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Buy Shelf Company in Austria

Buy Shelf Company in Austria

Foreign investors who want to enter the Austrian market can do so by registering a new company or by buying a ready-made company, also known as a shelf company. The ready-made company is registered and kept “on a shelf” until it is sold. Another characteristic of the Austrian shelf company is that it can be kept until it ages, and thus allow an investor to incorporate a foreign company’s history in it after the purchase. Our Austrian company formation agents can assist foreign investors who want to purchase shelf companies in this country.

 Quick Facts  
  Legal entities available for shelf company

– private limited liability company,

– joint stock corporation

Time required for purchasing the company

A few days

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

– trading name,

– legal address,

– company director,

– Articles of Association,

– bank account number,

– tax number

The advantages of a shelf company

– easy to purchase,

– reduced bureaucracy,

– multiple uses,

– access to bank loans 

Appointing new directors 


Capital increase allowed


Certificate of no commercial activities


Modify the objects of activity Yes
Participants in the purchase procedure Buyer or representative and seller
The cost of buying a shelf company   It depends on the age and legal structure of the company.

How to buy a shelf company in Austria?

The most common types of ready-made companies that can be bought in Austria are the limited liability company and the public company, usually known as stock corporation. Buying an Austrian shelf company means buying its shares, a process which is completed by drafting a sale-purchase agreement which is signed before a public notary. Once the company is bought and the share transfer has been made, the new owner can bring several changes to the company, among which the name, the company address and directors are the most usual.

Foreign investors buying shelf companies prefer this type of company because they reduce the time spent with the company formation process in Austria.

What are the features of ready-made companies in Austria?

All Austrian shelf companies have been registered with the Commercial Register, so they will have the Memorandum and Articles of Association drafted. After buying the shelf company, the new owner must amend these documents. Considering these companies also have directors, their replacement must be reported with the Austrian Trade Register. These companies also have dormant accounts. However, once purchased, the shelf company must be registered for VAT.

Our Austrian accountants can answer any questions about the tax regime your recently purchased shelf company will be subject to. We also offer solutions for the preparation of the annual financial statements, ongoing tax filing and tax compliance. Part of our services also include payroll management and processing, as well as audit services for the annual financial statements as needed. 

Why buy a shelf company in Austria?

The main reason to purchase a ready-made company in Austria is the time spent on the registration of a new company. Secondly, one can buy a shelf company in any Austrian city they want. The third important reason to buy a ready-made company is that one will be allowed to apply for loans, if necessary. From a business point of view, creating relations with new partners and clients can be easier through an Austrian shelf company.

Please feel free to contact us whether you want to buy a shelf company or to open a company in Austria.