Cyprus Subsidiary Entity Set Up

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Cypriot Entity Set Up

When expanding into another country with little familiarity with how incorporation is done, setting up is met with many requirements and complexities. In Cyprus, foreign subsidiary entities act as an extension of the parent company but enjoy the same company standing as domestic businesses, and are subject to all national laws.

The registration process in Cyprus comes with some variation (depending on the company type), but it is generally straightforward and can be done with little difficulty. Once that is done, however, setting up a subsidiary entity in Cyprus involves a heavy workload.

Processing company and employee taxes, filing accounts, complying with the local laws, managing the local workforce, and recruitment are all important matters for a business that must be managed effectively, which can eat up your time, money, and resources.

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How to set up a Cypriot Subsidiary

Setting up a subsidiary requires these steps:

  • Decide on the company type that suits the nature of your business, your business goals, and matches your own capabilities to meet established requirements.
    Common company types include: Private Limited Liability Company, Public Company Limited by Shares, Company Limited by Guarantee, Partnership Companies, Sole Proprietorship, Branch Office, Representative Office
  • Obtain a business address in Cyprus and prepare the documents for registration.
  • Obtain a business license with the Trade Register and register with the Customs Authorities (if required).
  • Submit the company name for approval from the Registrar of Companies.
  • Prepare the appropriate registration documents and have them translated into Greek or English (depending on the document types).
  • Open a local bank account in Cyprus and deposit the appropriate share capital.
  • Notarize and legalize the registration documents at a notary’s office.
  • Register your company at the Registrar of Companies.
  • Register with Cyprus’ Inland Revenue Department.
  • Register for a VAT Number.
  • Public registration of directors and shareholders with the Registrar of Companies.
  • Receive Certificates of Incorporation, Shareholders, Directors and Secretary, and Registered Office Address.
  • Register with the employer for social insurance services.
  • Publish the incorporation in the official gazette.

Benefits of setting up a Subsidiary in Cyprus

Cyprus is a compelling destination in the Mediterranean for the subsidiary establishment and growing a business’ influence. There are also other significant benefits to establishing an entity in Cyprus:

  • Subsidiaries in Cyprus are taxed the same as any other resident company.
  • Subsidiary entities in Cyprus also benefit from over 60 double taxation treaties, making the country an investor-friendly tax regime with an extensive network.
  • Cyprus boasts a strong services sector, including tourism, which contributes to over 80% of the country’s GDP and employs over 70% of its workforce. Other strong sectors include industry, construction, and agriculture.
  • Cyprus benefits from one of the lowest tax rates in Europe, with no taxes on dividends.
    Cyprus also benefits from low administration and labour costs.
  • Cyprus boasts a highly educated workforce with a low-cost business environment.

Cyprus’ well-established infrastructure, with multi-purpose deep-sea ports, international airports, and excellent telecommunications, gives entities a variety of quality logistics options to access markets easily and affordably to the rest of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.