Registration of a Company in Kenya

Business area in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
Business area in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. (Image: shujaa_777/iStock/Getty Images)

If you want to open a new business in Kenya, you can choose one of several business structures. Kenyan law allows for sole proprietorships, partnerships, co-ops, branch offices of overseas businesses and limited liability companies. If you decide to operate as a branch office or LLC, you have to register the company with the Kenyan government.

Registered Company

To register an LLC in Kenya, you first reserve the proposed company name with the Registrar of Companies in the Attorney General's Office. Once the registrar approves the name, submit your charter, articles of association or any other paperwork defining how the company operates. Send in the names of the company directors, your Kenya business address and the name of your company's Kenyan representative. If you're opening a branch office, you send in most of the same paperwork, but you don't have to reserve a business name.

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