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The French Trade Registry

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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  • french_trade_registry.jpgWhat is the French Trade Registry?

The Trade Registry in France is also known as Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés. The French Registry of Commerce and Companies is regulated by the Act of December 19, 2002 and falls under the authority of the Ministry of Justice. The State Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Trade are entitled to manage the Trade Register in France. The French Trade Register deals with both company registration and individuals’ registration. As far as persons are regarded, information such as full name, address, date and place of birth are included in the database of the Trade Registry. Company registration with the French Trade Register includes: company name, social capital, date of incorporation, initial capital, governing bodies. The Trade Register in France also deals with regulating incorporation procedures of companies in France.

  • How can a company register with the French Trade Register?

Company registration in France with the French Trade Register is a mandatory procedure for all companies set up in France. The Commercial Court receives the application forms for company registration in France. Also, since 2005, company registration in France can be performed by electronic means. Company registration in France is completed when a certificate of incorporation is issued. Changes brought to the company management are also registered with the French Trade Register. If there are any changes in the directors board, shareholder information, headquarters or share cession, these must be sent to the Trade Register and mentioned in the database, which must be updated.

  • How can I have access to the French Trade Register?

Information in the French Trade Register is available for anyone who submits a special request. It is one the French Trade Register’s characteristics to offer details about memorandum of association, certificates, balance sheets, collective actions and other information. Individuals who want to have access to these details in the database of the French Trade Register can ask for copies of certain documents or search through registered companies.

For more details about the French Trade Registry and how to open a company in France, you may contact our company formation agents  in France.

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