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Incorporation options in the Philippines.


DOMESTIC CORPORATION

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

BRANCH OFFICE

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

SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP

Best for: Individual entrepreneurs seeking to complete registration for a small company, franchise, or store in the Philippines.

REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE

Best for: Foreign companies still unsure about investing in the Philippines and want to research the market before heading to the Philippines company registry.

Want to know how muchit can cost to incorporate your company?


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Get prepared to incorporate in Philippines

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

Business incorporation process in Philippines

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


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The Philippines Negative Investment List

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


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Tips to incorporate in the Philippines

Here are some common mistakes that businesses make when entering the Philippines, and how you can avoid them.


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Our service providers are equipped to handle your business registration project in the Philippines from start to finish. Sit back while they get your company up and running.

FORM A LEGAL ENTITY

Your incorporation package includes formalizing your business with government agencies as well as securing a Business Permit, Mayor’s Permit, or others.

COMPANY NAME RESERVATION

Our service providers can reserve your trade name with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

PRE-NEGOTIATED PRICING

We’ve negotiated the best prices from each of our service providers for your business incorporation project, including any company registry fee here in the Philippines.

BANK ACCOUNT SETUP ASSISTANCE

If necessary, your incorporation package can come with an official bank account for your company.

WORK PERMIT APPLICATIONS

If your company is eligible, our service providers can help you identify and obtain the relevant visas for your team to stay in the Philippines.

Frequently Asked Questions


Here are the answers to the most popular questions about incorporating in Philippines, asked by businesses just like you.

(Updated 16 September 2019)

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.

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