Our 7 steps to establish your company in France

Here are our 7 necessary steps towards setting up your business in France.

At Companow we can provide every service required to set up your business in France, on time and within budget.

Register a company in France
The key details
Company Name → Your company name does not have to be unique but if you plan to trademark it, we'll check its availiability

Activity → A brief description of your company’s activities in France, to obtain the relevant activity code in order and to verify if your activity is regulated or not.

Directors → Appoint the Director(s). No restrictions on the nationality or coutnry of residence for the Directors and Shareholders.

Company Address → Your French company must have a French address : an office lease or business address contract (we might be able to help with that).
Set & Transfer Your Company Capital
All company shareholders (individuals or companies) need to confirm their respective shares and capital value. You require a minimum of one company shareholder and no minimum of share or capital value. Our advice : the capital should cover your initial set ups and investments.

Each shareholder must transfer their capital into a Share Capital Account (escrow account) because the Commercial Court requires the evidence of the transfer(s) : the Share Capital Transfer Certificate.
Draft Your Incorporation Documents
Our legal experts will draft all the company documents : Memorandum & Articles of Association; Minutes of the First Board Meeting and Directors Nomination; Ultimate Beneficiary Owners Declaration; and miscellaneous documents, that the Director(s) and Shareholder(s) will need to sign. In most cases, electronic signatures are accepted.
Submit Your Application To The Commercial Court
We will do it for you !
Issue Your Company's Certificate
After a short processing time and if the application meets all requirements, the Commercial Court will issue the Company's certificate. Meaning that you can start you activity in France ! Your VAT number is issued the Tax Administration within a few weeks after the creation of your company.
Open A Corporate Bank Account
Starting a business in France means opening a business bank account in France. It can be a complicated process. Once the bank account is opened the company capital is released and credited into it.
Appoint a Chartered Accountant
French accounting laws dictate that bookkeeping and filing obligations (VAT, annual reports, etc.) start as soon as the new company is created, regardless the number of transactions.

Your Free Consultation

Should you seek the assistance of French company registration specialists, Companow offer all Clients an initial free consultation to assess your requirements and to field all of your questions.

Looking for a first class corporate consultant?

Companow, your one stop shop to establish your company

We provide every service you need to set up your business in France.  You choose the services to suit your business needs and we will make arrangements on your behalf.  No travel is required and our English-speaking international business experts can have your French company set up in as little as one to two weeks and at prices, you can afford.

Our key services

Company creation

We form your French company ready to trade in one to two weeks.

Local banking

We will make arrangements to open your French business bank account.


We provide assistance with your book keeping, tax returns, and reports.

Virtual office

So you don’t have to rent expensive physical office space in France.


Let us manage your Trademark Registration process.

Visa services

We have helped hundreds of clients from over 90 countries to get their visa.

  • highly competitive rates
  • English speaking service
  • experienced business team

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