Local and foreign investors may establish any of the following legal entities or businesses in the Republic of Cyprus:
- Companies (private or public);
- General or limited partnerships;
- Business/trade name;
- European Company (SE);
- Branch of overseas companies.
Initially, except in the case of a branch, the application for the approval of the name of business is submitted to the One Stop Shop or to the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver.
After securing the name approval, the relevant documents for the registration of the legal entity are to be submitted, according to the legal form of the entity/business either to the One Stop Shop or to the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver.
Thereon, according to the nature of the business activity pursued, subsequent licences are to be obtained, by the competent authorities.