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  Professional offshore incorporations and offshore banking services since 1996

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS


The British Virgin Islands is the world's pre-eminent offshore corporate domicile.

Services available from BVI:
Offshore companies. New or ready-made companies available.
Bank Accounts
Mutual Funds
Captive Insurance
Trusts
Trusts Vista
Yacht registration
Bank Nominee signatories
BVI REGULATED PROFESSIONAL INVESTMENT FUND:
Other Services

 

New BVI Business Companies Act and the International Business Companies (Amendment) Act.

 Starter REGULATED PROFESSIONAL INVESTMENT FUND.
This is a new and innovative regulated investment fund product, which has been designed specifically for the fledgling investment managers who are seeking to enter the international investment fund arena for the first time and for new investment funds with
‘seed-capital’ of between $ 1 million and $ 3 million.

Offshore Simple

 


Offshore company (IBC) Incorporations.
One person is enough to incorporate an offshore company.

Fees summary:
Basic:

Incorporation Fee: $799
Registered Office/Agent: $350 p.a. 
Government Licence: $300+$50 p.a. 
(Standard capital)
Total: $1499

Options:
Corporate Seal: $50  (required for bank acc)
Apostille: $150   (required for bank acc)
Corporate Nominee Director: $300 p.a.
Private individual Nominee Director: $1500 p.a.
Nominee Shareholder: $300 p.a. corporate or $1500 p.a. private individual.
Power of Attorney: $150 (only if you have selected a nominee service)
Notarization of Memorandum & Articles of Association: $150
Legalization: $150
DHL/FedEx Courier: $100 

Nominee bank Signatory: $1000 / year if the company is incorporated with nominee service (read more here)
Bank account setup $700

Mail Forwarding from Tortola - US$400 - payable annually in advance, plus the actual cost of postage. We take a US$50 deposit to cover and then invoice for a further sum when this is used up.

Annual maintenance fees after first year:
 
Registered Office/Agent: $550 p.a. 
  Government Licence: $350 p.a. (you can check here BVI government penalties)
Total: $900     
(plus fees for nominee services if supplied)

The annual state fee of a BVI company with an non-standard authorized capital (exceeding US$50,000) is US$1,000

See here a sample of Incorporation documents.

New regulations about Bearer Shares.
The BVI law was changed in 17 April 2003, and the incorporation fee and annual fee for a company that allows the issuance of bearer shares will increase to $1000/year, from $350/year at the present, and the share certificates will have to remain in BVI at the registered office.
We recommend to either get registered shares in your name, if privacy is not an issue, or to use our nominee shareholder service ($300/year)
Also, as per the new legislation the shareholder and director would have to be of legal age.

REGISTER OF DIRECTORS
All companies will be required to maintain an updated Register of Directors at the office of the Registered Agent in the BVI. Existing companies will have a period of twelve months to establish the register, which must date back to the date of the enactment of the new Act.

The BVI Government fee increased Jan 1st 2005; for companies with capital of $50,000 or less the fees will be $350 and above $50,000 will be $1100. (this amount does NOT need to be ever deposited . You don't need to have such an amount to open a company)

Nominee Bank Signatory service:
If we provide nominee services for your company, we could assist you further in facilitating the opening of a bank account for the Company.  The normal procedures include providing certified true copies of the records of the Company to the Bank
If we establish the account and also act as signatory, we charge an annual fee of $1000 to act as signatory and to establish the account including all the necessary papers to the bank, we estimate $700 for a total of $1700 for everything. 

As signatory on the Account, we would only act on your instructions and such must be done in writing. 

Bank Accounts:

We have many options for your Tax Free Offshore Company and Offshore Bank Account:
European Banks, Caribbean Banks, Asian Banks,...
and together we'll decide the best one to use for your particular situation.

Miscellaneous:
Certificate of good standing (from June 2009 is) $850 (including courier).

Please check here our due diligence requirements for BVI incorporations.


For your convenience, we have included a Cost Calculator in the order form:

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BVI Business Companies Act and the International Business Companies (Amendment) Act.

