The Commercial companies Law permits the registration of a Bahraini branch by a foreign company looking to do business in the country without setting up a subsidiary.

This entity can be 100% foreign owned, if their industry of operations is also fully open to the formation of a LLC by foreign shareholder

Key Features of Bahrain Branch Office

Bahrain Branch Office

Corporate Details

General

  • Type of Entity

Branch Office

  • Registered Office in Bahrain

Yes

  • Shelf company availability

No

  • Access to Double Taxation Treaties

Yes

Share capital or equivalent

  • Standard currency

Bahraini Dinar(BHD)

  • Permitted currencies

Any

  • Minimum paid up

None

  • Bearer shares¬†allowed

No

  • No par value shares allowed

No

Directors

  • Minimum number

One

  • Local required

Yes

  • Location of meetings

Anywhere

  • Corporate directorship allowed

Yes

Shareholders

  • Minimum number

Two

  • Corporate shareholder allowed

Yes

  • Location of meetings

Anywhere

Accounts

  • Requirements to prepare

Yes

  • Audit requirements

No

  • Requirements to file accounts

Yes

  • Publicly accessible accounts

Yes

Other

  • Requirement to file annual return

No

Tax treatment

Corporate tax for a Bahrain Branch Office is 0%.

Duration for set up the Company

Three months.

Advantages of Bahrain Branch Office

  • Tax exempted.
  • Bahrain has numerous Double Taxation treaties.
  • The Bahraini workforce is among the most educated and experienced in the Gulf region
  • Strategic location in the heart of the Arabian Gulf region which makes accessibility and entry into any Middle East market (whether by land, sea or air) fast and economically feasible.
  • The freedom to repatriate and transfer profits and capitals.

The Valsen Advantage

  • Speedy, Efficient and consistent Services.
  • Relentless effort to obtain bank accounts.
  • Expert advice on structuring options.
  • Dedicated ongoing compliance support.