Pakistan flag Pakistan: Operating a Business in Pakistan

Starting a business in Pakistan

Legal Forms of Companies

Sole Proprietorship
Number of partners: One shareholder.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited liability
Number of partners: Minimum of 2 with a maximum of 20.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required (generally it is PKR 100,000)
Shareholders and liability: Liability of the partners is unlimited
Private Limited Company
Number of partners: Minimum number is 2, while as the maximum number is 50.
Capital (max/min): Minimum paid up capital of PKR 100,000
Shareholders and liability: Limited liability to the amount contributed.
Public Limited Company
Number of partners: Minimum number is 3, while as there is no limit on the maximum number of members/shareholders. Listed Public Limited companies must have at least 7 members.
Capital (max/min): Minimum paid up capital of PKR 100,000. Public limited companies have a minimum capital requirement of PKR 200 million
Shareholders and liability: The liability of a member is limited to the face value of the shares he owns

Business Setup Procedures

Setting Up a Company Pakistan South Asia
Procedures (number) 5.0 7.1
Time (days) 16.5 14.6

Source: Doing Business - Latest available data.

The Competent Organisation
The Board of Investment.
The Registration Department of the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).
For Further Information
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Pakistan.
Trade Register

Financial Information Directories

Dun & Bradstreet - Worldwide directory with financial information on businesses

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