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Company Formation Croatia



Register Company in Croatia

Updated on Monday 21st May 2018

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Company Formation Services in Osijek.jpgThe business sector in Croatia is appreciated and open for varied investments in the well-developed sectors like tourism, manufacturing, IT, engineering, agriculture and many more. Our company formation agents in Croatia can offer the needed support for foreign investors interested in opening companies in Croatia. The main steps in company incorporation in Croatia can be explained by our advisors who can also assist you with the requirements imposed by the Trade Register in Croatia.

What is the Trade Register in Croatia?

The Trade Register in Croatia is known as the Croatian Company Registry and it is actually represented by the Commercial Court in Croatia, which is managed by the Chamber of Commerce in Croatia. All companies must register with the Commercial Court in Croatia before starting their commercial transactions. The Financial Agency of Croatia also deals with registration of companies in Croatia.

How can I have access to the Croatian Trade Register?

All companies registered in Croatia are kept in an electronic database that is accessible to the public online. The database is called the Croatian Company Directory. Anyone can check information on Croatian private companies, registered traders, institutions, and foreign companies or Croatian branch offices. The database is available only in Croatian, but it is rather simple to use.

How do I register a company in Croatia?

When starting the registration process of a company in Croatia, an application has to be submitted with the Financial Agency of Croatia. This institution will forward the documents to the Croatian Commercial Court. The application must also contain notarized documents, such as:
  • • the articles or the state of incorporation with the name of the company;
  • • the amount of initial capital, a list with the name of the shareholders and a list of the members of the board;
  • • complete information about the owners (their names, the nationality and the residency);
  • • bank statements with details about the drafted minimum share capital for your company.
If the Commercial Court considers it necessary, it may request additional information. Otherwise, the registration certificate will be issued as soon as possible. The registration certificate also certifies the membership in the Chamber of Commerce in Croatia. Company registration in Croatia can be carried on by a legal representative if he is appointed through power of attorney.  Anyway, after obtaining the registration certificate from the Commercial Court in Croatia, the company must also register with the Central Bureau of Statistics, Tax Administration, the Croatian Pension Insurance Institute and Croatian Institute for Health Insurance. When registering the business in Croatia with the institutions in charge, please observe the following information:
  • • the company needs to obtain the official seal and to apply for the statistic registration number;
  • • a bank account needs to be opened for the minimum share capital;
  • • firms must register with the Croatian Pension Insurance Fund;
  • • registering for VAT and social contributions are mandatory conditions for companies in Croatia.


Types of companies in Croatia

Investors from abroad can set up companies and partnerships in Croatia in accordance with the Companies Act and in respect with the requirements of the Trade Register in this country. The limited liability company is the preferred business form in Croatia which can be registered for a minimum share capital HRK 20,000 for a private entity, and HRK 200,000 for public LLCs. The limited partnerships are also forms of businesses which can be easily registered in Croatia. In this case, at least one partner is liable for the company’s debts with his/her assets, while the other one will be responsible only for the capital invested in the firm. Foreigners can also set up branches, subsidiaries or can act as sole traders in Croatia.
If you need more information about company formation in Croatia, you may contact our team of specialists in company incorporation in Croatia.


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