Setting up a branch in Spain

If you are doing business in Spain and already have a corporation in another country, you may want to register the Spanish business as a branch. A branch is legally defined as a secondary establishment to which it has been granted certain management autonomy and permanent representation, which fully or partially develops the activities of its parent company.

The branches are establishments of a fixed nature, created by a non-resident parent company in order to carry out their economic activities in Spanish territory. They lack legal personality, unlike subsidiaries, and are subordinated to their parent company. Therefore, a branch does not constitute an independent and separate entity, but a mere extension of its parent company in Spanish territory.

Principal characteristics of a branch

The main characteristics of a branch can be summarized as follows:

  • It is an establishment that lacks its own legal personality. The parent company maintains control of legal personality.
  • It is a secondary establishment subordinated to the main company or parent company, although it has a certain management autonomy.
  • The responsibility of a branch is not independent of its parent company.
  • A branch does not require a minimum capital stock, unlike a subsidiary.
  • The legal representative or representatives appointed by a parent company act as agents and manage the branch. However, there are no formal administrative bodies, as in a subsidiary.
  • A branch must keep its own accounting of the activities it carries out.
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Setting up a branch in Spain?

Why choose Carbray for your Setting up a branch in Spain?

Carbray offers many benefits to all customers who need help with their setting up a branch in Spain, including over 20 years of experience, a dedicated English speaking team with a wealth of knowledge in law, competitive prices and a hands on approach making sure we always deliver results.

Carbray Lawyers have spent years, and solved numerous cases gaining the respect and trust of our clients. Whether it’s a business. Carbray will always help with your setting up a branch in Spain.

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Our dedicated team is proud to have many experienced lawyers from all around the world. Our team can speak many languages including Russian, English, Spanish, French and Italian to name a few

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When managing your setting up a branch in Spain, fees can often lead to more stress than desired. Here at Carbray, we offer flexible prices to suit all customers.

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We know that managing your setting up a branch in Spain can often lead to unforeseen worries, and unplanned difficulties, but Carbray will make sure to minimize these worries and get the results you want.

Carbray´s Testimonials

A few words of appreciation from a few happy clients

Micheal Hobbes


“My wife and I had always had the dream of setting up a branch in Spain, but were always put off by the processes involved in setting it up (and our Spanish was a little rusty…!). However, we did a bit of research and thankfully found Carbray who advised us through the whole process, and made our dream become a reality!”

Jennifer Baker


“A couple of years ago, I visited Madrid and absolutely fell in love with the place. I decided I wanted to have a go at managing my own branch in Spain, but didn´t know how to do so. Luckily, I found Carbray who assisted me with everything. I can´t thank the team enough for all of the help I received. Thank you Carbray!”

William Craft


“I have a business in England, and was interested in expanding my business to Spain but had no idea of the laws, regulations and processes in order to do so. I always thought maybe having a setting up a branch in Spain as well would be too much hassle, but I have to say Carbray and their team cast away all of these feelings! I now have a multinational business running in London and Madrid. Thank you so much!”

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