Once a foreign corporation has chosen to establish a commercial presence in Singapore, there are a number of options available to them. Companies looking to set up business in the city have the choice of three registering options; a branch office, a subsidiary company, or a representative office. Each registration style has its own respective set of regulations, advantages and disadvantages. This page is designed to help you determine the best registering option for your company’s needs.
It is important to note that although it is included in this guide, a representative office does not enable foreign companies to engage in business activities within Singapore. It is designed for companies who want to explore the option of establishing a presence in the city by undertaking market research and networking. The branch office and subsidiary company options are the only two which enable companies to conduct business within the city.