First Trust Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Your first trusted business advisor.

We provide a comprehensive range of corporate administration solutions. Our primary focus is to help inward investors establish themselves in Singapore by providing company incorporation, corporate secretarial, and financial record-keeping services.

We strive to be our client's first trusted business advisor. We help our clients achieve success by providing personalized attention and integrated services that address their evolving needs. In short, you can trust us to put you first.

We have built a suite of services over the years to meet the needs of entrepreneurial businesses and multi-national corporations.

Our comprehensive range of corporate services include the following:

Business Start-Up 
Corporate Services
Corporate Advisory 
International Services
Business Start-Up 
Company Incorporation

Our company incorporation services include the following:

  • Prepare the Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Provide nominee directors, shareholders and secretaries, if required.
  • Prepare and lodge all prescribed forms and requisite documents with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (“ACRA”)
  • Obtain Certificate of Incorporation, common seal and rubber stamp
  • Set up statutory registers
  • Prepare resolutions for the first Board of Directors' meeting.
Branch Registration

Our scopes of services include:

  • Application for name approval and reservation; and
  • Preparation and submission of all relevant documents for the registration of a Branch including the following:
  1. A certified copy of the certificate of its incorporation or registration in its place of incorporation or origin or a document of similar effect
  2. A certified copy of its charter, statute or memorandum and articles or other instrument constituting or defining its constitution
  3. A list of its directors containing similar particulars with respect to its directors as are required to be contained in the register of the directors, managers and secretaries of a company incorporated under the Singapore Companies Act
  4. A memorandum of appointment or power of attorney under the seal of the foreign company or executed on its behalf in such manner as to be binding on the company
  5. Notice of the situation of its registered office in Singapore and, unless the office is open and accessible to the public during ordinary business hours on each business day, the days and hours during which it is open and accessible to the public
Registered Office

A company must have a registered office in Singapore from the date of incorporation. Our office is available for use as the registered office.

Bank Account Opening

We help with the preparation of all the necessary documents, resolutions and forms for the opening of bank accounts. 

We advise clients on all bank compliance procedures so that the necessary due diligence documents are prepared in advance. This will ensure that the opening of bank accounts are not unnecessarily delayed. 

Employment Pass

We help companies to have theright people with the right skills at the right place by assisting with the following:

  • Application for Employment Pass Application
  • Application for Entrepreneur Pass
  • Application for Personalised Employment Pass
  • Application for Dependant's Pass: spouse and children
  • Transfer of Employment / Dependant’s pass to new passport
  • Transfer of Employer 
Other Services

Before a business firm or company starts operation, it may have to get licences and approvals from relevant government agencies, especially for certain business activities. In addition, it may be required to comply with certain registration requirements. In this regard, we assist businesses with the following:

  • CPF employer registration
  • GST registration
  • Application for trader's code
  • Home Office Scheme
Corporate Services
Corporate Secretarial Services

For Companies

  • Safe custody of corporate records
  • Updating and maintaining statutory records (e.g., minute books, register of directors and secretaries, register of members, register of transfers and register of charges)
  • Advising on the types of meeting and preparation of minutes, resolutions and notices
  • Preparing and submitting electronically to ACRA, the prescribed Annual Return
  • Preparing forms and statutory returns which are required to be lodged with ACRA notifying changes such as change in company name, directors, registered office, capital increases, etc.
  • Liaising with the Registrar of Companies

For Branches

  • Safe custody of corporate records
  • Notification of changes in name and directors of the Head Office and changes in agents and registered office
  • Assisting with the annual filing with the ACRA
  • Maintaining the corporate secretarial records


Registered Office

A company must have a registered office in Singapore from the date of incorporation. Our office is available for use as the registered office.


We can assist with companies' striking off applications to the ACRA as well de-registration of branches. We also work with lawyers to advise and prepare preliminary documentation to commence a members' voluntary winding up of a company.

Other Services
  • Attendance at Board of Directors' meetings and Annual General Meetings to take minutes
  • Registration and renewal of business names held by companies
  • Assistance with searches based on the records maintained by the Registry of Companies
  • Share capital reduction
  • Issuance of redeemable preference shares
  • Stamping of documents
Corporate Advisory 
Corporate Compliance Advisory

The main statute regulating companies in Singapore is the Companies Act. The provisions of the company law are administered and enforced by the Accounting Corporate and Regulatory Authority or ACRA. We help company directors understand their duties and responsibilities under the Companies Act so that they comply with the relevant law governing companies in Singapore.

Tax & Business Advisory

We assist foreign investors understand the business, tax and regulatory environment in Singapore by preparing customized reports on the relevant issues under consideration. We also assist investors/entrepreneurs to decide on the type of business entity (e.g. company, partnership, sole-proprietorship) that they are going to start.

Other areas that we routinely assist our clients with are:

  • Drafting business plan for purposes of obtaining loans or venture capital
  • Providing information on the various financial assistance schemes administered by governmental bodies
  • Providing information on applicable tax incentives
  • Cross-border tax planning
International Services
Company Incorporation

We can incorporate companies in the quickest time possible taking into account your special requirements. With our international network of affiliate offices, we give a high level of service that is demanded by our clients. We do all the initial documentation and ensure that officers are appointed where appropriate. We provide as part of our incorporation package, a set or memoranda and articles of association, a seal, a set of share certificates, and a register containing all the records required by the jurisdiction.

Corporate Secretarial

We provide the full secretarial support and assist in providing documentary support with regards to certificates of good standing, certificates of incumbency, certified extracts of documents. Our secretarial services include the following:

  • Maintain and update the Register and Minute Books, issue share certificates to shareholders
  • Liaise with the registered Offshore Companies agents for completion and notification of the statutory returns for lodgement with the respective Registrar of Companies
  • Prepare and draft resolutions for directors and minutes of both directors and shareholders’ meetings, as and when required
  • Update you on the changes in the statutory requirements of the Offshore Companies, as and when it occurs.
Bank Account Set-up

Clients using offshore corporate structures will normally need banking facilities to facilitate their trading activities. We can arrange a wide range of banking services as part of our company formation services.

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Sivakumar Saravan Crowe Singapore
Sivakumar Saravan
Senior Partner
Tax and Corporate Services