Forex License in Kenya


Online Foreign Exchange Broker License

FOREX license in Kenya is divided into three types:

"Money manager" management of the online foreign exchange portfolio of an individual or entity;

"Dealing online foreign exchange broker" license to operate an online foreign exchange trading business as a principal and market maker.

"Non-dealing online foreign exchange broker" license to operate as a link between the foreign exchange market and the client; this type of license does not give the opportunity to participate in market activities.

1 - The "Money manager" category allows the following:

  • To be the Financial Manager of the client;
  • Intelligently select and manage investments for clients;
  • Develop a suitable investment strategy;
  • Take a position in the market to achieve the client's investment objectives;
  • Conduct financial analysis and oversee foreign currency portfolio investments on behalf of the client.

2 - The Non-dealing online foreign exchange broker category allows the following:

  • Open trading accounts for clients;
  • Provide a trading platform;
  • Provide access to market information that clients can use when formulating strategies;
  • Monitor traders’ positions.


FOREX broker can not offer for trading currency pair, related to the Kenya shilling and work with binary options.


3 - The category "Dealing online foreign exchange broker" allows:

  • The license allows you to work as a principal and Market Maker.

FOREX broker can not offer for trading currency pair, related to the Kenyan Shilling and work with binary options.

Requirements for the license applicant:

  • Presence of a local LLC type company.
  • Availability of a local office, equipment, and personnel.

The company should hire the following specialists:

  • A CFO who is a member of ICPAK (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Kenya);
  • An experienced dealer (when applying for Dealing online foreign exchange broker license);
  • Accredited Compliance officer;
  • Internal auditor, who is a member of ICPAK;
  • Registered outside legal counsel.

Requirements for company directors:

  • The company director must have at least five years of experience in buying, selling, managing, or dealing in foreign exchange and be a member of the company's top management.

Requirements for the board of directors:

  • Minimum of 3 directors;
  • Minimum of 1 non-executive director;
  • At least 1 non-executive director (cannot be a CFO);
  • At least 2 other executive directors.

Company shareholder requirements:

  • Minimum of 4 shareholders.

Minimum authorized capital requirements:

  • Money manager 92,000 USD;
  • Dealing online foreign exchange broker 455,000 USD;
  • Non-dealing online foreign exchange broker 270 000 USD.

Capital requirements and liquidity:

  • FOREX broker - 270 000 USD.
  • Financial manager - 45 000 USD.

Or 8% of the total liabilities.

Allowed asset classes to work with:

FOREX, securities, indices, interest or other rates, currencies, futures, commodities, stocks, CFD.

FOREX broker is forbidden to trade: currency pairs, including the Kenyan shilling and binary option.


A non-resident company with a permanent establishment in Kenya is taxed at 37.5%. The tax is calculated on the basis of the company's income less expenses incurred as a whole and exclusively in earning the income.

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