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  • Corporate Solutions 

    Holding Companies

    Raising finances? Managing or ring-fencing risk or divesting assets? Establishing your holding company at QFC will enable you to manage your business in a strategic and flexible manner. Our legal system is based on international best practices, providing a stable operating environment to protect regional and global assets. 

    Your company can manage income; conduct corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions; and engage in other corporate activities with confidence. 

    Access top-tier professional services firms and get expert support, from financial advisory and risk management to legal services.

    Permitted Activities

    Holding and maintaining subsidiaries

    Providing indemnity to any third party 

    Granting any type of security interest over its assets

    Acquiring, holding or disposing of an interest in any asset whether tangible or intangible (such as intellectual property)

    Providing any type of loan or other form of financing to members of its group

    Providing administrative and support services to the group

    Providing treasury operations, thereby allowing companies to manage their funding and hedging requirements

    Providing treasury operations, thereby allowing companies to manage their funding and hedging requirements

    Special Purpose Companies

    Special Purpose Companies (SPCs) are incorporated companies set up to execute transactions. Firms can use SPCs to obtain financing for a specific purpose while limiting shareholders’ risk or to place assets in a structure where they can be easily managed.

    SPCs in the QFC enjoy highly attractive tax rates, assistance with setting up as well as extensive ongoing benefits. They also enjoy the flexibility of carrying out a wide range of activities to support the execution of different types of transactions.

    An SPC is required to appoint and retain a QFC Authority approved Support Services Provider to perform corporate and administrative services. A Support Services Provider can provide one or more of the following: Management and administrative services, services as a registered agent, director, company secretary or similar officer, and a registered office, place of business or address.

    Permitted Activities

    Grant any type of security interest over its assets

    Acquire, hold or dispose of assets (tangible or intangible)

    Obtain or provide financing

    Enter in hedging arrangements

    Act as a trust administrator for participants in a transaction

    Provide indemnity to shareholders

    Facilitate Islamic finance transactions such as Sukuk

    Regional Treasury Operations

    Need to locate your regional treasury services or support operations in burgeoning financial centre?

    Qatar is becoming more attractive for regional treasury services and support operations. The QFC’s legal and tax regime provides you with the ideal environment in which to manage the funding and hedging requirements of investments in the region.

    Permitted Activities

    Company headquarters

    Management operations

    Holding companies

    Company Headquarters

    Seeking the right location for your organisation? Qatar can give you a competitive edge.

    Ease of entry, international connectivity, access to experts from around the world, a competitive legal and regulatory environment, and a broad network of vital contacts to grow your business means QFC can help your business grow in Qatar and beyond.

    Permitted Activities

    Strategic planning

    Financial planning

    Marketing and corporate communications

    Treasury management and operations

    Procurement

    Human resources

    Global operations

    Shared services

    Management Offices

    Management Offices are entities that manage and supervise a corporate group’s operations. Firms can utilise Management Offices to maximise the efficiency of a group’s practices. The QFC is a prime location for a Management Office.

    Strategically located within the Middle East with easy connectivity to Europe and Asia, the QFC also has a legal and regulatory framework based on international best practice. Additionally, the QFC has a dedicated team to ensure that setting up is easy and who are on hand to provide support with immigration and visas, office space and IT.

    Plus, Management Offices at the QFC can access support from the multitude of professional services firms currently operating here, and a wider business network of vital contacts and leads

    Permitted Activities

    Subsidiary offices (excludes activities of a holding company)

    Products

    Processes

    Services

    Supply chains

    Group policies

    Professional & Business Services

    Qatar's economy is expanding and with it the need for firms and individuals with specialised skills.

    Infrastructure projects, commercial and residential developments, large-scale economic diversification plans, and international sporting events are driving demand for professional and business services.

    Permitted Activities

    Accreditation

    Patent and copyright agents

    Advertising agencies

    Advisory / Consulting

    Architectural services

    Audit / Accounting

    Business and educational services

    Classification

    Credit and investment grading

    Engineering design activities for industrial process and production

    Engineering related scientific and technical consulting

    Environmental consultancies

    Estate planning
    and will writing

    Event management

    HR consultancy and recruitment for permanent positions

    Information services

    Information technology consultancies

    Logistics planning and consultancies

    Loss adjustment

    Marketing and brand management

    Media representation services

    Project management

    Provision, formation, operation and administration of companies or trusts

    Public relations

    Ship broking

    Shipping agents

    Specialised design

    Tax consultancy

    Third party administrator

    Translation and interpretation

    Urban planning and landscape architecture

    Other professional and business services

    LLC(G)s

    The QFC Companies Limited by Guarantee LLC(G) structure provides business councils, professional and industry associations and other relevant organisations an innovative option to establish a legal presence in a cost-effective manner.

    Permitted Activities

    Associations: Industry and professional associations

    Business councils: Trade and business promotion

    Other relevant not-for profit organisations as approved by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority board

  • HNI Solutions

    Individual Holding Companies

    Considering setting up an Individual Holding Company in Qatar?

    It’s a wise decision. Establishing an Individual Holding Company at QFC enables you to strategically and flexibly manage your business in Qatar – a key hub for the Middle East and beyond, and one of the world's fastest growing economies.

