2016

    Brenda says:

    Dear Jeet
    To set up your company in Switzerland you can easily go on our webpage www.startups.ch and fill out everything online. After that we will get in contact with you within 24h (on working days) to discuss with you about your company and send you all the documents for the incorporation.
    If you have questions about the incorporation process, feel free to contact me.
    Regards,
    Walter

  6. My company is an executive search firm with headquarter in Singapore. We are considering setting up a subsidiary in Switzerland. Should we set up a corporation or Gmbh? Can it be 100% owned by the mother company in Singapore? Do we still need to have at least one directors to be a resident of Switzerland or resident of EU? Do we also need to apply for a recruitment license? Thanks for your advice in advance. Question from Albert Kwong on 13/04/2016

    Brenda says:

    The legal entity can be 100% owned by the mother company in Singapore. But you still need at least one resident of Switzerland as a member of the board with the power of signature. If you do not have someone in Switzerland we also offer you this kind of service. To run an executive search firm in Switzerland you need a recruitment license. To get one, you have to fulfill in general the following:
    - The company has to be registered in the commercial register in Switzerland
    - You need an office in Switzerland
    - You are not allowed to run an additional business that endanger the interests of your clients of the executive search firm.
    - The company has to be run by Swiss people or people with a permanent residency.
    To give you an advice about the best legal entity, I do need more information about the set up.
    If you need more information about the incorporation feel free to contact us on info@startups.ch.

  7. My company is an executive search firm with headquarter in Singapore. We are considering setting up a subsidiary in Switzerland. Should we set up a corporation or Gmbh? Can it be 100% owned by the mother company in Singapore? Do we still need to have at least one directors to be a resident of Switzerland or resident of EU? Do we also need to apply for a recruitment license? Thanks for your advice in advance. Question from Albert Kwong on 13/04/2016

    Brenda says:

    The legal entity can be 100% owned by the mother company in Singapore. But you still need at least one resident of Switzerland as a member of the board with the power of signature. If you do not have someone in Switzerland we also offer you this kind of service. To run an executive search firm in Switzerland you need a recruitment license. To get one, you have to fulfill in general the following:
    - The company has to be registered in the commercial register in Switzerland
    - You need an office in Switzerland
    - You are not allowed to run an additional business that endanger the interests of your clients of the executive search firm.
    - The company has to be run by Swiss people or people with a permanent residency.
    To give you an advice about the best legal entity, I do need more information about the set up.
    If you need more information about the incorporation feel free to contact us on info@startups.ch.

  8. Dear Mr.Walter Regli Good day, I would like to get some information about registering an sport organization (which is in the way of member shipment in IOC (International Olympic Committee) ) in Switzerland, in which category of organizations it will sit and how the procedure of financial issues should be followed. Many thanks Fatemeh Rashidi Question from Rug Tooppa on 12/03/2016

    Brenda says:

    Dear Fatemeh Rashidi

    Thank you for your interest into the services of STARTUPS.CH! To give you more information it is important to know what kind of legal entity you are looking for. Further we have to know more about your goals and plans with the organization.

    Feel free to send me more information about it to walter.regli@startups.ch. I will be happy to help you.

    Kind Regards,

    Walter Regli

  9. Hi Mr. Walter, I am vikram khajuria from India and am interested to export my handmade decorative crafts and hand embroidered curtains to Switzerland. Whether I should sell online then my question is how to do? Or I have to give authorise someone there Or I have to open a office there Please guide me how to do as I am having a very small enterprise Please guide me with your vast experience of the market. With thanks and regards Question from vikram khajuria on 24/02/2016

    Brenda says:

    Dear Mr. Vikram Khajuria

    All of your mentioned opportunities are possible. Who will be your client? Depending on your client and his behaviour in the market one of your opportunities could make more sense than the others.

    If you need help to analyze the Swiss market, we can help you with that as well. Here you will find some information about it:
    https://www.startups.ch/en/inform/foreignentrepreneurs/swiss-market-entry/
    https://www.startups.ch/en/inform/foreignentrepreneurs/gru/

    If you have further questions, feel free to contact me on walter.regli@startups.ch

    Kind regards,

    Walter Regli

  10. Hey Walter, I am Nidhi from India. I would like to know that can we start a restaurant business in Switzerland,and also invest some money to purchase a house there? Question from Nidhi Mangla on 23/02/2016

    Brenda says:

    Hello Nidhi

    Yes, you can open a business in Switzerland. Depending on the legal entity you choose, you need a member of the board living in Switzerland with the power of signature for the company. If you do not have someone in Switzerland, STARTUPS.CH can offer you beside the incorporation also that kind of service.

    To purchase a house for business use, it shouldn't be a problem. But if you like to buy a house for living, there are some special requirements.

    If you have further questions, you also reach me over walter.regli@startups.ch.

    Kind regards,

    Walter

  11. HI! I have a question regarding starting up a business, via web-shop in switzerland. The product is manufactured in Italy and I will mainly export to the nordic markets in Europe to start with. I live here and have another job already, I just want to start this on the side. Can I do this as an "independant" still or what legal form does it have to be? I also wonder if the product will have to go via Switzerland or can I ship for packaging directly to what will be the main market initially (Sweden)? Would be very thankful for some advice and help. Question from Åsa Hyberg on 05/02/2016

    Brenda says:

    Hi

    You can run your side business as a sole proprietorship (or also with another legal entity). To show you the best fitting legal entity I need to know more about your business and ideas.

    If you go for the sole proprietorship you even do not have to register the company to the commercial register as long as your annual turnover is below CHF 100'000.-. But often it makes sense to apply for the commercial register even if you are below the CHF 100'000.-.

    If you do this as a side business it is important to check your employment contract to see if you are allowed to run your business and if you have to tell your employer about your plans.

    The product doesn't have to go via Switzerland. But it is important to have a good fiduciary to be on the safe side with your books and the VAT.

    If you are looking for an incorporation or a fiduciary in Switzerland I would be happy to help you!

    Kind regards,

    Walter Regli

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