All companies incorporated in Turkey must be registered with the local Trade Register and all the amendments in the main documents of the company are required to be published in the gazette of the institution, according to the Article 35 of the Code of Commerce in Turkey.
This gazette is published daily, except public holidays in Turkey. The activity of the Turkish Trade Register is managed by Turkish Chamber of Commerce.
How to register a company
When you want to set up a company in Turkey, you must send certain documents to the Trade Register – the articles of association in original and two notarized copies. The representatives of the new company must also submit the name of the firm, after they verify if the one they have chosen is not already taken, and the address of the company.
You must pay 25% of the minimum capital share within the legal period of three months, starting with the incorporation date, and the rest of the amount will be paid within three years.
Before the incorporation of the new company, you will send to the Turkish Trade Register a request, an application form and the documents required for the registration, no matter if you are a foreign citizen or a Turkish national. After the registration is finished, the representative of the new company will receive a registration certificate and he is allowed to start the economic activity.
Information about companies
If you need to find out information about the companies incorporated in Turkey, you should ask at the local Trade Register. The institution has a large database containing detailed information about each company and the public access is free, according to the Turkish law.
You are entitled to receive information about a company’s name, its address, the shareholders and the share capital. In order to get the information you need, you may send a request by e-mail or mail or you can go in person to the offices of the Trade Register in Turkey.
If you need legal assistance for opening a company in Turkey or other issues regarding the Turkish Trade Register, you may contact our law firm in Turkey. Our Turkish attorneys will help you with the registration procedure and other legal issues.