    Permitted Activities

    Provide indemnity to any third party 

    Grant any type of security interest over its assets

    Provide any type of loan or other form of financing to members of its group

    Provide treasury operations, thereby allowing companies to manage their funding and hedging requirements

    Establish and administer trusts as well as other companies

    Acquire, hold or dispose of an interest in any asset whether tangible or intangible (such as intellectual property)

    Hold and maintain one or more subsidiaries

    Trusts

    Thinking of establishing a trust in Qatar? The QFC is the only place you can.

    QFC Trusts provide beneficiaries with the freedom to profit from assets owned by another person. A beneficiary can be either a person or an entity. Trusts can be formed by transferring assets to a trustee, transferring assets from one Trust to another or Appointing a trustee.

    Trustees are individuals or entities that administer a trust according to the Trust’s objectives or the beneficiary’s interests. The QFC is the only place in Qatar where a trust can be established.

    Gain protection of assets via a legal framework based on international standards and find success through access to world-class advisers who provide expert support. Access a wide business community, consisting of professional services firms and a large number of leading banks and asset managers, to assist your trust with everything from investment advisory to legal services.

    Permitted Activities

    Express Trusts

    Suitable for clients requiring flexibility, this trust enables a settlor’s intent to be demonstrated in writing by the appointed trustee.

    Charitable Trusts

    Created to alleviate poverty, advance education or religion, promote health, protect the environment or for any other purpose that benefits the general public.

    Purpose Trusts

    Suitable for non-charitable trusts that intend to hold or invest in company shares.

    Protective Trusts

    Created to protect the trust’s assets in order to ensure that the designated beneficiary receives continued support.

    Discretionary Trusts

    Arrangements whereby the settlor can partially or totally delegate decision-making discretion to the trustee on how to manage and invest the trust’s estate as well as how benefits are distributed

    Single Family Offices

    Looking to manage the wealth of high-net-worth (HNW) families?

    Singe Family Offices (SFOs) manage the wealth and business interests of families with assets of at least US$ 5 million. A Family Office offers the potential for higher returns through pooled asset management and reduced costs through centralised professional services. It presents the ability to have management structures and governance that can meet the demands of family wealth management whilst mitigating disputes and risks. Furthermore, sharing  Financial advisers through a Family Office avoids conflicts of approach that can arise from individual advisers appointed by family members. 

    Financial planning and investment management are usually the key drivers in setting up a Family Office. Management of charitable donations and the technical and operational management of trusts can also be ably administered by an SFO. Additionally, an SFO can provide a key role in offering compliance and audit reporting, risk management and insurance, tax preparation and reporting, and other fiscal and legal administration.


    Qatar is the ideal strategic location where you can benefit from our favourable tax environment, transparent legal system based on international standards and gain access to our growing business community. The QFC is home to some of the world’s top single-family offices.

    Permitted Activities

    Manage investments and other assets

    Buy and sell assets

    Provide custodian and fiduciary services

    Provide accounting services, tax advice and other consulting services

    Form, operate and manage the family trust

    Act as directors or partners on behalf of a single family

  • Financial Services

    Contemplating setting up your financial services business in the region?

    The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), one of the world’s leading and fastest growing business and financial centres and is helping shape the future of financial services in Qatar and the region. With up to 100% foreign ownership, a compelling tax environment, easy setup and untapped MENASA markets on your doorstep, it’s not surprising that many regulated and unregulated financial services firms have already chosen to establish a presence at QFC.

    In addition to the multiple benefits of QFC already mentioned, financial services firms can additionally benefit from access to:
    (1) Various locations onshore to set up your business as well as access to Qatar’s business community.
    (2) One of the few countries in the Middle East to host a Renminbi clearing and settlement centre.
    (3) QFC Netting Regulations.

    Permitted Activities

    Banking

    Financial business, banking business of whatever nature, and investment business, including (without limit) all business activities that are customarily provided by investment, corporate and wholesale financing banks, as well as Islamic and electronic banking business.

    Insurance

    Insurance and reinsurance business of all categories.

    Trading

    Money market, stock exchange and commodity market business of all categories, including trading in and dealing in precious metals, stocks, bonds, securities, and other financial activities derived therefrom, or associated therewith.

    Asset Management

    Money and asset management business, investment fund business, the provision of project finance and corporate finance in all business fields and Islamic banking and financing business.

    Funds

    Funds administration, fund advisory and fiduciary business of all kinds.

    Pensions

    Pension fund business and the business of credit companies.

    Brokerage

    The business of insurance broking, stock broking, and all other financial brokerage business.

    Financial Consulting

    Financial agency business and the business of provision of corporate finance and other financial advice, investment advice and investment services of all kinds.

    Trustees

    The provision of financial custodian services and the business of acting as legal trustees.

    Shipping

    The business of ship broking and shipping agents.

    Classification or Grading

    The business of provision of classification services and investment grading and other grading services.

    Treasury Functions

    Business activities of company headquarters, management offices and treasury operations and other related functions for all kinds of business, and the administration of companies generally.

    Professional Financial Services

    The business of providing professional services including but not limited to audit, accounting, tax, consulting,  legal, information, and financial technology services.

    Financial Corporate Solutions

    Business activities of holding companies, and the provision, formation, operation and administration of trusts and similar arrangements of all kinds.

    Financial Business

    The business of provision, formation, operation and administration of companies.

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