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Singapore Company Registration Requirements

31st January 2011
By Shayne in Business Law
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There are various business structures present in Singapore. However, the most famous type of company registered in the country is the Private Limited Company, a type of private company limited by shares and has a separate legal entity from its shareholders, and therefore they are not liable for the debts and losses of the company.

If you have been searching for Singapore company registration requirements, then you are definitely on the right page! We have prepared an outline for the setup requirements and for the things any entrepreneur should consider prior to starting incorporation.

These are the things to consider for Singapore company registration:

Company Name: The company name must be approved by ACRA before the Singapore Company can be incorporated.
Shareholders: A minimum of at least one corporate or individual shareholding is required. A director and shareholder can be the same or different person. 100% local or foreign shareholding is allowed. Singapore Companies Act allows a minimum of one and a maximum of 50 shareholders for a Singapore Private Limited Company. Details of shareholders will appear on public records.

Resident Directors: Singapore Private Limited Company must have at least one director who must be an "ordinarily" resident in Singapore, which means a Singapore citizen, a Singapore permanent resident or a person who holds an Employment Pass/Entrepass or a Dependants' Pass with a residential address in Singapore.
Company Secretary: The company secretary must be a natural person who is an "ordinarily" resident in Singapore. Singapore Companies Act requires companies to each appoint a company secretary within six month of incorporation.
Share Capital/Paid-up Capital: The minimum paid-up capital for registration of a Singapore company is S$1 or its equivalent in any currencies. The minimum issued capital is one share of par value. "Bearer" shares or "No par value" shares are not permitted. The Share or paid-up capital can be increased anytime after incorporation of the company.
Registered Address: Every company registered in Singapore is required to have a registered office address. The registered address must be a physical address and cannot be a PO Box. Use of residential address is allowed for certain types of business.

Memorandum and Articles of Association: Memorandum and Articles of Association must be lodged with ACRA. Memorandum specifies the activities in which the company may engage whereas the Articles of Association specifies the rules governing the internal management of the company.
For foreigners who wish to setup a company, a professional firm service is required. Foreign corporations and individuals must engage a professional firm that specializes in company incorporation in Singapore to set up a company.

Rikvin provides cost-effective Singapore company registration, subsidiary incorporation, branch setup, representative office registration and related offshore company formation services in Singapore including accounting, tax immigration, corporate bank account and related Company compliance services. Our aim is to relieve you of the burdens of statutory compliance and enable you to focus on running and growing your company business.
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