Offshore companies are the companies that conduct an unsubstantial or zero volume of business within their jurisdiction of incorporation. Offshore companies are registered as an entity within the jurisdiction, the incorporators should be domiciled outside the jurisdiction of incorporation and the company should exclusively transact outside the jurisdiction of incorporation.
An offshore company might be of interest to many people for various different purposes such as:
Jurisdictions are chosen based on their tax benefits, political stability, good reputation and sophisticated corporate law. All jurisdictions guarantee their confidentiality and integrity to investors.
A lot of factors need to be taken into consideration before registering an offshore company including:
Another important factor when choosing your jurisdiction is to ensure that your company will be incorporated in a country that has:
Yes, it is possible that the shareholder of the company acts as its director as well.
Yes, we can support you in opening a bank account by providing the bank with your business activities and future plans, proof of current business activities with the use of brochures, a company website, business contracts and a lease agreement would help support your bank account application.
After submitting your documents to the bank, then it takes around 7 working days for the bank to approve and activate the account, bearing in mind that there could be delays activating the bank account as the Bank may request extra documents/information to proceed.
An offshore bank account provides more privacy and profitability. In some countries it is even a crime for a bank employee to disclose any information about either the bank account or its owner.
Also, offshore bank accounts help you avoid the high service costs and offer very attractive interest rates.
Some offshore bank accounts are financially stronger and better managed than major domestic banks in some cases. This happens because an offshore bank must maintain a higher ratio of liquid assets to accumulated debts.
This depends on the establishment that holds your account.
Banks usually require certified documents of a company’s certificate of incorporation by law of Memorandum and Articles of Association and the resolutions of the directors to open a bank account.
What is also required is evidence of beneficial ownership in the form of certified copies of passports and the resolutions by the Board.
Also, banks ask to know the detailed plans for the company’s operations and most banks require an initial deposit to be placed.
Once your bank account is opened there is a multi-currency account option. This allows you to keep different currencies in the same account.
A lot of jurisdictions do not require financial reporting or auditing. However, some jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Cyprus, Gibraltar and the UK require that the companies produce yearly accounts and to have them audited and pay taxes in some cases as well. Even if a jurisdiction is not subject to tax reporting, again you should consult your own tax, legal or accounting advisor to determine whether you or your company have any reporting obligations in other jurisdictions, including the jurisdiction in which you are a tax resident.
The income of the trust is reported directly on the tax report of the current beneficiaries. It is not recognized as a separate taxable entity separate from the grantor for tax purposes. It is “Income Tax Neutral” to the grantor and for tax purposes it is equivalent to holding the funds in your name. From an asset protection viewpoint, it is the difference between keeping and not keeping your own money. It can also pass real estate tax deductions and mortgage interest deductions to your personal tax return.
A registered agent is defined as the person who is at any particular time performing the functions of registered agent and has a license for trust activities. The license gives the authority to incorporate companies in offshore jurisdictions and represent the company before government authorities.
An Authorised Agent is a person who is designated by a company to act as an intermediary between the license holder and the government authorities.
The minimum requirements for a company management license include a proven company-management experience, a minimum paid-up capital and the physical presence of the applicant.
A Virtual Office allows your company to have a local address and receive mail there and, in some cases, can lend more credibility to your company.
Shelf companies are corporate entities which are established by a provider who holds the company until a purchaser is found. After the transaction, the ownership of the company is transferred from the provider to the purchaser and then the purchase can commence trading activity under the company’s name. The benefits of the purchase of a shelf company are:
Yes, you are encouraged to choose the name of your company by applying for it and then we check with the Company Registry of the offshore jurisdiction for the availability of the name. While choosing the name of your company, bear in mind that the following are forbidden:
The name of the company can be changed after it is approved by the registrar in the country of incorporation to ensure that the name is not already taken or forbidden. A board resolution is drafted and signed by the directors of the company and then the new name is filed with the company registry in the country of incorporation.
The directors of the company can change after a board resolution is drafted and signed by the directors of the company. Then, if that is required by the law in country of incorporation, the resolution is officially filed with the company registry. The new directors are asked to provide a copy of their passport, proof of permanent home address, telephone/fax number and email address accompanied by a signed letter mentioning that they wish to become the director of the company.
The shareholders of the company can change after a board resolution is drafted and signed by the directors of the company. Then, if that is required by the law in country of incorporation, it is officially filed with the company registry. The new shareholders are asked to provide a copy of their passport, proof of permanent home address, telephone/fax number and email address accompanied by a signed letter mentioning that they wish to become the shareholder of the company.
