Benefits of Starting a Business in Spain

  1. 01Spain has a robust economy
  2. 02It serves as an international business and trade hub
  3. 03There is a solid infrastructure and networks
  4. 04There is a strong focus on investment, research and development
  5. 05The rise of technology and innovation
  6. 06Simpler procedures and lower tax burden
  7. 07The domestic market is attractive
  8. 08It has strong economic sectors (Tourism/Renewable Energy)
  9. 09It has favourable laws for foreign investors
  10. 10Strategic geographical location

Company Formation Spain – How to Begin

With incorporation services from Bolder Launch, company formation in Spain is a breeze. Still, there are things you need to consider, such as the annual audit, financial reporting and statutory filing requirements. We can help you avoid missing documentation, legal, tax, accounting and regulatory rules! We will help you formulate the best corporate structure for your company in Spain and ease the entire process into simple steps that include:

  1. 01Name Search
  2. 02Due Diligence review
  3. 03Company Registration
  4. 04Preparation of the corporate kit box with all statutory documents
  5. 05Preparation of the management account and financial report

Contact us for a free consultation, and quote, to see what the required solution would be for your firm.

Common Types of Business Structures in Spain

Limited Liability Company (Sociedad Limitada/SL)

This legal structure is the most used figure for our clients and is the most used type of company in Spain.

Stock Corporation or Public Limited Liability Company (Sociedad Anonima/SA)

This legal structure in Spain is ideal for large listed companies and it also has limited liability for the shareholders.

Branch office

This is the right option in case you already have your company abroad and would like to start operating in Spain.

Spain Company Formation s in 6 easy steps!

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Step One

Define the right legal structure of the company, depending on the capital amount and number of initial members

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Step Two

Draw up the bylaws

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Step Three

Acquire a company name by choosing a name and obtaining a certificate stating that there is no business with the same name in the Commercial Registry

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Step Four

Open an exclusive bank account for the company and deposit the capital amount

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Step Five

Sign the public deed of incorporation at the notary, and acquire a temporary tax identification num ber (CIF) for the new company

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Step Six

Register your company before the Mercantile Registry, tax authorities and social security

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Please note that before the official launch of your Spanish company’s operations, you must notify the Ministry of Labour and Social Economy. Bolder Launch can also assist you with remote or online company registration. It will take around two to three working days to complete the company set up in Spain. Additional charges for expedited services apply.

Requirements in Spain company formation

The following is a general list of requirements for establishing a business in Spain, but there may be additional requirements depending on the legal structure.

  1. 01Address in Spain
  2. 02Company bylaws
  3. 03Company deed certified by a Notary
  4. 04Designated company director and administrator
  5. 05A resident staff member in Spain
  6. 06Share capital
  7. 07Personal Identification numbers (NIE or DNI)
  8. 08Company identification number (NIF)
  9. 09Social Security number

For a branch office or subsidiary:

  1. 01Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting
  2. 02Company deed certified by a Notary
  3. 03Notarised Power of Attorney for the representative
  4. 04Copy of the existing company’s certificate of incorporation
  5. 05Certificate of good standing
  6. 06A resident staff member in Spain
  7. 07Company identification number (NIF)

Spain Company Formation – Why Work with Bolder Launch?

Our goal from the moment you contact us is to simplify, add transparency and make Spain Company Formation as affordable as possible. We understand how complex running a business can be, especially for foreign entrepreneurs. That’s where we help steer the process in the best course of action and ease it by setting out all options and recommendations for you.

We take immense pride in our entrepreneurial approach to starting a business in Spain, which is flexible and meticulous. Work with us and we guarantee fast, fair and responsive incorporation service.

  1. 01Our Group has served over 10,000 clients since 1982
  2. 02We have a global team of more than 350 staff members.
Tim van Santen

Commercial Director Bolder Europe

Currently involved in business development projects for international firms entering the Spanish market.

Our Spain Company Formation Services

Bolder Launch provides incorporation services for all kinds of businesses looking for expanding avenues in Spain. We can help SMEs and multinational companies from around the world to set up and accomplish business goals in Spain. Our extensive services include:

Company Formation

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Market Entry

Corporate Support

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Locations We Serve

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  • United States
  • Cayman Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Nevis
  • Curaçao


  • The Netherlands
  • Luxembourg
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Mauritius


  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • The Philippines

Frequently Asked Questions

No, foreigners can open a business in Spain. All you will need is a unique identifying number (NIE).

In some crucial industries, such as telecommunications foreign investors in Spain are subject to restrictions. In a general case, having a representative in Spain makes it quite easy to set up a business.

The process of forming a company in Spain typically takes three weeks. But on occasion, depending on the legal structure, scheduling conflicts, authenticating paperwork, and bureaucracy can all significantly increase this.

Yes, a registered address in Spain is required for all businesses. A service address can be given to you by SpainDesk if you don't have one. The purpose of this is to collect mail from the tax authorities. 

The Sociedad Anónima (S.A.) and the Sociedad Limitada (S.L.), a private limited liability company, are the two primary forms of companies recognized in Spain. If you already have a business in another jurisdiction, the idea of establishing a branch or subsidiary is preferable.

Depending on the legal entity type you choose, the minimum share capital will vary. The minimum share capital for a Sociedad Anónima company is €60.000, whereas the minimum share capital for a Sociedad Limitada is € 3.000. Remember that you must pay the fee at the time you sign the company's establishment deed.

Yes. In Spain, having a registered office is necessary. This might be a physical address or a PO Box number, and it is where the business sends official notices.

Yes. You can open a bank account for the newly formed company once the name is decided. The opening share capital shall be deposited into this bank account. The bank will not release the funds deposited in the account until the incorporation procedure was finished, that is, the new company had been registered in the Mercantile Registry.

The following documents are required to open a branch in Spain:

  • Certificate of good standing of the parent company (head office)
  • Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting
  • Company deed certified by a Notary
  • Notarized Power of Attorney for the representative
  • Copy of the existing company’s certificate of incorporation
  • Certificate of good standing
  • A resident staff member in Spain
  • Company identification number (NIF)

It will depend on the legal structure, according to company law you need the following:

  • Address in Spain
  • Company bylaws
  • Company deed certified by a Notary
  • Designate a company director and administrator
  • A resident staff member in Spain
  • Share capital
  • Personal Identification numbers (NIE or DNI)
  • Company identification number (NIF)

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