The BVI Business Companies Act (the “BVIBC”) was enacted last year, and in order to comply, our Memorandum & Articles of Association had to be redrafted and all new incorporations would be done under the new legislation before the beginning of 2006 year. To recap, please note that following:-

The British Virgin Islands will be operating under a new legislation which continues to govern BVI Companies. Under this legislation, companies are referred as BVI Business Companies and not International Business Companies. It is the intention of the BVI Government to discontinue the use of the first company law, "The International Business Companies Act" which was designed exclusively for non-residents. Under the new Companies Act both foreigners and residents will benefit from a zero tax on all business companies, both local and international. To enable transition to the new Act, clients may continue to incorporate companies under the old legislation for a specified period of time (noted below) but are required later to re-register under the new legislation which will then form one single corporate law. This change will allow the BVI to continue to operate as an Offshore tax-free jurisdiction. Below is a time-table for compliance:

1. 1 January 2005, the new BVI Business Companies Act came into force.

2. A two year transitional phase for IBCs to the new BVIBCA was cited as follows:

* Until 31st December 2005 clients can continue to incorporate companies under the IBC Act.
* As of January 1 2006 all companies will be incorporated as BVIBC (under the new Act).
* During the period 1 January 2006 through 31 December 2006 existing companies will be permitted to operate under the existing IBC Act and Companies Acts for one final year to enable them to prepare for transition to the new Act.
* On 1 January 2007, any companies remaining on the registers maintained under the existing Companies Act and the existing IBC Act will automatically be re-registered under the new Act.
* By 2007 it is envisaged that all companies registered in the BVI will be operating under the new regime.

There are many new changes and procedures to be noted. For example, a Director must be at least 18 years old and must be appointed within 30 days of the company’s date of incorporation. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the new legislation, please email us.

Therefore, all new companies will now be incorporated under the new Act.

Jurisdiction details:

The British Virgin Islands are a British dependency located in the Eastern Caribbean, about 80 kilometers East of Puerto Rico. English is the official language and the official currency is the United States Dollar. The Government is stable and promises to remain that way. There is good commercial and professional infrastructure and the Government is actively encouraging the development of the offshore finance business and has now upgraded the Companies Registry by installing state of the art technology.

The International Business Companies Act was passed in 1984 and created the International Business Company (IBC) which is the preferred offshore company vehicle. In recent years the BVI has become extremely popular, particularly in the Far East region, due to the extensive marketing of the jurisdiction particularly by lawyers who moved from Panama during the Noriega regime and set up offices in the BVI.

What information can be obtained from the BVI:

Usually, only the basic information, for example, the Registered Office/Registered Agent, authorized capital, whether the company is in good standing, will be filed at the Companies Registry in the British Virgin Islands ("BVI"). 
Information pertaining to accounts, lists of directors, lists of directors' other interest, shareholders, etc. is not required to be filed as a public record !

Under the International Business Companies ('IBC') Act of the British Virgin Islands, the only party in the BVI who would have information on the shareholdings of an IBC would be the Registered Agent of the BVI IBC, as the Act requires a copy of the share register to be maintained at the Registered Office of the IBC.  The Registered Agent may be aware also of the directorships and business activity of the IBC.  In any event, this is confidential information which the Registered Agent does not normally divulge unless specifically requested to do so by its client


Please read our pages introducing the BVI


British Virgin Islands Companies


General Introduction to the BVI

The British Virgin Islands is the world's pre-eminent offshore corporate domicile. A B statement, but one which we here at OffshoreSimple Inc. believe without reservation!

Since adoption of the pioneering International Business Companies Act in 1984, almost 330,000 companies have been incorporated in the BVI. This number of registrations is growing at an ever-increasing rate and has exceeded 35,000 each year for the last several years. These figures place the BVI very close to the top of the world's leading offshore jurisdictions in terms of companies incorporated, a resounding success for their company and other offshore legislation.

Other jurisdictions have introduced legislation similar to the BVI's in an effort to compete in the international offshore company formation market. However the BVI has maintained its leadership position thanks to the flexibility of its legislation, the quality of its financial services, its commitment to privacy and its integrity and stability as a jurisdiction.

If you haven't already read our pages introducing the BVI, we would suggest you do so in order to obtain a better over-view of the Islands' position in the offshore company 'business' together with some other general historical, political and tourist information.

 


Why Incorporate In The BVI?

