Franco Law

Looking to expand your business to Europe?

Portugal offers foreigners many corporate advantages, and we'll make the process of incorporating your company in Portugal as quick and simple as possible.

Why open a company in Portugal?

Since Portugal is a member of the European Union (EU), it's also part of the EU's single market (free trading zone). This means that Portuguese companies can easily sell goods and services to other EU countries. In addition, Portugal has good relations and diplomatic agreements with countries all over the world.

But how easy is it to open your company in Portugal as a foreigner? First, you don't need to be a Portuguese citizen or even a Portuguese resident to open your company. You also don't need to hire a local director to run your business in Portugal.

In addition, Portuguese Commercial Law doesn't require any specific amount of share capital to establish a limited liability company. This means that you can open your limited liability company with as little as 1 EUR (for sole shareholders, 2 EUR if your company has multiple shareholders). For public limited companies, Portuguese Law imposes a minimum share capital of 50,000 EUR.

As an added benefit, Franco Law can incorporate your company without you having to be physically present in Portugal.


Do I need to be in Portugal to incorporate my company?

No. We can assist you and incorporate your company for you without you having to be physically present in Portugal.

What documents do I need to incorporate my company in Portugal?

If you want to open a new independent company, we just need a copy of your passport, proof of address, and a Power of Attorney signed. These documents must be certified by a notary and apostilled to be valid in Portugal.

Do I need to have a physical address in Portugal for my company?

No, you don't need a physical address in Portugal. You can choose a virtual office provider with a Portuguese address that will handle incoming mail for your new company.

Do I need to have a local shareholder or manager for my company?

No, you do not need to have a local shareholder or manager run your company in Portugal.

Can I open a company as a sole shareholder?

Yes, it is possible to incorporate a sole shareholder company in Portugal.

What is the minimum share capital to incorporate a company?

1 EUR if you want to incorporate a sole shareholder company or 2 EUR if the company has more than one shareholder.

When do I have to deposit the share capital?

You have until the end of the financial year (December 31st) to deposit the company's share capital in your company's bank account.

What government fees do I have to pay to incorporate my company?

If done in person, the company registration fee is 360 EUR. If done online, the company registration fee is 220 EUR. There is an additional fee of 75 EUR if you want to request a specific name for your company (otherwise, the commercial registry will assign your company a random pre-approved name).

How long does the process to incorporate my company take?

The process of incorporating a company generally takes 4 to 5 weeks. If you require a quick turnaround, our team will do their best to shorten this timeframe.

What is the Corporate Tax Rate in Portugal?

The Corporate Tax Rate in Portugal is 21%. However, if your company has an annual revenue of less than 50 million euros, you'll be charged a reduced rate of 17% on the first 25,000 EUR of taxable income and 21% on any remaining income.

Other Services

Company Incorporation

This service includes drafting a Power of Attorney (allowing us to act on your behalf), issuing your Portuguese Tax Identification Number (NIF), drafting the Articles of Association, and registering your company at the Commercial Registry.Learn More


With our expertise in immigration law, we will help you choose the most suitable visa for your situation. We will then help you gather all the necessary documents and support you throughout the process for the best outcome possible.

Tax Advice

As a new resident in Portugal, it can be difficult to understand the Portuguese tax system and how it will apply to you. We can prepare a personalized tax study and help you take advantage of any tax benefits you might be eligible for.

Real Estate

Whether you're looking for an investment opportunity or a place to call home, we can help you with the process of due diligence by reviewing the property documents as well as assisting you with the real estate transaction itself.

Tax Identification Number (NIF)

Having a Portuguese Tax Identification Number (NIF) is mandatory if you want to sign any type of contract in Portugal. We will draft a Power of Attorney so we can issue your NIF without you having to deal with any bureaucracy.Learn More

Non-Habitual Resident Status

There are several scenarios where you can benefit from the non-habitual resident status. Our team will evaluate your specific case and advise you on how to proceed. If you decide to move forward, we can apply for it on your behalf.


We are a team of English speaking lawyers based in Lisbon, Portugal. We provide services related to company incorporation, immigration, and taxation, always tailoring our services to your situation.

We're focused on building long-term partnerships with our clients by understanding their legal needs and providing succinct guidance with the legalese kept to a minimum.


We'd love to discuss your legal needs in Portugal. Get in touch to schedule your free consultation.