REGISTER An operating company

Find add-ons related to registering an operating company (R&D team hub, Fintech / crypto service provider, token issuer, local currency acquirer).
Add-ons are available through a Legal Nodes subscription.

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California (US)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
llc

Set up a company in California to hire a local team, manage payroll and benefits, and collect team-created IP. Ideal for entrepreneurs who plan to hire teams abroad.

From
$400
Get the add-on

Portugal

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
lda (llc)

Set up a company in Portugal to hire a local team, manage payroll and benefits, and collect team-created IP. Ideal for entrepreneurs who plan to hire teams abroad.

From
$1,850
Get the add-on

Spain

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
SL (LLC)

Set up a company in Spain to hire a local team, manage payroll and benefits, and collect team-created IP. Ideal for entrepreneurs who plan to hire teams abroad.

From
$1,950
Get the add-on

Germany

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
GMBH (LLC)

Set up a company in Germany to hire a local team, manage payroll and benefits, and collect team-created IP. Ideal for entrepreneurs who plan to hire teams abroad.

From
$2,700
Get the add-on

UK

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
ltd

Set up a company in the UK to hire a local team, manage payroll and benefits, and collect team-created IP. Ideal for entrepreneurs who plan to hire teams abroad.

From
$200
Get the add-on

Lithuania

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น
UAB (LTD)

Set up a limited liability company to help promote fintech or crypto services, begin acquiring customers and promote regulated products in the EU market. License cost not included.

From
$1,950
Get the add-on

United Kingdom

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
ltd

Set up a limited liability company to help promote fintech or crypto services, begin acquiring customers and promote regulated products in the UK market. License cost not included.

From
$200
Get the add-on

UAE

Crypto Free Zone
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช
LLC

Set up a tax-optimized entity in one of the UAE's Free Zones for digital asset companies that allows for remote formation and flexible control. License cost not included.

From
$5,000
Get the add-on

Estonia

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช
OU (llc)

Set up a limited liability company to help promote fintech or crypto services, begin acquiring customers and promote regulated products in the EU market. License cost not included.

From
$250
Get the add-on

Singapore

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
ltd

Set up a limited liability company to help promote fintech or crypto services, begin acquiring customers and promote regulated products in the Singapore and global markets. License cost not included.

From
$2,500
Get the add-on

British Virgin Islands

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌ
ltd

Set up a limited liability company to help promote fintech or crypto services, begin acquiring customers and promote regulated products in the global market. License cost not included.

From
$1,800
Get the add-on

Liechtenstein

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
ag

Establish an AG for authorized token issuance under the Liechtenstein Blockchain Act. Ideal for compliant token launches. Token authorization cost not included.

From
$6,000
Get the add-on

Switzerland

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
AG

Establish an AG for authorized token issuance under a Utility Token Offering Memorandum. Ideal for secure and compliant utility token launches. Token authorization cost not included.

From
$6,000
Get the add-on

Singapore

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
ltd

Establish a private limited company for authorized token issuance under the Payment Token Issuance Framework/Act. Ideal for compliant payment token launches. Token authorization cost not included.

From
$2,500
Get the add-on

Bahamas

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ
Ltd

Establish a private limited company for authorized token issuance under the Bahamas DARE Act. Suitable for fundraising via SAFT. Token authorization cost not included.

From
$3,000
Get the add-on

Panama

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
corp

Establish a token issuance company in a jurisdiction that offers a flexible approach to the regulation of crypto asset businesses.

From
$2,500
Get the add-on

British Virgin Islands

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌ
LTD

Establish a private limited company for authorized token issuance under the BVI VASP Act. Suitable for fundraising via SAFT. Token authorization cost not included.

From
$2,500
Get the add-on

United Kingdom

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
Ltd

Set up a LTD to easily scale the UK market as a foreign entity. Get accepted in the UK market and connect with local GBP payment acquiring services.

From
$200
Get the add-on

Ireland

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
LtD

Set up a LTD to easily scale the EU market as a foreign entity. Get accepted in the EU market and connect with local EUR payment acquiring services.

From
$1,200
Get the add-on

Singapore

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
ltd

Set up a private LTD to easily scale the Singapore market as a foreign entity. Get accepted in Singapore/global markets and connect with local SGD payment acquiring services.

From
$2,500
Get the add-on

Other add-ons you may need when registering an operating company

Industry-specific licenses & authorisations

Obtain specific regulatory approval to sell your product if it's involved in regulated activities (for example, FinTech).

