Registering a Singapore Branch Office

Last updated on September 15th, 2016 at 10:51 am

Registering a Singapore Branch Office

A foreign company ​that​ wish​es​ to​ carry out​ business activities in Singapore ​will usually find itself choosing between setting up a subsidiary/related company or a Singapore branch office. In this article, we are going to take a quick look at a Branch Office.

Highlights of a Singapore Branch Office:

  • ​Entity Type – A Singapore branch office is not considered a separate legal entity, but an extension of the foreign company. Hence, the foreign parent company of a branch office is liable for all the debts and liabilities of the Singapore Branch office.​
  • Authorised Representative – A Singapore branch of a foreign company must have at least one authorized representative who is​ ordinarily​ resident in Singapore. Being “ordinarily resident in Singapore” means​ that​ the​ individual’s​ usual place of residence is in Singapore. Therefore, a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident, an EntrePass holder or a foreigner who has been issued an employment pass (after the branch has been registered)​ can be accepted as a person who is ordinarily resident here.​
  • Constitution of the Company – The shareholders and its activities are directed by the Constitution of the foreign company. There is no separate Constitution for the Singapore Branch Office.
  • Registered Address – Under the Singapore Companies Act, the Singapore Branch Office must have a registered office address in Singapore. It is mandatory to state its name and the place of incorporation on all its business correspondence and also outside its place of business in Singapore.

If you wish to compare the benefits of setting up a branch office versus a subsidiary, please visit our Singapore company setup comparison chart.

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