BUSINESS FORMATION

We are experienced in setting up various business vehicles used in the UAE, including “onshore” limited liability companies and free zone companies. We have significant experience in company formation in all major free zones within the UAE including:

  • DIFC
  • TECOM
  • DMCC
  • JAFZA
  • RAKFTZ
  • DAFZA
  • KIZAD
  • SAIF
  • DWC

In addition to entity registration, we assist clients in procuring all relevant approvals and consents to enable them to conduct business in the UAE. This includes assisting with immigration issues, visas, work permits and other approvals, free zone authority approvals and sector-specific authorisations.

We also advise on the corporate structuring of “onshore” entities and assist foreign clients in structuring arrangements with local majority shareholders in order to ensure compliance with the mandatory local ownership obligations, whilst maintaining the appropriate balance between the rights of the local and foreign majority and minority shareholder. We assist clients in drafting and negotiating articles of association and, where appropriate, shareholders agreements and other ancillary documents for the investor.

We advise clients seeking to rely on the benefit of double tax treaties, to obtain tax residency certificates for their companies in the UAE.

We advise clients on their on-going corporate compliance obligations including regular filing obligations, renewal of trade licenses and other sector-specific authorisations. We also provide registered agent and company secretarial services and advise on directors’ duties and directors’ liabilities.

Apart from UAE company formation, we can also assist clients who seek to establish offshore holding vehicles in such jurisdictions as the BVI, Cayman Islands, Mauritius, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as in the formation of companies in various sub-Saharan African jurisdictions.