Company Incorporation Italy

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 or read more about starting a business in Italy

Company Formation FAQs

  • What are the main types of Italian company formation?
  • What are the main features of a Limited Liability Company (SrL)?
  • What is the minimum number of directors of an SrL?
  • What are the main features of a Joint Stock Company (SpA)?
  • What are the main features of a Branch?
  • Is it complicated to set up business in Italy?
  • How easy is it to recruit staff in Italy?
  • What is the regulatory environment like?
  • How easy is it to close an Italian company?
  • Are there financial incentives available for Italy company registration?
  • And what about banking facilities?

Branch and Subsidiary Information

Open a Branch in Italy

If you conduct business in Italy, having a local presence can have a number of advantages for your company. It can enable you to work closely with business partners and clients located throughout the country, while providing valuable insights and local industry knowledge back to the parent company.

A popular option is to open an Italian branch that’s eligible to perform the same business activities as the parent company. It’s important to note that a branch is not a separate legal entity and the parent company is liable for all its operations. It can however be a more streamlined and cost-effective structure than opening a subsidiary, particularly for lower cost or smaller projects.

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Open a Subsidiary in Italy

A subsidiary is a generic term for an Italian company owned by a foreign company. This could include a limited company (SRL), or a joint stock company (SPA), and are completely autonomous from the parent company.

The liability of the shareholders is limited to their contribution of the share capital and the company is managed by a board of managers.

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