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IranianOffice, leader of Corporate & Business Development services in Iran

Operating Support

IranianOffice Corporate Services enable companies operating in Iran to streamline their Iranian operations: Shared Service Centers, Employee Outsourcing and Organization Assessement & Change Management

Shared Service Centers

Our Shared Service Centers enable you to focus on your front office activities, supported by a highly professional, scalable and cost-effective back-office.

The expansion plans of our clients require flexibility and focus, therefore the implementation of permanent back-office structures in Iran, at least for the first rounds of development, is rarely justified.

Some companies do not have or simply do not want to carry internally the specific skills and professionals for an Accounting, Controlling, Tax, Legal, HR or IT department.

Scalable and cost-effective, our Shared Services Centers are customized to your specific needs. We select and supervise specialized professionals with the best level of expertise. The SSC can be dedicated for 3 months or 2 years, can be in-office or hosted. We work out with you the most adapted SSC model for a perfect match to your specific short term need or your long term strategy.

Employee Outsourcing

Employee outsourcing is dedicated to international companies willing to operate in Iran without having a permanent statutory structure, or making the choice of having no permanent employees in their Iranian structure.

This solution is particularly adapted when you need local sales person(s), or your (future) manager in Iran, or some engineers in the framework of a specific project.

IranianOffice hires and carries your employee(s) on its dedicated structure in Iran and deals with all HR, legal, financial, social & tax aspects. In the case of expatriates, we also take care of work permit and visa, as well as housing.

This service is invoiced either from Iran or from Europe, to our clients’ best convenience.

Organization Assessment & Change Management

Your expansion and development plans in Iran lead to organizational changes and process adaptations both internally and with third parties and partners.Organizational issues, both Human and Process related, become particularly critical after the conclusion of an acquisition or a JV, as it is key to its success.

We provide the local or international management of our clients with:
- a clear view of their present operations, partner or sales network.
- and a gap analysis of their targeted organization.

We share the best practices and our knowledge of markets and people to ensure the manageability and improved performance of your Iranian operations.

Business Development

IranianOffice Business Development Services provides all what it needs for companies to take the right business decisions in Iran and successfully implement them: Market intelligence, support to Equity operations, Business Setup.

Market Intelligence

We generate on-demand or generic audits and reports of key sectors of activities in Iran. The quality of IranianOffice market insights is recognized as the most accurate and reliable.

Iran faces a clear lack of reliable information and data. We take our sources directly from professionals of each vertical and check and process the data systematically to provide a deep and most accurate analysis per market and per company targeted. The access to first hand & verified data , but also the manner of extracting decision-making information from it is the core added-value of our in-house Business Analysts and our Data Center.

In the case your survey relates to a project of expansion in Iran, we provide you with a clear Go / No Go recommendation together with a Road to Market model suited to your situation / products or services. We take pride in succeeding 100% of our missions, so we always start by building a deep understanding of the client’s business model & key factors of success and assess their adaptability to the Iranian environment.

Equity Operations

We assist our clients to successfully acquire a company in Iran, or to create a solid and sustainable joint-venture with a local partner.

IranianOffice dedicated teams support the A to Z process of your Joint-Venture or Acquisition projects, on your side and/or on your behalf.

We short-list, target, approach and assist you in the negotiation with reliable business partners inside Iran.

We perform comprehensive business partner screenings including operations reality check, business & image report, management & shareholders background and compliance.And we make sure that you secure the best possible deal.

We also support you in the FIPPA process of your investment. FIPPA is the investment protection program of the Iranian government.

Succeeding the integration of your Iranian acquisition after the closing is of utmost importance, and our operational experience is a decisive asset for your success (please refer to the Organization Assessment & Change Management section).

Business Setup

The registration of new company in Iran is not complex, but it may fall behind on planned schedule when not managed properly.

We help you in selecting the best company location (e.g. FTZ, SEZ) and company form and assist you in all administrative, tax and banking matters. We also support you in the FIPPA filing of your project as the case may be.

IranianOffice provides you with à la carte operational support for your:
- Offices
- Back-office resources - refer to Shared Service Centers
- Immediate staffing needs - refer to Employee Outsourcing and Executive Search
- Obtention of licences required for specific activities

IranianOffice also keeps on the shelf pre-registrated companies in order to reduce your project deadlines.

Financing & Derisking

Project Financing

Find financing arrangements for projects in Iran is not always an easy task, even for internationally-led projects, as traditional lenders and equity investors may appear reluctant when it comes to Iran.

Our business relations with private equity investors in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia enables us to contribute to financing projects in Iran.

