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Company registration

In order to register a company in Portugal, you need to follow certain procedures and provide the necessary documents. 
Note that these steps may vary depending on the type of your company, its size and the specific requirements of your industry. 

General information about registering a company in Portugal:

​1. Choosing the legal form of the company: Portugal offers several different forms of business organization, such as Sociedade por Quotas (LLC), Sociedade Anónima (SA), Empresa Individual de Responsabilidade Limitada (Limited Liability IE) and others. You should choose the appropriate form for your company, based on your needs and requirements.

2. Company name: Choose a unique name for your company, which will not be repeated with already registered companies in Portugal.

3. Notarization of the incorporation documents: The company's incorporation documents must be in writing and notarized. This includes the articles of association (Memorando de Associação) and the company contract (Contrato de Sociedade).

4. opening a bank account: You will need to open a bank account in a Portuguese bank for your company and deposit the share capital (if required) into this account.

5. Registration in the Commercial Registry: To officially register your company in Portugal, you must apply to the National Register of Courts (Registo Nacional de Pessoas Colectivas). In the application you will need to provide the incorporation documents and other necessary information.

6. Tax Identification Number: After registering your company you will receive your Tax Identification Number (Número de Identificação Fiscal), which is necessary for paying taxes and filing tax returns.

7. Social Security registration: You will also need to register your company with the national social security service (Segurança Social) to ensure the social rights of your employees.

8. Tax registration: You will need to register your company with the Portuguese Tax Service (Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira) in order to pay taxes and comply with tax obligations. You will need to fill out the relevant forms and provide the necessary information.

9. Social security registration: Depending on your type of business and number of employees, you may need to register with other social security systems, such as the social security system for employees or the social security system for self-employed persons.

10. Obtaining licenses and permits (if necessary): In some cases, your company may require special licenses or permits for certain activities. You should inquire about the requirements in your industry and contact the appropriate authorities to obtain the necessary permits.

Opening a Branch or Representative Office (if applicable): If you plan to open a branch or representative office of your company in Portugal, you will need to notify the registration authorities and provide the relevant documents.

Please note that these steps may vary depending on the type of your company, its size and the specific requirements of your industry. It is advisable to contact legal advisors or business registration specialists in Portugal for personalized advice and assistance with the process of registering your company.

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