Foreign Investments

The most important goals of the government is to reform Iran's foreign investment laws, tax collection system and national employment regulations.The emphasis on foreign investment reforms will come as a relief to businessmen struggling to understand Iran's foreign investment guidelines and worrying about the security of potential investments.

There is no doubt, Iran has a lot of potential. It is a country that boasts a domestic market of 70 million people, 11% of the world’s proven oil reserves, 15% of the world’s proven gas reserves, 11 petrochemical complexes, 3 major steel plants and much more. However, the big question for foreign companies and especially for small and medium-size enterprises is how to turn this potential into concrete business.
Foreign companies that have experienced Iran can tell many stories . The common theme in all these stories is that Iran is, in many ways, different from other markets – even different from other markets in the Middle East. However the foreign companies generally did not understand the peculiarities of doing business in Iran exactly.

Iranian  Legal Firm represents and advises many foreign companies on all type of investments. We provide full services in obtaining and implementing government approvals for establishing companies with foreign capital and assist them in preparing the necessary applications for obtaining the investment permit, establishing subsidiaries and opening branches. Our work covers many major light and heavy industry sectors and numerous service sectors revolving around foreign investment. The aim of our specialists is to work constructively to ensure that our clients’ objectives are met within the relevant legal context. Our commitment to our clients does not stop at the conclusion of a transaction. We regularly advise clients on post-investment operations. Some of our services including:

-structuring and organizing offshore and domestic open and closed-ended investment companies,
-unit trusts, investment trusts, limited partnerships,infrastructure funds;
-hedge funds and other alternative investment funds for investors structuring and establishing carried interest and other remuneration and co-investment schemes;
-structuring and advising on co-investment vehicles and direct co-investments;
-representing a diverse group of leading institutional investors with respect to their private fund investments;
-investment fund/asset management
-reconstruction, mergers and migration of investment funds;
-real estate

Please contact: Mr. Vandad Arian
[email protected]


Based on Iranian laws, what does Iranian firm and foreign firm means?

An Iranian firm is a company which is established according to the Trades Law; and also a company which is established and registered abroad; established and registered in Iran as well; even if one hundred percent of the stocks or shares equity of those companies belong to foreign natural persons or legal entities.

Is it possible to establish a legal base in Iran in form of a branch and representative/agent of a foreign firm?

Yes, any foreign company is allowed to establish a legal base in Iran through registering a branch and/or representative of the holding company in order to develop its trading and business affairs and to fulfil its contract duties, marketing activities; etc. There are particular regulations for establishing a branch or representative office and the applicants shall directly check with the General Department for the Registration of Corporations and Industrial Ownership.

Is the branch and representative/agency establishment regarded as a foreign investment?

Establishing branch and/or representative office is not considered as foreign investment. The foreign investor; however, can establish a new Iranian company, participate in an existing Iranian company and/or reach contract agreements with an Iranian investee firm.

What “Iranian Firm” means?

By term “Iranian Firm” it means, regardless of shareholders or stockholders nationalities, the company should have been established and registered according to the Trade Law of Iran.

Mr. Mohammad Reza Maleki

Office Tel: +98 9121023022
Email:[email protected]

Senior Partner
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Tehran University, Faculty of Law 
Shahid Beheshti University, Faculty of Law 
LLM, International Trade
Tehran University, Faculty of Law 
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Member of Iranian Bar Association 
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