Businesses need to comply a set of regulatory requirements in order to incorporate a company in Singapore. Locals and foreign entrepreneurs are recommended to engage the services of a professional firm. Incorporating a company creates separate legal entities to operate a business. This turns a sole proprietorship or general partnership into a formally-recognised company by the state of incorporation. It also offers the advantages of limited liability. Limited liability means shareholders are only liable to the amount they invested in the company. They will not be held accountable for the company’s debts beyond the amount of their contributed share capital.
A private limited company is the most common type of registered business entity in Singapore. It is a tax-efficient corporate body when properly structured. Anyone above the age of 18 can register a company according to the Singapore Companies Act. In addition to the company director, the other minimum requirements are at least one shareholder, one company secretary and a minimum of $1 paid up share capital. A registered office is also required. There also has to be any type of business activity, compiled constitution documents, and SingPass or service provider. The two distinct steps in incorporating company Singapore are the approval of the company name and registration of the company. As the procedure is computer-regulated by ACRA, it is quick and efficient.

Business Registration in Singapore

Services for business registration Singapore based are available to help entrepreneurs set up their company. Foreigners with a new company are not allowed to do self-registration in Singapore. Prior to the registration, certain company information needs to be prepared. These are the approved company name, directors, shareholders, company secretary, paid-up capital, registered address, and taxation. The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), the national regulator for business entities in Singapore, will need the documents for the incorporation of the company. Having them signed by directors and shareholders beforehand is essential for a faster process completion. The registration procedure on Singapore Registrar of Companies is fully-computerised. If there are no delays, incorporation and company name approval may be done on the same day of the application.
After the registration, documents are issued for formalities. An email containing the Company Registration Number will be sent by the Company Registrar. They will also create a business profile for the registered company. This is secured by the business registration Singapore services.

Useful Information on Company Formation in Singapore:
Incorporation Guide – Guide to starting a business in Singapore

Limited Liability Partnership

A Singapore Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) has two or more partners incorporating a partnership entity. This type of business structure uses a separate legal entity for the partnership. It is a blend of a private limited company and partnership. When a single partner or group of partners commit gross negligence or wilful misconduct, LLP protects the co-partners from liabilities. A Singapore LLP is interpreted as a separate legal identity which means it is separated from its owners. Hence, an LLP can own a property, sue, or be sued. An LLP needs to have a minimum of two partners who are defined as any individual admitted as an LLP partner as per the LLP agreement. At least one of the partners has to be a Singaporean resident.

Meanwhile, a manager has to be appointed for the LPP’s management. He/she must be at least 18 years old, an ordinarily Singaporean resident, and not convicted of dishonesty, fraud, or any relevant offenses. For the registration, the proposed name of the LLP is approved and reserved in the Registrar. Then, a professional business registration firm can register the LLP online with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). The structure of the LPP is highly suited for individuals engaged in professional services. Some examples are architects, accountants, lawyers, and management consultants. The Singapore Limited Liability Partnership is advantageous because of its low-cost company setup.

Singapore Private Limited Company

A private limited company is a business entity registered under the Companies Act, Chapter 50. It has a legalpersonality i.e. it has rights to own properties, has perpetual succession and can sue or be sued in its own name. It usually has the words ‘Pte Ltd’ or ‘Ltd’ as part of its name.

Singapore Sole Proprietorship

A sole-proprietorship is a business owned by one person or one company. There are no partners. The sole-proprietor has absolute say in the running of the business.

Singapore Partnership

A partnership is a business firm formed by two to twenty partners. Once there are more than twenty partners, the partnership must be registered as a company under the Companies Act, Cap. 50.

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