Guide to business in Spain Guía de negocios en España

INVEST IN SPAIN

1. Introduction


1. INTRODUCTION

This chapter takes a practical look at the main alternatives open to a foreign investor interested in establishing a business in Spain, as well as the main steps, costs and legal requirements involved.

Several alternatives are analyzed in this chapter, from the establishment of business by the investor itself, either through the formation of a company or a branch or the pursuit of the activity directly by an individual entrepreneur under the form of the "limited liability entrepreneur", or through a joint venture with other enterprises already established in Spain. Other channels for conducting business without a physical presence, such as distribution, agency, commission and franchising agreements are also considered.

The steps required to make the following types of investment are explained in this chapter:

  • Setting-up of a Spanish corporation or limited liability company and formation of a Spanish branch (sections 4 and 6).
  • Pursuit of the activity directly by an individual entrepreneur under the form of the "limited liability entrepreneur" (section 5).
  • Acquisition of shares in an existing Spanish company (section 8.1).
  • Acquisition of real estate located in Spain (section 8.2).

Finally, this Chapter contains a final section on dispute resolution in Spain, whether through court or arbitration proceedings, the latter being considered a real and effective alternative for the settlement of disputes.

Guide to business in Spain

Establishing a business in Spain

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