Step 1: Choose the main characteristics of your company

  • Name
  • Trade name / Sign
  • Form
  • Registered office
  • Main activity
  • Share capital
  • Share ownership
  • Governance options (President, CEO, etc.)
  • Tax options
  • Statutory auditor

Step 2: Prepare legal documentation

  • Articles of incorporation
  • Domiciliation agreement / domiciliation authorization if applicable / signature of a lease
  • List of subscribers (if it is a joint stock company)
  • Declaration of non-conviction and filiation (if the director is an individual)
  • Any other useful document depending on the situation

Step 3: Deposit of the share capital

  • With a banking institution of your choice
  • With the autonomous fund for lawyers’ pecuniary payments (CARPA)
  • With a notary
  • With the Deposit and Consignment Office (CDC)

To proceed to step 4: receive the certificate of deposit of the share capital.

Step 4: Signature of the company’s incorporation documents

  • If the application for registration is made by post / deposited at the registry: handwritten signature
  • If the application for registration is made by dematerialized means on the Infogreffe.fr website: handwritten or electronic signature

Step 5: Carry out the compulsory formalities

  • Publish a notice of incorporation in a legal notices newspaper
  • Request administrative approval / obtain a diploma / provide proof of professional experience, if applicable, in the case of regulated activities
  • M0 form
  • Declaration of the effective beneficiaries

Step 6: Filing of the registration file with the Trade and Companies Register (RCS)

  • Incorporation documents (articles of association, lease, etc.)
  • Formalities documents (notice of incorporation, forms, etc.)
  • Registration and filing fees of the beneficial owners

Some points to watch out for

  • Obtaining the required approvals/training/diplomas for regulated activities
  • Management of foreign nationality: see our next article