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What is a LLC?

A limited liability company (LLC) is an incorporated company with separate legal personality in which one or more persons or commercial enterprises participate. Its nominal capital is specified in the articles of association. It is liable for its obligations to the extent of the company assets.

Advantages of a LLC:

  • The members of the LLC are not personally liable for obligations of the LLC
  • A LLC can be set up by one or more natural and/or legal persons
  • Capital contribution can be transferred easily
  • Little minimum capital (CHF 20'000) required

Disadvantages of a LLC:

  • Less accepted by customers, suppliers and providers of capital (compared to the PLC)
  • Members can not remain anonymous
  • Observe company law’s legal requirements
  • LLC and members have to pay taxes (double taxation)
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What do I have to consider when setting up a LLC?

The most important points to set up an LLC in Switzerland are:

  • Minimum capital:
    at least CHF 20’000 (fully liberated)
  • Number of members:
    at least one natural or legal person
  • Business name:
    free choice of name, suffix or ending „GmbH“ obligatory
  • Audit requirement:
    audit mandatory if 10 or more employees
  • VAT liability:
    subject to VAT if annual turnover CHF 100‘000 or more; voluntary registration for VAT allowed
  • Duration of registration:
    depending on canton, 10 days – 4 weeks (Duration with Express-procedure 5 days)
  • Cost of foundation:
    depending on offerer, CHF 1‘750 – 4‘500 (excl. Commercial register entry)
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Please find below a composition of the most important questions to set up a LLC in Switzerland:

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a consultant of STARTUPS.CH in your region. The counselling interview is free-of-charge, if you decide to create a company with the help of STARTUPS.CH. In case you only need information from our consultants, the counselling interview will cost CHF 150. However, you will get a voucher worth CHF 150 for a later formation of a company with STARTUPS.CH.

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