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A guide to forming a limited company or LLP

All companies in Singapore must be registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and abide by the Companies Act. While there are five different entities to choose from, the most common and flexible business entity that can be set up in Singapore is the private limited company.
Setting up a private limited (PTE. LTD.) company to start doing business in Singapore is a very simple process. To do so, you must complete and submit an application form and filing fee for approval and start trading.
The most popular and quickest way to do this is to use an online service of a formation agent such as SG Formations. As an approved Company Filing Agent, we are able to offer online company packages for private limited by shares. The whole process is carried out online, so you don’t have to do anything but sign these documents, which only take a matter of minutes to complete.

To establish a company in Singapore, you should first decide on several things and ensure that certain items are prepared prior to incorporation:

  1. Company name
  2. Brief description of business activities
  3. Shareholders' particulars
  4. Directors' particulars
  5. Registered address
  6. Company secretary particulars
  7. Constitution
      • Your company name needs to be approved before incorporation.
      • You can have several directors but at least one must be a local resident director in Singapore. He or she will may only be a director on paper to meet the requirements of the law. Both resident and non-resident directors need to be at least 18 years old, not bankrupt, and free of any past malpractice charges
      • Your company can have a maximum of 50 shareholders who may or may not be directors. Shareholders can consist of both local and non-local individuals or companies.
      • You must appoint a company secretary who is a resident of Singapore within 6 months of your company’s incorporation.
      • You  must possess a minimum of S$0 worth of paid-up share capital, and S$1 worth of issued share capital to register your Singapore company. You are not required to produce evidence showing that the minimum issued share capital is in a bank account.


You must provide an address based in Singapore to serve as the registered address of the company. The registered address can be a residential or commercial address, but not a P.O. Box.