The Trade Law, No. 30 (1984), the Companies Laws, No.21 (1997), and Public Companies Law, No.22 (1997) regulate all incorporation and trade activities for Iraqi businesses. Follow the procedures below to register a company in Iraq:
1. Determine what category the company in question belongs to, according to the Companies Law, No. 21, 1997. This law divides companies into the list of Varieties of Legal Companies in Iraq.
2. Fulfill all required registration procedures:
a. Register a trade name with the relevant trade chamber or the union of trade chambers.
b. Submit a contract signed by the founders of the company, stating the name of the company, its activities, and its capital.
c. Deposit appropriate capital for the company, in IQD, at an authorized Iraqi bank and notify the Companies Registrar.
d. Pay all fees required to register the company with the Companies Registrar. Please see http://www.motiraq.org/registration.aspx.
e. For joint stock companies, submit the subscription certificate, signed by the founders, and the company's feasibility studies.
f. Define the commercial and technical activities of the incorporating company to be included in the contract for incorporation.
g. Obtain approval of the Minister of Interior for all foreign shareholders.
3. After the company is founded:
a. Employ a legal advisor (attorney) for the company from the Bar Association.
b. Employ a chartered accountant form the Chartered Accountants and Auditors Association.
c. Appoint an Executive Manager.