Lebanon flag Lebanon: Operating a Business in Lebanon

Starting a business in Lebanon

Legal Forms of Companies

Joint Stock Company (SAL)
Number of partners: Minimum 3 partners / shareholders.
Capital (max/min): Minimum capital of LBP 30,000,000 with 25% to be paid at time of registration.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to the extent of the share capital
Private Limited Company (SARL)
Number of partners: Minimum 3 partners / shareholders, with a maximum of 20.
Capital (max/min): Minimum capital of LBP 5,000,000 wholly paid-up at time of registration.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to the extent of the share capital
General Partnership (SNC)
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited liability
SCA or partnership limited by actions
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited liability for general partners. Liability limited to their investments for limited partners.
SCS or partnership limited by shares
Number of partners: Minimum 2 partners.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital.
Shareholders and liability: Unlimited liability for general partners. Liability limited to their investments for limited partners.
The holding company, subject to Decree Law no.45 of June, 24 1983 and its amendments.
Number of partners: Minimum 3 partners.
Capital (max/min): Minimum capital of LBP 30,000,000.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to the extent of the share capital
The offshore company subject to Decree Law no.46 of June, 24 1983
Number of partners: Minimum 3 partners.
Capital (max/min): Minimum capital of LBP 30,000,000.
Shareholders and liability: Limited to the extent of the share capital

Business Setup Procedures

Setting Up a Company Lebanon Middle East & North Africa
Procedures (number) 8.0 6.3
Time (days) 15.0 19.5

Source: Doing Business - Latest available data.

 
The Competent Organisation
The Ministry of the Economy and Trade issues the necessary authorizations but concretely, an investor who wishes to form a company in Lebanon has only one contact, the Investment Development Authority.
For Further Information
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Lebanon.
Investment Development Authority

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