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Establish a Financial Company in France

Updated on Sunday 02nd April 2023

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Investing in the financial sector in France could prove to be a wise choice for foreign entrepreneurs and companies. The legislation is also the same for both local and foreign investors, therefore there are no additional requirements for those from EU or non-EU countries who want to establish financial companies France.

Foreign investors can set up one of the following types of businesses in the French financial industry:

  • -          insurance companies;
  • -          credit institutions;
  • -          investment services companies;
  • -          financing companies;
  • -          payment institutions;
  • -          audit firms.

Even holding companies can be set up in the financial sector in France. Our company formation agents in France can help you open a holding company.

Registering a financial business in France

There are no special requirements or restrictions for foreign investors opening financial companies in France. The most common structures used to create a financial business are the limited liability company which is used for smaller businesses, such as insurance or payment companies which facilitate the opening of merchant accounts, and joint stock companies which are suitable for carrying out banking activities.

You can find out more information on the legislation governing the financial industry from our company registration consultants in France.

We invite you to discover the services offered by our accountants in France for your company. Among them, bookkeeping and payroll are the most important, but the preparation of annual financial statements is also necessary. A good operation of the company also depends on HR administration, something we can help you with. Contact us today to benefit from our complete services.

Licensing requirements for financial companies in France

There are various types of licenses available when establishing a financial company in France:

  • -          banking licenses for companies offering banking and credit services;
  • -          insurance licenses for insurance and reinsurance companies;
  • -          investment services licenses which are employed by investment companies administering investment funds in France.

Foreign investors opening a banking institution in France must deposit a minimum share capital of 5 million euros. Also, at least two experienced managers with a good reputation must be appointed when opening a company in the financial sector in France, according to the Law on Financial Security.

For full information on the laws related to establishing a financial business in France, you can rely on our company formation advisors. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance with the company registration procedure in France. We can also put you in touch with our partners if you need a software for recovering the double payments in your accounting


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Call us now at +33 9 73 22 01 51 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Paris, France. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to France.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in France.