Can US LLC own Indian Pvt Ltd


Does anyone know if a USS LLC can wholly own an Indian Pvt Ltd company?

I know that many countries consider LLCs to be sole proprietorships and therefore do not allow them to own Pvt Ltds. Does anyone know if this is the case in India?


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asked Jan 1 '11 at 15:50
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U.S. LLCs can generally hold other entities but first require a tax election to not be treated as a disregarded entity. LLCs are treated as a disregarded entity by default if there is only one owner. To change this, an election must be filed with the IRS to turn it back into an LLC or even a corporation for tax purposes. Once this is done, the LLC can generally own whatever it wants.
On the India law side, there can be restrictions on foreigners holding stock in an Indian company. A U.S. LLC is probably considered a foreigner for purposes of this test. Once these restrictions are cleared up, then the transactions is likely possible.

answered Jan 5 '11 at 07:06
Alex Naegele Lawyer
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