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Foreign Company Registration in Pakistan

Foreign company registration in Pakistan is no more complex as we are providing a thorough consultancy with regard to the foreign company registration and its legal and regulatory compliance. However, it requires professional attention and due care.

After commencement of CPEC, multiple international companies registered their Branch / Liaison Offices for the purpose of investments and business. We have assisted large number of foreign companies to register their companies as a non-resident.

Our Core Services

  • Approval from Board of Investment
  • Name Search & Reservation
  • Foreign Company Registration
  • Memorandum & Articles
  • Legal Documentation
  • Legal & Regulatory Compliance
  • Contract & Agreement Drafting
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • Tax Management & Consultancy
  • Registered Business Address
  • Mail Forwarding Services
  • Bank Account Opening Services
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Steps for Foreign Company Registration

Follow these steps to successfully register a foreign company in Pakistan.

Step 1: Name Reservation & Selection of Entity:

You need to reserve company name and entity type i.e. Branch/ Liaison Office, Private Limited etc. 

Step 2: Approval from Board of Investment

A foreign company is required to obtain a permission letter from the Board of Investment with a specific validity period for opening and maintaining its branch/liaison office in Pakistan. Copy of such a permission letter is required to be furnished with the documents meant for registration. Renewal/ extension of the permission to open/maintain a branch/liaison office is also required to be obtained from the Board of Investment on the expiry of the validity period of the permission originally granted. Whenever such renewal/extension is granted, a copy must be furnished to the registrar concerned.

Step 3: Pre-Incorporation Compliance

Some businesses require approvals or licensing after registration of the company. We would strongly recommend assessing your qualification as to whether you are qualified or competent to get approval from the concerned department because if after registration of the company, the same is denied that would affect the investment and energy. You can seek our guidance to assess your qualification for the licensing.

Step 4: Documentation & Filing

Once we assess that you are competent to get approval from the concerned regulator, we will compile your file which include following documents.

  • Principal Line of Business
  • A correspondence or registered office address in Pakistan (if you don’t have one, we can manage subject to the additional cost)
  • Name of shareholder(s), Director(s) and Chief Executive along with their notarized copies of passport or CNIC/POC/NICOP in case of Overseas Pakistani
  • Detail of shares to be subscribed by each shareholder
  • Authorized and Paid-Up Capital details
  • Undertaking by the foreign shareholders and directors on the prescribed format
  • Documents related to a foreign firm incorporation in Pakistan (in case the proposed shareholder is a company)
    • Profile of the company
    • Detail of its directors, their nationality and country of origin
    • Board Resolution (Approval of investment in a local company)
    • Articles of association  
    • Memorandum of association
    • Certificate of incorporation

SECP requires that all documents/information collected regarding the foreign company should be filed with the registrar after they have been:

  • Certified to be true by the public officer in the country where the company is incorporated/ Notary public of the country where the company is incorporated/ an affidavit of a responsible officer of the company in the country where the company is incorporated.
  • Authenticated by a Pakistani diplomatic consular or consulate officer.

Upon submission of these documents to the SECP, the SECP shall issue a certificate of incorporation and a National Tax Number (NTN) will be issued to the company at the time of incorporation.

  • Step 5: Licensing & Approvals:

If the business requires approval and licensing from the regulator, soon after the incorporation of the company we will file an application for such permission.

  • Step 5: Statutory Compliance:

Company after its incorporation requires statutory compliance by submitting relevant forms and audit reports to the SECP.

  • Step 6: Regulatory Compliance:

No matter the industry or company size, all businesses must adhere to certain laws and regulations as part of operations. Regulatory compliance, in fact, deals with a set of guidelines that the law requires organizations to follow. Regulatory compliance processes and strategies provide guidance for organizations as they strive to attain their business goals.

