Luxembourg is a small European country that offers important business opportunities that compensate for its size. Its central location in Europe allows it to have excellent connectivity to the EU markets and Luxembourg is just a few hours away from important European capitals and business centers like Paris, Frankfurt or Brussels. The country’s economic stability and its openness towards foreign direct investments are two other reasons why entrepreneurs choose to set up a company in Luxembourg.
Company formation in Luxembourg is straightforward both for national and foreign investors. The procedure is simple and quick once you have all the required documents. Our agents invite you to watch a video about how to set up a company in Luxembourg:
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Open a Luxembourg Fund
Luxembourg is a well-known financial center where thousands of investment funds operate due to the business-friendly economic environment and the legislation that encourages such investments. This country has the second largest fund market in the world, after the Unites States, due to the large number of open-ended retail funds that are set up in Luxembourg. The most investors chose the form of undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS).
Luxembourg is known all around the world as a leading location for setting up an investment fund and, between 1959 and 2010, over 3,500 funds were opened in this country, having net assets of over EUR 2 trillion. The local authorities encourage the foreign investors to come and set up a fund in Luxembourg, a location that is close to the main markets in Europe, offers a well-trained and qualified workforce and provides a stable economic and political environment.
The Luxembourg investment funds are divided into three categories: UCI (undertaking for collective investment), UCITS (undertaking for collective investment in transferable securities – designed for retail investors), SIF (specialized investment funds).
These three categories of funds don’t have to pay taxes on their income and capital gains obtained in Luxembourg or a stamp duty on the share issues or transfers.
Our company formation agentts can help you open any type of investment fund in Luxembourg and obtain all the necessary documents for operating it.
Reasons to invest in Luxembourg
Luxembourg has managed to maintain its economic stability throughout the global economic and financial crisis. The country’s economy is based on many types of business activities that prove to be a successful blend for the well-being of the Duchy. Financial services, manufacturing, retail, e-commerce, communications and logistics as well as imports and exports are some of the most important and successful business fields in Luxembourg.
Luxembourg’s favorable legal and tax regime are a main attraction for companies that want to base their headquarters in a highly accessible and connected European business hot spot. Foreign companies in Luxembourg benefit from even more advantages because of the large number of double tax treaties concluded by the Grand Duchy with numerous countries worldwide. These treaties help protect against the double taxation of the foreign-source income, so taxpayers do not have to worry about paying the same taxes in both countries.
Investors in Luxembourg will also be pleased to find that the country has a skilled and multilingual workforce. Also, a large percentage of the employees in Luxembourg are cross-border commuters, another proof that the small country is open to international investments and collaboration. Finally, the quality of life in Luxembourg is another key factor that attracts business owners and employees alike. Luxembourg may be one of the world’s smallest countries, but it is also one of the wealthiest.
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Requirements for opening a company in Luxembourg
Any company incorporated in Luxembourg needs to have certain documents that will attest the existence of the legal entity in the Grand Duchy. The articles of association need to be drafted and the founding members must provide specimen signatures, passport copies and other documents. Once these documents are drafted, they will need to be translated by a certified translator and then submitted to a public notary for authentication. The articles of association are later published in the Luxembourg Official Gazette.
The investors will also have toopen a bank account in Luxembourg where the minimum share capital will be deposited. The name of the new company also has to be verified in order to comply with the requirements in the country. This verification can be made at the Trade Register and our experts can help you throughout these incipient phases.
A Luxembourg company will also need a main office from where it can perform its business activities. If you are a foreign investor in the country, our partner lawyers in Luxembourg can help you open a virtual office at a prestigious business address.
Types of companies in Luxembourg
There are several types of companies that can be registered in Luxembourg and the most suitable type depends on the investor’s business purposes. While some types of companies are more suited for small and medium-size businesses, others will favor large businesses or be suitable for those corporations that want to expand their activities in the Grand Duchy.
The following types of companies are recognized by the Luxembourg Companies Law:
-the public limited liability company (S.A.);
-the private limited liability company (S.á.r.l.);
-the general partnership (S.e.N.C.);
-the limited partnership (S.e.C.S.);
-the partnership limited by shares (S.e.C.A.);
-the co-operative company (S.C.)
The private limited liability company and the public limited liability company are two of the most popular business forms in Luxembourg. They require a specific minimum share capital and there are requirements regarding the managing and supervisory bodies of a public limited liability company.
A branch in Luxembourg is a good business option for a foreign company that want to establish its presence on the market. The newly incorporated company will not be a legal entity in Luxembourg, instead it will depend completely on the mother-company abroad.
Subsidiaries in Luxembourg are another type of companies preferred by foreign legal entities. Unlike the branch, these companies have legal personality and the foreign company is not liable for their actions.
Luxembourg has a perfect blend between an attractive business environment, a stable economy and numerous business opportunities. If you are interested in setting up a company in Luxembourg, our experts can help you from the earliest stages in company formation.