Company registration in Lithuania
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Company registration in Lithuania

Last updated February 14, 2017

We will assist you with your business establishment in Lithuania by providing company registration services, even possible without your personal presence. It will help you to save time and money.

Many entrepreneurs seeking to expand their field of activities and to enter new markets or to optimize taxes often open a business in the European Union. If you also want to start business in the EU it would be advisable to think about company registration in Lithuania. There are many reasons for choosing Lithuania as a place for business registration.

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The most popular forms of legal entities (companies) in Lithuania, and their main differences in 2017

Legal formLiabilityNumber of ownersMinimum authorized sharecapitalManagement bodies
LTDLimited civil liability1-249 shareholders2'500,- EURDirector or optional board of directors
IEUnlimited civil liability1 sole ownerUndetermined. There is no minimum set.IE owner is also a director of the company, although, other person can also be appointed for this position.
PLCLimited civil liabilityNumber of shareholders is unlimited40'000,- EURDirector, also there could be an executive body, which is the board
LLPLimited civil liability1-10 membersundetermined (amount of contributions is determined by the members of LLP)Meeting of members (there should be ao appointed representative)

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Sole governing body (director)

Reasons to open a company

  • First, it is useful to have operating company in Lithuania which belongs to European Union. Due to convenient geographical location of Lithuania, it would be much easier to get to anywhere in Europe. Lithuania has open borders with all the EU countries. It means that you will be able to deliver your products without long procedure of filling of all necessary documents.
  • Second, it is convenient to open a company in Lithuania. Registration or acquisition of the company is very fast and simple process that does not require much money and time. In addition, here, you will probably not face a language barrier, since many people are fluent in English, Russian and often in Polish.
  • Third, after opening or buying a new company in Lithuania, your business becomes more competitive. With a company established, you can achieve a new level of development and become a part of a new larger market. The status of the European company will help you to attract new customers and to expand the horizons of activity.
  • Fourth, Lithuania has almost the lowest taxes in the European Union. Therefore, it is advantageous to open a company for tax reasons: Tax on corporate profits – 5% or 15% and VAT (value added tax) – 21%.
  • Fifth, Lithuania uses new technologies greatly simplifying the work of entrepreneurs. Most government services are available online. Thus, an accountant or another employee may submit all the reports, declarations, applications and other documents electronically. In addition, the country is proud of the fastest public wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) in the world and very high speed of broadband connection. You can easily make international transfers in foreign currency through online banking. To do this, you only need connection to the bank and a generator of identification codes.
  • Moreover, Lithuania ranks 15th in the ranking of the freest economies in the world, 11th – on the ease of starting a business, as well as 2nd place in Europe in terms of index of investment attractiveness. 1.5 million of professionals make labour market in Lithuania. It should also be noted that Lithuania ranks first among the countries of Eastern and Central Europe in the number of graduates in mathematics, science and technology per capita and third among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe for the quality of education in mathematics and natural sciences. Programming and information technology, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, physics, medicine are well developed here. Financial sector is developing fast. In recent years, such world famous companies as Western Union, Barclays, NASDAQ have opened their offices in Lithuania. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Swedish giant IKEA, one of the leading European retailer Lidl are operating successfully here. Therefore, by opening a company in Lithuania means starting a business at a new level corresponding to the highest standards of business conduct.

Based on the above facts, the decision to do business in Lithuania looks very favourable. However, you should think about the optimal legal form of the future company. Below is a list of possible forms of registered companies.

Taxes and expenses maintaining a company in Lithuania 2017

Taxes and minimum costs for maintaining a company

Other available legal forms of companies

  • Sole proprietorship (IĮ) – a legal entity with unlimited liability;
  • Private Limited Company (UAB) – the most popular form of legal entity with limited liability;
  • Public limited company (AB) – a legal entity with limited liability;
  • Full economic partnership (TŪB);
  • Limited partnership (KŪB);
  • Small company (MB) – a legal entity with limited liability;
  • Representative office of a foreign company – not a legal entity;
  • Branch office – not a legal entity.lithuania-map1

The process of company registration in Lithuania consists of several stages. When choosing a legal form for your company, you should pay attention to the objectives pursued by the entrepreneur who is starting a business.

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Which legal form to choose?

To date, private limited company is the most popular form of legal entity. It is a legal entity with limited liability, i.e. the company is responsible to the creditors only with the property of the company. The process of registration of the company does not take much time and does not require large authorized capital. The company is quite simple to operate (as it does not require presence of the board) and is flexible in making important decisions.

The individual enterprise can be an alternative for conducting small business, but unlimited liability is a serious disadvantage. For the same reason (the existence of unlimited liability for some members), full and limited partnerships do not seem to be very attractive. Public limited company though has a limited liability, but is used mainly for larger companies as it requires substantial funds for formation of the authorized capital and a more complex management structure. Small company is a relatively new legal form of the companies in Lithuania. It is a legal entity with limited liability. Although the creation of such a company does not require the authorized capital, the founder of the company can only be individuals; bookkeeping is easier than in private limited company only in some cases.

Representative office of a foreign company

Registration of representative office of a foreign company gives to the entrepreneur a very limited ability to do business, because the representative office may not engage in commercial activities, but rather performs some other functions. However, in certain cases, registration of a representative office is justified for tax reasons. In contrast to the representative office, the branch may conduct business but it is not a separate legal entity. However, before you register the branch you should consider the nuances of taxation carefully. Therefore, before you open a company in Lithuania, you must weigh all of the above mentioned aspects.

