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Company registration in Singapore.

Our company registration service makes starting a business in Singapore easy for entrepreneurs and foreign established companies. We can set up your Singapore company within a week and help you, your staff and family relocate to the country in less than 3 months.

Company registration in Singapore

400+ foreign entrepreneurs and their startups in Singapore trust Acclime.

Business structures

Multiple ways to start a business
in Singapore.

You can choose from several structures in Singapore, most of which are also open to foreign entities and allow full foreign business ownership. The most popular are:

Representative office.

Ideal for foreign companies seeking to study the market in Singapore for research and business development purposes. You will need:

  • One corporate shareholder
  • A chief representative staff member from the head office
  • A registered address in Singapore
  • Sales turnover ≥ 250k USD

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Private limited company.

Ideal for most local and foreign entities as it offers limited liability, it is fast to set up and can support an Employment Pass. You will need:

  • At least one resident director
  • At least one shareholder
  • A company secretary
  • A registered address in Singapore
  • A capital of at least S$1

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Limited liability partnership.

Ideal for chartered professionals, such as lawyers or achitects, and private equity funds with a limited number of investors. You will need:

  • At least one manager
  • At least two partners (individuals or corporations)
  • A registered address in Singapore
  • No capital requirements

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Simple steps to incorporate a company

How the registration process works.

1. Collect information

We will send you an electronic questionnaire to collect essential information about your future business, such as shareholder, director details, proposed business activity, etc. and will request for copies of some documents.

2. Reserve the company name

We will ask you to provide us with three options for your new company name just in case one of them was not available.

3. Prepare the documents and file them with ACRA

We will prepare the documents of incorporation. Once signed electronically by you, we will complete the company registration with ACRA.

4. Post-incorporation

After the registration with ACRA has been completed, we will obtain a certificate of incorporation, common seal and rubber stamp, set up statutory registers and prepare resolutions for the first Board of Directors’ meeting.

Processing time: 1 week or less

5. Open a bank account

Your newly registered business will now need to open a bank account. We work closely with several local and international banks and can arrange meetings and prepare all documentation for you. Alternatively, we can just provide you with the resolution to open the bank account​ by yourself.

Processing time: 2-3 weeks

6. Apply for an Employment Pass

If you plan to run your business from Singapore, we can help you apply for an employment pass that allows foreign professionals, managers and executives to work in Singapore.

Processing time: 4-6 weeks
Complete and flexible services

We provide everything you need to register a company in Singapore.

Whether you are planning to relocate to Singapore from overseas or already reside in Singapore, we can reliably help you establish your new company. We are well-versed in the local regulations and procedures and will strategically consider various legal aspects (such as shareholding, direactorship etc.) to help you satisfy all government requirements and start your business with a long-term approach in mind.

Company services.

  • Company registration with ACRA
    We will collect your information, prepare all the necessary documents and file your new company with ACRA. After a successful registration, we can also assist you in opening a corporate bank account.
  • Company secretary
    As your company secretary, we can take care of routine and extraordinary company matters, including recurring filings, maintaining statutory books and records, secretarial advice on corporate governance and (re)structuring of business.
  • Nominee resident director
    All private limited companies in Singapore must have at least one individual director who is ‘ordinarily’ a resident in Singapore. If you do not have a resident director to meet the requirement, we can serve as your nominee director.
  • Registered address & mail handling
    A company must have a registered office in Singapore from the date of incorporation. Besides offering registered office, our service also includes forwarding of general correspondence directly to you anywhere in the world.
  • Meeting rooms
    If you do not have an office in Singapore and you are in town for business, we can rent out our meeting rooms in a professional environment.
  • Nominee agent
    We can act as a nominee agent for foreign companies that are interested in setting up a branch office in Singapore.
  • Process agent

    As an appointed process agent, we accept service of notices, proceedings or documents on behalf of our overseas clients in situations where, usually because of contractual obligations, it is not possible for them to be served abroad.

Overview of requirements for starting a company.

At least 1 shareholder

A resident director

A company secretary

Address in Singapore

At least $1 in capital

Acclime benefits

Get a head start with our premium customer service.

Introductory training

After registering your company, our team can provide an initial training on how to use a cloud-based online accounting software. This might be especially useful for first-time entrepreneurs.

Continuous support

You can always reach out to us with any questions or problems you may have. Our team is here for you and get back to you within a business day or faster.

Access to support network

Enjoy access to our support network of pre-screened service providers to help you accelerate your professional and personal life in Singapore.

  • Everything was so well prepared

    "We decided to open our company on very short notice (2 weeks) and had only less than 24 hours to do all the paperwork in Singapore. It took us less than two hours at the Acclime office, because everything was so well prepared and even a bank representative was there for us. Since that we a very good working relationship via mail and phone."
    Michael Schmid, Parkbench Pte Ltd
  • One of the most important events in my professional life

    "I can confidently state that the introduction to Acclime is one of the most important events in my recent professional life. Asha and her team have helped me to adjust to life in Singapore while simultaneously assisting me with incorporation, taxation, business development and various other issues (both business and personal).
    Morgan James Wilbur, Director, Walker Holdings Pte Ltd
  • Not just professional, but extremely personable as well

    "Over the last three years or so, we have set up an operation in Singapore. Along each step of the way, Acclime has acted as our advisors, and have then gone ahead and implemented each step in very short time-frames. Their support is not just professional, but extremely personable as well and we have only the utmost praise for Asha and the entire Acclime team."
    Sujit Banerji, East Advisory Pte. Ltd

Everything was so well prepared

"We decided to open our company on very short notice (2 weeks) and had only less than 24 hours to do all the paperwork in Singapore. It took us less than two hours at the Acclime office, because everything was so well prepared and even a bank representative was there for us. Since that we a very good working relationship via mail and phone."
Michael Schmid, Parkbench Pte Ltd

More ways we can help.

