Portugal – Ready Made Companies


What are the main types of Company Incorporation Portugal?

There are two main forms of Portuguese company formation for foreign companies, and they are as follows:

  • Public Company (S.A.)
  • Private Limited Company (Lda)


    Key Features

    What are the main features of a Public Company?

    • For large businesses this is the standard format

    • the minimum share capital is €50,000

    • the minimum number of shareholders is five

    • stringent accounting and auditing requirements


    What are the main features of a Private Limited Company?

    • In Portugal this is the most popular format for small and medium businesses

    • the minimum share capital is €5,000

    • the minimum number of directors is one

    • no restrictions on foreign shareholders

    • liabilities are limited to the amount invested


    What about Corporation Tax?

    Corporation Tax in Portugal is slightly on the high side – 25% plus 2.5% local tax – although this is an improvement from previous years. Before 2005 the rate was 30% plus 3% local tax. However, Portugal can offer the Madeira Free Trade Zone which has a much lower rate of corporation tax, between 2% and 12.5%.

    Portuguese Company Registration Process

    Procedure to acquire a ready made company

    Your chosen directors and shareholders of the new company sign official documents that allow us to make them the directors of your ready made company. We transfer the company into your power and it is ready to trade immediately.

    Changing the company name of the Ready Made Company

    We can also file a company name change the same day.

    Appointing the new Directors

    To appoint the directors of your new company you will need to sign official forms that state this. This can also be done through giving us a power of attorney to do this on your behalf.

    We will be removed as directors of the company and it will be transferred over to you. You then receive the Certificate of Incorporation , Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company and the Company Secretarial Forms.

    Established Ready Made Shelf Companies, sometimes called old shelf or established companies, are dormant / inactive companies that were incorporated in the previous years but have never been active.

    Available Portuguese Shelf Companies

    Unfortunately we do not have any Portuguese companies available at the moment. Please contact us about future availability or ready made companies in other jurisdictions.

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