Entering your company in the register of commerce

The register of commerce applies to the following:

- Sole proprietorships exceeding CHF 100,000 of annual turnover
- Limited partnerships including private companies limited by shares
- Partnerships
- Limited joint-stock companies
- Limited liability companies
- Associations carrying out a commercial activity
- Branch offices of Swiss and foreign companies
- Cooperatives
- Foundations, with the exception of family and ecclesiastical foundations
- Branch offices of foreign and Swiss companies

Entry in the register of commerce enables you to:

• Establish equivocally the type of representation and responsibility of the company;
• Increase transparency and the security of your business relations once companies’ legal reports are published.

Set-Up Guide

Establishing and Managing a Company

There are two ways for you to enter your company in the register of commerce:

The usual method

For limited joint-stock and limited liability companies

Entry in the register of commerce for a limited joint-stock or limited liability company must be done the traditional way, i.e., you are obliged to use the services of a notary.

For other companies
You merely need to go to the office with an official form of identification or write to the following address:

Registre du commerce
Rue Grenade 38
Case postale 198
1510 Moudon


The Swiss Confederation has devised a system which will enable you to carry out on-line all the various steps required to create a sole proprietorship, branch offices of Swiss and foreign companies, limited partnerships, partnerships, and associations. EasyGov’s online window centralizes and facilitates the compulsory administrative procedures for creating a company, namely submitting your choice of legal form, registering with social security (AVS), accident insurance, VAT, and the register of commerce.

Further information

Please do not hesitate to also contact one of the Key-Partners below :


For Swiss companies and residents


For companies from abroad