Because the British Virgin Islands is at the leading edge of current Offshore Legislation, by incorporating your offshore company in the BVI the company gains a wide range of highly competitive advantages, including:

 


  • Exemption from all local taxes and stamp duties.
  • Asset security - the ability to transfer domicile; protect assets from expropriation or confiscation orders from foreign governments (eg. your 'home' country's tax authority); transfer assets to another company, trust, foundation, association or partnership; merge or consolidate with any other BVI or foreign company in an accommodating jurisdiction.
  • Maximum confidentiality and anonymity - the availability of Bearer Shares; no requirements to file organizational or financial information with the Registrar of Companies (except for a generalized Memorandum & Articles of Association); share registers available for inspection only by registered shareholders or by order of the BVI Court (but bearer shares are totally anonymous).
  • Statutory flexibility in filing Registers of Directors or Members at their option and in their de-registering at any time. This facilitates a delicate and appropriate balance combining anonymity with the need to file such business information as determined by the business needs of the IBC from time to time (register if you need to, don't if you needn't).
  • Ease of operation, maintenance and control - BVI IBCs can:
    • Reacquire and reissue their own shares
    • Issue shares for a consideration other than cash, with or without par value, denominated in any currency
    • Have only one Subscriber and thereafter only one Member (Shareholder or Stockholder)
    • Have a single director who can be of any nationality
    • Have corporate Directors and/or Shareholders
    • Hold Directors' or Shareholders' meetings, and maintain company books of accounts, records and minutes of meetings outside the BVI
    • Hold meetings by telephone, facsimile, e-mail or any other means
  • No statutory requirement to hold Annual General Meetings.
  • Company names can end in:
    • Corporation (Corp)
    • Incorporated (Inc)
    • Limited (Ltd)
    • Societe Anonyme/Sociedad Anonima (S.A.)
  • Excellent and flexible post-incorporation follow-up services.
  • Customized certificates and document verification geared to meet the unique business needs of individual IBCs.
  • No disclosure or minimal capital requirements.
  • Highly competitive Government fees and costs.

And of course OffshoreSimple's own highly competitive fees.


What Can A BVI IBC Do?

BVI IBCs can perform all international corporate activities except:


  • Do business with BVI residents
  • Provide Registered Office or Agent facilities for other BVI incorporated entities
  • Own an interest in real estate or other property in the BVI other than office leases (but see below)

BVI IBCs may engage in all of the following activities, which, although they may take place within the BVI, do not constitute 'doing business' in the BVI:

 


  • Make or maintain deposits with a person carrying on a banking business within the BVI
  • Make or maintain contacts with any or all categories of professional persons or companies carrying on business within the BVI
  • Prepare or maintain books and records within the BVI
  • Hold meetings of its Directors and Shareholders within the BVI
  • Hold a lease of property for use as an office from which to communicate with Shareholders or where books or records of the company are prepared or maintained
  • Hold shares, debt obligations or other securities in a company incorporated in the BVI or owned directly or indirectly by a company so incorporated

 


 

What Can A BVI IBC Do That Requires A License?

BVI IBCs can perform the following activities requiring a license:

 


  • Carry on a banking or trust business
  • Carry on business as an insurance or re-insurance company, agent or broker
  • Carry on a business as a company manager


How To Establish A BVI International Business Company (IBC)

The BVI IBC formation and registration process is quick and easy. For most companies the documentation is simple and brief and the official review and approval at Companies House are completed in approximately 24 hours. To this must be added our own management and processing time plus any time spent in finding a suitable company name, plus of course any delays in the postal or courier transmission of application forms and company 'kits' and in the clearing of checks (cheques) through the banking system.


The Formation Process

When you wish OffshoreSimple Inc. to proceed with the formation of your BVI IBC, please complete the Order Form and return it to us. This can be done directly by either e-mail or, after printing out and filling in the form, by fax, post or courier, but we strongly recommend (and prefer) e-mail.

Please note however that we only proceed with the actual incorporation upon receipt and clearance of full payment.

Before completing the Order Form, please read the following notes carefully. Incorrect or incomplete applications just waste time and money - we try to be as competitive as possible and one way you can help us maintain this is by doing things right, first time!

