Brief on types of companies registrable in Kenya

As it currently stands there are 2 broad types of registrable companies in Kenya – a local company and a foreign company.

A local company is one that is incorporated in Kenya under the laws of Kenya. It may be a limited liability company, of which the majority of registered companies in Kenya are, or it may be an unlimited liability company. A limited liability company means that the liability of its shareholders (generally also referred to as members) is limited to the extent of their shareholding. The limitation on liability of shareholders makes limited liability companies an attractive option. Additionally, a company may be limited by guarantee, this being the case mostly for charitable organisations. Unlimited liability companies are the converse of limited liability companies, in that the liability of members is not limited. Furthermore, a local company may be private or public. Most limited liability companies are private, and this restricts their ownership to a maximum of 50 members whereas public companies do not have restricted shareholding but are at times subject to more stringent regulations. Companies listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, for example, are public companies. A local company can be incorporated with at least 1 shareholder and 1 director. The Companies Act 2015 revised the law requiring at least 2 directors, thus, allowing for the “one-man” company. Such director may be a Kenyan national or a foreigner who has obtained an alien ID card, a KRA PIN and ultimately a work permit.

A foreign company is one that is incorporated outside Kenya and its directors are seeking its registration in Kenya and not its incorporation. Once registered and recognised in Kenya, the law treats it as a “legal foreign entity”, which has certain impacts on its operations including a higher tax incidence among other factors.

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Aurum Consultants

18828, Nairobi 00500, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 787 024 264

Aurum Consultants

Chloride Exide Kenya Limited

Dunga Road PO BOX 14242, Nairobi 5209, Nairobi, Amatole, Kenya
(+254 – 020 ) 532211

Chloride Exide Kenya Limited

Ebony Estates Ltd

Hughes Building, 2nd Floor, Room 233 Kenyatta Avenue., Nairobi 19815-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
020 222 1084

Ebony Estates Ltd

Elite Accounting Services Limited

14348, Nairobi 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 739 841 333

Elite Accounting Services Limited

Flexo Concepts Limited

IMC BUILDING, Chepkorio Rd/Off Lusaka Rd, Industrial Area, Nairobi 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254706287484

Flexo Concepts Limited

Kiwi Scourers LTD

Juja town, juja gatundu road, Nairobi, Kenya, NAIROBI 31248-0060, NAIROBI, NAIROBI, Kenya
+254708440055

Kiwi Scourers LTD

Koibatek Herbal Clinic

Victoria court, 1st floor Room 4, Nairobi 00200, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 720 364 996

Koibatek Herbal Clinic

Kong security service Ltd

Toshvic Hse, Hillcrest Rd, Karen 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 722 753 716

Kong security service Ltd

optiven limited

Loita Street, Nairobi 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254702831083

optiven limited

Precision Industrial Scales Ltd

1st floor room no.15, Blessed House Opp Garden City mall, Thika Rd Nairobi, Nairobi P.O Box 669-00600, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
254734170635

Precision Industrial Scales Ltd

Prima Vera Tours, Safaris and Travel Ltd

5886-00100 Nairobi, Nairobi 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+25473244488

Prima Vera Tours, Safaris and Travel Ltd

Safari Plains Africa Limited

College Hse, 3rd Floor University Way, Nairobi 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 721 146849

Safari Plains Africa Limited

Safmarine Kenya Limited

Kamkons Hse, Msa Road, nairobi 0100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 700 333 204

Safmarine Kenya Limited

Sigma Engineering Co. Ltd

Po box 14745, Nairobi 00800, Nairobi, Kenya
+25420-557693 020-2

Sigma Engineering Co. Ltd

Tononoka Rolling Mills Ltd

Airport North Road, Nairobi 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254721470960

Tononoka Rolling Mills Ltd

Ultra World Security Ltd

76793, Phoenix House, 3rd fl oor - suite 4, Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi 00620, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 020 3343354

Ultra World Security Ltd

Zuri Events

P.O. Box 50245, Nairobi 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254) 705 761 111

Zuri Events