How to start a company in Dubai

General Overview

Al Suwaidi & Company provides a full spectrum of corporate and commercial legal services for businesses ranging from startups to SMEs and global corporations.

Our dedicated team of the best lawyers in the UAE provides expert advice and guidance on company set up, structuring and restructuring of startups and existing businesses, drafting contracts and commercial agreements including shareholder agreements, MOUs, articles of association, agency, distribution, franchise and licensing agreements.

We also provide comprehensive legal due diligence and advise on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures and cross border transactions. We provide specialist legal advice and services through our lawyers who are experts in their respective areas.

Company Set-up

Al Suwaidi & Company’s extensive experience and local capabilities are sought after by international, regional and UAE clients when it comes to their company formation and set up. Our clients who seek to enter the UAE benefit from our expertise in corporate law and can receive bespoke legal advice and effective corporate establishment services best suited to their needs. Through our complementary legal capabilities addressing commercial, international law and tax related matters, we are able to recommend the optimal corporate structures for our clients. We also provide an annual compliance service, which includes support for license renewal, submission of audited financials and the maintenance of corporate documentation.

Company Set-Up Team






Suneer Kumar

Suneer Kumar

“Suneer Kumar has consistently impressed us with his commercial and practical approach to legal advice. We strongly recommend him as reliable and experienced lawyer in the UAE and wider region”.

Practice: Civil and commercial Litigation, Corporate-Commercial, Labor, Maritime and Insurance.

Experience: Suneer provided legal advisory services across corporate, commercial, employment, real estate, personal status and IT legal mandates and services for oil and gas clients. He has also advised various national and international clients on licensing, agency, distributorship and franchise agreements. Suneer has also incorporated more than 250 different types of entities in free zones, onshore and offshore for individuals, multinational corporations and juridical persons as well as advised and carried out restructuring of companies in different jurisdictions, mergers and acquisitions , liquidations of various companies in UAE and also advised UAE Liquidators and Global Liquidators of an International Bank( Under Liquidation) having branches in UAE.

Suneer also advised various prominent and leading family owned companies in UAE with diversified business activities in UAE and outside UAE on employment. He drafted employment contracts and advised various national, multinational companies and employees about UAE labor laws, regulatory frame works and HR Policies and settled many employment disputes and drafted settlement agreements for various multinational companies. Suneer is also a visiting professor at the University of Dubai lecturing on UAE labor law and has conducted various seminars for UAE employment law.

Moreover, Suneer also advised various local and international clients regarding different types of civil obligations in UAE and outside UAE. He has assisted the litigation team on disputes related to sale contracts of movable and immovable freehold properties, lease, plot sale and purchase, master community declaration, mortgage, loans, agency and other civil obligations. He also provided legal opinions for various legal issues to developers of projects and various construction companies with respect to the construction disputes due to breach of contractual obligations, delay in completion of the project, default and delay in payments and assisted legal team to enforce specific performance and recovery of outstanding payments and damages.

Memberships: Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Education: Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, UK (MCIArb); LL.M (University of London ); LL.M University of Bombay ; LL.B (University of Bombay); B.A (Bachelor of Economics) (University of Calicut )

Other Education / Training: Various seminars and arbitration trainings in UK, Germany and Dubai

Languages: Hindi, English.

Vida Grace Serrano

Vida Grace Serrano

“I worked closely with Vida on a complex and difficult investment dispute.In a very short period of time she developed a creative solution that was acceptable to all parties involved. Vida’s critical analysis and insightful were key to the successful resolution of what could have been a very lengthy and costly dispute.”

Christopher H.Young,Chief Financial Officer,First Pacific Company, HK.

Practice: Corporate,Commercial,Civil,Arbitration,Employment and Real Estate

Experience: Vida brings international experience working with a range of clients from real estate, oil and gas,financial services,regional family offices,large multinationals and private individuals.

Her legal expertise, a result of legal practice and training in the United States, the Middle East and Asia,allows her to provide effective, bespoke legal advice and support to our clients whether here in the UAE or abroad.

Education: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, USA – Master of Laws (LLM) (2013 – Recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship); San Bed a College of Law(2008), College of Law – Bachelor of Laws (2003-2008 Admitted to the Philippine Bar, May 2009; Placed in top 5% of newly admitted lawyers) De La Salle University Manila – BSc in Business Management (2001 – Graduated with Honors), Simon Fraser University – Exchange Program (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and Member of the Philippine Bar Association

Languages: English, Filipino