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New Company & Branch Registration Process in Kenya for Foreigners

New Company & Branch Registration Process in Kenya for Foreigners – Are you looking to start a Business in Kenya?  Here are the guidelines that you would need to know.
There are two ways for you to register a company as a foreigner, one as a limited company and the other as a subsidiary company.
For a limited Company (LLC) / Subsidiary
The new procedures now allow a single person to register a limited Company as a Foreigner; this means you do not need a Kenyan director to co-own the company with you. You can own the company 100%.
The Registration process is as follows:
First you have to avail at least 3 names on which we are going to conduct a Name Search to ensure that the name is available for you. If the names are available we will continue with the process, which includes you providing the following
1. Copy of your valid Travel Passport
2. Passport size Photo
3. Telephone Number, Physical, email and Postal Addresses of the Directors
4. Occupation of the Foreign Shareholder(s)
5. Shares apportionment percentage incase the company has More than 1 Director.

Once you have all the requirements we go ahead and fill in the CR1, CR2, CR8 and the statement of nominal capital, which you are required to sign and send back to us to finish the process.
If the process is successful you will be issued with a Certificate of Incorporation and CR12. You will use the certificate of incorporation to register with the Kenya Revenue Authority for the company Pin number.

Registering a  Branch Company
A Branch Company is an Entity that is not any Different from the Parent Company with a Name and Activities Exactly as the Parent Company and its Liabilities extends to the Parent Company. In Short, A branch is just an Extension of the Parent Company.
The process of Registration is similar to the limited Company mentioned above however you would need to avail the following documentations.
1. Certified copies of the parent Company’s Certificate of Incorporation
2. Certified copies of the Charter, Statutes or Memorandum and Articles of Association of the parent Company
3. List of the Directors of the Parent Company giving the following particulars: Full Names, Postal address, Nationality and Business Occupation
4. Name(s) and Postal Address of one or more persons resident in Kenya authorized to accept service on behalf of the company.
5. Full address of the Registered or Principal office of the parent company.
6. Full address of the place of Business in Kenya.
If the process is successful you will be issued with a Compliance Certificate. You will use the Compliance Certificate to register with the Kenya Revenue Authority for the company Pin number.

Kindly Click on this link to read more on the differences between Branch and Subsidiary


    June 26, 2018 at 9:28 am

    we are a company based in united arab emirates doing business in computers and cell phones we would like to open a company in nairobi kenya we have three directors can you let us know what is the procedure and time frame and requirements for the same

    • Admin-Reply
      June 26, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Hello Alkarim,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We are sending you the details on email shortly.

  2. August 4, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Please give us the cost of registering both options. And also the advantages of each option.
    Give us the time frames of how long it takes to do the registration

    • Admin-Reply
      August 6, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Hello Cosmo Moyo,

      Kindly check out your email, We have sent the details there. Many thanks.

  3. Otieno james-Reply
    August 9, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Hi I am a Kenyan citizen and I want to register a company with a foreigner here in Kenya. Is this possible? What are the legal implication?

  4. Ravi-Reply
    August 9, 2018 at 5:31 am

    I am interested in opening a sales office branch in Nairobi with same directors as parent company. Please email me costs and timelines.

    • Admin-Reply
      August 9, 2018 at 6:06 am

      Hello Mr Ravi,

      Thank you for contacting us and we are indeed happy to help you set up the company in Kenya.

      Kindly check out your email for a detailed response on the same.

      Many thanks

  5. Brian-Reply
    August 23, 2018 at 11:50 am


    I’m a Kenyan and would like to open a Company with a foreigner. Could you kindly advise about the legal and cost implications?

    • Admin-Reply
      August 27, 2018 at 7:05 am

      Thank you Brian for your Query,

      We have responded to your email, Kindly check it out and feel free to contact us for any clarification on the same.

      Many thanks and all the best

  6. Patricia-Reply
    August 27, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Can a foreign LLP buy majority shares in an existing foreign company so that it can run as a subsidiary?

    • Admin-Reply
      August 27, 2018 at 7:04 am

      Thank you for your Query Patricia, we have sent answers to your query on email.

      Many thanks and all the best

  7. Kenneth-Reply
    November 2, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I am a Ugandan and would like to know the full cost of registering a company in Kenya

    • Admin-Reply
      November 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Hello Kenneth,

      Thank you for contacting us,
      Kindly find a detailed response in your email.
      Many thanks

  8. Rory Thomas-Reply
    January 5, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Email me on cost, process etc

  9. January 7, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Hai, Im Dr.Devan from MALAYSIA. i would like to register my company at Kenya. Kindly email me the details. Thank you.

    • EABC-Reply
      January 7, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Hello Dr Devan,

      Kindly check your email for More details

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