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How to register a foreign company in kenya.

A foreign company in Kenya is a Limited company that is incorporated or registered outside Kenya and wishes to carry on its business activities in Kenya. It is a company registered in a foreign jurisdiction and issued with a certificate of compliance to trade in Kenya.
A foreign company is required to register their branch offices in Kenya with the Registrar of Companies. Registration of foreign companies in Kenya is governed by the Companies Act, Cap 486 of the Laws of Kenya.

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Kenya is the hub of business in East Africa and as a foreign investor, registering your business is a requirement to conduct business in Kenya.
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Requirements for registering a foreign company in kenya

The following are the key requirements for registration of a limited company in Kenya.

  1. Scanned certified copy of Certificate of Incorporation (from country of original registration)
  2. Scanned certified copy of Memorandums and Articles of Association of the company as above. (Where documents are in a foreign language, they have to be translated to English).
  3. Contact information of the foreign company
    • Postal Address
    • Email address
    • Telephone number
  4. Registered office in the country of origin (Plot/House number, road, City, country)
  5. Names of the Directors/shareholders and share structure.
  6. Contact details of the Directors/shareholders.
    • Postal address
    • Email address
    • Telephone number
    • Residential address
  7. Passport copies of the Directors.
  8. Passport photos of the Directors.

Appointment of Local representative.

In addition, a foreign company is required to appoint or nominate a local representative in Kenya. The local representative will be responsible for receiving legal notices and communications from the registrar and third parties on behalf of the foreign company. Here are the requirements for the local representative:

Requirements of a local representative in Kenya.

  1. Names in full of the local representative.
  2. Copy of national identification card of the local representative.
  3. Copy of the PIN of the local representative.
  4. Scan passport photo of the local representative.
  5. Contact information of the local representative.
    • Postal address
    • Email address
    • Telephone number
    • Residential address

Procedure for registering a foreign company in kenya.

To register a foreign company in Kenya follow the following steps:

  1. Name search and reservation. The registrar needs to ensure the the name is not registered and in use locally.
  2. Make the application for registration through the following forms
    • Form 236 - List of documents submitted for registration by a company incorporated outside Kenya.
    • Form 237 - List and particulars of directors and secretary of a foreign company incorporated outside Kenya.
    • Form 238 - List of names and addresses of the individuals resident in Kenya authorized to receive service on behalf of a Foreign company.
    • Form 250 - Notice of location of registered office of a company incorporated outside Kenya.
  3. Attach documents required for registration of a foreign company, which include .
    • Scan of passport photo of the foreign directors / shareholder of the company.
    • Scan of passport for foreign directors / shareholders
    • Scan of Notarized certificate of incorporation of the foreign company.
    • Scan of Notarized Memorandums and Articles of the foreign company.
  4. Submit the details of the local representative.
  5. Complete and submit the application for registration of a foreign company.
  6. Pay the registration fee
  7. On approval, you shall be issued with a certificate of Compliance.

Documents required for registration of a foreign company in Kenya.

To register a foreign company in Kenya, you will need to provide the following documents.

  1. Copy of passport of the directors and shareholders of the foreign company.
  2. Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation of the foreign company.
  3. Certified copy of the Memorandum and articles of association of the foreign company.
  4. Completed application forms for foreign company registration.
    • Form-236
    • Form-237
    • FORM-238
    • FORM-250
  5. Receipt of payment for registration fee

Forms required for registration of a Foreign company in Kenya.

The following forms are required for registration of a foreign company in Kenya

  1. Form-236 List of documents delivered for registration of a foreign company.
  2. Form-237 List of particulars of directors and secretary of a foreign company.
  3. FORM-238 Names and addresses of persons resident in Kenya authorized to accept service on behalf of a foreign company in Kenya.
  4. FORM-250 Notice of location of registered office of a foreign company.

Can a foreign company operate in Kenya?

Yes, a foreign company that has been registered and issued with a certificate of compliance can upon issuance of other licenses and permits conduct its business and operations in Kenya.

How long does it take to register a foreign company in Kenya?

The application and registration of a foreign company in Kenya can take an average of 10 days form date of submission of the application documents for registration.

What are the advantages to foreign companies in Kenya?

Some of the advantages of registering a foreign company in Kenya include.

  • Keeping your corporate identity
  • Non-resident companies are subject to Kenya corporate income tax only
  • ETC

Do i need a local representative to register a Foreign company in Kenya?

Yes, you require a local representative as a statutory requirement.

Does a foreign company need to file income tax return?

Yes, every foreign company is required to furnish a return of its income.

Can a foreign company open a bank account in kenya?

Like local companies the Central bank of Kenya regulation require as follows.

  1. Only Foreign nationals with immigration status Eg Work permit, may open bank accounts in Kenya.
  2. A Foreign company with foreign directors may open a bank account in Kenya if the directors have immigration status or where at least one director is a Kenya national.

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