Ease of Setting Up a Business

Creating a company in Switzerland is an easy and rapid operation involving only moderate costs. As the official investment promotion agency for Western Switzerland, GGBa will be pleased to answer all your questions related to available legal structures, taxes, the choice of a specific site and employee recruiting, thereby allowing you to manage your project according to your schedule.

Companies and individuals can set up a new business in Switzerland quickly and easily. In most cases it only takes two to four weeks to legally establish a company and the cost is usually between 2,000 and 8,000 Swiss francs. International founders are very welcome and enjoy wide-ranging support; in 2019 around one in three founders of new companies were non-Swiss. Under the principle of economic freedom (formerly freedom of trade), any person in Switzerland can essentially run a business, set up a company, or own a share in a company. The only requirement: an authorized signatory for the company must be domiciled in Switzerland; however, they do not necessarily need to be a Swiss citizen.

The appropriate form of business entity for a foreign company establishing a location in Switzerland depends on many factors, including the nature and time horizon of the business, general legal and tax conditions, and the strategic goals of management (headquarters, production facility, sales office, financial or service company, etc.).


Legal Forms at a Glance

Why do companies invest in Western Switzerland?

Flawless Operations

Skilled & Flexible Talent

Vibrant Life Sciences Environment

The Swiss Pharma Market

Successful Peer Companies

Quality of Life

The Region


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