Register a Company in Chile: A Guide to Business Incorporation

Compared to many countries, choosing to register a company in Chile is one of the safer options. It stands out as a prosperous and stable country in South America, attracting investors with its political and financial transparency within the region.

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A map of Chile and its main cities. Register a company in Chile

Impressively, in 2021, Chile achieved year-on-year GDP growth of 11.7%, with a total GDP of $317 billion (USD) and GDP per capita exceeding the regional average, of over $16,000.

The country boasts high growth potential, a reliable legal and macroeconomic system, excellent infrastructure, and abundant natural resources. In 2021, foreign investors made a significant contribution to the economy, adding a total of about US$12.72 billion.

Are you considering starting a business or registering a subsidiary in Chile? While the idea of establishing a company in a foreign country may appear complex, there are numerous ways to register the business you desire in Chile

You could team up with a Chilean native, try to work with a local company, obtain a work visa in Chile or form your own company. With specialist advice from our legal team, we go over what you need to know and how you can get your business up and running in Chile!

Requirements Before Registering a Company in Chile

In order to register a company in Chile you must have the following:

  • Proposed Company Name – You must have a name for your company in Chile approved by Chile’s Company Registry to see if your name is available and not already in use.
  • Brief Description of Company Activities – Explain what your company does and what are its plans for the future.
  • Shareholders Details – The shareholders can be corporations and/or individuals of any nationality. You must include the shareholders’ names in the details and you can have between 2 and 50 shareholders.
  • Company Director Details – The director can be of any nationality and does not have to be a Chilean resident.
  • Chile Registered Office Address – Your company in Chile must have a registered address. 
  • Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association – This document sets up the company in Chile and must be presented before the Registro de Comercio.

Now, let’s look at what you need to do to actually register a company in Chile!

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Business: How Do I Form a Company in Chile?

There are a couple of steps to create a company in Chile once you obtain your visa or residency. This process is quick and easy, and should only take about 10 days.

Legal representation is necessary when doing business in Chile. Please note that a Chilean company must have a Chilean native or foreigner with a valid visa to be the legal representative of the company. After these steps, you will need to:

  • Draft legalization of the incorporation deed.
  • Have optimal legal and capital structure advice for the company.
  • Use a Power of Attorney (if it is a remote incorporation).

2.    Get Your Company’s Tax Identification Number

In order to incorporate your new business in Chile and get your Tax Identification Number (Rol Unico Tributario ‘RUT’), you must do the following:

  • Get the public deed signed.
  • Wait for your RUT to be processed by the Servicio de Impuestos Internos (SII).
  • Register your company in the “Registro de Comercio”.
  • Publish your new company in the Official Gazette (Diario Oficial).
  • Open a local bank account in Chile.
  • Submit Articles of Incorporation to the Commerce Register and publish it in the Official Gazette.

Once a public deed is signed, your company can obtain its tax identification number from the Chilean IRS. In approximately 10 days, you should receive your identification tax number and your company will be legally operational!

At this point, your new business in Chile is fully incorporated.

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Starting a Business in Chile is a Great Opportunity

A business startup in Chile is a wise decision. Thanks to its fast and simple process, Chile is ranked 22nd by the World Bank for starting a new business.

Biz Latin Hub has a group of experts that can offer you specialized advice and guidance to register a company in Chile. We also offer you professional accounting, legal, and financial services, contact us now to get started! Or read about our team and expert authors.

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