Category Archives: Foreign Investments

Foreign Company Registration in the Philippines

Foreign investors who wish to do business in the Philippines has two options in terms of registration. Non-Filipinos can either: (a) secure a license to do business as a foreign corporation in the Philippines; OR (b) register a foreign-owned corporation in the Philippines. A variant of option (b) is to invest in an existing Philippine company. 

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Doing Business in the Philippines: Registration Regulatory Framework for Foreign Companies

Foreign corporations can secure a license to transact business in the Philippines. As defined under the Revised Corporation Code, a foreign corporation is one formed, organized or existing under laws other than those of the Philippines. Based on the principle of reciprocity, a foreign corporation cannot secure a license if its country/state of registration does not allow Filipino citizens/corporations to do business in said country/state. 

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Minimum Paid-Up Capital for Corporations in the Philippines

No minimum capital stock is required for stock corporations under the Revised Corporation Code, except when specifically provided by law. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a matrix (accessed on 29 March 2020) of the required minimum paid-up capital (paid-up capital is the portion of the authorized capital stock which has been subscribed and actually paid),  according to industry, for the registration of Philippine corporations. This covers foreign-owned domestic corporations, when not covered by the Negative List.

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Application for Registration of Branch Office-Foreign Corporations/Partnerships in the Philippines

A foreign corporation, whether stock or nonstock, and a foreign partnership who intend to register a Branch Office or Representative Office in the Philippines must comply with/file the specific requirements, enumerated and discussed below, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The application requirements are discussed below.

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