company incorporation poland

  + 48 570 978 609


+ 48 570 978 609
Company Formation Poland



Shelf Companies in Poland

Updated on Friday 18th November 2022

Rate this article
5 5 1
based on 5 reviews

Shelf Companies in Poland.jpg

Ready-made companies in Poland

Shelf companies in Poland are legal entities that have been incorporated but have not yet performed any commercial activities. They can be purchased by foreign investors who want to shorten the time for company incorporation. This is a preferred method for starting a business in Poland because the business activities can be commenced right away. 
This type of corporate entity can also be used to purchase real estate or apply for certain licenses and credits. Owners who will want to change the Polish company structure after purchasing a ready-made company will still have to register the changes with the Polish Trade Registry.
 Quick Facts  
  Legal entities available for
shelf company

Limited Liability Company
Joint-Stock Company

Time required for purchasing the company 3-4 business days, in most cases

Types of features it includes (corporate bank account, VAT number, etc)

Registered address
Minimum capital
Bank account (optional)
Tax registration (optional)

The advantages of a shelf company

Flexibility: the company particulars can be changed once the ownership transfer is complete
Saved time: buying a ready-made company saves investors the time needed to draw up the articles and register it
Longevity: depending on its age, a shelf company can prove valuable as it offers credibility by being incorporated for some time
Clean start: shelf companies can be incorporated and not used for trading, thus offering investors the unique opportunity to use a legal entity with longevity and no trading history

Appointing new directors (yes/no) Yes 
Capital increase allowed (yes/no)


Certificate of no commercial activities (yes/no)

Upon request 

Modify the objects of activity (yes/no) Yes
Participants in the purchase procedure The buyer (foreign investor, natural/legal person), the seller (usually a Polish legal entity)
The cost of buying a shelf company starting at 1,000 EUR depending on the shelf company's age


The advantages of a shelf company in Poland

The advantages of a shelf company in Poland include a significantly shorter time before being able to begin the commercial activity, creditworthiness and a safe and clean background for the company. However, investors who choose to purchase this type of company are advised to perform a company due diligence procedure, just like when purchasing an existing Polish company. The verification is necessary to make sure that the company is indeed free of any liabilities and has no financial debts.
Investors who buy a ready-made Polish company have the freedom to change the company name after the transfer is complete. Other changes are also possible like designating new company representatives or adding new or additional objects of activity for the company. According to the Polish Commercial Companies Code, the new company owner must registered these changes within 7 days.

Buying a shelf company in Poland

When opening a new company in Poland, the founders need to provide certain incorporation documents and notarized copies. This is also applicable for shelf companies. The new owner will have to submit a series of required documents so that the company can be fully transferred.
The company’s Articles of Association will be amended to include information about the new shareholders and the management board. A Share Transfer Agreement is drawn up and notarized in order to perform the registration of the share transfer in the shelf company. A formal registration with the Trade Register will take place after all the documents are prepared.
After the transfer of shares in complete, the Polish shelf company can begin its commercial activities. The new company owners should also make all the necessary arrangements to take control over the company’s bank accounts. A shelf company in Poland is typically provided with a REGON number and a VAT registration.

How long does it take to purchase a ready-made company in Poland

Each investor willing to set up a company is aware that time is money and any entrepreneur who has a good idea for a business must begin to implement it as soon as possible. As the procedure of setting up a company from the beginning requires more time and effort, a Polish ready-made company is a profitable choice. For example, the registration of a new company can take up to four weeks from the entry in the Commercial Register to further registrations for VAT and tax numbers.
By opposite, most firms that offer ready-made companies can conclude all the procedures in maximum two days, which represents a big advantage of buying a ready-made company in Poland.
You can use a virtual office in Warsaw after you purchase a shelf company.

What offers a ready-made company in Poland

A Polish shelf company is fully registered and for this company there have been issued the NCR, tax, VAT, EU VAT numbers. You will also usually receive all documents and tax returns submitted to the office up to the date of purchase and for most ready-made companies offers you can use the providers' services of accounting, tax, as well as services related to human resources and payroll.
You should also make sure that the company has never conducted any business, has no assets, employees or debts, facts usually guaranteed by the sale contract of shares certified by a notary.

How can a ready-made company in Poland be used

A ready-made company in Poland can be used for any type of business, but it is usually used as SPVs (Special Purpose Vehicles) for real estate or for the acquisition of another company, as limited liability companies to enter in the local market and start a business in short time (instead of a longer period of time which would have been required to set up this type of company), companies that need to obtain certain licenses or certificates. These situations offer an important advantage of a ready-made company in Poland.
Our Polish company formation experts invite you to watch a short video about the particularities of a shelf company in Poland:



What other benefits can offer a ready-made company in Poland

In Poland it has been recently recorded a sharp increase in the numbers of investors interested in buying a ready-made company also due to the willingness of taking advantage of EU grants under the Programme for Innovative Economy. Shelf companies for sale represent the perfect solution in this case in order to save time and effort for obtaining grants. The possibility to apply and take advantage of a governmental grant is an important advantage of a ready-made company in Poland.
A Polish shelf company will need to comply with the ongoing accounting and reporting requirements, according to its legal entity type. The fact that the company is already registered will often mean that it is also registered for tax purposes. Investors who buy such a company will need to observe the annual accounting requirements as soon as the business starts trading. Our accountant in Poland can give you more details.
If you need help purchasing a shelf company in Poland, our experts can help you. Our team of specialists in company formation can help all investors interested in buying a shelf company in Poland with specialized advice and consultancy. We offer high quality services and fast delivery of results. Contact us for more information about our services.


Meet us in Poland


Maciej Oniszczuk is the Managing Partner of our company. He is specialized in commercial law and has helped many businessmen set up companies in Poland.


Call us now at + 48 570 978 609 to  set up an appointment with our company formation agents in Poland. As our client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertise of local lawyers and international consultants for opening a company in Poland.

We offer:

- cost-efficiency: competitive company formation prices;

- prompt response to your inquiry (maxim 24 hours);

- free and complete legal information featured on our site, at your disposal.

Contact us



Starting a company in Poland can be difficult since it involves such complex procedures. The team from is very qualified and benefits from extensive expertise in this area. I would definitely recommend them to any entrepreneur decided to start his own business here.

Mihai Cuc, partner of MHC Law Firm

Read more testimonials

Would you like to start an offshore company?

Contact our partners who are
experts in opening offshore companies!

For Website Owners

Are you a website owner? We are open to different partnerships and collaborations.

Become our Partner!


Our endorsement

Our website was created by Clientpedia, a company which offers excellent web design services.