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Starting a business in Portugal

Legal Forms of Companies

The Sociedade por quotas de responsabilidade limitada (Lda): Limited Liability Company
Number of partners: Two partners minimum. There may be one partner only in the case of a Single Person Private Limited Liability company (SUQ).
Capital (max/min): Minimum EUR 1.
Shareholders and liability: Liability is limited to the amount of capital contributed.
The Sociedade anonima de responsabilidade limidada (SA): Public Limited Company
Number of partners: Five partners minimum; they may be foreigners and non-residents.
Capital (max/min): 50,000 EUR minimum, entirely taken up, with the obligation to release at least 30%.
Shareholders and liability: Liability is limited to the amount of capital contributed.
The Sociedade em nome colectivo: General Partnership
Number of partners: Two partners minimum.
Capital (max/min): No minimum share capital.
Shareholders and liability: Liability is joint and indefinite regarding third parties.
The Sociedade em comandita: Limited Joint-stock Partnership
Number of partners: Two partners minimum, with active partners and silent partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum share capital.
Shareholders and liability: Liability is indefinite for active partners, and limited to the amount of capital contributed for silent partners.
The Competent Organisation
ePortugal web portal
Company Directories
Guianet
 
Setting Up a Company Portugal OECD
Procedures (number) 6.0 5.2
Time (days) 6.5 9.5

Source: Doing Business, 2016

 
Business Setup Procedures
Consult Doing Business Website, to learn about procedures to start a Business in Portugal
Trade Register, in Portuguese

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