How to Register a Branch in Ireland

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| Lauren Doyle

Expanding your business operations into Ireland can be a strategic move, offering access to a vibrant market and favorable business environment. However, establishing a branch in a foreign jurisdiction requires careful planning and adherence to legal requirements. In this guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of registering a branch in Ireland, ensuring compliance with Irish company law and facilitating a smooth expansion process.

Any company which is incorporated outside the state and establishes a branch in the State must be registered with the CRO under Part 21 of the Companies Act 2014. The branch is a place of business which has the appearance of permanency and is viewed as an extension of the parent company and is equipped to negotiate business with third parties.

Step 1: Determine Branch Type

Decide whether the branch will be an EEA branch or a non-EEA branch based on the parent company's origin.

The branch must register with the same name as its Parent but can use a different trading name by registering a Business Name.

Step 2: Prepare Legal Documents

Gather the necessary legal documents required by the Companies Registration Office (CRO), ensuring they are authenticated from the parent company and translated into English if necessary.

Step 3: Legal Representative

As part of the registration on the Form F12 and F13,

  • Under S.1302(g)(ii) CA2014 Registration of a branch requires the name, address and consent of one of more ‘persons responsible for ensuring compliance’; 
  • This person(s) should be resident in the State; 
  • authorised to accept service of documents required to be served on the EEA company; and
  • authorised to ensure compliance with the provisions of Section 1302 CA2014
  • List of its directors and secretary and any other persons who are authorised to represent the company in dealings with third parties and in legal proceedings together with the following particulars relating to each such person.

Step 4: Compile Required Documents

Ensure you have the following documents ready:

  • An Apostilled (Authenticated) Copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company in its original language 
  • A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Company (include any certificate/s of change of name if applicable)
  • Certified true copy of the latest accounting documents (S.1302(2)(h) CA2014) bearing the signature of the Director and Secretary of the be company to be delivered; 
  • Prepared in relation to a financial year of the company (in accordance with the laws of the state the company is incorporated in)
  • Made public (in accordance with such laws) before the end of the period allowed for A declaration signed by the directors outlining the objectives of the company.
  • A completed Form F12 for EEA companies or Form F13 for non-EEA parent companies to be lodged with the CRO.

If the above documents are not in Englishthey should be accompanied by a certified English translation.If the country of origin of these documents falls under The Hague Convention of 5th October 1961, the translation should be certified in that country to be the correct translation by a translator. The certification should be executed before a notary public.If the country does not fall within The Hague Convention of 5th October 1961 and the translation is made outside of Ireland, it must be certified to be the correct translation by an Irish diplomatic officer or by any person whom the officer can certify is competent to translate it. If the translation is made within Ireland it should be certified by a notary or a solicitor.

Once the Form, CRO Filing Fee and relevant documentation is registered with the CRO a certificate is issued to the company

Step 5: Tax Obligations

Discuss your tax responsibilities with an accountant in Ireland to ensure compliance with Corporation Tax requirements.

Step 6: Understand Financial Reporting

Note that a branch does not need to prepare statutory financial statements but must file an annual return with financial statements of the parent company.

Step 7: Inform CRO of Changes

Within 30 days, inform the CRO of any changes; 

  • Form F2 - Return of alteration in the charter, statutes, memorandum or articles of association or other instrument constituting or defining the constitution of an external company
  • Form F3 – Change of Directors or secretaries/authorised persons
  • Form F4 – Change in the situation of the address of branch
  • Form F14 – Notice of winding up of the company, appointment of liquidator and insolvency proceedings


While a branch is not a separate legal entity, it acts on behalf of the foreign company and must comply with Irish regulations. By following these steps and staying informed of reporting requirements, you can successfully register a branch in Ireland and expand your business operations in the country.

The contents of this article are meant as a guide only and are not a substitute for professional advice. The author/s accept no responsibility for any action taken, or refrained from, as a result of the material contained in this document. Specific advice should be obtained before acting or refraining from acting, in connection with the matters dealt with in this article.

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About the Author

Lauren is a key member of the OmniPro Corporate Consultants Technical Support team providing advice and support in relation to Company Law and Company Secretarial procedures. In addition, Lauren is responsible for carrying out Section 343 applications to the District Court, Annual Compliance, Company Conversions and Company Law Compliance. Lauren joined OmniPro in 2021 and quickly became an integral member of our Company Secretarial team. She started off her career in OmniPro as part of our Company Formations team building up her experience and knowledge before eventually moving into Company Secretarial. Lauren has a Degree from University College Dublin and a Diploma from The Law Society of Ireland.


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