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Why does my business need corporate secretarial support services?

When it comes to keeping entities in good standing year-round – a struggle for even the largest international company, especially in the remote corners of your operations – we can do it all, everywhere: 

  • Filing annual accounts and tax returns with local authorities
  • Completing standard legal procedures for directorships, shareholders, entity names and registered addresses
  • Drafting customary legal documents
  • Managing communications with investors and employees
  • Maintenance of books and records
  • Constant tracking of entity registrations and compliance deadlines
  • Alerts for local regulatory and legal changes.

However great or small the corporate secretarial challenge in any one jurisdiction we meet the need flexibly and cost-effectively, scaling up or down smoothly, from the part-time support of a single individual to the services of a whole team.

How we can support you

Forming a company in a foreign jurisdiction is never a simple matter. Obligations, procedures, timelines, languages and costs all vary widely from country to country, and sometimes between cities and provinces.

TMF Group is the world’s leading expert in cross-border company formations, offering services to help with company formation globally. Our comprehensive services are delivered by experienced teams of local experts, giving you an insider’s understanding of more than 86 jurisdictions worldwide.

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International companies need to review their foreign structures and processes periodically to make sure they remain compliant.

TMF Group’s international entity health checks are fast, efficient and scalable to local needs and risks.

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When landmark corporate events demand a formal documentary due diligence process it can be complicated, time-consuming and disruptive. TMF Group’s document retrieval and delivery service is fast, thorough and consistent, covering the public registries in more than 80 jurisdictions.

How can document retrieval help my business?

In many jurisdictions a major corporate event – a merger or acquisition, a new business relationship, changes to funding arrangements – will trigger a formal due diligence process. The company must confirm its eligibility to conduct business locally by submitting certain official documents such as:

  • Certificates of good standing, incumbency, compliance and disclosure
  • Articles of association
  • Information from local registers
  • Proof of formation
  • Compliance status checks on the entities involved

Legal document retrieval and company document retrieval services from TMF Group

TMF Group are document retrieval specialists and our international document delivery service is thorough, reliable and fast, particularly across multiple jurisdictions. Our global network of local experts make light work of all the document identification, acquisition, verification and collation that non-specialists find laborious and confusing.


TMF Group’s standardised, global registered and process agent services enable an international company without a local registered address to enter into legal agreements and then administer their affairs efficiently in accordance with local law.

Does my business need an agent for service of process?

International companies often enter into legal agreements governed by foreign laws without first creating the necessary registered address through which to accept ‘service of process’.

Our standardised global service provides fully-referenced registered and process agents anywhere in the world, ensuring you have the right registered agent for service of process for your business. They can be empowered to receive on your behalf any legal documents required by contracts, transactions, International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) agreements and structured finance arrangements.

Our appointment as process agent includes acting as:

  • process agent for contracts, transaction documentation, ISDA agreements and structured finance documentation;
  • the recipient for the service of legal documents relating to actions begun in the local courts and/or arbitration proceedings;
  • the recipient for notices under contracts where an independent party is needed, in some cases on behalf of more than one party; and
  • the recipient for notices on behalf of overseas companies with or without a local branch.

A centralised administration system includes robust risk management controls to govern agent appointments as well as a highly efficient documents forwarding process.

Find out how your business can benefit from our registered and process agent services.

TMF Group can help you locate premises and establish a registered office almost anywhere in the world with our registered office service. What’s more, if all you need is a mailing address, we can receive communications and process mail on your behalf.  

If you need physical premises for an incorporated company, association or other legal entity we can help you become well-established in your area, wherever you are in the world. Our global office brokerage service can even find suitable premises to situate your registered office.

For businesses with no need for a dedicated location, our own offices will act as your efficient local communications hub, processing physical mail and forwarding communications.

Registered office address requirements and substance compliance

In order to operate in some countries, your business will have to pass certain substance compliance requirements. This can include the setting up of a registered office address, as well as local reporting and infrastructure. Our registered office service and mail handling play a role in passing these checks.

Find out how your business can benefit from our registered office and mail handling services.

Balanced solution support for every stage of your business lifecycle

Incorporation and start up

Compliance health checks

Ongoing entity management

Year-round regulatory compliance

One-off major projects and events, from M&A to closures

Other business expansion opportunities

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We make a complex world simple

TMF Group is a leading provider of critical administrative services, helping clients invest and operate safely around the world. with over 11,000 colleagues in more than 125 offices across 87 jurisdictions provide local expertise. Our locations cover 92% of world GDP and 95% of FDI inflow.

We are a key part of our clients’ governance, providing the accounting, tax, payroll, fund administration and legal entity management services essential to their success. We make sure rules are followed, reputations protected and operational compliance maintained. We work with the majority of the Fortune Global 500, FTSE 100 and top 300 private equity firms.

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Expand your business efficiently across borders

Get in touch to find out how we can help your organisation grow in a complex world.

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