Company formation in France

For companies doing business in France

Holfran is your company’s legal partner in Paris, France. We assist with effective solutions and a pragmatic approach.

Company formation in France

Holfran helps in the setting up and incorporation of companies in France.

We prioritise a practical approach and advise you when it comes to creating various forms of companies such as limited liability entities (French SARL or SAS, or other types of companies), depending on your situation and practical needs.

Holfran’s attorneys are in a position to intervene for setting up companies in France, from the drafting of the articles of incorporation, to the registration with the official Trade Court registers, and more generally in corporate-related issues.
Our attorneys are French-bar qualified and have extended experience with groups of companies. They can work in three languages: Dutch, English and French.

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We help setting up a company in France

Do you want to implement or expand your activities in France?
Holfran’s attorneys will assist and advise you with for the mere incorporation of an SAS or SARL, or for the purpose of organising more elaborate constructions with holdings, mother/daughter-companies, joint-ventures, etc..

As the case may be, we also recommend other solutions, without registration of a separate legal entity, if this appears to be more interesting or practical in your situation.

Furthermore, we intervene throughout the life of the company for various corporate matters; shareholders’ meetings, revision of bylaws, appointment of management, share transfers, mergers, dissolution and suspensions of companies.

Corporate law in France

Do not hesitate to contact us over corporate and company-related questions.

General information for company formation in France

When an entrepreneur is considering company formation in France (or to incorporate a limited liability company in france), there are several important aspects to take into account to ensure a smooth and successful process. Here are the key aspects to consider:

Business Structure: Decide on the most suitable business structure for your company in France. Common options include SARL (Société à Responsabilité Limitée), SAS (Société par Actions Simplifiée), and SA (Société Anonyme). Each structure has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of liability, management, and tax implications.

Legal Requirements: Familiarize yourself with the legal requirements for company formation in France. This includes obtaining the necessary permits, licenses, and registrations based on the nature of your business activities.

Business Plan: Develop a comprehensive business plan outlining your company’s objectives, target market, marketing strategies, financial projections, and growth plans. A solid business plan is essential for attracting investors and obtaining financing.

Capital Requirements: Determine the initial capital required to start and operate your business in France. This will depend on your business type, industry, and location.

Taxation: Understand the French tax system and its implications for your business. This includes corporate income tax, value-added tax (VAT), payroll taxes, and other applicable taxes.

Employment Regulations: Familiarize yourself with French labor laws and employment regulations. These regulations cover areas such as working hours, minimum wage, employment contracts, and employee benefits.

Location: Choose the right location for your business in France. Consider factors such as proximity to suppliers and customers, availability of skilled labor, and local business environment.

Language and Culture: French is the primary language in business and official documents. Being familiar with the language and understanding the local business culture can facilitate smoother operations and communication.

Banking and Finance: Open a business bank account in France to handle financial transactions. Research and compare banking options to find the one that best suits your needs.

Accounting and Reporting: Ensure that you have a clear understanding of the accounting and financial reporting requirements in France. Consider hiring a local accountant to comply with these regulations accurately.

Intellectual Property: If your business relies on intellectual property, it’s crucial to protect it. Familiarize yourself with the French intellectual property laws and consider registering your trademarks and patents if applicable.

Business Support: Explore available business support services and resources in France, such as networking events, government initiatives, and incubators.

Visa and Work Permits: If you are a foreign entrepreneur planning to relocate to France to manage your business, research the visa and work permit requirements for yourself and any foreign employees.

Insurance: Assess the types of insurance your business may need, such as liability insurance, property insurance, and health insurance for employees.

Compliance: Ensure your company complies with all relevant laws and regulations related to your industry and business activities.

It is essential to conduct thorough research, seek professional advice if needed, and have a clear understanding of the legal and administrative processes involved in company formation in France. Taking these important aspects into account will increase your chances of building a successful business in France.

What can Holfran do for your business?

We provide legal guidance.

For your business matters in France, we advise and litigate in various areas of law.

Contracts & Terms and Conditions

We prepare the legal documents for your business with its French partners.

Your lawyer in France

From our office in Paris we help your company doing business in France.

Does your company need our expertise?

We are happy to assist.
Call us +33 (0)1 42 96 80 98
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