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Company Deregistration Services in Dubai UAE from a Legal Perspective

Winding up a company in Dubai, UAE, requires a proper legal process to be followed to achieve an orderly and compliant closure. At HHS Lawyers, we have the most experienced legal consultants who offer liquidation services to companies in Dubai and across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Our lawyers and legal team are very experienced and have a deep knowledge of the complexities surrounding company liquidation procedures in accordance with UAE Laws and regulations. We provide comprehensive, customized services for our clients so that liquidation will be hassle-free and properly effective.

What is Company Liquidation in Dubai?

Company liquidation, also known as winding up or dissolution, is the formal process of closing down a business entity. It involves settling all outstanding debts, selling assets, and ultimately deregistering the company from the Dubai Department of Economic Development.

The process of liquidation of company in Dubai is regulated by the UAE government and involves:

  • Cessation of Business Activity: All business activity is closed down, including the sale of goods or services, entering into new contracts, or further incurring debts.
  • Assets Sold: Company assets, including property, equipment, and inventory, are sold for money generation.
  • Outstanding debts settled: Amounts due to creditors, employees—for example, in the form of salaries, severance pay, end-of-service benefits, and government entities such as taxes and fees.
  • Distribute remaining assets: At the end, after the settlement of all debts, the money is distributed to shareholders based on their ownership.
  • Company Deregistration: On meeting all obligations, the trade license of the company is canceled and its registration removed from the relevant authorities.
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Types of Company Liquidation in Dubai

There are two major kinds of company liquidation in Dubai, UAE:

  1. Voluntary Liquidation: In voluntary liquidation the members of a company decide to wind up its business on their own terms. There are many reasons that can lead to voluntary liquidation; for example, the objectives of the company have been achieved, the company is facing financial problems, or there is a change of ownership.
  2. Compulsory Liquidation:  The compulsory liquidation takes place when a court orders a business to be wound up. It may occur due to insolvency, which is a situation where the business is unable to repay its debts to the creditors, non-compliance with laws that regulate businesses, or engagement in fraudulent activities.

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Legal Framework of Company Liquidation in the UAE

Legal Framework of Company Liquidation in the UAE

In the UAE, company liquidation refers to the dissolution and closing of a business permanently. Federal Decree-Law No. 32 of 2021 on Commercial Companies, also known as the UAE Commercial Companies Law (CCL) governs company liquidation in the UAE. This law has created provisions that outline the procedures, duties, and obligations in respect of company liquidation.

Reasons for Dissolution of the Company:

The CCL offers various grounds under which a company could be dissolved, which include:

  • Expiry of term: In cases where the company has been formed for a specific period of time, the expiry of such a term brings about dissolution.
  • Objective termination: When an event occurs as specified in the company’s MOA, dissolution can be affected.
  • Loss of assets: If the assets of the company run below the threshold value or the company is declared bankrupt, then dissolution can ensue.
  • Merger: When two companies are joined, the constituent companies are dissolved into forming another one.
  • Unanimous Approval of the Shareholders: All the shareholders may agree to dissolve the company.
  • Court Order: A court order may affect the dissolution of a company.

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Role of Company Liquidator in Dubai, UAE

Role of Company Liquidator in Dubai, UAE

A company liquidator in the UAE helps to manage the orderly winding down of a business. They are either appointed by the shareholders voluntarily or by the courts in cases of compulsory liquidation.

Once in place, the liquidator performs several key tasks.

  • First, they will determine the company’s financial health through an assessment of the assets and liabilities; this forms a basis upon which to settle debts and distribute any remaining funds.
  • They also manage the sale of assets to generate cash for creditors. This could relate to the recovery of outstanding debts, or making arrangements for the sale of company property or equipment. During the process, the liquidator makes all the necessary records of the transactions.
  • Finally, the liquidator makes sure that all the formal requirements relating to notification to the creditors and maintenance of registers of ownership are properly followed.

The liquidator ensures there is a smooth winding down of the company, a just and judicious treatment of the creditors and the shareholders, by efficiently handling these tasks.

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Company Liquidation process in Dubai, UAE

Company Liquidation Process in the UAE

On dissolution, liquidation follows. CCL, from Articles 314 to 334, regulates this process, and it involves:

  1. Appointment of Liquidator: Shareholders, or on the order of the court, a liquidator is appointed for the winding-up process.
  2. Inventory and Debt Repayment: The liquidator makes an inventory of the company’s assets and liabilities. Afterward, he prepares priorities and clears the outstanding debt. The secured creditor is given priority, followed by an unsecured creditor.
  3.  Sales of Assets: The liquidator can sell off the company’s assets for the generation of funds required for the repayment of debts and distribution.
  4. Distribution of Remaining Assets: The remaining assets are divided among the shareholders when the debts have been settled according to the percentage ownerships of shareholders.
  5. Reporting and Closure: The liquidator summarizes the liquidation process in the form of reports and obtains approvals for deregistration.

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Company Liquidation Services of Court Certified Liquidator in UAE

HHS Dubai Lawyers provides comprehensive services to accompany you through all the stages of company liquidation in Dubai:

  • Initial Consultation: We start with a professional consultation to understand the situation, reason for liquidation, and desired outcome.
  • Legal Documentation: We will prepare all relevant legal documents for the liquidation process, such as board resolutions, liquidation notices, and applications to the DED.
  • The appointment of a liquidator: For conducting a smooth process of liquidation in the UAE, an appointed liquidator is required. Our qualified liquidators can help you with the completion of the liquidation process in compliance with the law.
  • Debt management and negotiation: We do our best to pinpoint outstanding debts and manage them, negotiate settlement with creditors, and make sure that no financial obligation is left unfulfilled before the distribution of assets.
  • Asset Sale and Distribution: We will help you sell off the assets of the company in a fair and transparent manner, whereby such sale proceeds are distributed in accordance with the legal structure and agreements of the company.
  • Deregistration from DED: After the settlements of all debts and distribution of assets, we will help in the final step—deregistering your company from DED, thus closing down your business operation.

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Why choose HHS Lawyers and Legal Consultants for Winding up of a company 

HHS Lawyers brings a wealth of experience and legal acumen to table to ensure that the company liquidation process is absolutely smooth and compliant. What sets us apart is that we:

  • Expertise of the UAE Company Law: Our legal consultants are competent in the Federal Decree Law No. 32 of 2021 on Commercial Companies and the relevant bankruptcy regulations detailed in Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2016 on Bankruptcy; this will keep us updated with the changing regulations applicable to company liquidation in Dubai.
  • Tailor-Made Solution: We comprehend that each liquidation process is unique in its requirements. We go ahead and take time to understand your situation and come up with an appropriate strategy to get the desirable result.
  • Experienced Team: Our team comprises qualified legal consultants having ample experience in dealing with matters related to company liquidation in Dubai.
  • Efficient and Streamlined Process: We work diligently to speed up the process of liquidation, while not compromising at all on the requirements of the law.
  • Clear Communication: We keep you informed throughout the process and readily address any questions or concerns you may have.

If you would like to continue with company liquidation in Dubai, UAE, or if you have any questions regarding it, please feel free to contact our legal team at HHS Lawyers and Legal Consultants. Our consultation approach remains highly confidential. We are also quick to address any issues related to safeguarding your interests while ensuring that the liquidation process is as smooth as possible from a legal perspective. Call us today to book an appointment and take the first step towards successful company liquidation.

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