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Starting a business in Bahrain

Legal Forms of Companies

With Limited Liability Company (WLL)
Number of partners: Minimum 2, maximum 50.
Capital (max/min): 20,000 BHD minimum
Shareholders and liability: Limited: partners are responsible for the company's debts and obligations to the extent of their participation in the capital.
A Single Person Company (SPC)
Number of partners: 1 person, from Bahrain or
Capital (max/min): 50,000 BHD minimum
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited; the owner is responsible for all of the company's debts and obligations with his entire personal property. 
Bahrain Shareholding Company (BSC)
Number of partners: Minimum 7 (public); ou 2 (closed)
Capital (max/min): 1.000,000 BHD minimum (public); or 250,000 BHD (closed)
Shareholders and liability: The partners are responsible for the company's debts and obligations to the extent of the value of their shares.
Commandite Company by Shares
Number of partners: Minimum 4
Capital (max/min): 20,000 BHD minimum
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited if the joint partners are jointly responsible for the company's obligations, to the extent of their personal wealth; or limited if the partners (share-holders)  are only liable for the company's obligations to the extent of their equity (shares) in the company's capital.
Partnership Company
Number of partners: Minimum 2
Capital (max/min): Not applicable
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited
The Competent Organisation
Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC), Bahrain Investors' Center (BIC).
 
Setting Up a Company Bahrain East Asia & Pacific
Procedures (number) 6.0 7.3
Time (days) 8.3 29.7

Source: Doing Business, 2016

 
Business Setup Procedures
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Bahrain.

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