Licensing Requirements of a Representative Office in the Philippines
Foreign corporations are only allowed to do business in the Philippines through a representative office after obtaining a License to Do Business in the Philippines from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To secure a License to Do Business, a foreign corporation needs to provide the following documentary requirements:
- SEC Application Form No. F-104 – Application of a Foreign Corporation to Establish a Representative Office in the Philippines;
- Name verification slip;
- Certified copy of the Board Resolution of the parent company authorizing the establishment of the representative office and designating a Resident Agent to receive summons and legal proceedings (can be a Philippine resident or a foreign national residing in the Philippines);
- Latest audited financial statements of the parent company certified by an independent certified public accountant (CPA) and authenticated by the Philippine consulate/embassy;
- Certified copies of the Articles of Incorporation of the parent company;
- Certificate of Inward Capital Remittance and Certificate of Bank Deposit of US$30,000.00 as initial capital and annual support for operating expenses;
- Resident Agent acceptance of appointment (if agent is not the signatory of the application form);
- Endorsement or clearance from appropriate government agencies (if applicable); and,
- Affidavit executed by the President or Resident Agent stating that the foreign corporation is solvent and sound in its financial condition.
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