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2.1. Main Formation Requirements

The formation of a company in Gibraltar typically consists of submitting statutory documents to the Companies House, Gibraltar's company registry. The most common company types formed by foreign investors in Gibraltar and their registration requirements are as follows:

A Place of Business

In order to establish a place of business in Gibraltar, the following documents and information must be submitted:

  • The official name of the parent company
  • The country of incorporation
  • The address of the place of business in Gibraltar
  • Particulars of the company directors and secretary
  • Particulars of the persons authorized to act as legal representative
  • A certified copy of the company's incorporation or other formation documents
  • Certified English translations if any of the documents are in another language
  • The registration fee

Branch

In order to establish a branch in Gibraltar, the following documents and information must be submitted:

  • The official name of the parent company
  • The country of incorporation
  • The address of the place of business in Gibraltar
  • Particulars of the company directors and secretary
  • Particulars of the persons authorized to act as legal representative
  • A certified copy of the company's incorporation or other formation documents
  • A copy of the company's latest audited accounts
  • Certified English translations if any of the documents are in another language
  • The registration fee

Private Limited Company

In order to establish a private limited company in Gibraltar, the following documents and information must be submitted:

  • Signed memorandum of association and articles of association, which must include:
    • The name of the company
    • The business activities of the company
    • The registered office of the company
    • Particulars of the directors and secretary
  • Statutory compliance declaration
  • The registration fee

Once approved, a certificate of incorporation will be issued to the company by the Companies House.

Additional Requirements

Every company in Gibraltar must also:

  • Appoint auditors, unless the revenue, net assets, or taxable income are below certain thresholds
  • Keep a register of its shareholders
  • Keep a register of charges
  • Keep a register of its directors and secretary
  • Submit an annual return and statutory accounts to the Companies House