The registration and establishment of a company in Turkey can be
completed in a few days after required documentations are duly
prepared. Founder(s) shall submit 3 copies of signed and notarized
articles of association together with the below listed documents to
the Trade Register located at the province where the entity will be
The company can start to operate its business activity after the
approval and the registration of the Trade Register. Company
registrations and participations are announced to the third person
or related parties by the publication of Turkish Trade Registry
No pre-approvals required for company establishments in Turkey.
However, the foundation of banks, special financial institutions,
insurance companies, leasing companies, factoring companies,
foreign exchange dealers, and public companies subject to the
Capital Market Law and founders and operators at free trade zones
are subject to the prior permission of the Ministry of Industry and
List of Necessary Documents for a Company Establishment in
Company establishment petition
Articles of association including notarized signatures of
Founders' statement proving that all shares constituting
the registered capital have been subscribed by the founders
Chamber of commerce registration form
Notarized copy of the signatures of persons with the authority
to represent and bind the company.
Notarized translation of passport in case the foreign
shareholder is a real person;
In case the foreign shareholder(s) is a legal entity; the
original copy of the Certificate of Activity issued by the
competent authorities and approved by the relevant Turkish
Consulate or apostilled and its notarized translation
Bank letter proving that the share capital has been
Bank receipt indicating that 0.04% of the company capital has
been deposited to the account of the Turkish Competition
Potential tax identification number
Tax identification numbers of the founders and foreign
Lease contract indicating company's legal address
In case there are any rights and movable and immovable assets
to be put in as capital for the company to be established; the
expert report of the assessment made to ascertain the value of
these and the related court decision for the expert
Republic of Turkey is a signatory to the Hague Convention.
According to the Convention, legalization is not necessary with
respect to public documents issued in a country which is a
signatory to the Convention. Documents only need to be certified in
the form of an apostille by that country's authority. If the
documents are executed in a non-signatory country, they must be
legalized by the Turkish Embassy or a diplomatic representative
office of Turkey representing the interests of Turkey in the home
country of the founder.
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