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What is an Apostille?


What is an Apostille?

Apostille is a special certificate, that certifies the authenticity of the signature and the capacity, in which the person signing the document has acted, and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears.

The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961”On legalization of foreign public documents” (hereinafter referred to as – “Hague Apostille Convention”) facilitates the circulation of public documents executed in countries — participants of abovementioned Convention. It does so by replacing the cumbersome and often costly formalities of a full legalisation process with the mere issuance of an Apostille (also called  — «Apostille Certificate»).

Apostille shall be placed on the document itself or on an «allonge». It shall be presented in the following form:

For company formation purposes there can a necessity to place an Apostille on:

1) Extract from trade register of the country-participant;

2) Charter of the company;

3) Foundation agreement of the company;

4) Memorandum of Association (Certificate) of the company.

For participants from the Russian Federationwilling to set up company in CIS countries there is no necessity to legalize notarized documents. For participants from other foreign countries – Apostille or consulate legislation is required.

Countries-participants of Hague Apostille Convention:

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,  Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic of Macedonia, The former Yugoslav, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, USA, Venezuela.

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