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.
Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.