Procedures Guide

The Procedures guide allows entrepreneurs and decision-makers to have a reliable, precise and up to date overview of legal procedures and measures concerning commercial formalities to be undertaken. It is broken down into 6 sections in which you can find information and documentation required for formalities with Registry Offices at the Commercial Courts.

Transfer (in the same jurisdiction) following a purchase

The secondary establishment is an establishment distinct from the headquarters or of the principal establishment. Its transfer (in the jurisdiction of the commercial court) leads to a modifying registration at the register of Trade and Companies Register (RCS).

The completed file allowing for this RCS formality must be filed within the month following such event (Article R. 123-66 of the Commercial Code): either

  • at the competent Commercial Formality Centre (CFE); or
  • directly at the registry office of the commercial courtin application of Article R. 123-5 of the Commercial Code (procedure known as "Article 3" of Decree No. 96-650 of 19 July 1996).

Steps preliminary to the filing of the formality

Establish and sign a legal instrument for sale of the business.

Register the legal instrument for sale of the business with the tax office.

Publish a notice of modification in a journal of legal announcements.

Supporting documents to be attached to the file

The M2 printed forms duly completed and signed.

An original power of attorney from the legal representative if he has not signed the M2 forms.

A copy of the certification of publication in a journal of legal announcements of the notice relating to the sale or transfer of the business.

If it relates to a regulated business activity, attach the diploma, approval or authorisation of exercise issued by the controlling agency for such business activity.


Enclose a cheque for 221.06 euros

Cheques must be made payable to the relevant GREFFE DU TRIBUNAL DE COMMERCE, and attached to the application.

Cost breakdown for this formality

Registry office fees








Registry office fees: postage fees of extracts included. INPI: National institute of industrial property (paid by the registry office). BODACC: Bulletin Officiel des Annonces Civiles et Commerciales (Official Journal of Civil and Commercial Announcements) (paid by the registry office).