 


  • Finding a company name which you like and which is suitable to you is often the hardest part of the formation process. If your chosen name is not available, we will undertake to find the nearest possible alternative name based on your preferred choices and reserve that name for you. We may have to add or remove words if necessary to make a unique name - you may want "John Smith Inc", we may have to register "J. Smith Trading (1996) Inc" - with close on 280,000 names already on the Register this can be a difficult task. We will not go ahead with registering an alternative name until confirmed by you as acceptable.
  • Please remember that a BVI IBC must end in: Corporation (Corp); Incorporated (Inc); Limited (Ltd) or Societe Anonyme/Sociedad Anonima (S.A.).
  • Please also be aware that names incorporating the following words are restricted. We will advise where appropriate:- "Assurance; Royal; Bank; Trust; Building Society; Trust Company; Chamber of Commerce; Trust Corporation; Chartered; Trustee Company; Cooperative; Trustee; Imperial; Savings; Insurance; Savings and Loan; Re insurance; Underwriting; Indemnity; Surety; Guarantee; Casualty; Municipal", together with any words suggesting the patronage of, or any connection with Her Majesty the Queen of England, any member of the Royal Family, Her Majesty's Government or one of its departments, a municipality or other local authority or a society or body incorporated by Royal Charter, are also prohibited unless written permission is granted by the Registrar. A very good reason would have to be presented for such a request to be granted.
  • Assuming payment has been made, once a name has been reserved an approved by you we will proceed with the actual incorporation. This process typically takes 8 to 10 working days allowing for our own processing time. Once incorporation has been completed, the company documentation, in the form of a company 'kit', will be sent to you by courier to the address provided. Please note that whilst generally good from within the BVI (or, as we often use for post, from the neighboring US Virgin Islands), postal services from any island group can be slower than from the mainland. This is especially true for items which are heavier than allowed by airmail. For this reason we always use a courier.
    • A slightly faster service may be available by the use of Ready Formed/Pre-Registered Companies, which may be sent to you within 2 to 3 days of payment being cleared. Please contact us or fax us in US (+1 212 202-6468) for an up-to-date list of Ready Formed Company Names. The names of these companies can of course be changed at a later date (again subject to availability). Our Ready Formed Companies have no previously appointed Directors nor have any shares been issued. The companies have obviously never traded.
    • A further service of note is the availability of 'old' companies. These are Ready Formed Companies which have been on our books for a number of years - we have, or can obtain, companies up to 10 years old - and naturally the older a company, the greater its cost, if for no other reason than we have had to pay several years of annual fees. Please enquire for more details.
  • Please complete all of the sections on the order form and either submit it directly by e-mail or print it off and send it to us by fax.
  • Once the order form is complete, we require payment in full before we can commence the actual formation of your company. There are (currently) two ways of doing this:
    • If sending your order by post (we don't really recommend this), please enclose either a check (cheque), banker's draft or international money order payable in US dollars for the appropriate sum, made out to OffshoreSimple Inc.. Please note however that checks, especially personal checks or those drawn on small, regional banks can take some considerable time to clear through the international banking system. Up to six weeks has been known. You have been warned!
    • If ordering electronically or by fax please arrange for your payment to be sent directly to our account by wire transfer using the international SWIFT system. Our bank account details and the exact transfer procedures are shown on our order form and they must be followed exactly. We would recommend that you print out the page, fill in the spaces as appropriate, then take the page to your own bank for them to execute the transaction.
  • Once we have both your order form and full payment, we will immediately form your company for you.
  • Please note that if you wish to open your own bank account and require Apostilled corporate documents, we can provide these at the time of ordering the company for an additional US$150. (These documents are normally provided within the cost of any corporate bank account we may open on your behalf). If you require such Apostilled documents subsequent to any formation the cost (including courier charges) will be US$250. As a matter of note, an Apostille is essentially a certificate issued by a Government Official to the effect that documents attached to the Apostille are true copies of those on file in the Company Registry.


How Much Will My BVI IBC Cost?

Probably a great deal less than you think!

Here at OffshoreSimple Inc. we try to be as competitive as possible. We do this in several ways:


  • By being largely 'paper less' - our company is highly computerized and we prefer it if you communicate with us in a similar way
  • By being highly efficient and cost effective in running our company

But whilst we believe that we are one of the most cost effective and lowest priced offshore company formation organizations around, please don't just take our word for it, have a look at some of our competitors and see what they will charge you for an identical BVI IBC.

The total cost of an offshore company is best looked at as comprising of a distinct number of items and frequently shown as such on price lists. These items are:


  • Formation Fees and Disbursements (Costs) - our professional fees and outgoings in the actual formation of your company. These are 'once only'
  • Domiciliary (Resident) Fees - the cost of the Registered Office and maintaining statutory books etc in the BVI. These are annual and must be paid for as long as the company is in existence
  • Government Fees - registration and filing fees. Again these are annual and must be maintained
  • Nominee Fees - the cost of optional nominee director(s). Again annual but only payable if the option is taken.

