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Guide to starting a Business in Luxembourg

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.

Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Luxembourg. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Deposit the minimum capital requirement1 dayno charge
2Verify uniqueness of company name and reserve name1 dayEUR 4.75 to EUR 9.75
3Notary drafts and notarizes the company deed2 daysEUR 1,000+ EUR 75 fixed registration fee
* 4Apply for business license15 days, (simultaneous with procedure 3)EUR 24
* 5Register at the one-stop shop4 days, (simultaneous with procedure 4)included in procedure 3
6Unblock the authorized capital1 dayno charge
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.
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