Foreign legal entities are allowed to conduct trade activities, including acquisition of real estate, under the same conditions and to the same extent as Czech companies.
They may become founders or co-founders of a company, or may join an existing Czech company. Foreign companies may operate in the Czech Republic, either by establishing a branch office registered in the Czech Republic or by establishing a Czech company. There are four different legal forms of companies; the most common are limited liability companies (s.r.o.) and joint-stock companies (a.s.). The trade name of the company must be unique. You can find more information on setting up a business in the Czech Republic. (proklik na FS Setting up a business)
Visa issues are another hot topic for foreign investors. The conditions applying to a foreign citizen's entry to the Czech Republic and their residence in the country are governed by Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on Residence of Foreign Citizens in the Czech Republic, as amended. For detailed, yet reader-friendly information on both short- and long-term visas and work permits for citizens of the EU as well as non-EU countries click here. (proklik na text Visa).
Once your final decision to start doing business in the Czech Republic has been made, there are a lot of specific issues your company has to deal with. Investors are then advised to contact the Association for Foreign Investment. Thanks to comprehensive knowledge of the Czech investment environment, consultancy companies associated within the AFI are able to provide a broad range of professional services in all phases of investment projects, including legal consulting, real estate consulting, environmental advisory services, financial advisory services, corporate financing, auditing, tax advisory services, human-resources consulting and recruitment, etc.
There are other institutions that investors might find useful for doing business in the Czech Republic. Check out the list of useful contacts (proklik na FS Useful Contacts).