For the first time, the database of companies registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina is available online. It contains information from both entities (the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and the Republic of Srpska (RS)) and the nominally independent Brcko District. These are the three major legal areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina that were agreed to under the Dayton Peace Accords.
However, it’s important to note that you can only find recently registered companies here. The court administration is backed up on older records and they have not been digitalized. For the ones registered more than five years ago, you’ll probably still need to file a request.
The satabase is searchable by the name of the company, registration number, or founder’s name. The search results contain information about directors and owners, capital, registered activities, branches and subsidiaries.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is administratively a confusing place. There is a state level government that is somewhat weak. The two entities and the Brcko District are far stronger administratively and many records are required at these levels. The Serb dominated RS and the Croat/Bosniak controlled FBiH operate almost independently. Both are racked by extreme corruption and records are sometimes hard to get especially in the RS where the government is not transparent and regularly refuses to release even the most basic documents.
Complicating matters is the fact that there are 10 Cantons in the FBiH which have another level of bureaucracy and record keeping. The RS does not have Cantons. Many records are also available at the municipal court level.