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As a foreign investor looking to carry on commercial or trading activities in mainland UAE, you are entitled to 100% foreign ownership for most activities.

But certain economic activities still require a 51% shareholding by an Emirati national or company. This can be a concern to foreign organisations or entrepreneurs who wish to retain full control over their investment.

We provide peace of mind to foreign investors and entrepreneurs by delivering secure nominee partnership services through a group of UAE-registered companies (CBD Group Companies).

By engaging a CBD Group Company as your local partner, you will be assured of:

  • 100% net profits
  • 100% management control
  • 100% business continuity
  • 100% clear exit strategy; and
  • 100% ownership of valuable assets, including intellectual property rights.

To ensure that we can facilitate clients operating in all Emirates, our CBD Group Companies are incorporated across the UAE. Our Abu Dhabi Group Company has been certified by the Supreme Petroleum Council to facilitate clients operating in the oil and gas sector. We are also able to establish bespoke holding companies for exclusive use by a client, which is particularly useful if you own several businesses across the UAE, or wish to develop an existing business through acquisition.

Our CBD Group Companies are managed in accordance with international best practices, including anti-corruption and anti-bribery sanctions.

Identifying the right Emirati partners for our Group Companies is a serious business for us. It is vital to us that, prior to their selection, we develop solid relationships and that they understand the commercial realities of doing business in the region. As corporate governance is an important part of our business, they are fully background-checked as part of our due diligence process.

Our strict corporate governance procedures, regional expertise and proven track record make us the perfect partner for your UAE business. contact us at enquiries@cbdcorporateservices.com or call us on +971 (0) 45510677

Corporate Nominee Partner

According to the commercial companies’ law, foreign investors have two options to establish a business in the UAE; (i) 100% foreign owned in free zone are or through a government exemption or (ii) engage a local national service agent (Agent) as a partner in your company. The Agent acts only as a representative and have no civil liability or monetary compulsion. The Agent will not have any legal interests in the company. Accordingly, the foreign investor is, in fact, the 100% beneficiary owner of the company and has complete control over the company through contractual agreements. 

We can act as nominee on behalf of private companies, corporate sponsored nominee services or on behalf of institutional shareholders of a company to facilitate corporate transactions. We have a full fledge team with extensive knowledge to provide assistance in providing nominee services that can secure your business privacy.

Local National Service Agent

Are you a foreign company looking to provide consultancy or service-related activities in mainland UAE? If so, we can assist you to establish a foreign branch (Branch) and identify the right licensed activities for you to operate compliantly. In order to establish a Branch, the foreign company must appoint an Emirati national as its local services agent (more commonly known as a ‘local sponsor’). The local sponsor will not participate in the management and/or operations of the Branch. It can, if required, provide guidance and assistance to the foreign company to ensure its compliance with local licensing formalities, including the renewal of the Branch licence and/or other authorisations each year, and obtaining residency visas and work permits for Branch employees.

Nominee General Manager/Director

A nominee director is an individual nominated by an institution, including banks and financial institutions, on the board of companies where such institutions have some ‘interest’. The ‘interest’ can either be in form of financial assistance such as loans or investment into shares. Such strategic investment may have a direct bearing on the profitability of a nominator and therefore, the appointment of nominee director becomes essential to facilitate monitoring of the operations and business of the investee company.

Corporate Nominee Partner

According to the commercial companies’ law, foreign investors have two options to establish a business in the UAE; (i) 100% foreign owned in free zone are or through a government exemption or (ii) engage a local national service agent (Agent) as a partner in your company. The Agent acts only as a representative and have no civil liability or monetary compulsion. The Agent will not have any legal interests in the company. Accordingly, the foreign investor is, in fact, the 100% beneficiary owner of the company and has complete control over the company through contractual agreements. 

We can act as nominee on behalf of private companies, corporate sponsored nominee services or on behalf of institutional shareholders of a company to facilitate corporate transactions. We have a full fledge team with extensive knowledge to provide assistance in providing nominee services that can secure your business privacy.

Are you a foreign company looking to provide consultancy or service-related activities in mainland UAE?

If so, we can assist you to establish a foreign branch (Branch) and identify the right licensed activities for you to operate compliantly.

In order to establish a Branch, the foreign company must appoint an Emirati national as its local services agent (more commonly known as a ‘local sponsor’). The local sponsor will not participate in the management and/or operations of the Branch. It can, if required, provide guidance and assistance to the foreign company to ensure its compliance with local licensing formalities, including the renewal of the Branch licence and/or other authorisations each year, and obtaining residency visas and work permits for Branch employees.

A nominee director is an individual nominated by an institution, including banks and financial institutions, on the board of companies where such institutions have some ‘interest’. The ‘interest’ can either be in form of financial assistance such as loans or investment into shares. Such strategic investment may have a direct bearing on the profitability of a nominator and therefore, the appointment of nominee director becomes essential to facilitate monitoring of the operations and business of the investee company.

A nominee director is an individual nominated by an institution, including banks and financial institutions, on the board of companies where such institutions have some ‘interest’. The ‘interest’ can either be in form of financial assistance such as loans or investment into shares. Such strategic investment may have a direct bearing on the profitability of a nominator and therefore, the appointment of nominee director becomes essential to facilitate monitoring of the operations and business of the investee company.

Learn about our secure corporate nominee services