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Company Formation Austria



Open a Subsidiary in Austria

Updated on Saturday 17th April 2021

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Open-a-subsidiary-in-Austria.jpgForeign companies seeking to establish a presence on the Austrian market have several choices when it comes to the business form. Among these structures are the branch office, the representative office, and the subsidiary.
An Austrian subsidiary company falls under the scope of the Company Law and is subject an easy incorporation procedure. Our company formation agents in Austria can explain the requirements related to opening a subsidiary.

The minimum share capital for opening a subsidiary in Austria

Foreign companies opening subsidiaries in Austria must open corporate bank accounts and deposit a minimum share capital of 35,000 euros.
At the level of 2021, foreign investors who want to open Austrian subsidiaries can choose the type of legal vehicle they want, however, they need to apply for various business licenses and permits.

Requirements for opening an Austrian subsidiary in 2021

The representatives of foreign companies can open subsidiaries in Austria under the form of limited liability companies which can be public or private. However, the most employed form is the private limited liability company.
Compared to the branch office, the subsidiary is an independent entity which requires the following documents for registration:
  • -  a copy after the parent company’s certificate of registration issued by the Trade Register in its home country;
  • -  the parent company’s resolution indicating the opening of the subsidiary in Austria;
  • -  information about the representative of the company in Austria;
  • -  the incorporation documents of the subsidiary which must be drafted in German.
All documents must be translated into German and certified by a local public notary.
Our local agents can help with the preparation of the incorporation documents when setting up a subsidiary in Austria in 2021.

Why set up a subsidiary in Austria?

The subsidiary company is an independent company which can complete a wide range of activities which are not limited to those of the parent company. Also, from a taxation point of view, the subsidiary is considered a tax resident company, therefore will benefit from the same tax treatment as local companies.
Another interesting fact about opening a subsidiary in Austria in 2021 is that it falls under the New Companies Promotion Law which provides for lower incorporation costs.
If you want to open a subsidiary of your foreign company and need help, please contact our Austrian company formation advisors.

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Call us now at (+43) 720 3037351 to set up an appointment with our company formation specialist in Austria - Dietmar Erwin Ruttensteiner. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Austria.

As a Ruttensteiner Business Consulting client, you will benefit from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Austria.

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