Private limited company

For all the above reasons, foreign businessmen often open a private limited company. One of the most important steps in the process of registration of a company is the choice of areas of activity of the company. A license may be required for conducting of certain activities in Lithuania. Therefore, this issue should be worked out in advance. You also need to decide who will be the founders of the company. In order to open a private limited company, it is enough to have one natural or legal person, but anyway not more than 250 shareholders. The authorized capital of the private limited company is 2 500 euros. This amount will be available for operation immediately after the registration of the company documents.
It should be noted that the director of the company could only be a natural person. Thus, foreign nationals may be directors and shareholders with no restrictions.

Procedure of registration

Once the entrepreneur has decided on the legal form of the company and the field of activity, in order to open a company in Lithuania, it is necessary to reserve the name of the company and prepare the following documents:

If the founder is a legal entity there must be the notarized decision of the Board, the Board of Directors, the director or the shareholders meeting to open a company as a private limited company translated into the Lithuanian language;
Copies of the notarized certificate of registration and the founder’s Articles of Association, the document about the right to represent the legal entity translated into the Lithuanian language;
Notarial power of attorney for the right to sign the founding act (the contract), the Articles of Association and registration forms if the founder is not willing to come to the Lithuanian notary himself;
Options for the established company name. Company name should be written in Latin letters and comply with the legal and linguistic standards of Lithuania. It is advisable to prepare several options and consult on compliance of the name with the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language. The chosen name should be reserved in the Register of Legal Entities;
The Articles of Association of the company. The requirements to the Articles of Association are prescribed in the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Companies. In addition to other information, the Articles of Association should specify the activities of the company;
Decision on legal address in Lithuania. The company is not required to be, or to operate at that address; however, for the registration of business at the said address, a written consent of the owner of premises is required. The company may use a different address for its business, but it is necessary to notify thereof by special form;
Specify the name, surname, personal identity number (if any), passport number, address of the future director of the private company and attach a copy of his passport;
Specify the shareholder’s name, its address and registration number. If individuals are involved indicate their name, personal identity number (if any), passport number, address;
Make a founding act (the contract) as it is prescribed by law.
Open a savings account in the bank for the authorized capital.
Complete and sign the necessary forms for the registration of the company in the Register of Legal Entities.
The documents must be certified by the notary in accordance to the established procedure and passed to the Register of Legal Entities.

More details to be aware of during registration procedure

The founding documents are received and issued by the Register of Legal Entities only in the national language; so, the documents should be prepared in the Lithuanian language. However, if necessary, the documents may be translated into any other language. Moreover, the documents can be written initially in two languages.

The founder can also arrange the documents himself; however, without adequate experience the process may be delayed. Therefore, if you decide to open a company in Lithuania it is advisable to turn to experienced professionals that will help to avoid possible problems and will finalize the whole procedure in a week’s time. You will only need to sign prepared documents and to present the necessary information for filling in various forms with the Register of Legal Entities.

On the other hand, in order to avoid the procedure of registration of the new company you can contact us and buy a ready-made Lithuanian company with a minimum share capital and a bank account. In case of acquisition of a shelf company in Lithuania a contract of sale of shares is executed, then you can start using the ready-made company. The company is acquired with its founding documents. This method of starting business is faster, but it is little bit more expensive. However, if necessary, you may need to change the name of the company or to increase the share capital, or to perform other transformations. All these procedures are not difficult and can be carried out by our specialists in a relatively short time. It is for an entrepreneur to decide whether to open a new company or to buy a ready-made company in Lithuania.

After registration or acquisition of a new company, you can begin to work and dispose of funds on the account of the company and enter into the transactions. Then, you should think about registering the company as a VAT payer, hiring of employees, preparation of employment contracts and other internal documents of the company. However, you can also entrust all these questions to professionals who will provide you with support after the opening of the company in Lithuania.

Thus, the company can be opened quickly and inexpensively. If you take into account all the nuances of business in Lithuania, the company will open up new prospective and stimulate your further development.

How the procedure will look like?

1 You send us documents and the required information (copy of passport, your email, address, telephone number) by email info@bizbon.com (it will take several minutes) to prepare a contract.
2 The Client pays an advance payment of 50% of total amount to initiate the process (it will take 1-3 days until the payment will be cleared in our bank account) (up to 3 days)
3 We prepare necessary documents for the Client to sign within a week or faster and send them by email (up to 7 days)
4 Then the Client prints out our arranged and provided documents pursuant to the instruction, then signs name and signature where needed, and sends back to us by a fast post courier (it will take 7 working days until documents arrives).
5 After we receive the documents, it takes about a week to arrange a full package of documents to the Client (up to 7 days) of company registration in Lithuania.
6 Further, when the documents are created and ready, we scan company registration in Lithuania certificate and send to the Client by email address. Follow that the Client have to pay remaining payment of 50% of total amount.
7 In the next stem client pays the rest of sum. It could take up to 3 days to get money, that depends on sender and receiver bank.
8 Finally, we do send out all arranged documents to the Client by express courier. Normally it takes up to 3 working days.

We are always more than happy whenever we can assist a newcomer to Lithuania. We really know how hard it is to enter a new market and that you need only the best support and most professional and honest consultants at the beginning. By starting a company registration procedure there are always many external factors that you need to be aware about. Average salary rates, different taxation for each individual business type, recruitment possibilities, office selection and many more things has to be taken into consideration while setting up a company in Lithuania. If you want setup things in a right way at the very first time, then you should look no further and contact us asking for assistance or at least a good advice!

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