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Understanding SEC Registration: A Guide for Corporations in the Philippines


Business owners discussing SEC registration

Navigating SEC Registration for Philippine Corporations


Starting a corporation in the Philippines involves several significant steps, one of which is SEC registration. Registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is a prerequisite to doing business as a corporation, and it is not merely a formality but a legal requirement​1​.


The Role of SEC Registration


SEC registration grants your corporation legal recognition, establishing its existence and identity in the eyes of the law. Without SEC registration, your corporation cannot legally engage in business activities or enter into contracts. This underscores the importance of SEC registration for corporations and one-person corporations, making it a non-negotiable step in setting up your business.


The SEC Registration Process and Beyond

SEC registration form for Philippine corporations
Application Form - SEC eSPARC

SEC registration is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to setting up a corporation in the Philippines. The process involves several steps, including obtaining a Barangay Clearance, securing a Mayor's Permit, registering with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and enrolling in social security agencies such as SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-ibig. You'll also need to have a Shareholders/ Founders Agreement, register your trademark, and plan your Employee Stock Option.


Each step presents its own set of challenges and requires careful attention to detail. A misstep at any stage could delay your business operations or even expose you to legal penalties.


How We Can Help

Lawyers assisting with SEC registration

We understand that the process of establishing a corporation can be daunting, especially for first-time entrepreneurs or small business owners. That's where our team comes in. Our experienced professionals are well-versed in the nuances of the registration process, from SEC registration to trademark registration, and are ready to guide you through each stage.


We offer a comprehensive SEC registration service that ensures your corporation complies with all regulatory requirements, mitigating potential legal and financial risks. Our service is not just about getting your corporation registered; it's about providing you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your business is on solid legal footing.


Start Your Journey Today

SEC Registration Certificate
Sample SEC Registration Certificate

Take the first step towards legitimizing your corporation in the Philippines. Learn more about our SEC registration service and get a price quote here https://www.lawyersonlineph.com/sec-dti-registration.


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