Mauritius Authorised Company
Formation of a Mauritius Authorised Company
An Authorised Company is an entity incorporated in Mauritius and administered by a duly-approved registered agent as a licensed management company. It is held by non-residents and its business activities are conducted outside Mauritius; as a result, it is not regarded as tax-resident in Mauritius.
Its key features include high levels of anonymity and privacy, tax exemption, and a stable jurisdiction. It is particularly suited to international trading.
FACTS & INFO
A Mauritius Authorised Company is ideal for international trading, invoicing or international consultancy, and is often used to hold investments or other assets. An Authorised Company can take any of the forms permitted under the Companies Act 1984 (now the Companies Act 2001). There are, however, a number of restrictions on Authorised Companies, owing to which such companies may not: raise capital by public subscription; carry on a banking or insurance business; own real estate in Mauritius; own or manage a collective investment fund; provide nominee services, or provide trustee services to more than three trusts, or provide financial or investment services to the public. Authorised Companies cannot trade within Mauritius.
Company names must end in one of the following words, or their relevant abbreviations: "Limited", "Corporation", "Incorporated", "Public Limited Company", "Société Anonyme", "Société Anonyme à Responsabilité Limitée", "Sociedad Anónima", "Berhad", "Proprietary", "Naamloze Vennootschap", "Besloten Vennootschap", or "Aktiengesellschaft". The following names to be used, require licensing: "assurance", "bank", "building society", "Chamber of Commerce", "chartered", "co-operative", "government", "imperial", "insurance", "municipal", "royal", "state", "trust", or any name which, in the opinion of the registrar, suggests the patronage of the president or the government of Mauritius. Names denoting any connection to local, state or national governments are generally prohibited. Names can be in any language which uses the Latin alphabet.
MEMORANDUM AND ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
In order to incorporate an Authorised Company in Mauritius, a memorandum and articles of association must be filed with the Corporate and Business Registration Department (CBRD). The application must be supported by a legal certificate issued by a local lawyer certifying that local requirements have been complied with. Finally, directors and shareholders must execute consent forms and these must be filed with the CBRD. Documentation may be expressed in any language, but must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
An Authorised Company must have a minimum of one shareholder, who may be a physical person or a corporate body.
There is no minimum capital requirement, although at least one share must be issued and paid up. The usual authorised share capital is US$50,000, with all of the shares having a par value. Registered shares and a variety of shares such as preferred, redeemable, and fractional are allowed. The par value of the share must be declared. Redeemable preference shares may be issued. Bearer shares are not permitted.
DIRECTORS AND COMPANY SECRETARY
An Authorised Company must have at least one director, who may be a physical person or a corporate body. Directors can be of any nationality or residence, and may be the same persons as the shareholders. While details of directors and shareholders are filed with the CBRD, they are not open to the general public.
The company is not required to have a secretary.
Every Authorised Company must have a registered office in Mauritius, which must be located at the premises of a qualified lawyer, certified chartered accountant or licensed management company.
Directors’ and shareholders’ meetings need not be held in Mauritius. A meeting may be attended by telephone or other electronic means. Alternatively, directors and shareholders may vote by proxy. The registers and minutes of meetings must be kept at the registered office.
Incorporation usually takes 2 business weeks from the application submission date with the local competent authority.
Note: Additional information and/or documentation may be requested in order to finalise the incorporation; therefore, this time frame may be prolonged.
RECURRING MAINTENANCE FEES
As from the second year, there are recurring maintenance fees of $1,950. These include:
- Provision of registered office and registered address
- Provision of registered agent
- Payment of annual government fee
- Payment of compliance fee
Note: Mauritius companies are renewed by 30th June each year irrespective of the date of incorporation. The fees are pro-rated in four quarters of the year and relevant pro-rated fees will apply depending on the quarter in which the company application is being made.
A Mauritian Authorised Company is non-resident for tax purposes and is therefore tax exempt (i.e. it does not pay any corporate tax, withholding tax on dividends, interest and royalties or any capital gains tax). The company may not avail itself of the relief under the double taxation agreements currently in force in Mauritius.
AUDIT AND ACCOUNTING
A financial summary must be filed annually with the Mauritian Financial Services Commission. There is no requirement to prepare audited financial statements.
Our Services & Requirements
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Name check and approval
- Filling of incorporation documents with the CBRD
- A standard set of corporate documents
- Payment of the government fee
- Provision of registered office and address for one year
- Provision of registered agent for one year
- Rubber stamp
Please note: If applying for a corporate bank account, you will need to order a full set of apostilled company documents when the account is opened outside of Mauritius.
Please provide the following documents for all directors, shareholders, beneficial owners, and authorised signatories:
- Notarized copy of valid passport.
- Original or Certified copy of utility bill / bank statement (as verification of residential address, dated within three months).
- Original or certified copy of Banker’s reference letter (dated within three months).
- In cases where shareholders and/or directors are corporate bodies, full apostilled set of corporate documents and certificate of good standing (for companies registered more than one year).
IMPORTANT NOTE: LICENSABLE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
If you conduct any activity without the required license or authorisation granted by a relevant authority in any jurisdiction, Starting Business will not be able to assist you with the company formation or bank account opening related to such unlicensed activity.
Licensable activities include, but are not limited to: provision of financial services involving trading/brokerage in foreign exchange, financial and commodity-based derivative instruments and other securities; offering investment advice to public; insurance and banking; operation and administration of collective investment schemes and mutual funds; payment processing services; money exchange, money transmission or money brokering; asset management; safe custody services; gaming, gambling and lotteries.
Please contact us if you need assistance in the licensing of your financial, Forex brokerage or gambling company.
Shipping of corporate documents or banking kits to your destination requires an extra charge and will be automatically added to your order during checkout. Shipping costs for international courier services are set automatically depending on geographic zones.