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9Representative Office

In addition to commercial entities and branches, foreign investors may operate in Spain via a representative office. Noteworthy key features include:

Legal personalityIt does not have its own legal personality independent from the parent company.
Formalities for openingNo commercial formalities are required to open a representative office, although for tax, a labor and social security reasons it might be necessary to execute a public deed (or document executed before a foreign public notary, duly certified by apostille or any other applicable legalization system), which must indicate the opening of the representative office, the funds allocated to the office, the identity of its tax representative, which must be a legal entity or individual resident in Spain, and its powers. The opening of a representative office need not be registered at the Commercial Registry.
Managing bodyThere are no formal managing bodies, but rather the representative of the office acts under the powers granted to him/her.
ActivitiesIn principle, the activities of a representative office are limited, essentially comprising coordination, collaboration, etc.

The non-resident company is liable for all debts incurred by the representative office.