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The Spanish Trade Register

Updated on Tuesday 19th December 2017

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1.       What is the Trade Register in Spain?

The Trade Register in Spain is actually called Registro Mercantil Central and it has offices throughout the country called the the Mercantile Provinciales. The role of this institution is to maintain a good communication and to develop well-organized information database for all companies that are set up in Spain. It is also considered a mean of information for the public in all matters regarding Spanish companies and it supervises the activity of the companies according to the Spanish law. The Trade Register in Spain does not receive public funds and as a result, it must charge for its services. The Spanish Trade Register is divided into departments that deal with different types of company registration in Spain.

Below, investors can find out more information on the registration procedure with the Spanish Trade Register


2.       How can a company register with the Trade Register in Spain?

All companies that are set up in Spain must register with the Registro Mercantil Central in Spain. Company registration in Spain is based on some documents that must be provided, such as:

- the articles of association,

- company charters,

- names and details on the shareholders,

- social capital of the company and others.

An application form must also be submitted in order for the file to be complete. The Trade Register in Spain will then analyze the application and make a decision. The procedure of company registration in Spain is finished when the registration certificate is issued. All changes that may appear regarding the company’s office, directors, name or activities must be registered with the Trade Register in Spain.

3.       How can I have access to the Spanish Trade Register?

The Spanish Trade Register can be accessed by the public and anyone who desires to see information on certain businesses is free to do so. The database is available online or at the office of the Trade Register. In order to use the website of the Spanish Trade Register, one might need a user account. If the person who wants to request information goes to the Trade Register office, he can make a personal inquiry. It is easier to look up a company if some searching filters are applied. You can access the database by completing the name of the company or the name of the members or the date of incorporation. It is also possible to sign an agreement that requires a monthly fee for having more frequent access to the database.

You may contact our company formation agents in Spain if you want to find out more information about the Trade Register in this country and the company incorporation procedures.



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