How can I invest in Singaporean companies

Setting up a company in Singapore / assigning a representative

Even when investing and setting up a company abroad, we are at your side with specialist knowledge and our contacts

Company formation in Singapore

Use Singapore as your gateway to Asia. A liberal economic system with low taxes, duty-free and a stable, predictable legal framework are among the key success factors of Singapore as a location. A company can be set up quickly and inexpensively, as there are hardly any restrictions. Singapore is therefore the ideal location for Austrian companies with ambitions in the Southeast Asian, Far East or Asia-Pacific region.

Although the internal market is relatively small, Singapore offers a first-class infrastructure for servicing the surrounding countries. The Austrian-Singaporean double taxation agreement is another plus point.

The higher operating and living costs for seconded personnel are offset by a well-functioning infrastructure, especially in transport, administration, services as well as well-trained personnel, high productivity and political and economic stability. In addition, there is an attractive tax system for both income and corporate taxation.

The fact that Singapore is one of the safest cities in the world is also important for companies posting employees to Singapore. The public administration of Singapore is very professional and service-oriented. A large part of the correspondence with authorities takes place online (internet / e-government).

You can find detailed information on company formation, investments and taxes in the specialist report Singapore: Company formation and taxes, which you can request from the Singapore Foreign Trade Center.

The Singapore Foreign Trade Center is also at your disposal for information and personal advice: Just send an email or give us a call.

We support you in founding and investing

Our foreign trade centers will advise you on setting up and investing in your target market so that your investment abroad does not end up in the deep end. There is also entry fee for the brave: The go-international funding program makes it easier for you to enter the market, develop the market and set up a branch abroad and is part of the internationalization offensive of the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

Investment advice

At some point the time has come. Often only later, when things are going really well and the sales are right. Sometimes the same, because you can't keep twelve sales partners on a leash with a six-hour time difference. Often because the market demands a product that has to be serviced, assembled or produced with your know-how on site.

Having your own branch is always expensive, but it is also always your best sales partner in an export market. When the time comes, we'll know how to do it. Company formation, legal form, taxes, visas for seconded personnel, labor law, insurance, choice of location, subsidies, financing - we will prepare you and help you through.

We have accompanied many other companies in your target market in their investment decisions before you and can pass on their experience to you. And the most important thing: our network of competent service providers can be seen everywhere and saves many empty kilometers.

Are you ready? Simply contact the Singapore Foreign Trade Center.


If you want to settle in a foreign market, you first have to dig into the cash register - even good service and advice do not change that. Marketing, legal advice, partner search: everything costs before it brings anything. Even with good preparation, there is no guarantee of success when entering new investment territory.

The direct funding from the go-international internationalization offensive cushion risks and relieve companies. Among other things, travel and marketing costs, fees for local industry experts, trade fair and congress participation, legal and tax advice on business start-ups and market analyzes are eligible for funding.

In addition, there are of course other funding agencies and funding opportunities: Our experts in the regional chambers have an overview of many funding measures and help you to find your way through the funding jungle!

Investment protection

In the course of time Austria has concluded over 60 bilateral investment protection agreements in order to protect Austrian companies that invest abroad from being disadvantaged and expropriated without compensation. These agreements are particularly important for small companies that dare to venture abroad: They increase legal security for companies investing abroad.

The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy publishes a list of all bilateral Austrian investment protection agreements, including those that exist with other EU countries (intra-EU BITs).

Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, responsibility for foreign direct investment has been transferred to the European Union (Article 207 TFEU). Since then, the EU has also been negotiating investment protection as part of free trade agreements or purely investment and investment protection agreements. The member states may continue to conclude bilateral agreements with third countries, provided that no European agreements are being negotiated or planned with these countries.

We give you an overview of the EU's trade and investment agreements with third countries.

Assignment of representation

In order to be active on the Singaporean market or in the Southeast Asian region, it is advisable to work with an experienced local company as a partner or representative. In a first step, costs associated with setting up your own branch or subsidiary can be saved and the market potential can be determined. If your own products have already been successfully established on the market by the respective representative, the consideration of establishing your own office or branch is usually the next logical step. The Singapore Foreign Trade Center will be happy to help you find sales and trading partners.

There is no separate legislation regulating the relationship between commercial agents and the company represented (commercial agency law) in Singapore. Within the framework of civil law provisions, there is therefore the greatest possible freedom of contract. This is the main reason why a carefully drafted agency contract, which facilitates cooperation and also avoids conflicts of interpretation in the event of a dispute, is important and recommended. The Singapore Foreign Trade Center can help with recommendations and contacts to lawyers.

The Singapore Foreign Trade Center supports you individually in the search for commercial agents or specialist media where you can carry out targeted switching for your industry: Just send an e-mail or give us a call.