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Liechtenstein Public Registry

Updated on Monday 17th December 2018

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Public-Registry-in-Liechtenstein.jpg.jpgThe Public Registry in Liechtenstein is the main connection between the local companies and the business environment.  It is supervised by the Liechtenstein National Administration and any entity registered here may be checked by accessing the official website.

It was introduced in 1926, replacing the previously existing Trade, cooperative, association, foundation and institutional register and the registered marriage contract.

The main responsibilities of the Public Registry of Liechtenstein are:

  • - the registration of companies, foundations, institutions, and other types of legal entities,
  • - filing and storage of documents on foundations registered in Liechtenstein,
  • - implementation of public certifications and other decisions, such as court resolutions,
  • - business name clarifications and amendments related to these, if required,
  • - instigation of statutory notices and various duties, such as monitoring compliance with various regulations (balance sheet submission, etc.), domicile, testing and pre-testing.

Our company registration consultants in Liechtenstein can offer more information on the duties of the Public Registry.

How can a company register with the Liechtenstein Public Registry?

In order to register a company in the Liechtenstein Public Register, the following documents and information must be provided:

  • - the date when the articles of association were drafted and accepted,
  • - the trade name and the legal address of the company,
  • - the goals of the company about to be opened in Liechtenstein,
  • - the availability date of the company, in case of companies registered for limited periods of time,
  • - the amount of the company’s share capital and its distribution among the members,
  • - details regarding the shares od each participant and their individual value,
  • - details regarding the members of the board and the representatives,
  • - the amount of money subscribed by each member of the company,
  • - modalities of making known the decisions of the general assembly,
  • - the original or certified copy of the articles of association,

- the minute of the meeting where the decision of establishment was taken (or a statement that the entire capital was deposited in a bank, 20% of the shares were paid-up and the appointment of the members of the board and the audit - when available)

Our company formation advisors in Liechtenstein can offer more information on the Public Register of Companies.

Company formation steps with the Trade Registrar in Liechtenstein

Foreign investors who want to open companies in Liechtenstein must register them with the Trade Register by completing the following steps:

  1. choose at least 3 names and file them for approval with the Trade Register – out of the 3 only one will be reserved;
  2. once the company’s statutory documents are drafted, they must be submitted with the Register;
  3. foreign companies must also file copies after their passports with the Trade Register;
  4. obtain the certificate of incorporation of the company once the documents are approved.

How can I have access on the Liechtenstein Public Registry? 

The Public Register with inclusion of applications and supporting documents are public in Liechtenstein, but only for those persons who are able to make a legitimate interest credible. However, the corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies can check the information by depositing a written application.

Extracts from the Register of registered companies (so-called public register extracts) can be ordered at any time. These statements are generally issued only in certified form.

What information does the Liechtenstein Commercial Register keep?

The Public Registry in Liechtenstein is a very useful tool for foreign investors or companies entering into partnerships with local companies as it offers full information on all the businesses registered in the Principality. Among these are:

  • -       the records of a company;
  • -       declarations of the shareholders and directors of companies;
  • -       the history of each company registered and struck from the records of the Registrar.

 An interesting fact about the Trade Register in Liechtenstein is that is falls under the administration of the Office of Justice.

You can also watch the video below for more information on the Public Register in Liechtenstein:

Company dissolution in Liechtenstein

Considering the Public Registrar is the main bridge between companies and the authorities, one of its principal obligations is to register any change brought to a Liechtenstein’s company’s status. This is why in order to cease to exist a company must be de-register with the Trade Register before stopping doing business. This happens when a company is dissolved.

Other changes that must be announced to the Public Registry in Liechtenstein are:

  • -       changes in the company’s ownership;
  • -       any transfer of shares;
  • -       if any mergers or acquisitions have been registered;
  • -       changes in the company’s structure.


For more information on the role of the Companies Registrar, you may contact our company formation agents in LiechtensteinWe can also help you open a company in Liechtenstein.




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