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Best for: Local or foreign companies planning to do business with foreign shareholdings options in the Philippines


Best for: Foreign companies who want an extension of their head office and get revenue in the Philippines


Best for: Individual entrepreneurs seeking to open a small business, franchise, or store


Best for: Foreign companies still unsure about investing in the Philippines and want to research the market

Benefits of incorporating through Greenhouse


Our consultants help you understand and review the different incorporation options in your target markets according to your needs.


Based on your business intentions, we will help you pick the right business classification according to Philippines law and give you insight about its requirements and restrictions.


Our service agreement ensures that you always get the best pricing quotations for your business incorporation project.


We will check if your proposed company name is available and process the registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines.


No more confusion — we’ll give you all the information you need about requirements or progress updates for every step of the process.


If necessary, we will support you with add-on services such as corporate secretarial service or registered address for a stronger legal presence.

Get prepared to incorporate in the Philippines

Procedures, insights, and guides you need to know about the
Philippines market and regulations.

Business incorporation process in the Philippines

All you need to know about the different company options and steps to register a business in Philippines.


The Philippines Negative Investment List

Here are the business categories that are available for foreign ownership in the Philippines.


Tips to incorporate in the Philippines

Here are the essential things you need to know before starting a business in the Philippines.


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You may still have some doubts. Hopefully, the question and answers below help clarify any uncertainties you have in your mind.

Yes, for some businesses. Some business classifications, like internet service providers and wellness centers, can be fully owned by foreigners. Others, such as internet service providers and education institutions, can only have a lower percentage of foreign ownership.

The Philippines regulates the business categories that are closed to foreign investors in a government document called the Negative Investment List, last updated in 2018. You can ask our professional consultant to figure out which category your business should belong to according to Philippines laws.

Branch offices and representative offices are both ways for a foreign parent company to establish a presence in the Philippines, with some key differences. The main difference is that branch offices are allowed to generate income in the Philippines, while representative offices aren’t allowed.

Generally, you should go for a branch office if you’re a foreign company planning a long-term investment. If you’re still unsure, you should go for a representative office. Reach out to our professional consultants to decide the best option.

It depends on your company type and shareholding plans. If you’re a foreign company planning to open a branch office or have more than 40% ownership in a domestic corporation, you need USD 200.000 of paid-up capital.

However, this amount can go down to USD 100.000 if you plan to employ at least 50 Filipinos or use advanced technology.

Meanwhile, if you’re a local company or a foreign company planning to have less than 40% ownership, you just need PHP 5.000 or ± USD 100 for minimum capital. This amount also applies if you’re an export enterprise, meaning you plan to export more than 60% of your sales abroad.

Registering your company with the Securities and Exchange Commission can take only two weeks. However, the entire incorporation process including bank account setup and other applications with government agencies normally takes eight to twelve weeks.

However, it can take longer depending on the licenses you need to get, your company type, and how complex your business activities are.

It all depends on your planned ownership shares, business activities, and the size of your business. It’s important to have a clear picture of your business activities because it determines your business classification according to Philippines regulations.

In general, you can go with incorporating or investing in a domestic corporation if you want to create a new venture in the Philippines. However, if you’re an existing foreign company planning to expand, you can go for a branch office or representative office.

Christopher Forrest Head of Corporate Development

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