Procedures Guide

The Procedures guide allows entrepreneurs and decision-makers to have a reliable, precise and up to date overview of legal procedures and measures concerning commercial formalities to be undertaken. It is broken down into 6 sections in which you can find information and documentation required for formalities with Registry Offices at the Commercial Courts.

Takeover of activities by acquisition of a company

The completed file allowing for the modifying formality at the Trade and Companies Register (RCS) linked to acquisition of a business activity (following business purchase) in a company registered without commercial activity must be filed: either
  • at the competent Commercial Formality Centre (CFE); or
  • directly at the registry office of the commercial courtin application of Article R. 123-5 of the Commercial Code (procedure known as "Article 3" of Decree No. 96-650 of 19 July 1996).

Steps preliminary to the filing of the formality

Establish and sign a legal instrument for sale of the business.

Register the legal instrument for sale of the business with the tax office.

Publish a notice of the modification in a journal authorised to receive legal announcements.

Supporting documents to be attached to the file

The M2 printed forms duly completed and signed.

A copy of the legal instrument for sale of the business assets is preliminarily registered with the tax office.

An original power of attorney from the legal representative if he has not signed the M2 forms.

A certificate of publication of the modifying notice in a journal of legal announcements.

If it relates to a regulated business activity, attach a diploma, and the approval or authorisation for exercise issued by the controlling agency for such activity.

Prices

Attach a cheque for 221.06 euros

Cheques must be made payable to the relevant GREFFE DU TRIBUNAL DE COMMERCE, and attached to the application.

Cost breakdown for this formality

Registry office fees

VAT

INPI

BODACC

€59.80

€11.96

€5.90

€143.40

Registry office fees: postage fees of extracts included. INPI: National institute of industrial property (paid by the registry office). BODACC: Bulletin Officiel des Annonces Civiles et Commerciales (Official Journal of Civil and Commercial Announcements) (paid by the registry office).