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ US
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE
Company accountancy & tax support

Set up cloud accountancy & invoicing software, get professional accountants and auditors, and receive reminders of tax reporting obligations of your company, administer VAT & set up payroll.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ US
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE
Terms of Use & policies

Prepare and publish documents on your website that explain how you regulate your product's services, client verification and your onboarding processes.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ US
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE
B2B Agreements for product distribution

Prepare B2B Agreements (B2B SaaS, License / White Label Agreement, MSA, SLA) and Data Processing Agreements to protect your companyโ€™s commercial interests.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ US
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE
IP registration & agreements

Register trademarks / patents / copyright to protect the intellectual property of your project and maintain / renew your registered IP.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ US
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ EU
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania
Agreements with the team, ESOP formation & management

Sign employment agreements, IP assignment agreements, and NDAs to structure relationships with team members, and allocate a share option pool to incentivize them.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ US
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ EU
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania

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Company registration support: Legal Nodes vs alternatives

What you get

Cost and time estimates for company registration tasks
Guidance and support on how to correctly complete company registration documentation and answer registered agentโ€™s questionnaires
Guidance on cap table, directorship, banking and tax matters for remote founders and directors.
Access to the right professional service provider for each company registration task
Estimates of total costs for annual company maintenance: calendar reminders and guidance for obligatory annual filings
Forward-thinking support for the projectโ€™s long-term strategy and explorations into ways that the company could be utilized in the future

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Guidance and support on how to correctly complete company registration documentation and answer registered agentโ€™s questionnaires

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Guidance on cap table, directorship, banking and tax matters for remote founders and directors.

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Access to the right professional service provider for each company registration task.

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Estimates of total costs for annual company maintenance: calendar reminders and guidance for obligatory annual filings.

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Firms

Forward-thinking support for the projectโ€™s long-term strategy and explorations into ways that the company could be utilized in the future

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Frequently asked questions

What is an operating company?ย 

An operating company produces goods or services for sale. It is the primary revenue-generating entity of a business and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business. The operating company is often a subsidiary of a holding company. It will enter into contracts, engage with customers, and hire employees. Operating companies are directly involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of goods and services (including digital goods and services).ย 

How is an operating company different from other types of companies?ย 

Whilst an operating company handles the day-to-day operations of a business, it is not the only type of company that you can register. Holding companies own or control multiple subsidiaries and they provide lots of benefits that operating companies do not. For example, a holding company can offer a flexible structure for growth and hold valuable assets belonging to the business including intellectual property, equipment, and cash.

Holding companies are also sometimes used as fundraising companies, as they are ideal for organizing and conducting activities to raise funds. Learn more about registering a fundraising company with help from Legal Nodes.

Operating companies are designed to distribute goods and services, and are subject to consumer, data protection, and compliance regulations. An operating company doesnโ€™t have subsidiary companies and is not the most suitable instrument for fundraising or for holding assets.

What are the different types of operating companies?

At Legal Nodes, we categorize operating companies by their specific purposes:ย 

  • R&D (team) hub for product research and development and team employment
  • Fintech / crypto service provider for companies engaged in regulated financial or crypto asset servicesย 
  • โ€Token issuer company for the regulated issuance of digital assets (tokens)โ€
  • Banking / local currency acquirer for scaling into new markets and connecting local payment-acquiring services
How much does it cost to register an operating company via Legal Nodes?

The costs to register a company will include the cost of the Growth Plan subscription starting from $899 a month. It will also include the cost of the registration services provided by the registered agent working on your legal tasks. Registered agent costs start from $200, depending on the country in which you choose to register your operating company.

How much time does it take to register an operating company via Legal Nodes?

Company registration typically takes between 2 and 6 weeks to complete, depending on where you choose to register your company. In some countries, like the UK and Estonia, the registration process will take approximately 2 weeks to complete, while in the UAE the process can take a little longer, usually around 6 weeks.

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To help you understand how long everything will take when registering your company, we provide an exact time estimate for each company registration task within your Legal Nodes subscription.

What does the Legal Nodes subscription cover when registering a company?

Our subscription provides you with critical support to help ensure your company registration process goes smoothly. Weโ€™ll provide you with:

  • Guidance on choosing the best jurisdiction and entity for your business case
  • Guidance on how to fill out the registration forms and questionnaires correctly
  • Access to the most suitable professional service provider for each company registration task
  • Long-term strategy support including understanding how your operating company can be utilized by your business in the future
Aside from the subscription, what else do I need to pay for?

You will have to pay the cost of the company registration, which will be paid directly to the service provider. You may also have to pay for additional services such as accountancy, tax filings, nominee director, and secretary services. All of these are made available to you as add-ons, which can be purchased as and when needed.