Legal services for business in Finland
Legal advice, expert and office services
Legal services for Finnish companies and business
You can safely develop your business in Finland and focus on your personal goals with our services on legal support of your company.
Our competence and control allow many of our customers do business with their Finnish enterprises remotely. Immediate communication with us and our focus on customer tasks provide consistently excellent results during important transactions or establishing business processes.
Legal services in Finland
- – Registration of companies and opening of bank accounts
- – Legal advice, structuring of legal relationships
- – Tax advice and tax planning
- – Licenses (transport, trade, financial)
- – Acquisition and maintenance of statuses in the registers (VAT, customs, tax, credit ratings, etc)
- – Grounds for lending (financial statements, business plans in Finnish)
- – Selection and control of a member of the board of the company (resident in Finland)
- – intellectual property issues in Finland
- – patents and utility models in Finland
- – brand and trademark registration in Finland
- – dissolution of Finnish legal entities
To take the most of your Finnish company, try our special advice service.
We develop and optimize your Finnish / international business:
— licenses (transport, alcohol, food industry…)
— patents, utility models, trademarks, trademarks in the EU
— adaptation of the goods to the EU / Finland requirements,
— VAT number and refund of VAT
— tax planning and optimization
— optimization of customs and logistics
— trade between Finland / EU
— legal advice
— business plans for lending in Finnish
— investment projects
— residence permit / permanent residence / citizenship under the business immigration program
Support services for companies in Finland
We are ready to offer legal support services, rent of a virtual office, maintaining correspondence and even manager services provided by one of our experienced consultants, recruitment – everything needed to represent our customer in Finland. Our experts include lawyers, experts in business communications, marketing and advertising. Our partners are specialists in investments, real estate and construction.
Correspondence with the Finnish departments and officials;
Rent of mailing address, virtual office, forwarding of incoming documents;
Business immigration, registration of residence permit and permanent residence, citizenship;
Contracts of purchase / sale and lease of real estate;
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The basic VAT rate in Finland is 24%. VAT for food products is 14%, VAT for printed products, medicines, cultural activities and services is 10%. VAT for goods turnover within the European Union (between two companies located in different countries of the EU) is 0%. Under certain conditions VAT for goods and services turnover outside the EU will be 0%.
Tax on company profits is calculated according to the profit on the basis of the annual report and amounts to 20%. Earnings of shareholders received in dividends or income from capital are subject to capital income tax. Capital income tax rate is progressive and amounts to 30% or 32%.
Tax planning is promoted in Finland, and we give advice on internal optimization and external trading schemes, tax return and VAT, etc.
Transactions with company shares are subject to share alienation tax at the rate of 1.6%. Transactions with shares of residential joint stock companies are subject to 2.0% tax. Real estate transactions are subject to 4% tax.
Opening of Oy company can be divided into several stages:
1) preparation of documents, registration by the Registrar, opening of accounts — 1 day or more
2) activation of the company in the commercial register — 2-7 days
3) activation of the bank account — 1 day
4) VAT/ALV register, ennakoperintä register — 7 days to 28 days, depends on the tax service availability.
Documents for the purchase of a company can be prepared remotely by telephone and mail. Finnish bank account activation requires the presence of at least one foreign founder. Fully remote re-registration is also possible (by appointing a Finnish resident Director and/or Manager of Accounts).
A foreigner can open a Finnish company, provided that the board necessarily has a Finnish resident. This is a temporary measure necessary for the registration of a company. We help you to fulfill this condition and we provide for selection and control of resident representative.
Further, on the basis of the company’s activities, its foreign founders can obtain a residence permit in Finland and a social insurance number. Then you can replace the interim board member by the chief founder who has already received an official status in Finland.
In 2015, Finnish banks toughened the requirements to the companies opened by foreigners. Unfortunately, the new requirements addressed even EU citizens, in particular, the citizens of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland.
Any Finnish company needs a citizen or resident of Finland in its board, or it will not get an account.
Due to these stricter requirements, most banks do not open accounts for foreign owners of companies, if they do not have a registration in Finland and Finnish ID. Even for EU residents!
Thanks to our experience, knowledge of the Finnish legislation, openness to the state, we can help resolve this issue.
EU nationals can be registered and get ID henkilötunnus with our help in Finland, which gives the right to open a company in Finland without third parties in the composition of the board.