R egister a branch office of your foreign company in Spain

If you intend to carry out business in Spain registering a branch office of your foreign company can be a good choice, at Legaliaspain we can assist you throughout the process.

Foreign company branch office registration in Spain

Corporate management for branch offices in Spain

Branch office tax compliance, accounting and payroll

Managements to set the branch office in place (bank account opening, office representative appointment, etc.)

Advice implementing your foreign structure in Spain or opening a new business frontier

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    Branch Office Registration in Spain


    Within the spectrum of legal entities available to operate or invest in Spain, a branch office is a valid option to access the market with full guarantees. Mixed up often for subsidiary companies, branches are not a separated legal entity to its parent company but an extension to it.

    Differences between a branch office and a subsidiary company can be seen in the following chart (LINK).

    Branches have similar incorporation requirements to regular private companies (view requirements to set up a company Spain).


    Some of the features of branch companies in Spain are:

    • They must appoint a legal representative in Spain who will act as a general manager aka gerente;
    • A public deed of registration must be signed before a notary public in Spain;
    • Registration in the Spanish companies registry aka registro mercantil is mandatory;
    • A declaration identifying the ultimate beneficiary owner (UBO) must be issued;
    • Must register with the tax office to obtain a Spanish VAT number.

    There are some significant differences too:

    • No funding capital is needed for registration;
    • No bylaws or incorporation articles are needed, instead, parent company certificate of incorporation translated into Spanish, notarized and apostilled will be mandatory for registration;
    • No name should be obtained as the branch will be named after the parent company with the addition sucursal en España in the end.

    A branch office, as it can be seen, are entities with a very particular status sharing many things in common with regular private companies except for the fact that is not separated entities from the parent company. Given that they require registration in the Spanish companies registry aka registro mercantil, are subjected to similar tax and bookkeeping obligations and need to appoint a local representative, subsidiary companies are often chosen instead to carry out business in Spain.

    A branch office is still a good option when, for example, a foreign company is interested in carrying out an activity in Spain for a limited amount of time, do not want to spread its management keeping the decisions within the parent company or do not need a large structure to operate overseas.

    Legaliaspain lawyers and  tax advisors for further information on how a branch office could vehicle your business in Spain.

    Why choosing Legaliaspain to register a branch office in Spain?


    • English speaking solicitors and tax advisors available at your disposal at all times
    • Power of attorney representation for your distance comfort
    • Only registered solicitors and tax advisors working in your case
    • Complete assistance in other legal areas such as corporate law, litigation or wills and probates if needed throughout the process
    • Beginning to end intervention for your peace of mind
    • Over a decade experience in the Spanish market with hundreds of legal entities incorporated

    What our customers say about us


    The professionals at Legaliaspain were an excellent choice for us. They completed our case with the highest standards providing all the information we needed at every stage.

    They were also willing to walk the extra mile helping us with those very important loose ends we did not bear in mind. We would definitely recommend them.

    Feras Hosni – Investor and general manager of Libanou Management SL