• PART 4 PART 4 PERMITTED COMPANY NAMES AND TRADE NAMES

    • 14. Permitted characters

      (1) This Rule sets out the characters, signs, symbols (including accents and other diacritical marks) and punctuation that may be used —
      (a) in the name of a company registered under the Companies Regulations,
      (b) in a Trade Name, and
      (c) in names and addresses contained in documents delivered to the Registrar,
      ("the permitted characters").
      (2) The following permitted characters may be used for the purposes set out in Rule 1
      (a) any character, character with an accent or other diacritical mark, sign or symbol set out in table 1 in Schedule 1,
      (b) 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9,
      (c) full stop, comma, colon, semi-colon or hyphen, and
      (d) any other punctuation referred to in column 1 of table 2 in Schedule 1 but only in one of the forms set out opposite that punctuation in column 2 of that table.
      (3) The signs and symbols set out in table 3 in Schedule 1 are permitted characters that may be used but not as one of the first three permitted characters of a company's name.
      (4) The name of a company registered under the Companies Regulations and any Trade Name must not consist of more than 400 permitted characters.
      (5) For the purposes of computing the number of permitted characters in paragraph (4) of this Rule (but not in paragraph (3) of this Rule), any blank space between one permitted characters and another in the name shall be counted as though it was a permitted character.

    • 15. Limited and permitted alternatives

      A person must not carry on a controlled activity in or from the Abu Dhabi Global Market under a name that concludes with any word or abbreviation set out in inverted commas in paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 or any word or expression specified as similar thereto pursuant to paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 unless that person is —

      (a) a company incorporated or continued in the Abu Dhabi Global Market with that name pursuant to the Companies Regulations, or
      (b) an overseas company with that name registered in the Abu Dhabi Global Market under the Commercial Licensing Regulations.

    • 16. Other indications of legal form

      A person must not carry on a controlled activity in or from the Abu Dhabi Global Market under a name that includes any expression or abbreviation set out in inverted commas in paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 or (any word or abbreviation specified as similar thereto pursuant to paragraph 4 of Schedule 2) unless that person is such a company or partnership as is indicated in that expression or abbreviation.

    • 17. Inappropriate indication of company type or legal form: generally applicable provisions

      (1) A person must not carry on a controlled activity in or from the Abu Dhabi Global Market under a name that includes, otherwise than at the end of the name, an expression or abbreviation specified in inverted commas in paragraphs 3(a) to 3(f) of Schedule 2 (or any expression or abbreviation specified as similar thereto pursuant to paragraph 4 of Schedule 2).
      (2) Paragraph (1) is subject to Rule 18(b).

    • 18. Inappropriate indication of company type or legal form: unlimited company

      An unlimited company must not be registered under the Regulations by a name that concludes with —

      (a) the word or abbreviation specified in inverted commas in paragraph 1(a) of Schedule 2 (or any word or abbreviation specified as similar thereto pursuant to paragraph 2 of Schedule 2), or
      (b) an expression or abbreviation specified in inverted commas in paragraph 3(a) to (f) of Schedule 2 (or any expression or abbreviation specified as similar thereto pursuant to paragraph 4 of Schedule 2).

    • 19. Names not to be the same as another in the Registrar's lists

      (1) A Proposed Trade Name that is the same as either:
      (a) another name on the Registrar's list of company names; or
      (b) another name on the Registrar's list of Approved Trade Names
      shall not be approved unless the Trade Name Application is submitted by the company of that name or with the written consent of the relevant company or Trade Name Holder.
      (2) Schedule 3 has effect for setting out —
      (a) the matters that are to be disregarded, and
      (b) the words, expressions, signs and symbols that are to be regarded as the same,
      for the purposes of Rule 19(1) and section 55 of the Companies Regulations (determining whether a name to be registered under the Regulations is the same as another name appearing in the Registrar's list of company names).

    • 20. Consent to registration of a name which is the same as another in the Registrar's list of company names

      (1) If the conditions in paragraph (2) are met, then
      (a) a company may be registered under the Companies Regulations by a name which would be deemed the same as another on the Registrar's list of company names, and
      (b) a Proposed Trade Name which would be deemed the same as another on the Registrar's list of company names or the same as another on the Registrar's list of Approved Trade names may be approved by the Registrar.
      (2) The conditions are —
      (a) the company or other body whose name already appears in the Registrar's list of company names or who is the Trade Name Holder of the Approved Trade Name in question ("Body X") consents to the Proposed Same Company Name or Proposed Trade Name being the name of a company or the Approved Trade Name of the person making the relevant Trade Name Application (as the case may be) ("Body Y"),
      (b) Body Y forms, or is to form, part of the same group as Body X, and
      (c) Body Y provides to the Registrar a copy of a statement made by Body X indicating —
      (i) the consent of Body X as referred to in sub-paragraph (a), and
      (ii) that Company Y forms, or is to form, part of the same group as Body X.
      (3) If the Proposed Same Company Name or Proposed Trade Name is to be taken by a company which has not yet been incorporated, the copy of such statement must be provided to the Registrar instead by the person who delivers to the Registrar the application for registration of the company (and the reference in paragraph (1) to the conditions in paragraph (2) shall be read accordingly).
      (4) The Registrar may accept the statement referred to in paragraph (2)(c) as sufficient evidence that the conditions referred to in paragraph (2)(a) and (b) have been met.
      (5) If the consent referred to in paragraph (2)(a) is given by Body X, a subsequent withdrawal of that consent does not affect:
      (a) the registration of Body Y by that Proposed Same Company Name, or
      (b) Body Y's registration as the Trade Name Holder of the relevant Approved Trade Name
      (6) In this Rule —
      (a) "group" has the meaning given in section 446(1) of the Companies Regulations, and
      (b) "Proposed Same Company Name" means a name which is, due to the application of Rule 19 and Schedule 3, considered the same as either a name appearing in the Registrar's list of company names and differs from that name appearing in the list by any of the matters set out in inverted commas in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3.

    • 21. Names with connection to Public Authorities

      Each of the persons and bodies set out in Schedule 4 is specified for the purposes of section 59(1)(b) of the Commercial Licensing Regulations and section 49(1)(c) of the Companies Regulations.

    • 22. Specified words and expressions to which section 60 of the Commercial Licensing Regulations and section 50 of the Companies Regulations apply

      The following words and expressions are specified for the purposes of section 60(1) of the Commercial Licensing Regulations and section 50 of the Companies Regulations —

      (a) the words and expressions set out in Schedule 5,
      (b) the plural and possessive forms of those words and expressions, and, where relevant, the feminine form, and
      (c) where relevant, other grammatical forms of those words and expressions.

    • 23. Interpretation

      In this Part "permitted characters" has the meaning given in Rule 14(1).