Referring back to the prices charged by many of our competitors, please note that frequently the price quoted in adverts, especially in newspaper/magazine adverts, is just the formation fee alone! As we're writing this, we have a newspaper right in front of us, and there is no way any formation organization, however efficient, can actually form "BVI Companies - From US$500" as quoted in their advert. OK, their basic formation fee less any Disbursements (costs) may be US$500, but the end price.....US$1,500.....2,000? Check it out for yourselves, don't just take our word for it, there are several such companies on the internet, so take a look - we know pretty well what they all charge so we've not worried by your having a look.

When we quote a price, it is always fully inclusive and always incorporates the first year annual charges. Also, because we invoice you from offshore, you will pay no sales or value added taxes on top of our price. What you see is what you pay!


Annual Costs

You will have seen several references to annual fees made above. Regrettably there are such things to be paid in order to keep your company operational, and they cover items such as:


  • Domiciliary Fees - the cost of the Registered Office and maintaining statutory books etc.
  • Government Fees - registration and filing fees.
  • Nominee Fees - the cost of optional nominee director(s) (as before). Again annual but only payable if the option is taken

The annual fees for the first year of your BVI IBC's life are included in the initial cost of buying the company, however the annual fees for the second and subsequent years are payable on or before the anniversary of your company's formation.

We will invoice you for these fees shortly before the 'quarter' in which your incorporation took place and will expect them to be paid fully and promptly. Failure to do so will result in your company being struck off the company register and any bank or VISA accounts maintained by the company becoming frozen. We do get the odd client company which thinks it needn't pay its annual fees, but they don't last long!

We will advise you well in advance should there be any changes in our annual domiciliary fee, nominee director's fee or in the government registration and filing fee.


What Your Company Is & What You Will Receive

Once we have formed your new British Virgin Islands International Business Company for you, we will immediately send the 'company kit' on to you by courier. As we've already mentioned, we always use a courier and we are geared to dispatching 'company kits' on this basis unless we are otherwise advised on the order form. If, for security/privacy reasons, you do not wish to give us a street address for delivery, you must advise us of this prior to dispatch to enable us to make arrangements with DHL for them to hold the company kit at their nearest depot to you. We will then provide you with the anticipated delivery date and the airway bill number - from this point on it will be your responsibility to contact DHL and make your own arrangements for either delivery or personal collection.

What our formation fee covers and what you will receive from us is:


  • Our professional fees in taking your instructions, which cover:
    • Reserving and registering a company name
    • Preparing and registering the Memorandum and Articles of Association
    • Preparing share certificates
    • Preparing all associated documentation and correspondence
    • Alternatively our fees associated with a Ready Formed Company
  • Maintaining the Registered Office and statutory books for the first year
  • Paying the Government Registration and Filing fees for the first year
  • Optionally, preparing and issuing Bearer Share certificates
  • Optionally, preparing a General Power of Attorney
  • Optionally, appointing a Corporate Nominee Director for the first year
  • Assembling and dispatching your full 'Company Kit' containing:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Memorandum and Articles of Association
    • Share Certificates
    • Copies of all other documentation


Now, as the beneficial owner of a brand new offshore company, ready to trade in any legal service or commodity in any country of the world except for the BVI itself, you can use it to minimize or eliminate your 'onshore' taxation, protect your 'onshore' assets and reduce or eliminate the pervasive and invasive government bureaucracy which abounds. Enjoy and prosper!


Corporate Banking Facilities

Of course, now you finally have your company, you will surely need some form of bank account to go with it. OffshoreSimple Inc. will be pleased to assist you in the opening of an offshore corporate bank account and an associated corporate or personal ATM Debit or Secured Credit Card. Depending on circumstances, we may also be able to assist you with obtaining an Offshore Credit Card Merchant Account.

Please read full details of these associated banking services.


Mail Forwarding Services

We are also able to offer the owners of our IBCs a mail forwarding service. This can be either from your Registered Office address in the BVI (PO Box #), from an address provided in Switzerland or from an inconspicuous UK street address. For more details check our virtual office page.

 


For your convenience, we have included a Cost Calculator in the order form:


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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the details contained herein are correct and up-to-date, it does not constitute legal or other professional advice. We do not accept any responsibility, legal or otherwise, for any errors or omissions.


Please go to our Uses of offshore Companies Page where you will find interesting information on the benefits of using offshore companies and trusts for business and personal use, links to information on other locations and details of our products and services.

 

 

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