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Setting Up A Singapore Company

“There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity”
– General Douglas MacArthur

Step 1 - Company Name Reservation

The first step in incorporating a local Singapore company is to check the name availability.
Once the name is shown to be available, we can apply to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) for approval to use the name for your Singapore company incorporation.
Names for all companies in Singapore must conform to certain guidelines laid down in the Singapore Companies Act.
An applicant must declare if the proposed company name includes a trademark or patent name, or the name of another company/business existing elsewhere and produce the unconditional written consent of the owner of the trademark or patent, or the other company for the use of the name. The applicant is also required to declare that he will change the name if it is found otherwise.
A proposed company name will not be approved if it is identical to, or closely resembles the name of another company, foreign company or business firm as to be mistaken for it. Undesirable names, including offensive or vulgar names will also not be approved.
During the name approval application process, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) requires information on the proposed business activities of the company. Certain types of activities need the necessary approval and license from other Government authorities before the proposed business activity can begin.
In the company name approval application process, we need to submit at least one director’s or shareholder’s name. To avoid any delays, it’s best to provide the details of all the proposed directors*, shareholders and company secretary and the issued/paid-up capital.
*All companies must have a minimum of one local director (either Singaporean, a Singapore Permanent Resident or Singapore Entre Pass Holder.) Thus, any company with one or more foreign Directors must also have a local director. Any person above the age of eighteen (18) may be appointed as a director. However, some individuals e. Bankrupts, are disqualified from being Directors. A Director cannot resign unless there is one local director remaining in the company.

Step 2 - Incorporation

After the company name has been approved, the company can be incorporated with ACRA’s model constitution which is generated online.
If you prefer a customised company’s constitution, we will draft this for your approval before proceeding with the incorporation.
Although no longer required to be lodged with ACRA, for the purpose of transparency, incorporation forms 45 and Form 49 are completed and filed in the company’s secretarial register to show that all the company’s officers have consented to their appointment.

Important Notes for Provision of Fiduciary Services for a Singapore Company

  1. To incorporate a Singapore Company, you must have a minimum of 2 officers on board, comprising of at least 1 Local Director (Singaporean, Singapore Permanent Resident or EntrePass Holder) and 1 Local Resident Company Secretary. One person may occupy both roles, if the company has at least 2 directors appointed.
  2. Long-term Nominee Services are offered on a case by case basis and fees may vary depending on the company's business activities and nominee's accountability. Beneficiary Principal must sign our Service Agreement for Fiduciary Services. We will sign trust deed should we be appointed to act as your Nominee Shareholder.
  3. We provide Long-term (i.e. more than 6 months) Nominee Director services only in conjunction with our appointment as your Company Secretary and Accountant (associate company). We Require a Refundable deposit of S$1,500 for short-term appointments (up to 6 months) and S$5,000 for long-term appointments. These will be returned to you, net of outstanding bills when our service is no longer required.
    We may stipulate the following:
    • A pre-signed set of ‘striking off’ documents
    • Access to company bank statements


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