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About Liasion Office In India
A Liaison Office could be established with the approval of the government of India. The role of Liaison Office is limited to collection of information, promotion of exports/imports and facilitate technical/financial collaborations.
Liaison office cannot undertake any commercial activity directly or indirectly.
- The name of Indian Branch office shall be same as parent company.
- The Branch office does not have any ownership, it is just extension of the exiting company in the foreign country.
- All the expenses of the BRANCH office are met by the head office, if it does not have the revenue from Indian operations.
- The foreign parent company looking to start a Branch office in India shall have a profitable track record during immediately preceding five years in the home country.
- The Net Worth i.e. total of paid-up capital and free reserves, less intangible assets as per the latest Audited Balance Sheet or Account Statement certified by a Certified Public Accountant or any Registered Accounts Practitioner by whatever name shall be not less then or equal to USD 100,000.
A branch office is is suitable for foreign companies looking to setup a temporary office in India and not interested or not planning to have long term plans for the Indian operations; except banking, shipping and airlines etc. mentioned above.
The following filings are required to open a branch office in India:
- Form FNC 1 (Three copies)
- Letter from the principal officer of the Parent company to RBI.
- Letter of authority from the parent company in favor of Local Representative.
- Letter of authority/ Resolution from parent company for setting up BRANCH office in India.
- Comfort letter from the parent company intending to support the operation in India.
- Two copies of the English version of the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of association (Charter Document) of the parent company duly attested by the Indian embassy or notary public in the country of registration.
- Certification of Incorporation – Translated & Duly Notarized and properly authenticated.
- The Latest audited Balance sheet and annual accounts of parent company duly Translated notarized for past Three years and properly authenticated
- Name, Address, email ID and telephone number of the authorized person in Home Country.
- Details of Bankers of the Organization the Country of Origin along with the bank account number
- Commitment from the Organization to the effect that it will be open to report / opinion sought from its banker by the Government of India / Reserve Bank of India
- Expected funding level for operations in India.
- Details Relating to address of the proposed local office, number of persons likely to be employed, number of Foreigners among such employees and address of the head of the Local office, if decided
- Details of Activity carried out in Home Country by the applicant organization in brief about the product and services of company in Brief.
- Bankers Certificate
- Latest Proof of identity of all the Directors – Properly Certified by Banker in Home Country and duly authenticated
- Latest Proof of address all of Directors – Properly Certified by Banker in Home Country and duly authenticated
- Details of the Individuals / Company holding more 10% of Equity
- Structure of the Organization and its Shareholding pattern
- Complete KYC of Shareholders holding more than 10% Equity in the Applicant Company
- Resolution for Opening up Bank Account with the Banker
- Duly Signed Bank Account Opening Form for Indian Bank
The application for BRANCH office Licenses is approved by the RBI, but as per the recent changes the applications for BRANCH office are routed through the Authorized Dealers (AD). Due to this the timeline for setting up the BRANCH office has increased tremendously. Further the documentation required for the same has also increased to a great extent.
Every Branch office registered with RBI shall get itself registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, It is a registration by the Branch office as a establishment of foreign company in India. On such registration a CIN i.e., Corporate Identity Number is allotted by the Registrar of Companies. The following documents shall be filled with the Registrar of Companies :
- Form 44
- Charter, statutes or memorandum and articles of association or other Instrument constituting or defining the constitution of the company(In the manner provided under Rule 16, 17 of the Companies (Central Government’s) General Rules and Forms, 1956)
- If the above documents are not in English then the translated version of the documents.
- Director(s) details – individuals
- Director(s) details – bodies corporate
- Reserve bank of India approval letter
- Secretary(s) details
- Power of attorney or board resolution in favor of the authorized representative(s)
After Incorporation, the following requirements are also necessary for a branch office:
- Permanent account number – PAN
- Tax deduction number – tan number Shop & establishment
- Registration GST Registration if the
- Branch provides any services in India
Every year a branch office is required to undertake the following activities:
- Maintenance of Books of Account
- Getting Annual Accounts audited
- Filling of Annual Activity Certificate with RBI
- Filling of Annual Return and Balance sheet with Registrar of Companies
- Intimating any change in constitution of Foreign Company to RBI & ROC
- Intimating any change in Directors of Foreign Company to RBI & ROC
- Intimating each and every change in the BRANCH office to RBI & ROC
- No additional place of business can be started unless approval is taken from RBI.
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