There are numerous forms in which a legal entity/ company can be incorporated in Azerbaijan. There are no specific rules for the incorporation of companies by foreigners, apart from the standard legal and translation requirements. Foreign investors may either establish a limited presence (representative office or branch) or opt for a full presence through various legal organizational forms.
There is no local content requirement and no specific requirements for the size of share or legal limitations for the foreign component in a company and investment. For the certain licensed activities, there are additional general approvals or permissions apart from state registration for the start up.
A company may start operations in Azerbaijan only from the moment of state registration and getting registration documents. The registration of commercial legal entities is handled by the Ministry of Taxes. Limited liability companies with local investment can be registered online. The law “on State Registration of Legal Entities and State Register” sets out the requirements of the legal registration process.
With the purpose of Business set up and Licensing We provide following services:
Corporate Planning & Structure – finalizing the best form of legal entity structure, evaluating the pros and cons of each entity type considering various factors like longstanding tax implications, regulatory requirement;
Business set up – one stop liaison service to support local business start-ups and registration in the relevant Ministry of Azerbaijan Republic;
Mergers and acquisitions – supporting M&A strategy by providing guidance on the benefits and risks involved, providing post M&A support for smooth integration between companies;
Due Diligence – undertaking due diligence on a target company on behalf of the client or providing support and intelligence for due diligence being undertaken on client;
Exit Strategy and Succession Planning – in cases where the client is contemplating exiting the business or reducing his/her stake, identifying the right exit strategy for the company, supporting it in process and ensuring a quick and smooth exit transaction.
Buying & Selling a Business – structuring the purchase or sale of a business properly is a critical step in the process of buying or selling a business, guidance through the acquisition/disposition process by addressing such issues as cash flow analysis and tax considerations.
IPO Support – supporting in all aspects of the IPO process – meeting prospective institutional investors, preparing financials, handling compliances, etc;