IranianOffice accepts mandates for the funding of projects in Iran that are run by leading international operators.

Derisking

IranianOffice acts as a Trusted Third Party in a broad range of situations in order to overcome some obstacles and/or internal contradictions that international corporations must deal with for the development of their business in Iran.

IranianOffice is acting for large international corporations as a Trusted Third Party, directly or via a specific vehicle created specially for the purpose defined by the client. Each business case is confidential and diverse, and our experts are at your disposal to share some experiences and discuss your particular needs.


Each scheme set out and the framework of each of our interventions are always fully compliant with local and international legislations.

Most international law firms active in Iran recommend us as a Trusted Third Party.

About Us

IranianOffice is a Euro-Iranian venture headquartered in Brussels, Belgium and operating in Tehran and main cities of Iran. It is dedicated to international companies operating in Iran -or willing to do so- and its range of activities covers Corporate Services, Business Development Services as well as Human-Capital Related Solutions. We also provide a wide array of Tailored Business Solutions to our international clients.
IranianOffice - Montesquieu Partners is the leader in strategic and operational support to international corporations in Iran.

Why work with us?

1. We have a deep knowledge and practice of Iran
2. Our core competencies are integrated, not sub-contracted to third parties
3. We act as an operational arm for our clients and decision makers, with a strong business background and understanding
4. All our resources are integrated, we never subcontract to third parties and other « best friends »
5. Our processes are tailored to deliver top European quality
6. We are fully committed to the success of our clients’ projects in Iran and we accept only assignments that we can fulfill
7. All our actions are fully compliant with regional and international standards, as well as international laws and agreements
8. Numerous large international corporations have entrusted us with their business and we keep references available upon request
9. All our services can be contracted and invoiced in Iran or in Europe, at our client’s best convenience.

Managing team

Both founders & managing partners of IranianOffice combine a diversified and successful experience as top managers and business developers with an in-depth knowledge of Iran.

Shayan Shadfar: Engineer - Ecole Centrale - 42 yo - Shayan started his career in Finance and M&A at Mazars. Followed by a successful path with Pinault Group as CFO Centrale and Eastern Europe, where he coped with opening and developing markets. He then developed innovative industries over USA and overseas. Shayan is an Advisory Member on Persian history for UNESCO and speaks Farsi, English, French and Italian.

Christophe Laurent-Atthalin: MS Finance - Dipl. Sciences Po Paris - 54 yo - With a unique and successful background of top management positions (CEO of Delta Car, CEO of Autodistribution, and former GM positions in Brazil, USA for Valeo as well as Eastern Europe for Rexel-Pinault), Christophe has a full expertise in M&A and commercial development and a deep knowledge of the Iranian market. Christophe speaks English, French, German, Portuguese and Farsi.

Stay informed

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About Iran

The progressive end of sanctions ushers into a new era for Iran, back in the international economy since 2016. Iran is not just another « emerging market », it is a large, educated and developed country that is already becoming a strategic place to be for international companies of any size.

A huge and developed market

Iran has a large population of 80 million, well-educated and predominantly middle-class. It enjoys modern and westernized lifestyle standards (60% internet penetrations, 1.2 mobile phone per inhabitant).

With a fast growing GDP, Iran, which was before the lift of the sanctions the 28th largest economy worldwide, will quickly catch-up, and is expected to grow by 7% in 2016 according to World Bank. It will soon come back to its leader position in middle-east and top 15 worldwide.

Iran is an “energy superpower”, with the 4th world’s proven oil reserves and the 2nd world gas reserve, guaranteeing the investments and injected funds.

Solid business perspectives

After years of sanctions, Iran needs to renovate its infrastructures (transport, telecom, water, etc.), and its population is eager to access to a more western lifestyle, hence more consumer products.
 The country has an industrial tradition and manufacturing capacities, and should be considered not only as an « export » country, but also as a « manufacturing » country.

Its university system produces 233 000 scientists and engineers a year. 7.5 million people have a university degree, which is equivalent to the total Hong-Kong or Israel population.

With its diversified economy - oil and gas revenue accounting for less than 25% of GDP unlike other middle east countries - and a very low public debt rate at 16% of its GDP, Iran has huge and sustainable potential for investment and growth.

An increasingly friendly business environment

Iranian tax system is competitive - corporate tax is at 25%, with numerous exemptions such as export activities, free tax zones (FTZ) and special economic zones (SEZ) and double taxation agreements have already been concluded with several countries such as Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria & Poland.

However, the legal, tax and business environment is complex, and there is no simple “user manual” on how to start business with or in Iran. International banks as well as big audit firms are not yet able to support their clients in Iran.

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