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Liaison Office

Governing Authority

For establishing a Liaison office in India approval of Central Bank of India i.e. Reserve Bank of India shall be required. The application in prescribed form for seeking permission to establish Liaison Office in India shall be forwarded to Reserve Bank India through an AD Category - I Bank.

Governing Law

Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 read with Foreign Exchange Management (Establishment in India of branch or office or other place of business) Regulations, 2000.

Eligibility criteria

  • A profit making track record during the immediately preceding three financial years in the home country.
  • Net Worth i.e.total of paid-up capital and free reserves less intangible assets as per the latest Audited Balance Sheet or Account Statement certified by a Certified Public Accountant or any Registered Accounts Practitioner by whatever name, of not less than USD 50,000 or its equivalent.

Time Period

Permission to set up such offices is initially granted for a period of 3 years and this may be extended from time to time by an AD Category I bank.

Permitted Activities

  • Representing in India the parent company/group companies.
  • Promoting export/import from/to India.
  • Promoting technical/financial collaborations between parent/group companies and companies in India.
  • Acting as a communication channel between the parent company and Indian companies.

Prohibited Activities

  • Enter into Business Contract in its own name.
  • Borrow or lend any money from/to any person in India.
  • Acquire, hold, transfer or dispose of any immovable property in India.
  • Rendering any consultancy or other services directly/indirectly with or without any consideration.
  • Undertaking any trading, commercial or industrial activities in India.
  • Such offices should not charge any commission or receive other income from Indian customers for providing any services including liaison services.
  • Expenses of such offices are to be met entirely through foreign inward remittances from the Foreign Company abroad.

Closure of Liaison Office

For closure of Liaison office request for closure is required to be made to RBI through AD Category -1 Bank.

Flow Chart- Procedure for setting up of Liaison Office

Step:1

Identification of an AD category-I bank, with whom the Applicant Foreign Company intend to pursue banking relation in India.

Step:2

Filing of statutory form(Form FNC) along with other documents to Reserve Bank of India through Ad Category-I Bank.

Step:3

AD Category-I Bank will verify and check the application along with the documents submitted by the applicant company. Upon satisfactory evaluation of the application,AD Category-I Bank will forward the application to Reserve Bank of India with its comments/recommendation.

Step:4

Grant of approval by Reserve Bank of India subject to the fact that the documents submitted by the applicant are to the satisfaction of Reserve Bank of India.

Step:5

Filing of documents with the Registrar of Companies for obtaining Certificate of Commencement of business in India.