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What is a sarl company (french limited liablity company)?

A limited liability company (SARL) is a company made up of a minimum of two and a maximum of 100 partners. The status can be chosen by artisans, merchants, industrialists, and independent professions, but it cannot be used for some legal, judicial or health professions, with the exception of pharmacists. 

 

A company in which each of the partners (between 2 and 100) is in principle only responsible for the debts of the company up to the amount of their personal contributions. No minimum capital.

Why to set up a sarl company?

The SARL is appreciated because it has many advantages: 

  • The company can be created with little capital: the amount of the share capital is freely fixed by the partners. 
  • The liability of the partners is limited to the amount of their contribution. 
  • It allows the family character of the company to be asserted, if necessary. 
  • It is perceived as a more stable business for partners and customers. 

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Need to have a registered company address in France to open a business: 

  • To register a business address: The creator needs to open an office, get a warehouse, shop or any physical place that will receive mail and establish a physical presence in the country. 
  • The creator can still work remotely outside of France, as long as there is a physical address attached to their business. 
  • The creator needs to have a strong business plan in order to get the company approved: 
  • There are strong laws against money laundering so in order to have the bank approve the business account they need to have a detailed outline of their business plan and be prepared to answer questions. 
  • The creator needs to be able to acquire the correct documents and turn them in at the right agencies in order to be approved, a company formation agent is very helpful for this task. 
  • Publish the business in a reputable newspaper as this is required in France. 
  1. Draft the status company: the SARL status must mention the corporate form (SARL), the duration of the company (maximum 99 years), the corporate name, the registered office, the corporate purpose, the amount of the share capital, the valuation of each contribution, the number and distribution of the shares among the partners, the mention of the deposit of funds corresponding to the cash contributions and the date of the closing of the fiscal year.
  2. Insert a notice of incorporation of the SARL in an authorized newspaper: published in a newspaper authorized to receive legal notices.
  3. Register the company in the National Register of Companies (RNE) and the Trade and Companies Register (RCS): you must make the declaration of its creation on the site of the one-stop shop for business formalities.

Differences between SARL, SAS, SA and EURL

 

SARL

SAS

SA

EURL

Definition 

A limited liability company is a company made up of a minimum of two and a maximum of 100 partners. The status can be chosen by artisans, merchants, industrialists, and indepdendent professions, but it cannot be used for the legal, judicial or health professions, with the exception of pharmacists. 

In a simplified joint stock company, the founding partners freely determine in the articles of association the share capital and the rules of organization of the company, in particular the appointment and dismissal of the managers and the methods of adoption of the collective decisions: conditions of quorum and majority, right of veto…

The joint-stock company is a company of capital. It brings together shareholders who invest in the company’s capital. 

The company can be managed by a board of directors with a chairman and CEO or by a supervisory board with a management board. 

Company composed of a single partner.  It applies the same operating principles as the SARL, simplified by the fact that the shares are held by a single partner. 

Number of partners 

Between 2 and 100 partners 

At least 2 associates without maximum (natural or legal persons). 

A minimum of 2 partners, whose shareholding is based on the capital they have invested in the company. 

A minimum of 7 shareholders if it is listed in the stock exchange.

Composed of a single partner 

Minimum share capital 

Does not require a minimum share capital. (It can be registered with a minimal working capital of one euro). 

Does not require a minimum share capital. It is freely determined by the founding partners in the articles of association. It is composed of cash contributions (money) and/or contributions in kind (any asset other than money).

37 000 € minimum

225 000 € listed shares

Does not require a minimum share capital 

Liability 

Liability limited to the amount of their contribution.Thus, if the company goes bankrupt, the shareholder loses at most the money he has invested.

Each partner is responsible for the debts of the company only up to the amount of his personal contribution.

Liability limited to the contribution. Thus, if the company goes bankrupt, the shareholder loses at most the money he has invested.

The single partner is responsible for the debts of the company only up to the amount of his personal contributions.

Formalities and Registration

Draft the status company.

Insert a notice of incorporation of the SARL in an authorized newspaper. 

Register the company in the RNE and the RCS. 

Draft the status company either under private seal or by notarial act. 

The project leader must declare the creation of his company on the website of the one-stop shop for business formalities.

It requires the publication of a legal announcement.  

Register in the RCS.

Choose the corporate name of your company and check its availability with the INPI. 

Appoint an auditor. 

Draw up the status company and register with the RCS. 

Publish a legal announcement in an authorized newspaper. 

Register your company with the clerk of the commercial court. 

Make the declaration of the creation of the company on the one-stop shop for business formalities.

Register the company in the RNE and the RCS.

Draft the status company. 

Open a business bank account in the company’s name.  

Publish a legal announcement in an authorized newspaper. 

Submit a creation file to the CFE (Business Formalities Center). 

