Steps to create a company in Morocco

Setting up a business in Morocco has never been easier. All it takes is a series of simple formalities:

STEP 1: Negative certificate

The negative certificate is a document that certifies that the trade name applied for is not already used and can be used for registration in the Commercial Register.

It is delivered by OMPIC for a period of one year.

After that period of one year, negative certificates withdrawn and not deposited for registration in the Commercial Register are cancelled.

After a period of one month, negative certificates not withdrawn are cancelled.

Concernedcompanies All commercial companies except for individual companies that do not opt ​​for a trade name
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·         At OMPIC orat its regional branches

·         Or at the Regional Investment Center / OMPIC counter

Required documents – Present a printed application to withdraw from the Regional Investment Center
– ID or passport,
– Copy of ID or passport if the investor is representedby another person

STEP 2: Establishment of statutes

The statutes are a set of contractual provisions which define the rules applicable to a given legal situation.

They may take two forms: a notarial or private act.

Concernedcompanies All commercial companies (except natural persons and the branch)
Concernedentities Law firm: trustees, notaries, lawyers, certified accountants, legal advisors, etc.
Required documents To be defined with the law firm in charge of the file

STEP 3: Establishment of share allotment letters and transfer acts.

The share allotment letter is a document to be completed in case of participation in the capital of the company. It is a promise of cash contribution.

Concernedcompanies Commercial companies, especially LC, simplified joint stock company and Private company limited by shares
Concernedentities Legal Firm: trustees, notaries, lawyers, certified accountants, legal advisors, etc.
Required documents Share allotment letters signed par the underwriters

STEP 4: Blocking the amount of paid-up capital

The deposit shall be made within 8 days of receipt of the funds by the company.

A certificate of the blocking of the paid-up capital is delivered by the bank.

Concernedcompanies Commercial companies, especially LC, simplified joint stock company and Private company limited by shares
Concernedentities Bank
Required documents ·      For LC, simplified joint stock company: statutes, negative certificate, identity documents, share allotment letters

·      For LLC: all documents except share allotment letter

STEP 5: Establishment of the declaration of share allotment and the remittance

The ballots drawn up by the notary and the certificate of blocking the paid-up capital of the bank

Concernedcompanies LC, simplified joint stock company and Private company limited by shares
Concernedentities Legal Firm: trustees, notaries, lawyers, certified accountants, legal advisors, etc.
Required documents The bulletins established by the notary and the certificate of the blocking of the paid-up capital from the bank

STEP 6: Deposit of acts of company creation and formalities of registration

The company creation files are processed at the Regional Investment Center by the representatives of the different administrations involved in the creation.

Concernedcompanies LC, LLC, general partnership, limited partnership, Private company limited by shares
Concernedentities Regional Directorate of Taxes represented within the Regional Center of Investment
Required documents ·  Statutes

·   Leasecontract or acquisition act

·  The minutes of the appointment of the manager or the appointment of the chairman, auditors, administrators

STEP 7: Patent and tax ID registration

Concernedcompanies All companies
Concernedentities Regional Directorate of Taxes represented within the Regional Center of Investment
Required documents For the business tax:

– license or diploma for the regulated activities

– agreement in principle for the classified establishments

– lease contract or domiciliation attestation by a legal entity

STEP 8: Registration within the commercial register

Concernedcompanies All commercial companies except for joint-venture companies.
Concernedentity Commercial Court represented within the Regional Center of Investment

STEP 9: Affiliation to the social security administration (CNSS)

Concernedcompanies All commercial companies except for joint-venture companies.
Concernedentity Commercial Court represented within the Regional Center of Investment

STEP 10: Publication in a legal annoucement gazette and the official bulletin

Once the company is registered in the commercial register and within a period not exceeding one month, two advertisements are compulsory in a legal announcement gazetteand the Official Bulletin.

Concernedcompanies All commercial companies
Concernedentities ·     Legalannounce gazette

·     Official Bulletin