Are you setting up a garage, an architect's office, a cleaning company or another business? Then you will need to decide on the appropriate legal form. When choosing a legal form, company founders decide on the type of liability for their company – i.e. who is liable for what.
Setting up a company: which legal form is most appropriate for my company?
Sole proprietorship, limited liability company or private limited company? Anyone intending to set up a company must determine the legal form in the founding phase. So which legal form is most appropriate for your company?
An overview of the main legal forms
The Swiss Code of Obligations provides for different legal forms of companies that are legally defined according to specific conditions. The entrepreneurial risks and associated personal liability, the organizational expenses and the running costs resulting from the legal form are key factors in this choice. Growth plans also play a role. Below is a list of the main legal forms under the Swiss Code of Obligations.
Useful to know
Both natural persons and legal entities have legal capacity, which means they have rights and obligations. While natural persons have legal capacity from birth, legal entities need to have been registered on the commercial register, for example.