It can be completed within 3 working days without including the bank application processes and it can also depend on the complexity of the customization services you would like for your e-commerce business model.
Depending on the type of license you require, it is usually a legal entity document, shareholder/director information, business plan and other like Finance Statement audit, rental office agreement, etc.
Accounting and & Audit services ensure that your company is within compliance with the requirements of laws, financial reporting standards, regulations, rules, contracts, or grants.
An annual return is to confirm whether a company or close corporation is still in business/trading or will be in the near future, while a tax return focuses on taxable income of a company or close corporation in order to determine its tax liability to the State.
To bring customers the services they require, they will act as the customers’ representative and all contracts and documents will show up the name of the nominee director.
The nominee director will also be assigned to sign on all of the corporate and partner agreements. It is a commitment that the nominee director will not proceed in any obligations without the customers’ request and permission.
A nominee shareholder is a non-beneficiary role where a person or corporate body is appointed to act on behalf of the true shareholder in a name-only capacity. A nominee is mostly used when a limited company shareholder wishes to remain anonymous and keep their details off the public.
A nominee director is a person or a corporate body who is appointed to act as a non-executive capacity on behalf of another person or corporate body.
The main purpose is to protect the identity of the true company director, as nominees are given no executive “hands on” duties, but they are asked to sign documents on behalf of the true director or secretary.
The nominee shareholder is appointed in order to shield the real owner of the company from being publicly associated with the company.
The annual renewal fees are the government and professional fees you would pay in order to maintain your corporate company in good standing under the laws of the state of registration.
The process of Company Migration is sometimes referred as Re-domiciliation or Continuation and refers to de-registering a company from one jurisdiction and registering in another.
Continuation, as its name suggests, has the privilege of continuity which means that while the company is amending its registered address, it does not cease to exist. Business is neither interrupted nor disrupted and the company keeps its original date of incorporation. What this means is that the company continues to exist, but it just migrated to a different jurisdiction.
The reason why this happens is mainly because the original reasons why a company was incorporated in a particular jurisdiction might no longer be valid, so another jurisdiction might present advantages that the previous one did not.
The process is relatively easy while assuming that both jurisdictions allow the continuation procedure, the company would have to submit documents such as a special resolution confirming the company’s intention to migrate, the articles of continuation, a director’s solvency statement and a registered agent consent letter. Other documents might also be required depending on the complexity of the case.
The change of the agent is a very standard procedure and it can be done by requesting the current Registered Agent to resign and pass the administration of the company to a different Registered Agent.
The nominee shareholder will provide you with trust declaration and such an undertaking can also be made by the nominee director. An alternative option is for the nominee director to issue an undated resignation letter which can be executed by you at any time and remove the director from office with either immediate or post effect. If it is specifically required by the circumstances, a detailed and specific company management contract can be drafted and concluded between you and the registered agent who represents are the involved nominees..
The forms that the new registered agent must provide are:
In fact, you do use them. The registered agent lends their office to be used as the legal address of your company and they are also responsible for the safe custody and updating of different documents, like the memorandum and articles of association of the company, the register of members or a copy thereof, the register of directors or a copy thereof and copies of all notices and other documents filed by the company in the previous ten years.
The registered agent is also most of the times custodian for meetings and resolutions of shareholders and directors. The registered agent is responsible to keep these documents up to date and available for inspection by the company directors, shareholders and owners.
The registered agent finally acts as an intermediary between the offshore company and the government, regarding the timely payment of the government renewal fees and the filing of the administrative returns. Generally, the registered agent has an overall legal and practical role, thus an annual fee needs to be paid by the offshore company.
Yes, all companies can apply for deregistration/strike off.
The company needs to meet the following criteria in order to apply for deregistration/strike off:
An application of restoration is needed in which we will guide and aid you, together with the appropriate fee applicable for the specific jurisdiction to restore the Company.
Winding up is the process of settling the accounts and liquidating the assets of a company in order to make distribution of the net assets to members and dissolving the company.
Deregistration is a simple, inexpensive and fast procedure where dormant solvent companies are dissolved.
Strike off is the process during which the Registrar believes that the company is not in operation or carries on business and strikes the name of the company from the Registry The company is then dissolved after its name is struck off the Companies Register. Striking off is a statutory power of the Registrar, thus a company cannot apply for a strike off.