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Set Up a Financial Company in Austria

Updated on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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Set-up-a-financial-company-in-Austria.jpgForeign investors who want to set up a company in Austria are usually interested in the most developed industries. One of these economic sectors is the financial one. Those interested in starting a financial company in Austria must comply with the legislation related to the financial industry and must obtain various licenses from the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) or from the Federal Ministry of Finance in Austria (BMF).

Our Austrian company formation consultants can offer information on the legislation governing the financial industry.

How to register a financial company in Austria

In order to open a financial business in Austria one must first select one of the types of companies available under the Commercial Code. Among these the private and the public limited liability companies are the most suitable ones. These must have the proper documentation prepared in order to be allowed to operate as financial companies. They must also take into account the share capital requirements imposed by the law which depend on type of activities undertaken.

Our company registration agents in Austria can assist with the registration of the company with the Trade Registrar.

Depending on the activities an Austrian financial company will undertake it will also need to obtain certain licenses from the two authorities mentioned above.

Types of activities undertaken by a financial company in Austria

Austria is a recognized European financial center which is why setting up a financial company has many advantages. Among these advantages are also the variety of activities it can undertake.

Austrian companies can operate in one of the following sectors of the financial industry:

  • -          in the insurance sector;
  • -          in the banking industry;
  • -          in the investment funds sector.

With respect to investment funds, foreign investors may set up various types of funds, among which Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs), pension funds and Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS). Austrian financial companies can also offer e-payment services which also enables their clients to use merchant bank account services.

For assistance in opening a financial company, please contact our company formation advisors in Austria.


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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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The team from is very qualified and benefits from extensive expertise in this area. I would definitely recommend them to any entrepreneur decided to start his own business here.

Mihai Cuc, Partner of
Enescu&Cuc; Law Firm

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