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Who we are

CBD provides customised professional sponsorship and corporate nominee local partner services to foreign investors wishing to establish a business onshore in the UAE and throughout the Gulf region.

For commercial, legal and operational reasons, CBD employs the use of a UAE-registered corporate structure for its sponsorship and nominee services to provide its clients with the most robust protection available.  By adopting this legally compliant structure, foreign investors will gain further protection from any legal and operational issues which could arise pursuant to the UAE Inheritance Laws when engaging an individual Emirati partner.

In keeping with its strict corporate governance policies, CBD’s Emirati partners are subject to extensive due diligence from the CBD management team, who have over 30 years’ hands  on experience of establishing and sponsoring businesses in the UAE and surrounding regions.

CBD’s regional longevity and experience, combined with its longstanding professional ties, ensures that it can deliver a consistent, reliable and transparent service to its clients.

Our Philosophy

Thinking outside the box is an everyday norm at CBD.   Utilizing its longstanding experience, CBD offers sound practical solutions to its clients to facilitate their smooth UAE market entry and ongoing business operations.  Just as important as its ability to problem solve, is CBD’s desire to equip its clients with the tools they need to effectively operate their businesses in a new and challenging environment. 

As experienced professionals, the team at CBD understands that time is money.  It is committed to regular client communications and information sharing to minimise any operational impact which could arise from unprecedented changes in local legislation or procedures.

Corporate Governance

At CBD, we recognize the strict corporate governance regimes within which our corporate clients operate.  We have also developed bespoke compliance policies and procedures for our business to maintain quality and efficiency and operate thorough corporate governance practices. 

We promote proper information recording, document management systems and clear lines of communication to ensure that all aspects of your UAE company incorporation process are handled efficiently.

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Helen Barrett

Partner

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Carl Dowling

Partner

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Suzanne Burnside

Operations Manager

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Heinrich Potgieter

Finance Manager

About us statistics

95%
Client retention rate YOY
50%
Growth SPC/DIFC investment structures 14/15/16
70%
Clients using Nominee services
15%
Clients using CBD Services outside of the UAE

CBD News  

4Oct

UAE firms to get worker bank guarantees refund

by CBD  
Published 3rd October 2018, Gulf News Abu Dhabi: The government Wednesday said it will start refunding this month bank guarantee given by companies and business owners for each worker, a move that is expected to...
29Nov

UAE cabinet approves VAT executive regulation

by CBD  
Published September 30 2017, UAE Ministry of Finance The UAE Ministry of Finance has release the Executive Regulation of The Federal Decree-Law No (7) of 2017 on Tax Procedures, approved by the cabinet during its...

Testimonials  

  • “From initial advice and guidance on company formation to securing local partnership, we found CBD Consultancy to be extremely professional, very proactive and responsive, but above all else provided much needed support and guidance whenever it was required.”

    Graham Davies

    Golf Destination Plus Tourism LLC

  • “I used CBD Consultancy to establish our company here in the UAE, finding their services efficient, professional and excellent value for money. Furthermore their staff are pleasant, and respond expeditiously to our needs. I most certainly will be continuing to utilise and rely on CBD Consultancy Services.

    Daryl Wake - Managing Director

    SafetyFX International

  • “CBD enabled Caron Jones Human Resources Consultancy to be launched within a matter of weeks.  They personally guided me through the licensing options, advantages and disadvantages, and assisted me throughout the formation process.  They offer a cost efficient, professional supportive service that allowed me to focus on growing my business. “

    Caron Jones

    Caron Jones Human Resources Consultantcy

  • “One of the best decisions I made was choosing CBD to form Smyth & Bradshaw HR. They explained the process to me clearly and assisted from inception to completion. I highly recommend using their services.”

    Khalil AL-Kaddo| CEO - MENA

    SMYTH & BRADSHAW

  • “CBD Consultancy greatly assisted us with the set up of our business in the UAE. They clearly explained the timescales involved, various options and differing costs in order for us to chose the best structure and location for our business. CBD Consultancy are always extremely helpful and knowledgable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services to others.”

    Phil Richardson - Managing Director

    amodo pm

  • “There are many providers in Dubai that offer their services to set up your company, but after learning the hard way, few really know how to navigate their way through the laws, regulations and market realities like CBD. If you want a service provider that truly cares, and is willing to roll up their sleeves and partner with you, then CBD is the only company to use. I have high expectations, and Carl and team met every one of them” 

    Ross Milton – Managing Director

    Bounce