To check the health of a company, anyone may request from the registry office of the Commercial court the debt statement, which summarises any lien and pledge registrations, as well as the registrations made to prove the existence of a property right (leasing arrangements, rental agreements, title retention clauses) or an outstanding debt (example: protests for dishonour*).
This debt statement is key indicator of the company's financial health.
Registering a pledge (on the business assets or shares of a private company) also gives a creditor a preferential right on certain assets given priority in the payment of the debt.
Registering a lien at the registry office of the Commercial Court gives a creditor the priority right with respect to other creditors, across all the debtor's assets (fixed or movable), or only some of them.
Non-possessory pledge registrations are not presented on the debt statement. If you would like to search for a non-possessory pledge for this company, please search using the national database.
NB: A pledge over a business does not imply that the debtor is dispossessed and does not remove the option of selling the business (the creditor has a preferential right and right of continuation).
To find out more about the formalities relating to liens and pledges, please go to the guide to formalities section (registration and de-registration of formalities).
> View the guide Liens and pledges section
* Protest (for dishonour). An authentic deed, drafted by a bailiff or notary public, and at the request of a bearer of a bill of exchange, in order to officially observe either non payment of a bill at the due date, or refused acceptance of a draft.
To order the debt statement for a company, please:
1: Use the search form to find the company you are interested in and go to its Infogreffe data sheet.
2: On this company data sheet, go to the 'Official documents' section and click on "Debt statement".
3: Select the desired transmission methods (letter or email) for the documents that you would like to buy. They will be automatically added to the shopping cart.
4: Click on 'Complete my order' or on the shopping cart at the top of the page and follow the steps in the order tunnel in order to receive your official documents and receipt.
Full debt statement: 46.80 euros inc. VAT
Per type of entry: 3.12 euros inc. VAT
Lien from Trésor Public
Pledge for business, agricultural, trade and judicial assets
Statement of receivables
Tooling plant lien
Loans and deadlines
Title retention clause
Protests* and certificates of non-payment
Liens for the Agence nationale de l'accueil des étrangers et des migrations [National Agency for immigration and Migration]
These prices are given exclusive of transmission costs, i.e.:
- 2.34 euros inc VAT for administration costs for electronic orders;
- 1.51 euro inc VAT for postage for orders of complete debt statements sent by post;
- 0.94 euro inc VAT for postage for orders of partial debt statements sent by post.