The Commercial Registry in Portugal
is the business register for all companies incorporated in the country. Investors who open a company must register it within two months from the date of the incorporation and must provide a set of public information.
Our lawyers in Portugal
can help you obtain information about Portuguese companies
. We can help you identify potential business partners, perform background checks or a company due diligence.
The Portuguese Commercial Registry
The Portuguese Commercial Registry has set up a digitized portal that allows individuals to find information about a Portuguese company by looking it up according to its tax identification number. When requesting paper documents of that company’s official situation, one must submit an application with the relevant offices. Individuals who only require the electronic version of the data about the company will, in most cases, find that the information provided via the government portal is sufficient.
More in-depth searches are recommended whenever entering into a company merger or acquisition agreement. One of our attorneys in Portugal can help you in these cases where a simple registry search will not provide sufficient information on the true economic and legal status of the legal entity in question.
Public information on companies in Portugal
When opening a company in Portugal
investors are required to submit a set of information that will remain accessible to the public. The following are available publicly with the Commercial Registry:
- the Articles of Association;
- the company’s capital and the liquidation and its status (where applicable)
- the representative office seat;
- the names of the company directors, shareholders, the dismissal or exclusion of certain shareholders/directors;
- changes to the constitutive documents as they are amended;
The business register in Portugal offers access to some of the information free of charge. For certain types of documents, a registration fee is applicable.