Online Forex Traders in Kenya

Online forex brokers are firms that provide currency traders with access to a trading platform that allows them to buy and sell foreign currencies. A currency trading broker also known as a retail forex broker handles a very small portion of the volume of the overall foreign exchange market. Kenya’s financial watchdog, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), regulates all forex brokerage activities under the Capital Markets (Online Foreign Exchange Trading) Regulations, 2017. Any person or entity willing to carry on business as an online forex broker must be granted approval by the Authority.

Kenya Online Forex Broker License Key Features

An online foreign exchange broker may;

  1. Open clients’ accounts.
  2. Provide a trading platform; Kenya Subsidiary Legislation, 2017
  3. Provide access to market information that the clients may utilize in formulating their strategies
  4. Monitor traders’ positions
  5. Provide end-of-day reports.

A non-dealing online foreign exchange broker;

  1. Avails a trading platform to their clients that enables the clients to trade from anywhere and at any time using their electronic devices.
  2. Provide access to global markets and also provides an opportunity for clients to educate themselves on the global financial markets.
  3. Does not offer client advice or trade on behalf of their clients.
  4. Does not advise clients to deposit their investment amount with an account offered by the broker.

A money manager shall;

  1. Choose and manage investments prudently for his or her clients.
  2. Develop an appropriate investment strategy.
  3. Take positions in the market to meet the investment goals of the client.
  4. Undertake financial analysis.
  5. Monitor foreign exchange portfolio investments on behalf of the client.

Kenya Online Forex Broker License Legal Requirements

Kenya Online Forex LicenseDescription
Corporate vehicle permittedKenyan Company
Local physical office requiredYes
Share capital or equivalent
Minimum paid up capital Dealing Broker.USD 500,000
Minimum paid up capital Non- Dealing Broker.USD 300,000
Minimum paid-up Money ManagerUSD 100,000
Capital can be utilizedYes
Minimum number3
Local DirectorshipYes
Corporate directorship allowedYes
Corporate ShareholderYes
Local ShareholderNo
Service Providers Required
Company SecretaryYes

Kenya Online Forex Broker License Tax Treatment

A Corporate tax is charged as per the Income Tax Act CAP 486 as below;

  1. The current corporate tax rate applicable in Kenya is 30% in the case of resident corporations (i.e. limited liability companies).
  2. A non-resident company with a permanent establishment in Kenya is taxed at 37.5%. The tax is computed on the taxable income of a company, having deducted expenses which are wholly and exclusively incurred in the production of income.

Kenya Online Forex Broker License Duration for Set up

Online Forex Broker License- takes about 6 months post submission of the application. The timeline also depends on any workload of CMA and any clarifications and queries that CMA may request in relation to the application.

Kenya Online Forex Broker License Distinctive Benefits

Kenya is a globally recognized jurisdiction and it only takes about 2-4 weeks to incorporate. You can acquire a Kenyan Broker License in about 6 months if the application and documents are in order and satisfy the requirements of the CMA.

Kenya has a low minimum capital requirement adding another advantage over other jurisdictions.

Other key advantages include the following:

  • Dynamic economy expected to grow around 4.5 % per year
  • The finance sector is the fourth highest in the service sector at 7.4%
  • Services industry currently accounts for 50% of GDP
  • Financial services sector expected to grow at 6% per year
  • Use of the country as a platform for business between Asia and Africa
  • No exchange controls
  • Kenya is part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Cooperation.


At Imperial Registrars, we will advise you on the optimal legal structure for your requirements, size, expectations, and circumstances. We are very hands-on in the post-filing period checking with re-regulator and service providers and updating you regularly. Any queries raised by the regulators and service providers during processing will be quickly synthesized by us and we shall craft the right responses to move the process forward fast.

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