Whether you are making research and gathering information about Singapore company formation or you already have decided to do company formation in Singapore, there are questions possible at any stage that you want answers in order to determine the best direction to take.
Based on our years of experience, we found that there are several questions in regards to Singapore company formation that are asked frequently by our clients during the process of incorporating company in Singapore.
We have put together some of the most frequently asked questions about Singapore company formation as well as their brief answers. This should help in saving time and getting all the Singapore company formation related answers at one place.
A local registered address is mandatory in order to incorporate Singapore company. This must be a physical address in Singapore i.e a physical location and not just a Post Office Box (PO Box).
Its possible to use a residential address as Singapore company registered office. However, prior approval from the Housing Development Board (for HDB flats) or Urban Redevelopment Authority (for private properties) must be obtained.
Paid-up capital is the total amount of capital that has been funded by shareholders. This is the sum of money that the Singapore company has received from shareholders for their purchased shares.
The minimum paid-up capital requirement for setting up a company in Singapore is S$1.00. There is no concept of authorized share capital in Singapore.
Before the registration of Singapore company can be filed, approval of name is required, without which forming Singapore company is not possible. If the name does not conflict with an existing name and it does not contain any sensitive or offensive words, the approval process is quick and usually happens in less than an hour.
Yes, a Singapore company is required to have at least one local resident director. In accordance with Singapore companies act, such a person has to be minimum 18 years old and must be
A foreigner entrepreneur looking to form Singapore company has several ways to satisfy the requirement of local resident director.
A person who possesses following eligibility criteria can be the company secretary of Singapore company:
A Singapore resident (i.e. Singapore citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident, or a foreigner who has been issued with an Employment Pass or Dependent Pass);
A person who is knowledgeable about the Singapore Companies Act and he must also possess the requisite experience to fulfill the role of a company secretary.
A person who is the sole-director of the company cannot act as the company secretary. For listed company, the corporate secretary must be certified through Chartered Secretary Qualification (SAICA) course.
According to The Singapore Companies Act, foreign person or entity is allowed to have 100% ownership of a Singapore company. There are no restrictions on type of business activities that the company can carry out and no special approvals are required. This means that Singapore Companies Act does not distinguish between local or foreign person/entity when it comes to forming Singapore company and doing business in Singapore.
While the actual incorporation of Singapore company is fully computerized and can be accomplished in the matter of a few hours, the overall process can take anywhere from one day to few weeks depending on various factors. This includes:
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