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Setting up a branch or subsidiary in Spain

A direct route for established companies to access to one of the most thriving and versatile markets in Europe and the world. Let our team do the legwork to identify the best legal option and manage the entire registration process, leaving you free to focus on growing your business globally.


  • Direct access to the EU market
  • No need to establish a brand new company
  • Choose the option which best fits your company’s needs – the two options offer different advantages depending on your goals:
    • The main difference between the two options is the level of dependence on the parent company. When setting up a branch in Spain, both control and legal responsibilities fall more on the parent company. On the other hand, a subsidiary has more decision making power, with more legal and fiscal responsibility within the Spanish system.

Branch or subsidiary?

Our legal experts will assess your situation and guide you through the options available and the corresponding tax requirements based on:

  • The purpose of the branch or subsidiary, and what function it serves in the company as a whole
  • The size and structure of the company, and the desired relationship with the new branch or subsidiary
  • The country of origin of the parent company, and what taxation agreements it has with Spain

    Choose Carbray! We have helped hundreds of clients in the same situation as you!

    At Carbray we know that your immigration process is not just about the paperwork. It means open doors and exciting opportunities. It means a new future.

    If you’ve spent hours online studying the legal requirements for your situation, comparing outdated information on faceless websites, and getting lost in bureaucratic jargon, you can stop your search here.

    Our team of immigration lawyers in Spain have been creating a smooth, speedy and stress free path for our clients for more than a decade. We’ll guide you through the whole process, so you can take this important step in your life confident that every detail has been taken care of by an expert.

    Our next success story is yours.

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    To speak with a legal expert about which registration option best suits your business interests in Spain and Europe.

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    S. ParkS. Park
    12:56 25 May 22
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    Nick AmadoNick Amado
    09:41 17 May 22
    I have been working with Carbray for several years, since they assisted with the initial visa application for my life in Spain. All of the attorneys that have worked with me for the last four years have been professional, forthright and prompt in their replies. If you are looking for knowledgeable and professional people to help guide you through the daunting process of dealing with a new government to process your immigration, I can recommend Carbray International with the highest degree of confidence!
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    09:57 13 May 22
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    11:41 02 May 22
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    19:05 23 Jan 22
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    12:53 05 Jan 22
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    13:39 05 Nov 21
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    10:28 05 Nov 21
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    Process with CARBRAY

    Our corporate legal team have all the contacts and know-how to make the process of setting up a branch in Spain smooth and speedy, so you can relax knowing that we’re dealing with the whole process.

    You want your new branch or subsidiary up and running in the quickest time possible, with no hidden steps or unnecessary delays due to tedious paperwork and legal details.

    How we work:

    • Initial review to confirm that the project is eligible, which option is best between branch or subsidiary, and advise you on the best procedure to move forward, along with clearly defined costing.
    • Full preparation of all legal paperwork – deeds, statutes, notarial requirement, registration forms, name certification, taxation forms.
    • Management of all necessary appointments when documentation has to be presented in person. Our team carries out a meticulous check of each application before submitting.
    • Progress tracking – our team will be in frequent contact with the authorities to get a resolution in the shortest time possible.
    • Dedicated member of our team available throughout the process to answer any questions or solve any problems
    • Management of the process end-to-end – we manage every step for a bump-free experience. Whether you need a Visa to get started, want to extend your residence permit to your family or need to hire foreign workers, our departments will seamlessly coordinate to offer you solutions.

        What are the requirements?

        The most important first step is deciding which option is best for your circumstance – forming a subsidiary or setting up a branch in Spain. Hence why having an expert legal team on your side is a must.

        The documentation required will depend on the case, and some common requirements are:

        • Visa or NIE of the branch or subsidiary founder(s) / administrator(s)
        • Legal certification that the name is available in Spain
        • Documentation to prove existence of the parent company
        • Documentation related to the legal address of the new brand / subsidiary
        • Registration with tax authorities, local authorities, social security and the mercantile registry

        Our team will help you to obtain all necessary permits or visas, registration appointments and meticulously prepare and check all of the documentation for you. Find out how we’ll guide you through every step of the process:

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