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  1. What is the first step that I should take to incorporate my offshore company?
  2. What is a nominee shareholder and director, and why should I use them?
  3. What is a Power of Attorney and the Declaration of Trust?
  4. What documents will you require from me to incorporate my business?
  5. What is the standard authorized share capital and when do I have to pay this?
  6. How long will it take for incorporation?
  7. How and when do I pay my annual renewal (maintenance) fee?
  8. Why should I use your service, how do I know you are a credible agent?

  1. What is the first step that I should take to incorporate my offshore company?

    Once you have chosen your jurisdiction and package i.e. with or without a nominee director, you proceed to the “How to order” page and follow the six simple steps.

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  2. What is a nominee shareholder and director, and why should I use them?

    A nominee Shareholder or Director is a third party who allows his/her name to be used in place of the real or beneficial owner and director. The nominee is advised particularly in those jurisdictions where the names of the officers are part of a public record, open for anyone who cares to look can find out these identities. The name of the nominee will appear and ensure the privacy of the beneficial owner.

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  3. What is a Power of Attorney and the Declaration of Trust?

    When a nominee director is used, it is not intended that he participates in the management of the company. The Power of Attorney signed by the nominee, provides the authority for someone to maintain control.

    The Declaration of Trust is the document which declares that the nominee shareholder holds the shares in trust for the beneficial owner, and that he cannot vote or use the shares except with the express permission of the beneficial owner.

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  4. What documents will you require from me to incorporate my business?

    For most jurisdictions except BVI, we require the order form, a clear scanned copy of your passport opened to the photo ID page and a signed Beneficial Owners Declaration (BOD) which we will supply to you to fill and return by email or fax.

    In addition to the above, the BVI requires the passport ID to be certified and also require a reference from a banker accountant or lawyer in original form which means these two documents must be courier posted to us via FedEx or DHL or UPS.

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  5. What is the standard authorized share capital and when do I have to pay this?

    The standard authorized capital is usually the maximum declared capital at which the minimum government fee applies. Any amount in excess of this capital will require an increased government fee.

    This amount does not have to be paid in at any particular time because it is payable to the company i.e. it is payable to the owner himself.

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  6. How long will it take for incorporation?

    Each jurisdiction has a different time frame for incorporation after the required documents and payment have been received: Dominica takes one working day, Anguilla and Belize takes three days, BVI and Seychelles usually take four working days, Panama usually takes six working days and Gibraltar usually takes ten working days.

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  7. How and when do I pay my annual renewal (maintenance) fee?

    Maintenance fees are paid every year after the first year of incorporation. In Anguilla, Dominica, Gibraltar and Seychelles it is paid on the anniversary of the date of incorporation. In Belize, BVI and Panama it is payable on the 1st. of January or if incorporated in the second half of the year it is payable on the 1st of July.

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  8. Why should I use your service, how do I know you are a credible agent?

    We are a Licensed Offshore Service Provider which we can easily verify. As is the custom in this business, in those jurisdictions that we are not licensed, we use a local authorized agent in the same way we provide the service to agents globally.

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