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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.

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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.


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An overseas company is not a legal entity different from that of a company registered abroad.

Overseas companies registered abroad may establish a branch in Cyprus, provided that they file with the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver within 30 days of such establishment. Notably, the branch must have the same name as the parent company.

The following documents, officially translated into Greek language, should be submitted, by hand or by mail, to the One Stop Shop or to the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver:
  • List of submitted documents by a foreign company (AE1);
  • List of directors and secretary of a foreign company (AE2);
  • Data of the overseas company’s authorised representatives residing in the Republic of Cyprus (AE3);
  • A written statement signed by the authorized person showing: (1) the name and the legal status of the company, (2) the registration number, (3) the registered office, (4) the place of business In Cyprus, (5) the objects for which the company is established, (6) the issued and nominal share capital;
  • Information regarding the dissolution of the foreign company, the appointment, the personal data and the powers of the liquidators, as well as the settlement of the liquidation, bankruptcy, composition or other analogous procedure to which the foreign company is subject;
  • In the case of a non-EU company, details of the law of the State in which the company is governed;
  • A certified copy of the parent company’s charter or statutes or memorandum and articles of association in an official language of the Republic of Cyprus (with official translation in the Greek or English language in a different case). The certification should be made: (I) by a Government official to whose custody the original is committed, (2) by a notary Public, (3) by a company’s officer before a person with authority administered under oath;
  • Fee of €300,00, plus €80,00 for the accompanied documents, plus an optional €100,00 for accelerated procedure (payable in cash, cheque, deduction from an account held by the applicant in the Registrar of Companies or bank transfer).

Online applications for the registration of overseas companies can be submitted via "ARIADNI" (link in "Related Links").

Affidavit Of Witness Of signatures For Electronic Registration Of An Overseas Company is required in such a case.

The registration is completed within one week under normal procedure or three (3) business days under accelerated procedure from the date the application was duly submitted. For further information you may contact the One Stop Shop/PSC Cyprus at tel. 22409318, fax: 22409432, email: psccyprus@mcit.gov.cy or the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver at tel. 22404392/318, fax. 22404389, Email: deptcomp@drcor.mcit.gov.cy.


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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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