The process of company registration in Indonesia can be done in three ways: A Representative Office, Local Company or Foreign Direct Investment as a Limited Liability Company (in Indonesia it is called PT PMA)
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Characteristics of an Indonesian Limited Liability Company (PT PMA)
Can be owned up to 100% by foreigners. Maximum foreign ownership depends on the business classification mentioned in the regulating document called the Negative Investment List. Foreign ownership can be from 0 to 100% depending on the business industry. Download the complete negative list here.
A minimum of 2 shareholders. Shareholders can be individuals or companies.
A required Investment plan at least US$1 million. The Indonesian institution called Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) requires foreign investors to present an investment plan for a minimum of US$1 million (equivalent for IDR 10 billion), of which 25% needs to be paid up capital. Foreign companies, however, cannot open a bank account before the incorporation process is completed. You are only required to submit a notary statement letter that this amount will be transferred once the incorporation is complete. However based on the new regulation, a new foreign company needs to have financial audit before they can apply for a permanent business license and also other connected licenses (import license, etc.), which are critical for a lot of companies. This new regulation wants to ensure that all foreign investors will realize their investment plan and do not only submit an investment plan to Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on paper, which often happened in the past.
Licensing requirements for your selected industry. Some business activities, such as the operation of restaurants or hotels, require special licenses.
Indonesian laws. Foreign entities and entrepreneurs intending to establish a form of local company owned by foreign investors shall go through the procedures according to Indonesian laws and regulations based on Law No. 25 / 2007 regarding Capital Investment and Law No. 40 / 2007 regarding the Limited Liability Company.
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The process of company registration for an Indonesian Limited Liability Company (PT PMA)
The entire registration and establishment process, including all procedures, takes from 6 to 8 weeks.
Duration (working days)
Approval of company name at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights
Approval of Principal License at the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)
Preparation of Article of Association by Notary
Obtaining Deed of Establishment at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights