Benefits of setting up a Representative Office with Cekindo

  • Up to 100% foreign-owned entity

    Our team will ensure your complete control over your business in Vietnam without making risky arrangements.

  • Fully Online Service

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Representative Office in Vietnam

A Representative Office in Vietnam - What you need to know

A Representative Office (RO) in Vietnam means an established presence in the local market without a large capital investment. Starting a Representative Office, or a Representative Company, in Vietnam is one of the legal ways for foreign investors to do business in Vietnam.

The primary purpose of a Representative Office is to test the water and gain market presence before setting up a profit-generating business.

In accordance with the Commercial Law of Vietnam, Representative Offices are allowed to undertake business activities that do not generate profits or earnings. As such, activities such as market research, promotion of investment activities, representing the parent company in events, and being the liaison office to the parent company overseas are permitted.

Benefits of a Representative Office in Vietnam

Recruiting a Local Team in Vietnam

Recruiting a Local Team

Under a Representative Office legal structure, you are allowed to fulfill your local recruitment needs. You are legally allowed to recruit employees (including foreign employees) for contracts handling, sales promotion, market research and search for local partners.

Research & Development

The main purpose of setting up a Representative Office, versus other entity types is simply doing market research to make sure the current market fits your business portfolio. Furthermore, you can seize this opportunity to purchase goods and services that you may need for your business’ operational needs.

Research & Development in Vietnam
TRC & Work Permit Sponsorship in Vietnam

TRC & Work Permit Sponsorship

Even though it’s not permitted to generate revenues, a Representative Office is entitled to sponsor work permits and temporary residence cards (TRC) for any foreign employees including the company representatives in the country.

Low Incorporation Cost

Compared to other business entities like Limited Liability Company (LLC) and Joint Stock Company (JSC), a Representative Office is the most affordable. This is due to the fact that it is not able to generate profits or be listed on the stock exchange. Once your market research has been complete and you decide to launch your business commercially you may switch to an LLC or JSC in order to generate profits.

Incorporation Cost in Vietnam

What to Know Before Setting Up a Representative Office
in Vietnam

Setting Up a Representative Office

In order to establish a Representative Office, foreign investors must satisfy the following requirements:

  • The parent company overseas has come into operation for at least 1 year from the date of establishment or registration.
  • The license for the establishment of a Representative Office shall be valid for 5 years but not exceeding the remaining effective period of the Certificate of Business Registration or the equivalent (for documents having expiry date).
  • The Company must appoint a Chief Representative of the Representative Office whose presence needs to satisfy legal conditions under Vietnam Law.

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Jason Ha
Jason Ha

Accounting Manager

Jason Ha is the Accounting Manager in our Vietnam office. He has gained experience in the accounting & finance field in international companies in Ho Chi Minh City for over 7 years.

Thanh (Tim) Ta

Business Consulting Manager

Tim Ta is the Head of the Business Consulting Department of Incorp Vietnam. He is a seasoned professional with more than 6 years of consulting experience in Vietnam for market entry, incorporation, and real estate investment.

Vojtech Zehnalek
Vojtech Zehnalek, MSc.


Vojtech Zehnalek is the CEO of the Cekindo Vietnam office. He graduated in Economics and International Trade from the University of Economics in Prague, the Czech Republic, and he also earned a Business Degree at the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

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