  • Step 7: Contracts & Agreements:

Contracts are the essence of business relationships. Our commercial contract lawyers provide expert advice on contract law and commercial law surrounding a wide range of commercial contracts including for the supply or purchase of goods, services, works and software/data. We put in place clear, workable and cost-effective commercial contracts to enable our clients to lock down new opportunities and focus on meeting and exceeding their business objectives.

  • Step 8: Tax Management:

We support local and international businesses to achieve their business goals in a most competitive manner. Understanding their business operations and transactions in multiple jurisdictions is of prime importance for a company’s survival in the competitive age. We provide a full range of services to meet their business needs from tax advisory, consulting and cross border restructuring by analyzing the best possible strategies that meet their business objectives through analyzing tax and regulatory implications of transactions and finally implementation assistance, from the perspectives of domestic law and the international tax treaty network.

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Foreign Company Registration in Pakistan | Set up International Business

Legal Requirements for Foreign Company

There are exciting potential when starting the process of establishing a foreign firm in Pakistan. But there are legal complexities along the way that need careful thought. We dispel the misconception that registering a foreign company here in Pakistan is a difficult procedure by presenting a methodical strategy that makes the legal requirements simple.

Making wise selections requires an understanding of the legal aspects of business development. We demonstrate the concrete advantages of matching your tactics with the legal framework through engaging facts and real-world examples. We show how following legal duties may improve your company’s reputation, credibility, and development possibilities by highlighting case studies and success stories. It becomes clear that company goals and legal requirements work in harmony.

Understand the legal requirements for foreign company registration in Pakistan.

Choosing the Right Business Structure: Considering responsibility, tax ramifications, and operational breadth while choosing between a subsidiary, branch, or representative office.

Getting the Required Approvals: Obtaining the necessary approvals from the appropriate agencies, such the Board of Investment (BOI), the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB).

Documentation and Filing: Putting together all necessary paperwork, such as the articles of incorporation, the memorandum of association, and all other supporting company’s legal documents.

Appointment of Directors and Shareholders: Making sure that the selection of directors and shareholders complies with local laws.

Capital Requirements and Bank Account Opening: Obtaining the necessary capital as well as opening a bank account for the business’s financial dealings.

Tax Registration and Compliance: Registering with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for taxation reasons and abiding by the FBR’s tax responsibilities.

Employment Regulations: Complying with employment rules and regulations while employing both domestic and overseas workers.

Intellectual Property Protection: Protecting your intellectual property by properly registering it and taking other legal precautions.

Documents Required for Foreign Company Registration

Entering Pakistan for business takes careful planning given its changing business environment. Understanding the paperwork needed to register a foreign corporation is essential to this endeavor. This thorough guide reveals the required papers, allowing you to move through the registration procedure with ease.

Documents are the cornerstone of your company’s validity outside of bureaucracy. We explain how thorough planning may hasten registration and improve your company’s legal position.

Discover the necessary documents for registering a foreign company in Pakistan.

  1. Passport Copies and Valid IDs: Valid passport copies of directors, shareholders and company secretary along with their valid IDs serving as proof of identity and copies of passports.
  2. No Objection Certificate (NOC): A NOC from the relevant embassy, indicating compliance with the laws of the parent country.
  3. Approvals: In order to register foreign company in Pakistan, you must need to obtain approval from Board of Investment (BOI).
  4. Memorandum and Articles of Association: These documents outline the company’s structure, objectives, and operational scope.
  5. Proof of Registered Address: Evidence of a physical address in Pakistan where the company’s operations will be conducted.
  6. Bank Reference Letter: A reference letter from a recognized bank verifying the company’s financial standing and credibility.
  7. Board Resolution: A formal resolution from the parent company’s board of directors authorizing company registration in Pakistan.
  8. Declaration of Compliance: A declaration by the directors and shareholders affirming their compliance with local laws.
  9. Form 29 and Form A-21: Submission of these forms to the Registrar of Companies to initiate the registration process.
  10. Company Seal and Signature Specimen: The company seal and authorized signatory’s signature specimen for legal transactions.
  11. Taxation Documents: Registration with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and other tax-related documents.
  12. Appointment of Authorized Representatives: A formal document appointing individuals authorized to act on behalf of the company.
Pakistan Foreign Company Registration Process

Discover the process of Foreign Company Registration (FCR) in Pakistan.

