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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. Foreigners are allowed to establish companies with 100 percent full ownership, which means that foreigners can have full ownership of onshore commercial companies without giving majority shareholding to an Emirati or agent. The licensing of such companies shall be scrutinized by the Federal Government.

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

Brian Mason
Luxury Carts Arabia
Dubai, UAE

I have worked with Motei on a couple of occasions when needing advice on legal contracts. On both occasions Motei have been very approachable and professional and have taken the time to understand my requirements. They have a good knowledge of U.A.E. business laws and have been able to provide excellent advice on each occasion. I have no hesitation to recommend Motei & Associates.

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Francesco Zucchi
Hidada Ltd
Jeddah, KSA

I have dealt with Motei Associates for more than two years now I have to say that I’m very happy with the service they have provided to me. Their constant updates have really helped me to understand the different level of the legal process and I felt that I was part of the team even if I leave in a different country and I cannot constantly visit them for update meeting. My legal case is still not finalized but I really feel that I have chosen a firm that truly protects my interest.

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Girgis Abd El-Shahid
Shahid Law Firm
Egypt

Motel & Associates persistently and creatively helped our client in avoiding having to go for a double exequatur process to enforce its DIFC arbitration award in Egypt.

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