Business Registration Services in the Philippines

Our business consultants will carefully assess your market-entry plans in the Philippines to determine the investment vehicle best suited for your enterprise. We will provide end-to-end assistance on the formation procedure, planning, and registration with relevant government agencies in our office in Manila

Investment benefits from the government such as fiscal and non-fiscal incentives are available to foreign investors engaged in activities that significantly contribute to national industrialization and socio-economic development, or are considered export-oriented enterprises, such as IT-BPOs and other companies with cost-center operations. Eligible businesses may apply for incentives with Philippine government agencies such as PEZA, BOI, CEZA, and TIEZA.


Entity Options for Doing Business in the Philippines

Foreign investors can start doing business in the Philippines by incorporating a new company under Philippine laws or by licensing an already established foreign corporation.

  • Incorporation of a Domestic Company

    • Domestic Corporation with 0% Foreign Equity (All Filipino)
    • Domestic Corporation with 0.01% to 40% Foreign Equity
    • Foreign Owned Corporation – with 40.01% to 100% Foreign Equity (under Foreign Investments Act)
  • Licensing of a Foreign Company

    • Branch Office
    • Representative Office
    • Regional or Area Headquarters (RHQ)
    • Regional Operating Headquarters (ROHQ)


Our team of experts will perform the following:

  • Determine company formation
  • Determine minimum capital requirement for incorporation or licensing
  • Identify other applicable business permits/licenses (for companies engaged in regulated industries)
  • Check the availability of company name from SEC or DTI
  • Identify Shareholders, Incorporators, and Directors


Business Registration for Most Foreign Companies

In general, Philippine laws allow foreign investors to set up their business in the country. However, business activities which are included in the Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL) are exempted from foreign equity and participation. The FINL prescribes the Philippine equity participation necessary for various businesses restricted from full foreign ownership by the Constitution or specific laws. As of today, the 10th version of the FINL regulates the percentage of foreign ownership in nationalized industries.

Common Types of Companies Set Up by Foreign Investors

  • Financial Technology (FinTech) Company
  • IT-BPO, KPO or Outsourcing Company
  • Back-Office Company
  • Offshoring Company
  • Shared Services Company
  • Call Center Company
  • IT, Software, or Web Development Company
  • Animation Development or Design Company
  • Internet / E-commerce Company
  • Medical Transcription Company
  • Legal Transcription Company
  • Import, Export or Trading Company
  • Local Manpower Recruitment Company
  • Mining Company
  • Power or Energy Company
  • Shelf Corporation
  • Non-Profit, Non-Stock Company
  • Manufacturing Company
  • Global In-house Centers

Philippine Special Economic Zones with Tax Incentives

  • PEZA – Philippine Economic Zone Authority
  • BOI – Board of Investments
  • CEZA – Cagayan Economic Zone Authority
  • TIEZA – Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority
  • BCDA – Bases Conversion and Development Authority
  • SBMA – Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
  • CDC – Clark Development Corporation