Poland - Commercial Guide
Establishing an Office

Includes steps involved in establishing a local office.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

Establishing an office in Europe, whether a subsidiary or a new business, requires knowledge of the relevant national legislations in the country of interest.  

While there are a number of EU level policies in effect, many key areas such as taxation are still largely a member state prerogative.  

The European Commission manages the Your Europe website where investors can find useful information on various topics ranging from taxation and customs to employment contracts. 

The type of business entity that U.S. companies choose to establish is often determined by the scope of activities the company plans to undertake in Poland. If a U.S. company wants to sell its products and services in Poland exclusively through its own office, it usually establishes a representative office. If a U.S. company will invest in Poland, there are different legal forms available to carry out business activity. Investors can choose the most suitable one from the following options for their business presence in Poland: 

 (1) Limited Partnership  

 (2) Limited Joint-Stock Partnership  

 (3) Limited Liability Companies (Sp. z o.o.) 

 (4) Joint Stock Companies (S.A.) 

 (5) Representative Office  

 (6) Branch Office  


Detailed information on forms of doing business in Poland can be found at the web-site of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency. 

Modern office equipment like computers and office amenities are easily available and can be leased from a variety of reputable Polish and Wes tern firms. The white-collar labor pool is abundant and English-speaking assistants with good office skills are relatively easy to find as are employees with Western management and accounting experience.  Many executive search firms operate in Poland and aid in finding appropriate staff.