What documents are required for a European company to establish a U.S. branch?
We are Czech startup company that wants to establish a U.S. branch. All business will be conducted in Europe. We just need a warehouse and distribution in the U.S. Are there any limits for EU companies entering U.S. soil? Do we need to have an LLC or a corporation?
Non-U.S. residents can certainly open a business in the United States. Unless they're eager to be held personally liable for the acts of the company, their options are to form an LLC or a C Corporation. However, without knowing more about your business, it's hard to say whether there would be other restrictions or regulations you need to abide by. You may have customs issues; you'll certainly have tax issues; and possibly immigration issues. Make sure you get counsel who's experienced in dealing with international transactions for your industry.
The fall in new company starts does not necessarily mean that the American economy is less dynamic than it used to be, or that Americans are opening up new establishments at a lower rate than they did in the late 1970s.