REGISTRATION & INCORPORATION

The Registration Authority, an independent body which has the powers to license and register ADGM establishments, is one of the core pillars of ADGM. The Registrar’s main functions under Companies and Commercial Licensing Regulations include:

  • Registration of ADGM establishments
  • Registration of business names and maintenance of register
  • Registration of post-incorporation documentation
  • Registration of changes in business name particulars
  • Registration of changes in directors, officers, shareholders and share capital
  • Enforcement of ADGM companies regulations, Cancellation of Commercial Licences, prosecution and strike off
  • Dissolution or restoration of ADGM establishments


The Process

Each business will be required to fill out the required forms online through our ADGM Online Registry Solution. We also support applications through paper based forms however, please be aware that additional fees apply for paper submissions. To learn more about the steps involved in establishing a presence and incorporating a company in ADGM, please read the documents below, or click here to view some FAQ’s.

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Guidance Notes:

The guidance notes provide information on completing the application to register a company and should be read in conjunction  with the relevant legislation. It does not cover other requirements as set out in the relevant legislation which includes contact with the court and other internal obligations that a company will need to carry out. Further advice from a specialist professional may be required.

 
Supporting documents and templates: 

Please refer to the section below for supporting documents such as Model Articles and Board Resolution templates.

 

Fees:

The full schedule of fees can be located here

 

Forms:

Please note that filing of forms and supporting documents is accepted by the office of the Registration Authority in good faith without any need for the Registrar to inquire into the veracity and accuracy of every filing received by this office.

Below you will find the paper version of the application forms. The document checklists within the forms should be referred to when making a submission to ensure your application is complete, as well as providing guidance on the documents you will need to have available to upload for an online application. 

Please note: all forms below are available on the ADGM Online Registry Solution

Please find below a variety of resolutions templates that can be used to support your application.  Please note that the resolutions templates are drafted in the proposed format.  These resolutions are not prescribed.  You may choose to use the resolutions templates in their present form or modify them according to your particular requirements.  ADGM Registration Authority provides these sample resolutions to support applications.  These resolutions templates do not constitute legal advice or opinion of any kind.

Accounts:

Address:

Articles:

Authorised Signatories:

Directors:

Incorporation / Registration:

Name:

Secretary:

Shares:

 

The forms below are relevant for Companies that wish to Register with ADGM. All forms are available within our Online Registry Solution.

Any company that will undertake financial activities should first review the requirements and contact the Financial Services Regulatory Authority.

 

Business Application

These forms need to be completed for the initial stage in the process with the business development team. These forms are not applicable to those companies wishing to undertake financial activities.

BA-01: Business Application- Company

BA-01: Business Application - Branch

 

Name Reservation

If you wish to reserve a company name in advance of commencing the Registration process or extend an existing name reservation, you can choose to complete the stand alone forms which are also available within the Online Registry Solution.

INC-01 : Application to Reserve a Company Name

INC-01- EXT : Application to Extend Name Reservation

 

Registration and Incorporation

The following forms are available within the Online Registry Solution.

 

Private Company Limited by Shares

INC-02-LTD : Incorporate a Private Company Limited by Shares

INC-02-LTD-FS : Incorporate a Private Company Limited by Shares - Financial Services

 

Investment Companies

INC-02_LTD- INV: Incorporate an Investment Company as Private Company Limited by Shares

 

 

Private Company Limited by Guarantee

INC-02-LTG : Incorporate a Private Company Limited by Guarantee

 

Public Company Limited by Shares

INC-02-PLC : Incorporate a Public Company Limited by Shares

INC-02-PLC-FS : Incorporate a Public Company Limited by Shares - Financial Services

 

Restricted Scope Company

INC-02-RSC : Incorporate a Restricted Scope Company

INC-02-RSC- SFO: Incorporate a Restricted Scope Company - Single Family Office

 

Branch of a Foreign Company

INC-03 : Register a Branch of a Foreign Company

INC-03-FS : Register a Branch of a Foreign Company - Financial Services

 

Supplementary forms

The following supplementary forms should be submitted along side the application. In addition, please refer to the Data Protection Registration page for this element of the process. We recommend that if you are applying using paper forms that all forms are submitted together as forms will not be processed until all required documentation has been submitted. These forms are subsumed within the Registration and Incorporation forms on the Online Registry Solution.

BO-01 : Details of Beneficial Ownership

 

The forms below are relevant for Partnerships that wish to Register with ADGM. All forms are available within our Online Registry Solution.

Any company that will undertake financial activities should first review the requirements and contact the Financial Services Regulatory Authority.

 

Business Application

These forms need to be completed for the initial stage in the process with the business development team. These forms are not applicable to those partnerships wishing to undertake financial activities.

P-BA-01 : Business Application for Partnership

P-BA-01-BR : Business Application for Branch of Partnership

 

Name Reservation

If you wish to reserve a partnership name in advance of commencing the Registration process or extend an existing name reservation, you can choose to complete the stand alone forms, which are also available through the Online Registry Solution.

P-INC-01 : Reserve a Partnership Name

P-INC-01-EXT : Extend a Partership Name Reservation

 

Registration and Incorporation

The following forms are available within the Online Registry Solution.

Partnership

P-INC-02 : Application to Register a Partnership

P-INC-02-F : Application to Register a Partnership - Financial

 

Branch of a Foreign Partnership

P-INC-02-BR : Application to Register a Branch of a Foreign Partnership

P-INC-02-BR-F : Application to Register a Branch of a Foreign Partnership - Financial

 

Limited Liability Partnership

P-INC-02_LLP : Application to Incorporate a LLP

P-INC-02_LLP-F : Application to Incorporate a LLP - Financial

 

Supplementary forms

Please refer to the Data Protection Registration page for this element of the process. We recommend that if you are applying using paper forms that all forms are submitted together as forms will not be processed until all required documentation has been submitted. The data protection forms are subsumed within the Registration and Incorporation forms on our Online Registry Solution.

The following forms are relevant for any required event driven filings as per the company regulations of ADGM. All forms are available within our Online Registry Solution which can be accessed here.

For further information on event driven filings, please refer to the Event Driven Filings guidance notes.

 

Event driven filings for Companies

 

Amendment of Articles:

 Appointment / Cessation of Directors, Secretaries and Authorised Signatories:

 Directors

 Secretaries

 Authorised Signatories

 Change of Particulars for Directors, Secretaries and Authorised Signatories

 Directors

 Secretaries

Authorised Signatories

Change of Company Name

Resolution Temaplates for Change of Company Name

 

Change of Registered Office Address

Change in Share Capital

 

Questions? We’re here to help! Please feel free to contact the Registration Authority here.