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Business Setup & Corporate Advisory

Whether you are an ambitious start-up, an individual entrepreneur investing in an existing business, or a foreign corporation establishing a formal presence in the UAE, clear and skilled advice will ensure that you are making the right business decision to reduce your risk and increase your chances of achieving a successful, well-managed business. We advise on the full spectrum of the UAE companies’ law and can efficiently contribute to the achievement of our clients’ goals and objectives and help them navigate the legal complexity and market challenges to successfully executing their business strategy.

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Whether you are an ambitious start-up, an individual entrepreneur investing in an existing business, or a foreign corporation establishing a formal presence in the UAE, clear and skilled advice will ensure that you are making the right business decision to reduce your risk and increase your chances of achieving a successful, well-managed business.  

Drawing on our expertise of over two decades, our corporate team has gained comprehensive knowledge and developed the business acumen skills you need to guide you through selecting the most suitable legal form to set up your venture, whether as a mainland, free zone, offshore, or freelance.  

We advise on the full spectrum of the UAE companies’ law and can efficiently contribute to the achievement of our clients’ goals and objectives and help them navigate the legal complexity and market challenges to successfully executing their business strategy.

We also provide ‘virtual’ general corporate advice and consulting services on issues that affect our client’s day-to-day operations, including advising directors and senior executives on complex management and employment matters, ensuring corporate compliance with rules and regulations, drafting and vetting on wide range of corporate and commercial contracts, conducting due diligence on target companies, and assisting with local authorities’ requirements.  

If you are looking to buy a ready-made (shelf) company up to 15 years old, we have a list of UAE offshore companies with well-known shareholders’ history and clear bank records.

Business Setup
Free Zone Company

An onshore company licensed to conduct business between free zones and internationally and offers freedom of ownership to foreign investors. There are over 40 Free Zones across UAE on which some are offering generic activities to all industries while others are industry specific.

Mainland Company

An onshore company licensed to conduct business in the local market and internationally without limitations, as such can trade easily and can participate in government tenders.

Onshore companies are governed by the regulatory authority – Department of Economic Development and covered by UAE Commercial Companies Law. However, only 49% foreign ownership is allowed, the 51% shares should be held by a local partner (UAE national or GCC national) either individual or corporate (the corporate entity should be 100% owned by a UAE national or GCC national).

Offshore Company

The word “offshore” often means nothing more than anywhere other than the place of physical location of the person using the word (i.e., overseas). Due to ever increasing government legislation (in most tax-based countries) designed to erode personal and corporate wealth, proper use of offshore company and trust have become a necessity for the protection and insulation of income and capital. This is now in fact a necessary competitive edge for companies with international operations.

If you are looking to set up a business, please fill out the form below and someone from our corporate team will contact you shortly.

If you would like to discuss business setup options, feel free to email us and arrange for an appointment.

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Testimonials
Nikitha Abigail
M&A Trainee Program
Dubai, UAE

I would like to express my deep appreciation for Motei & Associates and my utmost respect for Mr. Ashraf, as I have been able to learn and grow a tremendous amount here, especially under Mr. Ashraf’s guidance and instruction. Given that Motei and Associates has been my first place of employment, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been provided and the warm manner in which everyone at the firm has taken me under their wing. Glad to have been part of the M&A team!

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I would like to express my deep appreciation for Motei & Associates and my utmost respect for Mr. Ashraf, as I have been able to learn and grow a tremendous amount here, especially under Mr. Ashraf’s guidance and instruction. Given that Motei and Associates has been my first place of employment, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been provided and the warm manner in which everyone at the firm has taken me under their wing. Glad to have been part of the M&A team!
Raheel Ahmed
Telecom Services International FZC
Sharjah, UAE

We had a wonderful experience working with Motei Associates during the last year or so during which we have engage them for various legal services. All the staff members have been very helpful and responsive and also Mr. Ashraf have always taken time out to respond to our queries and offered us advice on different legal matters which has been very helpful. We will definitely be engaging them going forward for any legal services.

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We had a wonderful experience working with Motei Associates during the last year or so during which we have engage them for various legal services. All the staff members have been very helpful and responsive and also Mr. Ashraf have always taken time out to respond to our queries and offered us advice on different legal matters which has been very helpful. We will definitely be engaging them going forward for any legal services.
Seif Tawfik
Stryx Gulf FZ LLC
Dubai, UAE

I've been working with Motei & Associates for over 5 years now as their client. I would highly recommend them for their professionalism and dedication. They treat their customers with all the attention and care that someone might need in legal situations and they are always there to respond to any inquiry or request. I'd highly recommend them for any corporate legal advice or cases you might have.

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I've been working with Motei & Associates for over 5 years now as their client. I would highly recommend them for their professionalism and dedication. They treat their customers with all the attention and care that someone might need in legal situations and they are always there to respond to any inquiry or request. I'd highly recommend them for any corporate legal advice or cases you might have.
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