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Available Company Suffixes - in Singapore (Aside From Pte. Ltd.)

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Which suffixes a company name can take in Singapore? Are there any options other than Pte. Ltd.

Available Company Suffixes in Singapore (Aside From Pte. Ltd.): What Are Company Suffixes?

Choosing a company name is one of the first steps in starting a company. A company name must comply with state laws, be available, and include a suffix. A company suffix is the last part at the end of a company name (Pte Ltd in Epica Consulting Pte Ltd). This suffix indicates what type of business entity that company is.

What Are the Company Suffixes Other Countries Use?

Available Company Suffixes - What are the suffixes

Every country has its own practice of determining available businesses for its local and foreign business owners, as well as company suffixes for each type of business. Let’s look at how other countries are doing it, and commonly used suffixes in them.

  • US – LLC/Corp
  • UK – PLC
  • India – Pvt Ltd/Private Limited
  • Malaysia – BHD/SDN BHD
  • Indonesia – PT/Perseroan Terbatas
  • Germany – GmbH/AG

Now, let’s see what options Singapore has!

Available Company Suffixes for Singapore Companies (Aside From Pte. Ltd.): For Exempt Private Limited Companies

Available Company Suffixes - Types of limited company

Exempt private limited companies in Singapore are companies without corporate shareholdings. Listed below are the following company suffixes that these companies can use.

  • Law Corporation is used by legal firms. This company suffix can also be used as:
    • (Law Corporation)
  • Public Accounting Corporation is used by public accounting corporations and chartered accountancy firms. This company suffix can also be used as:
    • PAC
    • (PAC)
    • (Public Accounting Corporation)
  • LLC means Limited Liability Company. This company suffix is used by small businesses and Company owners. It can also be used as:
    • (LLC)
  • Private Limited is the most preferred and popular company suffix in Singapore. Over 95% of locally incorporated companies in the country use this company suffix. Its various combinations include:
    • Private Ltd.
    • Pte. Limited
    • Pte. Ltd.
    • (Private Limited)
    • (Private Ltd.)
    • (Private) Limited
    • (Private) Ltd.
    • (Pte. Limited)
    • (Pte. Ltd.)
    • (Pte.) Limited
    • (Pte.) Ltd.
  • Sdn. Berhad is commonly used by small- to medium-sized companies. This company suffix originally came from Malaysia (Malaysia and Singapore was once a single country, and hence this suffix is still used in Singapore). Its various combinations include:
    • Sdn. Berhad
    • Sdn. Bhd.
    • Sendirian Berhad
    • Sendirian Bhd.
    • (Sdn. Berhad)
    • (Sdn. Bhd.)
    • (Sdn.) Berhad
    • (Sdn.) Bhd.
    • (Sendirian Berhad)
    • (Sendirian Bhd.)
    • (Sendirian) Berhad
    • (Sendirian) Bhd.

Available Company Suffixes for Singapore Companies (Aside From Pte. Ltd.): For Non-Exempt Companies

Available Company Suffixes - Non exempt companies

Non-exempt companies in Singapore are companies whose shareholdings, or at least some part of, are held by other companies. Listed below are the following company suffixes that these companies can use. These are more are less similar to above, however certain specific suffixes are not available.

  • Private Limited
    • Private Limited
    • Private Ltd.
    • Pte. Limited
    • Pte. Ltd.
    • (Private Limited)
    • (Private Ltd.)
    • (Private) Limited
    • (Private) Ltd.
    • (Pte. Limited)
    • (Pte. Ltd.)
    • (Pte.) Limited
    • (Pte.) Ltd.
  • Sdn. Berhad
    • Sdn. Berhad
    • Sdn. Bhd.
    • Sendirian Berhad
    • Sendirian Bhd.
    • (Sdn. Berhad)
    • (Sdn. Bhd.)
    • (Sdn.) Berhad
    • (Sdn.) Bhd.
    • (Sendirian Berhad)
    • (Sendirian Bhd.)
    • (Sendirian) Berhad
    • (Sendirian) Bhd.

Law Corporation, Public Accounting Corporation, and LLC are not available for non-exempt private limited companies and companies limited by shares.

Available Suffixes for Singapore Companies (Aside From Pte. Ltd.): For Public Limited Companies

Available Company Suffixes - For public limited

Public limited companies in Singapore are companies whose shares are offered to the public. They may be listed on the stock exchange and can have more than 50 shareholders. When it comes to public limited companies, the options are indeed limited. Listed below are the following company suffixes that these companies can use.

  • Limited, when used by a public limited company, indicates that a company is public and considerably huge. Its variations are:
    • Ltd.
    • (Ltd.)
    • (Limited)
  • Berhad was originally used by public limited companies in Malaysia. This company suffix can be used as:
    • Bhd
    • (Berhad)
    • (Bhd)

Available Company Suffixes for Singapore Companies (Aside From Pte. Ltd.): What We Recommend

These are all the company suffixes that companies in Singapore can use. If you do not have any specific preferences yet, it is highly recommended to use the most common company suffix—PTE LTD or LTD. These are the most commonly used suffixes and you will not have problem with any of them.

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