Upon successful company registration, your company is obliged to stay compliant with local regulations and requirements. With our comprehensive business support services, we can confidently handle all of your ongoing compliance and company maintenance and unburden you from these time-consuming tasks.

Accounting & payroll

Stay compliant with your accounting requirements with our accounting & payroll services for small to medium businesses, delivered on a monthly, quarterly, annual or ad-hoc basis.

Tax advisory

We can help you build a strategy for your personal and corporate income taxes and gain valuable insights into your company by delivering strategic tax advisory and planning services.

Employment Pass

We help business owners and their staff apply for and secure work visas, as well as other types of visas, including visas for immediate family members, for their stay in Singapore. This also includes renewal.

Common questions.

What is a company?
A company is an entity which is recognised legally as separate from the persons who formed it or who are shareholders in the company.
What is a business?
A business can be run by one person (a sole proprietorship) or by two or more people together (a partnership) or through a limited liability partnership (LLP).
How is a company different from a business?
A business is not distinct and separate from the people who run it.A private limited company is a separate legal entity in its own right. Therefore the directors and shareholders have limited liability as long as the business is operated legally and within the terms of the Singapore Companies Act.If you own a business or are part of a partnership, you are personally responsible for the debts and liabilities and your personal assets can be taken by creditors towards payment of these debts.
How do I register a company?
You register the company with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) to incorporate a company under the Singapore Companies Act. A registration fee is payable for the incorporation of a new company limited by shares.
What is the incorporation procedure, and how long does it take?

Firstly, you choose the name of the proposed company and search the availability of that name with ACRA. Assuming the name is available, it is then reserved for 60 days online through ACRA. After the name has been approved, you will have to inform your company secretary to incorporate the company online. Details of the Director(s), issued/paid-up share capital, shareholder(s) and primary business activities are submitted. The time frame for incorporation (for local directors) is within 1 day. With foreign Directors on board, the incorporation process can take a little longer.

Incorporation forms such as Form 45 and Form 49 are also completed for the secretarial records to show that all the company's officers agree to their responsibilities and terms of appointment. This paperwork is not required by ACRA, but most companies prefer to have hard copies of agreements for the purpose of transparency. A hard copy of the Certificate of Incorporation, notarised by an ACRA officer, can be ordered from ACRA, if required.

How do I register a business?
For a business, you are required to register with ACRA under the Business Registration Act. You must choose your business name and submit an Application for Approval for a Business Name and Application to Register a Business Firm. A registration fee of $65.00 is payable. Upon registration an email notification will be issued to you which is valid for one year and renewable annually at S$ 20.00.
Are there any restrictions on company names?
Yes, certain names including references to Government bodies and professional bodies will need justification. A name cannot be registered if it is the same (or sometimes, very similar) as an existing company - unless a successful appeal is made to ACRA.
How long does it take to incorporate a Private Limited Company?
At Acclime Singapore, we can incorporate your company within a day, once we receive all signed documents.
Are licences required?
Yes, for certain specified groups; for example banking, insurance, financial services, consumer credit-related services, education, and employment and maid agencies.
What is a private exempt company?
A private exempt company is one that has less than 20 shareholders, all of whom are individuals, and the company must be solvent at all times. Once there is a corporate shareholder, the company will no longer be classified as a private exempt company.
What is a foreign company?
A foreign company or branch is a company that is registered in Singapore with its head office outside Singapore.
Can I start a branch of a foreign company in Singapore?
Yes. Such a branch is also registered under the Singapore Companies Act. The following documents will be required together with the application fee:
  • A certified copy of the foreign company's Certificate of Incorporation or registration document
  • A certified copy of the foreign company's charter, statue, constitution or memorandum or articles of association
  • A memorandum of appointment or power of attorney appointing 2 or more locally resident persons
  • A form by the foreign company giving the particulars of the directors at the time of registration
  • Notice of Situation of Registered Office and of Office Hours at time of Incorporation
  • Statutory Declaration by Agent of Foreign Company
What is the minimum and maximum number of directors permitted?

A company must have a minimum of one director and if there is only one director, he must be a local Resident Director (i.e., he must either be a Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident, or a person holding an Employment Pass).

We can make arrangements for a nominee resident director, if you require this service. A deposit and letter of indemnity are required. There is no limitation on the number of Directors on board.

Are there any residential or nationality requirements or professional qualifications for directors?
No, there are no general requirements of residence or qualification (although one of the Directors must be a local resident Director.) Undischarged bankrupts or persons subject to disqualification under the Companies Act Cap 50 cannot act as Director.
What is the minimum issued/paid up capital?
$1 per shareholder (congruent with currency of paid up capital). The indicated issued share capital must be paid up immediately upon commencement of business transactions.
What is the permitted currency of share capital?
Any currency is permitted, although the Singapore Dollar is the preferred currency of choice and convenience.
Are registered or bearer shares allowed?
Private limited companies can only have registered shares. Bearer shares are not allowed.
What is the minimum number of shareholders?
One. The shareholder(s) can be a corporate body or an individual.
Is a registered office required?
Yes, a company incorporated in Singapore must have a registered office in Singapore. MMFE offers this service, inclusive of mail holding at a nominal fee.
What documents must be maintained at the registered office?
  • Certificate of Incorporation & Common Seal
  • Statutory books & Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • egister of Members
  • Accounting Records, however, directors can decide to keep documents at a different place, the location of which must be agreed by way of Directors resolution and lodged with ACRA. We can provide this service.
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