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Doing business in Spain

Explore the key issues for doing business abroad, from setting up a business in Spain to understanding the local business environment. Find guides and other resources to support your organisation's global growth.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Spain
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Spain company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Spain
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Doing Business in Spain
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at January 2018.

Spain: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in March 2017, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in Spain.

Doing Business in Spain
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this country. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Spain either temporarily or permanently. Published in July 2016.

Doing Business in Spain
A guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information. Updated in 2015.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Spain page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

European Commission: Corporate governance
Overview of current regulations and updates covering directors and board members, shareholders, employee share ownership, remuneration policies, transparency, and financial institutions. The page links to EU Directives, recommendations and proposals.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on Spanish Stock Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on the amicable phase, legal procedures, enforcement, insolvency proceedings and arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

British Chamber of Commerce in Spain
A support network for promoting business and trade between Britain and Spain.

Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain
A forum for business people to network and encourage best practice, trade and investment between Britain and Spain.

Enterprise Europe Network
Network created by the European Commission of business support organisations helping SMEs to gain access to the EU market.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Spain
Analysis of the business environment in Spain, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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