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Registration of an Entity - Company, Partnership, Business Name, European Company (SE), Overseas Company and other Entities


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.

Hide details for Name ApprovalName Approval

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
Telephone: 22409387
Fax: 22409432
Email:ncdermentzoglou@drcor.mcit.gov.cy, psccyprus@mcit.gov.cy
Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver
Corner of Archiepishop Makarios III Avenue
and Karpenisiou, 1427 Nicosia
Telephone: 22404318
Fax: 22404389
Email: deptcomp@drcor.mcit.gov.cy

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).

Hide details for Companies Companies

The Companies Law (as amended) provides for the following categories of companies:

  • A Private Limited Liability Company With Shares: requiring at least one shareholder, but not more than 50 shareholders; cannot offer shares for public submission nor does it have the right to transfer shares,
  • A Public Limited Liability Company With Shares: requiring a minimum of seven members and its main feature is the power to extend an invitation to the public to subscribe to its shares. It can be listed on the Stock Exchange,
  • A Limited Liability Company, Without Share Capital, where the liability of its members is limited by the Memorandum up to the amount that the members are responsible to contribute to the company's assets in case of dissolution,
  • A Limited Liability Company With Share Capital, where the liability of its members is limited by the Memorandum, on one hand, up to the amount they have not paid, if any, for the respective shares they own and, on the other hand, up to the amount that the members are responsible to contribute to the company's assets in case of dissolution,
  • Overseas Company i.e. a company established outside the Republic of Cyprus while it has established, and continues to have, a work establishment within the Republic of Cyprus.

The following documents can be submitted either by hand or online through "ARIADNI" (link in "Related Links"), certified by a registered advocate/lawyer in the Republic of Cyprus:
  • Declaration form (ΗΕ1, an affidavit (sworn) statement of the lawyer and signature from the Registrar of the District Court);
  • Form concerning the registered office address (HE2);
  • Details regarding the directors and secretary (HE3);
  • List of persons who consent to act as directors of the public company (HE5, in case of a public company);
  • Original Memorandum and Articles of Association (by law must be written by an approved/registered lawyer);
  • Expert report if the contribution is in kind and relates to shares granted on the establishment of the company N89 (I) / 2015 and is accompanied by the HE12 form
  • One Stop Shop Application Cover form for Legal Entities Registration (applicable for submission to One Stop Shop);
  • Affidavit of witness of signatures for electronic registration of a company (only applicable to online registration of a company)
  • Fee of €105,00, plus €60,00 for filling the accompanied documents (HE1,HE2,HE3), plus an optional €100,00 for accelerated procedure (payable in cash, cheque, amount deducted from an account the applicant keeps with the Registrar of Companies or bank transfer). Please note that One Stop Shop accepts only applications with acceleration fees and the One Stop Shop Application Cover for Legal Entities Registration is to accompany the above-mentioned application.

Upon completion of the registration the "Certificate of Incorporation" is issued. Upon request, and payment of the amount of:
  • €120 to €130 (if no photocopy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association is presented with the application); or
  • €220 to €230 (the additional €100 is the fee for the accelerated procedure for the issuance of the certificates/certified copies and the additional amount of €10 for the photocopying or printing of the originally submitted Memorandum and Articles of Association if not photocopy is presented with the application), the following certificates and/or certified copies can be issued:

(1) A certificate of the Shareholders;
(2) A certificate of the Directors and Secretaries;
(3) A certificate of the Registered Office;
(4) A certified true copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association;
(5) A certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation.

There is no minimum capital in registering a company. Company registration is completed within ten (10) business days without acceleration fees or within 2-3 business days under the accelerated procedure from the date that the application was duly submitted.


Hide details for Variable Capital Investment CompanyVariable Capital Investment Company

This company is a limited liability company with the shares. Its main feature is that, according to its Memorandum and the rules governing its operation, its shares have no nominal value but variable value. These companies may be incorporated as such after obtaining a license from the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission to operate as Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (‘’UCITS’’)
For further information, please contact the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver at tel :22404483/340, fax:22404389, e-mail: deptcomp@drcor.mcit.gov.cy.

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Related Links

Department of Registar of Companies and Official Receiver
Application Forms - Companies, Department of Registar of Companies and Official Receiver
Affidavit Of Witness Of Signatures Forms
Online Application for Approval of Name
Online e-Services for Registration of Entities - Private and Public Company, Business Name, Partnership, Overseas Company
Results of Name Examination
Cyprus Bar Association

Related Documents

Download the Acrobat fileHE1-Declaration Form.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileHE2-Form Concerning the Registered Office Address.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileHE3-Details Regarding the Directors and Secretary.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileME1-Application of Foreign Company.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileMEA-Affidavit Statement by Authorised Representative Form.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileED1-Form of Incorporating European Company SE by merger.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileED2-Form of Incorporating European Company Holding SE.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileED2I-Form of Incorporating a Company or European Company SE that Promotes the Formation of a Holding SE.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileED2II-Form for Notification that the Requirements for the Incorporation of a Holding Company SE by Local Company or SE are met.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileED3-Form of Incorporating European Company Subsidiary.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileAE1-List of Submitted Documents by a Foreign Company.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileAE2-List of Directors and Secretary of a Foreign Company.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileAE3-Data of the Foreign Company’s Authorised Representatives Residing in the Republic of Cyprus.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileOne Stop Shop Application Cover for Legal Entities Registration.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileOne Stop Shop Application Cover for Name Approval.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileApplication for Approval-Change of Name.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileEE1-Business Trade Name Registration Form.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileS1 - Partnership Registration Form(GR).pdf
Download the Acrobat fileFees and Duties for Companies 2018.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileFees Under the Partnership and Business Names Regulations.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileFees for the Issue of Certified Copies for Inland Apllicants.pdf
Download the Acrobat fileFees for the Issue of Certified Copies for Overseas Apllicants.pdf



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