Open a Representative Office in Estonia
Open a Representative Office in EstoniaUpdated on Thursday 16th March 2017
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In certain situations businessmen may choose to open a representative office in Estonia. These types of business organizations, also called liaison offices, act as representatives of their foreign principals and do not have a separate legal identity of their own. Representative offices in Estonia are not allowed to engage in commercial activities for profit. Their activities are limited to market research, promotion of products and services of its foreign principal, and facilitating contracts entered into by its principal. Our law firm in Estonia can guide you through the process of opening a representative office.
Registration of representative office in Estonia
Business organizations in Estonia have to register with the Commercial Registry, including branches and subsidiaries. For representative offices in Estonia, registration with the commercial registry is not required. They only have to be registered with the Estonian Tax and Customs Board as a permanent establishment in the country. Registration must be done within five days form the establishment of your representative office. There is no registration fee. Our attorneys in Estonia are familiar with the registration process.
Registration process and requirements in Estonia
Opening an Estonian representative office requires the preparation of legal documents. Our Estonian lawyers have listed them down:
1. A representative of the foreign company in Estonia must fill up and sign an application form and present it personally at the Estonian Tax and Customs board. The representative may choose not to personally file the application and opt to let a lawyer do it through a power of attorney. Our lawyers in Estonia can do this for you.
2. Document certifying the registration of the foreign corporation from the business registry of its resident state. The document must either be in English or Estonian, and must be in the form of an Apostille, a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961.
3. Documents evidencing business in Estonia such as contracts, invoices, and business plans. All of these must be in Estonian or English.
4. Official documents certifying the authority of the representatives to perform functions on behalf of the foreign company. The documents must be in English or Estonian and must be authenticated with an apostille.
Make sure that you comply with all the requirements of opening a representative office. Just get in touch with our Estonian lawyers who are experienced in setting up liaison offices in the country.