Registration of Foreign Company (Singapore Branch) in Singapore

Last updated on January 11th, 2013 at 10:04 am

A foreign company who wishes to start a business in Singapore, needs to register a Singapore branch office under the Singapore Company Act.

  • The Singapore branch has to appoint 2 local agents in Singapore.
  • The local agents must be ordinarily residents in Singapore i.e. Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident, a person who has been issued an Employment Pass/Approval-In-Principle Letter/Dependant’s Pass.
  • A foreigner can also act as a local agent of the Singapore branch if he has secured an Employment pass or approval-In-Principle letter from the Work Pass Division of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
  • Any person above the age of 21 years may be appointed as an agent. However, some individuals e.g. bankrupt, with criminal records within or outside of Singapore, are disqualified from being agent.

Preliminary Information and documentation required

Please email / fax / post us the following information:

  1. Proposed Singapore Branch name (which must be the same as the Head Office – Foreign Company incorporated outside of Singapore). For example: XXX (Singapore branch).
  2. Principal activities of the proposed Singapore Branch (Maximum 2). The principal activities which should mirror those of the Head Office (Foreign Company incorporated outside of Singapore).
  3. Details of Local agents (IC No. / Address)
  4. Copies of the Singapore Identity Card / Singapore Passport / Singapore Employment Pass / Singapore Dependent Pass / Singapore Approval in Principle Letter of 2 local agents.
  5. Certified true copy of Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&AA) of the Head Office (Foreign Company incorporated outside of Singapore). If the M&AA is not in the English Language, it must be translated by Notary Public or Translator who is duly admitted/sworn under foreign law e.g. official translation appointed by court; or Singapore Consular Officer in country of incorporation.
  6. Notarized or Certified True Copy of Certificate of Incorporation of the Head Office (Foreign Company incorporated outside of Singapore). If the Certificate of Incorporation is not in English Language, it must be translated by Notary Public or Translator who is duly admitted/sworn under foreign law e.g. official translation appointed by court; or Singapore Consular Officer in country of incorporation.
  7. The M&AA and Certificate of Incorporation must also be certified by director of the Head Office by affidavit. This affidavit must be notarized by Notary Public.
  8. If the name of the Head Office has changed since incorporation, please provide a certified true copy of the Certificate of Name Change. If the Certificate of Name Change is not in English Language, it must be translated by Notary Public or Translator who is duly admitted/sworn under foreign law e.g. official translation appointed by court; or Singapore Consular Officer in country of incorporation.
  9. A list of directors of the Head Office with copies of passport and details such as passport number, nationality, email address, residential address, and date of appointment as director of Head Office.
  10. A memorandum of appointment or power of attorney of two or more natural persons resident in Singapore (local agents) authorized to accept of process and any notices required to be served on the branch on its behalf. The memorandum of appointment or power of attorney must be executed under the seal of Head Office.
  11. An affidavit verifying the due execution of the memorandum of appointment, sworn by a director or secretary of the Head Office.
  12. The authorized share capital and paid up capital of the Head Office (Foreign Company incorporated outside of Singapore).
  13. The registered address of the Head Office (Foreign Company incorporated outside of Singapore).
  14. The registered address of the proposed Singapore Branch.
  15. The financial / fiscal / accounting year end of the Head Office (Foreign Company incorporated outside of Singapore e.g. 31 December, 31 March, 30 June or 30 September).

6 Responses to “Registration of Foreign Company (Singapore Branch) in Singapore”

  1. i am malaysian. i am going to set up a business school in Singapore?
    do you provite service to set up it?
    how much should i prepare if i like to set up a business school?
    thank.

  2. I’ve been a company formation agent for a long time now and it’s great to see such articles as this for potential businesses not located in the UK. Great to see the assistance in these parts of the world. Great post!

  3. Hi Ally,

    Sorry for the late reply. We can certainly assist you in setting up a school, as we have experience in non-profit university and training college incorporations.

    Cheers,
    Keryn

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