St. Vincent & the Grenadines IBC
Formation of International Business Company (IBC) in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Vincent International Business Company is a well-known tax-exempted entity, with strong asset protection structure and high levels of confidentiality. St. Vincent IBC is frequently used for international trade and investments, holding purposes and e-commerce business.
FACTS & INFO
Offshore Companies in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are governed by the International Business Companies Act, 1996 and their privacy is protected by the Confidential Relationships Preservation (International Finance) Act, 1996. The legislation is simple and straightforward, allowing a great deal of flexibility in the design of offshore corporate structures suiting the client\\'s needs. In particular the Act allows the Articles to set out any provisions not expressly prohibited by the Act. Only a duly approved Registered Agent within the meaning of the new Registered Agent & Trustee Licensing Act (No.15), 1996, may submit applications for formations and undertake services set out in the Act.
St.Vincent & the Grenadines company names must end with one of the following words Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Société Anonyme or their abbreviations. A wide variety of other suffixes such as BV, GmbH, and SARL may also be used. The following names require licensing in order to be used: Bank, Insurance, Assurance, Re-Insurance, Trust, Trustee, Savings, Royal, Asset management, Fund Management, Investment Fund, Building Society, Municipal, Chartered. Names denoting any connection to local, state or national Governments are generally prohibited. Incorporation under documents in a foreign language is allowed provided translation is attached.
MEMORANDUM AND ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
A company is incorporated in St.Vincent & the Grenadines by application made to the Registrar of Companies. Memorandum and Articles of Association must be logged with the Registrar. Memorandum specifies the activities in which the company may engage and Articles of Association specify the rules governing the internal management of the company.
A minimum of one shareholder is required which may be an individual or a corporate body. The details of company's beneficial owners and shareholders are not part of the public records.
There is no specific minimum capital requirement. The standard authorized share capital is USD 50,000. The minimum issued capital may be one share of no par value or one share of par value. Registered shares, bearer shares, shares of no par value, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights are permitted. The International Business Companies (Amendment) Act No.26 and 44 of 2002 allows for the registration and custody of bearer share certificates by the Registered Agent, who must also keep a record of each bearer certificate issued or deposited in its custody and the record shall contain pertinent information relating to the company issuing the shares, the ID number of the share certificate and identity of the beneficial owner.
The minimum number of directors is one, who may be a natural person or a corporate body. They may be of any nationality and need not be a resident of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Details of the company directors are not part of the public record. This information is kept only at the offices of the Registered Agent in complete confidentiality.
REGISTERED OFFICE AND LOCAL AGENT/SECRETARY
A Registered Office must be maintained in St. Vincent & the Grenadines at the office of a licensed Registered Agent. A St. Vincent & the Grenadines IBC does not need to appoint a company secretary, although it is customary to do so. The secretary may be a natural person or corporate body, of any nationality and need not be a resident of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
The directors' and shareholders' meetings need not be held in St.Vincent & the Grenadines. There is also no requirement for an Annual General Meeting. All meetings may be held outside of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, by telephone or other electronic means. Alternatively, directors and shareholders may vote by proxy.
Usually it is 1 working day, but we may need up to 10 working days for legalization of documents and delivery by courier.
RECURRING AND MAINTENANCE FEE AS FROM 2ND YEAR
- Provision of registered office and registered address
- Provision of registered agent
- Payment of annual government fee
- The company must be renewed on January 1 of each year irrespective of the month of incorporation.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines IBC is not subject to any tax or duty on income or profits. It is also exempt from stamp duties on transfer of property and any exchange controls. An IBC receives upon formation a Government Certificate of Exemption from taxes for 25 years from the date of incorporation.
AUDIT AND FINANCIAL RETURNS
Whilst there is no requirement to file audited accounts or annual returns with the authorities, a company is required to keep financial records, which should reflect its financial position.
Our Services & Requirements
OUR SERVICES FOR THE COMPANY FORMATION IN ST.VINCENT&THE GRENADINES INCLUDE:
- Name check and approval
- Filling incorporation documents with the Registrar of Companies
- A standard set of original corporate documents
- Payment of the Government fee
- Provision of registered agent and registered address for one year (renewed by December 31, irrespective of incorporation date)
- Rubber stamp
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THE COMPANY FORMATION
Please provide the following documents for all Directors, Shareholders, Beneficial Owners, Authorized Signatories:
- Notarized or apostilled copy of valid passport
- Notarized or apostilled copy of driver’s license or national ID card
- Notarized or apostilled copy of utility bill or original utility bill showing residential address (ex. water, cable tv, electricity, or telephone bill) issued within the last three months. (A notarized or apostilled copy of a current driver’s license showing residential address is also acceptable as a proof of address and can be provided instead of a utility bill)
- Reference from a bank, lawyer, chartered accountant or other professional for each beneficial owner
IMPORTANT NOTE: LICENSABLE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
If you conduct any activity without required license or authorization 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 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 business; 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 our assistance in 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 the invoice during checkout. Shipping costs for international courier services are set automatically and will be USD 130. Please be advised that there will be some exceptions where the fee might be higher.