There are many benefits to expanding your company to Pakistan, but completing the registration procedure might be challenging. We help you to establish your presence in this competitive market by demystifying the procedures involved in forming a non-resident company.

Step 1: Compile the necessary papers, such as the articles of company, copies of the directors’ passports, and evidence of the registered address. The foundation for your registration application is provided by these papers.

Step 2: Obtain a certificate of no objection from the relevant embassy or consulate. This certificate streamlines the registration procedure and attests to your adherence to local legislation.

Step 3: A subsidiary, branch, or representative office are examples of appropriate corporate structures. When making this choice, take into account elements like responsibility, taxation, and operational breadth.

Step 4: Create a board resolution for the directors of the parent business. This decision specifies important operating information and approves the foreign company’s establishment in Pakistan.

Step 5: To the appropriate authorities, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), submit the necessary paperwork, such as the NOC, board decision, and incorporation documents.

Step 6: Wait for the SECP to approve you after reviewing your paperwork and business plan. You’ll get a certificate of incorporation after it has been accepted.

Step 7: For tax purposes, register your business with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). It’s essential to fulfil your tax duties if you want to keep up compliance and trustworthiness.

Step 8: Create a Pakistani bank account for use in business financial transactions. For all transactions and operations pertaining to the business, this account acts as the focal point.

Step 9: Once all legal requirements have been satisfied, you can start doing business in Pakistan. Maintain adherence to all applicable local laws and ordinances.

You can get statutory forms for foreign company from the official website of SECP.

Taxation Process for Foreign Companies

A vital component of establishing and operating a foreign company in Pakistan is navigating the taxes system because foreign companies operating in Pakistan are subject to several tax obligations. Planning your taxes is crucial for reducing your tax obligations and maximizing rewards.

For commercial activities to be effective, it is crucial to comprehend Pakistan’s taxes procedures for international corporations. Understanding your tax responsibilities, taking advantage of advantages, and staying in compliance can help you navigate the taxation system and support the expansion and success of your business. To create a tax-effective approach, speak with our tax professionals who are knowledgeable on Pakistani tax rules and regulations.

Learn about the taxation process for foreign companies in Pakistan.

Understanding Tax Obligations 

  1. Corporate Income Tax: Foreign companies are required to pay corporate income tax on their profits generated in Pakistan. The tax rate varies based on the nature of the business and other factors.
  2. Withholding Tax: Certain payments made by foreign companies, such as dividends, royalties, and interest, may be subject to withholding tax. The rate of withholding tax is specified by Pakistani tax laws.
  3. Sales Tax and Federal Excise Duty: If the foreign company is engaged in the supply of goods or services in Pakistan, it may be required to collect and remit sales tax or federal excise duty.

Tax Incentives for Foreign Companies

Pakistan offers various tax incentives to attract foreign investment and promote economic growth. Some common incentives include:

  1. Tax Exemptions: Certain sectors and industries may enjoy tax exemptions or reduced tax rates to encourage investment.
  2. Deductions and Depreciation Allowances: Foreign companies may be eligible for deductions and allowances on capital expenditures, research and development costs, and depreciation.
  3. Repatriation of Profits: Pakistan allows the repatriation of profits and dividends earned by foreign companies, subject to applicable tax regulations.

Maintaining Tax Compliance

Adhering to tax compliance is crucial to avoid penalties and maintain the company’s legal standing. Here’s how to ensure compliance:

  1. Registration: Foreign companies must register with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for tax purposes upon establishment.
  2. Record Keeping: Maintain accurate financial records and documentation to support your tax returns and filings.
  3. Timely Filings: File tax returns and other required documents within the prescribed deadlines to avoid penalties.

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