Local and foreign investors may establish any of the following legal entities or businesses in the Republic of Cyprus:
- Companies (private or public);
- Partnerships (General or Limited);
- Business Name;
- European Company (SE);
- Overseas Company;
- European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG).
Initially, except in the case of establishment of a branch of overseas company, an "Application for Name Approval" has to be submitted prior to the submission for registration for any of the above-mentioned entities (Private Company, Business Name etc.).
In "RELATED LINKS " (to the right of the text) you will find useful links to the main electronic services available through the "Electronic Filing System" of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver; following a Registration Process with "ARIADNI".
It is noted that for using the electronic services (e-services) of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (DRCOR) the user Identification Procedure (profile verification) is not applicable. The available online e-services can be found under the category "Online Services related to Companies (DRCOR)" on ARIADNI'S E-Service Catalogue.
The application for approval/ change of name is submitted by hand or by mail to the One Stop Shop/PSC Cyprus’ Οffice or to the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver along with the fee of €10,00 or €30,00 (please note that the fee is applied per name and not per application) under accelerated procedure (payable in cash, cheque, amount deducted from an account the applicant keeps with the Registrar of Companies or via a bank transfer). Please note that One Stop Shop accepts only applications with acceleration fees and the One Stop Shop Application Cover for Name Approval is to accompany the above-mentioned application.
Online applications for name approval can also be submitted through the Registrar's "Electronic Filing System", after registration with the Government Gateway Portal ("ARIADNI").
An application for name approval is examined within one week under normal procedure or 2-3 business days under accelerated procedure. The name-examination results are provided online (through 'E-filing Workspace' of "ARIADNI", under the same category as mentioned in the previous paragraph).
|One Stop Shop & Point of Single Contact |
13-15 Andrea Araouzou
|Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver|
Corner of Archiepishop Makarios III Avenue
and Karpenisiou, 1427 Nicosia
When the application for name approval is submitted through the One Stop Shop it must be accompanied by the "One Stop Shop Application Cover for Name Approval" (see "Related Documents").
Interested parties may search through the names of all the registered organisations.
After securing the name approval, the relevant documents for the registration of an entity must be submitted according to the legal form of the entity.
A name approval is valid for six (6) months. If during this period of time (six months from the date of the name approval) a company (business name, partnership etc.) is not registered, the name approval has to be renewed by following the same procedure.
In certain cases and in accordance to the nature of business of the company, an approval from the Competent Authority prior to the use of a certain name is necessary (e.g. from the Legal Council for registering a Law Office, from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth for an Institution of Tertiary Education or University, from Cyprus Medical Council for Doctors Liability Companies, from Superintendent of Insurance for insurance companies, from Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission for a Variable Capital Investment Company).
Variable Capital Investment Company
Redomiciliation of Registered Office
European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG)