Is your company considering expanding its business operations to the US? There are a number of ways for non-US companies to enter the US market, including distribution arrangements, establishing a joint venture between a non-US and US company, and establishing a US wholly-owned subsidiary of a foreign parent. If you decide to establish a US subsidiary, there are a number of considerations up front:
Tax considerations: Consult experienced accountants or tax counsel who can advise on the tax implications of establishing a subsidiary in the US. For tax reasons, often a corporation is preferred, rather than “pass-through” entities such as partnerships or limited liability companies
What is your industry? A start-up technology company that may need to access investors will have different needs to a mature services business.
Where should you establish the US subsidiary?
Technology Startups: In the case of startup technology companies, US investors would often invest only in a Delaware Corporation, which may require not only the formation of a Delaware corporation, but also a “flip” transaction, by which the Delaware corporation becomes the parent of the non-US corporation.
Licensing: The US subsidiary will need to obtain all licenses required to operate, including industry licenses (federal, state or local) and business licenses.
Structure: In certain circumstances, it may be optimal to set up multiple companies, e.g. a holding company in Delaware, and a US subsidiary underneath it organized in each state where the company has significant operations.
Please contact Edward Grenville (firstname.lastname@example.org; +415 279 0779) if you would like further information about establishing a subsidiary in the US.