Frequently Asked Questions

EU Nationals, Switzerland Nationals and Nationals from the European Economic area, graduates from French higher education. 

→ a foreign creator can register a SARL in France if he or she does not live in the French territory

→ If the creator wants to reside in France there are different resident permits that allow them to start a business such as the Entrepreneur residence permit or the Talent Entrepreneur residence permit.

The overall process could be completed in about 9 weeks. 

Does not require a minimum share capital. 

In general, the drafting and review of the status cost between 1200 and 2000 euros depending on the project. The other formalities linked to registration fees cost between 400 and 600 euros.

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Eléonore Tavares de Pinho

Lawyer | Avocate à la Cour

Lawyer | Avocate à la Cour

Nour
Legal Trainee

Nour Rachidy

Julio Vero
Legal Counsel

Julio Vero

Hector Valero
Legal Trainee

Hector Valero

Sophie
Immigration Lawyer

Sophia Lassegue

Pauline
Legal Trainee

Pauline Flaviano

Eva Novoa Andino
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Eva Novoa Andino

Head of Lexidy France

Eléonore Tavares de Pinho

Born in Senegal to Belgian-Portuguese parents and having lived for several years in various countries, Eléonore quickly became passionate about Immigration legislation. She graduated from the University of la Sorbonne and the University of Florence and obtained a five-year dual degree in Italian and French Law. As an attorney, she chose to work in Immigration Law in order to have real action on the field and help people fulfill their projects.  Deeply convinced that digital technologies can make law and legal services simpler and impact people’s lives in a positive way, Eléonore will always be looking for the most efficient way to meet your needs.

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Lawyer | Avocate à la Cour

Victoire is born and raised French, despite family from all around the world.
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about helping others transform their dream to move to France into a project,
either professional or familial. She loves her crazy Paris city and the French
countryside, discovering new cultures, and showing off good old France.
Speaking: French and English.

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Nour Rachidy

She was born and raised in France but is a dual national. From a young age she knew she wanted to become a lawyer. Nour studied private law in French university during my bachelor. Later she inroad in a Master Degree in which Nour studied International and European litigation law. She ended her master in Greece studying in an LLM of international Law. Growing up she was always facing various legal systems, procedure that immigrant go through in order to visit family, work, study. Nous is very comfortable talking and helping people legally or not in different language to make them feel helped efficiently. Speaking: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic.

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Julio Vero

Born in Brazil, where I started my Law studies, changing to Law School in Portugal and got my degree from University of Porto in 2021. I got a Master’s  in European Law in Paris, at the University Paris 12. I have been having an enriching experience during my traineeship at Lexidy, where I get to complete with practical skills the knowledge I have acquired during these many years of  legal studies. What I like to do the most is reading and cooking. I am fluent in Portuguese, French and English, and I am currently learning German.

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Hector Valero

Born in Valencia, Spain, he started a Double Degree in French and Spanish Law between the Universitat de Valencia and the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole. Along with this degree formation, he specialized in European and International Law in for two years, completing it with a Master Thesis about the Evolution of the concept of States Boarders in the light of Internet. During my Master’s degree, Hector was able to discover Immigration law through the lens of European and French Law. Throughout the internship at Legal Service at the European Parliament, he learned the practical side of European and Public International Law from the lens of creation and conclusion of International Agreements. Finally, his experience at M&B Avocats helped to develop the profile as a French and Spanish Law Jurist, knowing the insights and particular traits of both legal systems. Speaks: English, Spanish, French.

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Sophia Lassegue

Sophia was born in Paris, France. She travelled the world, studied law and worked in three different countries: France, Argentina and Morocco. She passed the Paris Bar at the Faculty of Law of la Sorbonne. Sophia has experience in international, civil as well as immigration law, and joined Lexidy France in January 2024. She is fully dedicated to helping foreign clients establish themselves and their businesses in France, assisting them in either French, English or Spanish.

Legal Trainee

Pauline Flaviano

Pauline Flaviano is half-french half-hongkongese, and lived in both places. Her European law studies also allowed her to live in Spain for a year. Her European studies focus on the European asylum and immigration policies. Having lived in different countries and speaking multiple languages, she joined the Paris immigration team for her end-of-studies internship. Speaks: French, English, Cantonese.

Lawyer

Eva Novoa Andino

Eva is originally from El Salvador but has lived in France and Spain. She obtained a double degree in French and Spanish Law from the Université Toulouse Capitole I and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, specializing in International & European Law, reflecting her keen interest in the intersection of legal systems across borders. She has obtained her Master’s in Access to the Legal Profession and is registered at the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB). Drawing from her diverse experiences in an international setting, Eva has cultivated a profound interest in international and immigration law. She speaks Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese and is currently learning Catalan. Eva’s extensive international exposure, coupled with her linguistic proficiency, positions her as a valuable asset for clients seeking comprehensive legal expertise in a global context. 

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