Italian Company Formation

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The benefits of Italian incorporation

Still battling to shake off its reputation as an economic slow starter, Italy has recently taken new steps to position itself as a welcoming home for foreign investment. The result is that Italy is slowly emerging as a land of opportunity, although you will need specialist local advice to help navigate your way through the bureaucracy. We are experts at Italian company formation and Italy company registration, so please contact us for further information about setting up a business.


What are the main types of Italian company formation?

There are three major kinds of Italian incorporation for foreign investors:

  • Limited Liability Company (SrL)
  • Joint Stock Company (SpA)
  • Branches

Company formation in Italy is a simple process when you have the right guidance. Speak to one of our specialists today.


What are the main features of a Limited Liability Company (SrL)?

  • This is the most popular format for small to medium businesses
  • The minimum share capital is €10,000
  • There are no restrictions on foreign shareholders
  • Audited accounts to be filed annually


What is the minimum number of directors of an SrL?

One director is required for a Srl. It is, however, best to have a minimum of two shareholders otherwise the company will have to have the words ‘Società Uninominale’ in its title and liability will be deemed to be unlimited.


What are the main features of a Joint Stock Company (SpA)?

  • This is the main format for medium to large companies
  • The minimum share capital is €120,000
  • The minimum number of directors is one
  • There are no restrictions on foreign shareholders
  • Audited accounts should be filed with the Registrar of Companies


What are the main features of a Branch?

  • The foreign parent is responsible for all liabilities of the Italian Branch
  • A minimum of one director is required
  • Accounts must be maintained but there are no reporting requirements


Is it complicated to set up business in Italy?

Establishing a company in Italy can be more complicated than other European countries, but like anything else, it is a matter of mastering the procedure. The formalities include the following:

  • Arrange articles of association and memorandum of association
  • Execute articles of association before a public notary
  • Obtain an Italian tax code and identity document
  • Open a local bank account
  • Register for VAT
  • File with the Registrar of Companies
  • Secure approval by a local tribunal

We are experts in Italy company registration and can help you every step of the way, so please contact us.


Company Incorporation Italy

How easy is it to recruit staff in Italy?

As a rule, it is easier to recruit staff in the underdeveloped south, where unemployment is high, compared to the wealthier north of the country. Recruitment agencies for permanent and temporary staff are in abundance, however, and the workforce is generally of a high calibre. Labour laws strongly favour the employee and it is essential to take advice before entering into a contractual arrangement. We have a network of local experts who will be happy to help you with this.


What is the regulatory environment like?

It is much more liberal than it used to be. Capital and dividends can be freely repatriated in line with EU rules and there are a number of double taxation treaties. However, public authorities are weighed down with bureaucracy and the legal system is slow. Foreign ownership is permitted in all industries except for defence-related areas such as aviation and shipping. Certain restrictions apply in the telecommunications sector.


How easy is it to close an Italian company?

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Are there financial incentives available for Italy company registration?

Italy offers a variety of incentives for foreign and local investors alike. These include:

  • Corporation and local tax breaks for ten years in areas of high unemployment
  • Research and development grants covering up to 50% of total R&D costs
  • Low-interest loans for enterprises that encourage exports of Italian goods


And what about banking facilities?

Milan is one of Europe’s foremost financial capitals and banking facilities across Italy are generally good. Efforts are underway to rationalise the many hundreds of independent local banks and facilities are expected to improve further once this process is complete. We will be happy to help you to open a bank account in Italy.



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Company Name Check Service

In Italy, company names have to be approved first to see if they are acceptable as well as available for use. They will only be rejected if they are the same or similar phonetically or in spelling of an existing company or if the name implies state ownership or sponsorship. Certain words such as Insurance, bank or group may require special permissions.

To show that your company is a limited liability company, the suffix ‘Società a responsabilità limitata’ or abbreviation ‘SRL’ must be affixed. Click here to fill in our form and get your name checked now…