Branch Registration in Azerbaijan

16 October 2023by info@acon.az

When venturing into a new market like Azerbaijan, one of the key decisions to make is choosing the right legal structure for your enterprise. Fortunately, foreign companies looking to establish their presence in Azerbaijan have two options: a subsidiary or a branch office. Branch Registration in Azerbaijan is one of the most used services by companies ACON Consulting offers.

Why Register a Foreign Company Branch in Azerbaijan?

A branch of a foreign company is a separate unit that performs part or all of the company’s activities, including representative functions. The scope of activity for the branch must be clearly defined in its Statute. Azerbaijani legislation requires the same registration process for both local and foreign companies but mandates additional documentation for foreign entities to ensure compliance with international standards.

Key Advantages:

    • Equal rights and registration requirements as local companies
    • Opportunities for business expansion and market penetration
    • Strategic geographical location

Registration Process for Foreign Company Branch in Azerbaijan

The registration process for a foreign company branch in Azerbaijan is regulated by the Civil Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Law on State Registration and State Register of Legal Entities. The State Tax Service under the Ministry of Economy handles the registration.

Step-by-Step Registration Process

1. Prepare, Collect, and Legalize Required Documents

Required Documents:

  • Application form
  • Documents confirming the state registration of the foreign founding company (duly legalized)
  • Information about the founders of the foreign founding company
  • Identity document of the head of the foreign company
  • Statute of the branch
  • Decision by the foreign legal entity on the establishment of the branch and the appointment of its head or legal representative
  • Identity document of the head or legal representative of the branch
  • Document confirming the payment of the state fee
  • Power of Attorney (duly legalized)

2. Apply for Registration and Obtain a Registration Certificate

Submit all necessary documents to the State Tax Service. The registration process typically takes 3-4 working days. Upon successful registration, you will receive a Tax Identification Number, Registration Certificate, and Statute of Branch. Note that foreign legal entities can register their branches remotely through legal representatives.

3. Obtain Necessary Licenses or Permits

While registration is generally sufficient for most business activities, certain types of businesses may require additional licenses or permits. Ensure you verify whether your business falls under these categories.

Registering a Representative Office in Azerbaijan

A Representative Office in Azerbaijan functions as a distinct division of a company that represents it without engaging in commercial activities. While they cannot engage in business activities, they can conduct certain non-commercial operations on behalf of the founding company, such as investing in real estate.

Key Points:

  • Functions purely as a representative division
  • Cannot engage in business activities
  • Follows the same registration process as branches

Legal Services for Registering a Branch or Representative Office

Navigating the registration process can be complex. ACON Consulting specializes in assisting foreign companies with the registration of their branches and representative offices in Azerbaijan. Our expertise ensures a smooth and compliant registration process.

Why Choose ACON Consulting?

  • Expert knowledge of Azerbaijani legislation
  • Comprehensive support throughout the registration process
  • Tailored services to meet your specific business needs

Contact ACON Consulting today to get professional assistance with registering your foreign company branch or representative office in Azerbaijan. Let us help you expand your business seamlessly into new markets.

If you wish to register a branch in Azerbaijan, our trusted ACON team, equipped with professional experience, is here to assist you.

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