If a foreign commercial undertaking wants to permanently offer goods or services in its own name in Estonia, it should enter its branch in the Commercial Register. A branch is not a legal person. The company is liable for the obligations arising from the activities of the branch. In the cases provided by law, a company must obtain a licence in order to found a branch in Estonia.
A foreign company must appoint a director or directors for the branch. A director must be a natural person with active legal capacity. The residence of at least one director must be in Estonia, in a member state of EEA or in Swiss Confederation. If several directors are appointed for a branch, each of them may represent the branch unless it is specified that the directors or some of them may represent the branch jointly.
A foreign company must maintain separate accounts concerning the branch. Accounts concerning the branch must be maintained pursuant to the requirements of the Accounting Act.