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Buy a Shelf Company in Greece

Buy a Shelf Company in Greece

An alternative to starting the process of Greek company formation is to buy a shelf company in Greece. The shelf company simply refers to a legal entity that has already been incorporated following the standard registration rules and that is available for sale. 

The purchase procedure is the same, regardless of the company type the investor will buy, but differences can appear regarding the sale price of the legal entity. 

Since the company has already been incorporated, we recommend you address to our consultants in company formation in Greecefor due diligence services, which refer to the specific legal procedures necessary for the verification of the company. 

What does a Greek shelf company offer? 

The main advantage of a Greek shelf company is that the legal entity has already been incorporated, therefore the investors, regardless if they are Greek residents or foreigners, will not have to go through the entire incorporation procedure. 

 Quick Facts  
 Legal entities available for shelf companies   Investors can buy a shelf company in Greece incorporated as a limited liability company (this is the most common legal entity registered here).  

 Time required to purchase the shelf company 

 The purchase procedure can be completed in just 1 business day. 

 Types of features it includes (corporate bank account, VAT number, etc.)

 The shelf company can have a corporate bank account, a VAT number, a registered address, a share capital, etc.  

 The advantages of a shelf company 

 The advantage investors have when they opt to buy a shelf company in Greece is that they can avoid the time-consuming procedures associated with the standard incorporation formalities.

Investors can also benefit from a better business image if they purchase a shelf company that has been incorporated for several years. 

 Appointing new directors 

 Businessmen can appoint new directors. 

 Capital increase allowed (yes/no) 


 Certificate of no commercial activities 

 Investors will obtain a certificate of no commercial activities in the case of shelf companies that did not develop any operations.

However, they can also purchase shelf companies that have had commercial activities. 

 Modify the objects of activity (yes/no) 


 Participants in the purchase procedure

 The investors, the seller, a lawyer (such as our consultants), the notary public and the competent Greek institutions. 

The costs of buying a shelf company    The price is influenced by the legal entity of the shelf company and its age. 
 Shelf company – definition 

 A shelf company refers to a legal entity that has been incorporated for the purpose of being sold, as an alternative to the standard process of company incorporation.

In most cases, such companies did not develop any business activities.

They are registered with local institutions. 

 Transfer of ownership 

The transfer of ownership is made through the sale agreement.  

 Capital requirements  

 There aren’t any capital requirements. 

 Institution in charge with the registration of the new owner 

 The General Commercial Registry  

Due diligence   

 When investors buy a shelf company in Greece, due diligence is always recommended.

This service can be completed by our consultants, who can verify all legal documents, financial documents, do a background check on the owner, previous activities of the company, etc.  

This usually implies addressing to many institutions, waiting for the issuance of certificates, permits and other corporate documents and a way to avoid this lengthy process, especially in the case of those who want to open a Greek company as fast as possible, is the shelf company

Usually, a shelf company provides the following elements: 

  1. a legal entity – in general, investors will find shelf companies incorporated as limited liability companies; 
  2. a trading name; 
  3. a legal address; 
  4. a field of activity (this must be selected upon the incorporation);
  5. a share capital. 

The advantage of this structure is that the investors are allowed to make specific changes, that must be registered with the Greek authorities once the sale of the company is completed. 

The new shareholders have the right to change the company’s name, to select a new business address, another business field, to appoint new directors, these being some of the main changes that can be brought once the sale of the Greek shelf company is completed. 

What types of shelf companies are available in Greece? 

In Greece, just like in any other European countries, one can find 2 main categories of shelf companies (also referred to as ready-made companies). The 2 categories are: 

  1. shelf companies that have been recently incorporated;
  2. aged shelf companies, that have been incorporated for minimum 2 years. 

Please mind that the sale price is highly influenced by this factor, and here, we mention that the 2nd category will generally be more expensive, as the age of the company provides a certain business reliability when dealing with contracts, loans and other business partnerships. 

Why open a company in Greece? 

Whether an investor will open a company in Greece following the standard incorporation process or whether he or she will purchase a ready-made company, it is important to know some of the advantages of investing here. 

Below, our consultants in Greek company formation have prepared a short presentation on this matter: 

  • • according to Enterprise Greece, in 2022, the economic growth was of 5,9%;
  • • labor productivity increased to 10.9% (compared to 6.5% in 2021);
  • • the unemployment rate decreased to 12.4% (compared to 14.7% in 2021);
  • • the workforce is highly skilled, as 47,1% of the entire workforce has completed tertiary education; 
  • • 71,8% of the workforce works in the tertiary sector, while 15,6% works in the secondary sector. 

Trade, manufacturing and services are the largest employers (more that 688,000 people employed in the trade industry).  

We invite foreign businessmen to contact our company formation specialists for more details on how to start a business in this country. We can help you set up a company and you can also rely on us in the process of buying a shelf company in Greece