A branch must be registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) under the Companies Act upon approval of its name. The name of Singapore branch must correspond to the name of the foreign company.

A registration must be submitted online via Bizfile by a professional firm/company such as corporate secretarial firms, law firms and accounting firms. Government approval is generally not required for foreigners to do business in Singapore. However, banks and other financial institutions wishing to do business do require approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Documents needed

  • a certified copy of the foreign company’s Certificate of Incorporation
  • a certified copy of Memorandum and Articles(MAA) of the foreign company
  • A list of directors with their particulars and if the directors are resident in Singapore and members of the local board of directors, a memorandum stating their powers
  • the Memorandum of Appointment or Power of Attorney and details of at least two persons residing in Singapore and acting as the agents of the Singapore branch office
  • a statutory declaration made by the agents confirming particulars of the branch
  • A notice of location of the registered office in Singapore
  • Name Approval Fee S$15
  • Registration Fee for Foreign Company with share capital is S$300
  • Registration Fee for Foreign Company without share capital is S$1,200

If the original documents of the foreign incorporation are not in English, certified translated copies in English must be filed with ACRA.