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.

Company name (modification)

The complete application for requesting the amending formality at the Register of Trade and Companies (RCS) pertaining to the change of company name must be filed in the month following this event (article R. 123-66 of the Commercial Code) 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).

Preliminary procedures

Hold an assembly ruling on the modification of the company name (the former company name must appear in the decision).

Publish a notice of the modification in a journal of legal announcements.

If you exercise a regulated activitybe sure to request a modification of your approval or authorisation with the issuing agency.

Documents to be attached to the file

LEGAL INSTRUMENTS TO BE PRODUCED BY ANNEX TO THE RCS

A copy of the legal instrument recording the change of the company name certified by the legal representative.

An updated copy of the articles of association, dated and certified by the legal representative.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

The duly completed and signed M2 printed forms.

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

A certificate of the insertion of the notice of the modification in a journal of legal announcements.

If practising a regulated activity, provide a supporting document of the change of company name issued by the competent authority, if applicable.

Prices

ATTACH A CHEQUE FOR 205.50EUROS

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 (including filing fee: €7.80)

VAT

INPI

BODACC

€65.00

€13.00

€11.80

€115.70

If the company has one (or more) establishment(s) registered in the RCS falling under the jurisdiction of another court: add 51.48 euros for this formality of change of the company name (to be multiplied by the number of secondary registrations).

For each secondary registration

Notification fees

VAT

INPI

BODACC

€42.90

€8.58

€0.00

€0.00

Fees of the registry office: 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).

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Type Title Document name Download
Useful information Journals (non-exclusive listing) authorised to publish judicial announcements Télécharger
Useful information Regulated activities Télécharger
Modification M2 Printed Forms Télécharger
Document template Power of attorney template Télécharger
Useful information Legal announcements published in the BODACC Télécharger