Steps for the incorporation

1) Preliminary steps:

Any non-resident person or entity that will hold shares of a Spanish company or hold the position of Director of a Spanish company must obtain a fiscal identification number from Spanish authorities.

This number may be:

  • “Código de Identificación Fiscal” (CIF): required for foreign companies. It may be obtained directly in Spain by one of our lawyers through a proxy signed by the parent company, duly notarised and legalised with the apostille of The Hague.
  • “Número de Identificación de Extranjeros” (NIE): required for non-resident persons. It must be personally applied for by the interested person in a Spanish embassy or consulate, or by one of our lawyers through a proxy signed by the interested person, duly notarised and legalised with the apostille of The Hague.‹

2) Apply for a corporate name at the Central Trade Register.

3) Apply for a provisional CIF for the new company with the Internal Revenue Service (Agencia Tributaria).

4) Open a Bank account and deposit the share capital.

5) Sign the deed of incorporation in the Notary´s office.

6) Pay the stamp tax (1% of share capital) and deposit the deed in the local Trade Register.

7) After the deed has been registered, change the provisional CIF for the definite CIF.

8) Other additional steps (legalisation of official books, Social Security requirements if employees will be hired, etc.).