Foundation of a Cooperative

The Cooperative focuses mainly on promoting economic self-support, such as in housing or the purchase of houses or apartments.

At least seven members are required for the establishment of a cooperative. Once the cooperative is set up, a smaller number of members may remain in the cooperative and new members can be admitted. The cooperative is not allowed to determine a seed capital in advance. However, the registration in the Commercial Register is mandatory. The founders can freely choose a name but it must include the suffix "Genossenschaft". The rights and duties of the cooperative are defined in the Swiss Code of Obligations (OR) Art. 828 – 926.

If you plan to found a cooperative, we will be happy to provide detailed advice in a free first meeting. For this purpose, please fill out the form below.

The Founding Process

Good preparation is half the battle won! Building a company and putting it on course involves some unexpected surprises. That’s why a well-thought-out plan is needed. We support you and assume the formalities.

Choose the legal structure

Choose the legal structure and fill out the online form

First meeting at the Treuhandzentrum Zürich

First meeting at the Treuhandzentrum Zürich, free of charge

documentation processing

We’ll take care of documentation processing

Signing and certifying

Signing and certifying of documents at the notary’s office

Entry in the Commercial Register

Entry in the Commercial Register

Start now and take advantage of a free* first consultation.

Have you decided to start a Cooperative company or are you still unsure about the right legal form? We will accompany you through the foundation process and beyond, just tell us your plans. We will contact you immediately after receiving your duly completed form to arrange an appointment for a free first meeting.

*The first consultation is free of charge if it leads to further cooperation. We charge for consulting or information only on a time and material basis.

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Appointment for free first consultation

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