A foreign investor who decides to set up a company in Spain must decide upon the type of business he wishes for. Since Spain is rather attractive for foreign investors, the entrepreneurs have to choose between several business sectors, as well as types of companies.
Below, investors can watch a video, presenting the main types of Spanish companies:
The main types of Spanish companies are as follow:
· private limited liability company (sociedad limitada laboral) in Spain
Limited liability companies in Spain are the most popular companies chosen especially by foreign entrepreneurs due to their flexibility and simple registration procedures. The capital of this type of company in Spain is divided into shares and the shareholders are liable only to the extent of their contribution. It is important to mention that the shares cannot be freely transported and cannot be sold to the public.
· public limited liability company (sociedad anonima) in Spain
These are also known as joint stock companies and they require at least one shareholder for company incorporation in Spain. At least 60,000 EUR have to be provided for company formation in Spain and a quarter of this sum must be paid up before company registration in Spain. Members of the company are only liable to the extent of their own contributions.
· general partnership in Spain
It is only possible to set up a partnership if there are at least two members. The condition is also available for general partnerships in Spain. Partners have all equal responsibilities and rights, since they are all considered general partners. It is mandatory that a partnership is registered with the Spanish Commercial Register.
· limited partnership in Spain
At least two partners must agree on setting up a limited partnership in Spain, too. The shareholders can be individuals or legal entities, with no minimum share capital. At least one member is a general partner and at least one is a limited partner, with limited liability to the extent of their own contribution for company formation in Spain.
· sole trader entity in Spain
If an entrepreneur decides to set up a company in Spain on his own, then it is the simplest way to establish a sole trader entity. No minimum share capital is required, but he is fully liable for the company’s obligations. No legal distinction is made between the sole trade entity and the owner under the Spanish law.
For details, you may contact our company formation agents in Spain.