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Amended Commercial Companies Law in UAE to Allow 100% Foreign Ownership of Companies

18/06/2021

The UAE’s Ministry of Economy has announced an amended Commercial Companies Law which was implemented in the first week of June that allows foreign investors & business entrepreneurs to start & fully own onshore companies. It is part of the government's efforts to simplify doing business in the UAE and to improve the nation’s competitive edge. This amendment to the commercial companies law supports the ultimate comprehensive vision of the UAE to reinforce its position as the global investment destination.

What Are The Changes In The Amendment Commercial Companies Law? 

According to the Commercial Companies Law, Law No. 2 of 2015, foreign investors were restricted to claiming a most extreme 49% in an LLC working as an onshore UAE business. This requires an Emirati individual or 100% Emirati-claimed organization to hold the balance 51% offer as a local sponsor. In the case of other firms, it was needed for foreign organizations of specific sorts to have an Emirati national who might not have any shares yet would be compensated as a feature of the agreement of the business setup. The revised law permits regular and lawful people to build up and own a 100% stake in their organizations, irrespective of nationality. 

With this new amendment, now both existing and new mainland companies in UAE are allowed to be 100% foreign ownership, subject to getting approval from the corresponding authorities in every emirate. The Ministry of Economy in UAE has made a declaration that they are functioning on a new law to add 10 more business zones to the commercial Company law. According to the new law, numerous kinds of trade licenses will not require UAE National as 51% investor of the organization. Additionally, the compulsory prerequisite of having a Local Service Agent will no longer be needed.

Whatever it is, it is very clear that amended law is a new pace that reveals the prominence the UAE government connects to associate the national economy in its different areas & upgrades its preparation for what's to come. These changes will make UAE a more investment-friendly spot, which has additionally incorporated the offer of 10-year visas for shareholders, citizenship for Investors & skilled experts.  

As per the declaration, all the current Business in the Mainland can correct their permit as indicated by the new commercial Companies law. Notwithstanding, there are exemptions for a couple of organizations working in areas that are deliberately imperative to the UAE. The law, even so, won't matter to certain organizations that are prohibited dependent on decisions by the Cabinet & those that are either entirely claimed by local governments or federal or their auxiliaries. 

If you have a business in UAE or have any plan to establish a new one, you just need to be aware of all laws and requirements for business set up in UAE. For this, you can take the assistance of the best business setup consultants in UAE, ARC Associates who can provide you with all end-to-end business solutions and services that are consistent with all UAE business laws. We have a solid presence in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah & everywhere in the UAE. Our exceptionally talented professionals will deliver you all the necessary help right from document registration to finding an investor-friendly zone.  So get in touch with us today to get the best solutions and advice to cherish your business dreams in the land of emirates smoothly!