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Starting a business in Kenya

Legal Forms of Companies

Public limited company
Number of partners: Minimum 51 members
Capital (max/min): Minimum KES 100,000
Shareholders and liability: Members are not liable beyond the amount of their capital contribution or the outstanding balance on the company's capital
Private limited company
Number of partners: Minimum 1, maximum 50 shareholders
Capital (max/min): Minimum KES 100,000
Shareholders and liability: Members are not liable beyond the amount of their capital contribution or the outstanding balance on the company's capital
Limited Liability Partnership
Number of partners: Minimum 2
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required
Shareholders and liability: Members are not liable beyond the amount of their capital contribution
General partnership
Number of partners: At least two members
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required
Shareholders and liability: All gains and losses are divided among its members according to their capital contribution
Sole proprietorship
Number of partners: One member only
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required
Shareholders and liability: A sole proprietor is personally liable for all debts
The Competent Organisation
Kenyan Registrar of Companies
 
Setting Up a Company Kenya Sub-Saharan Africa
Procedures (number) 7.0 7.5
Time (days) 23.0 21.3

Source: Doing Business, 2016

 
Business Setup Procedures
Consult the Doing Business website, to know about procedures to start a business in Kenya.

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