Overseas Company in Sri Lanka



Branch Office

A Company incorporated outside Sri Lanka, which establishes a place of business within Sri Lanka need to seek registration with the Registrar of Companies within one month of the establishment of the place of business. Generally approval from the relevant ministry would be required before the registration can be completed. Such a company has the same powers to hold lands in Sri Lanka as if it was a company incorporated in Sri Lanka.

Liaison /Representative Office
  • A Foreign company may have a Liaison office in Sri Lanka for the following purposes:
  • A Foreign company may have a Liaison office in Sri Lanka for the following purposes:
  • Marketing intelligence, planning and coordinating business promotion activities:
  • Technical support and quality control:
  • Sourcing of raw material and manufactured products
  • Not to engage in any import, export, trade or investment in Sri Lanka.
  • Application is generally directed to Ministry of Finance.
  • Holding & Subsidiary Company

A company is deemed to be a subsidiary of another company if:

  • the other company holds more than half of the nominal value of its equity share capital
  • Is a member of it and controls the composition of its Board of Directors,or
  • A company is a Holding Company of another company if the other company is its subsidiary.

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