Establishing a Subsidiary Company in Spain

It is becoming an increasingly popular move among foreign investors and organisations to internationalise their business by opening a subsidiary.

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We can help you set up your subsidiary company in Spain

It is becoming an increasingly popular move among foreign investors and organisations to internationalise their business by opening a subsidiary, whether a company, branch or representative office, in another country.

If you are thinking of opening a subsidiary in Spain, it is important to understand the Spanish market and to be aware of the legal environment, regulatory framework and compliance obligations within which your business in Spain will be operating.

Instructing the help of a specialist corporate law and commercial team in Spain can ensure your subsidiary is set up in line with Spanish laws and regulations.

Setting Up

Setting up a subsidiary in Spain involves registration of the company or branch in the Spanish Commercial Register. A subsidiary company (but not a branch) is considered a separate legal entity and will usually take the form of either a limited liability company (LLC) or a public limited company (PLC).

Setting up a subsidiary in Spain requires the constitution of the company before a Spanish Notary. We manage for you the registration with the tax authorities, obtaining the company’s tax identification number (NIF), company name and foreign investment clearance, presentation of tax declarations and registration in the Commercial Register including the presentation, translation and legalisation of the necessary legal documentation. With over 20 years experience advising English-speaking clients on the Spanish legal system, we are perfectly placed to assist those looking to set up a subsidiary in mainland Spain or the Canary or Balearic Islands.

At Scudamore Law, we can take care of the entire setup process for you, including:

  • Signing of the deeds of constitution before a notary
  • Obtaining the company’s digital certificate
  • Registration with the Social Security
  • Tax declarations, accounting and payroll
  • Legal and tax advice,
  • Contracts and employment advice
  • Business activity licences, local employment, administrative and other processes and procedures

We are on hand to make sure your subsidiary is up and running in a timely manner, allowing you to focus on the day-to-day operations of your business.

Tax Optimisation

There are also numerous tax deductions and exemptions a subsidiary can benefit from. As such, we will ensure your Spanish subsidiary is structured in the most tax-efficient way possible. As an Anglo-Spanish firm we are here to help you expand your business in Spain, we provide a highly personalised service giving you practical advice and guidance so you find the right legal structure tailored to your corporate needs.

How Scudamore Law can help your business

Based in London, Madrid and Almería, we can advise you on several areas of the business establishment process. We provide expert guidance and assistance on mitigating risk, minimising compliance and administration costs, as well as on the day-to-day operations of the business, including personnel and other issues. At all stages of company’s growth and development – the company’s formation, employing staff locally or posted from overseas to acquiring business premises, the repatriation of funds, we strive to help your business venture succeed.

If you plan to live in another country while your business operates in Spain, we can advise on compliance with the requirements in cases where the directors and/or shareholders are non-residents of Spain. If you plan on relocating to Spain, we can also guide you through the steps involved in obtaining a residence permit, both for yourself and your family. Where you wish to post workers from outside the EU or employ employees from another EU country in your Spanish business, our team advises on the appropriate business structure to implement these arrangements and effectively handles all residence and work permits and Spanish employment contracts.

Talk to us today about your overall business plan and commercial objectives so that we can advise you on the best business model and structure to meet your requirements.

Contact our English-Speaking Spanish Business Lawyers Today

Our qualified bi-lingual team are experts in both English and Spanish company law and can help you set up your subsidiary company in Spain.

Get in touch with us through our enquiry form, or contact us at our offices in London and Madrid.

Why Choose Scudamore Law?

20+ experience

We anticipate your needs, obviating the time and expense of corrective action later on. 

We communicate in native English

Our dual-qualified English/Spanish lawyers are expert in Spanish and English company law.


Professional ethos of the English Bar.

Highly personalised service

We keep our clients informed and confident that their matters are well managed and under control.

Flexible, commercial approach

We put ourselves in the client’s place and strive to achieve the best outcome.

Price transparency

No hidden cost.

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