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British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is one of the oldest and most popular offshore business centers of the world, and is therefore considered to be the leading jurisdiction to establish an offshore company or open an offshore bank account. Like most other offshore jurisdictions, there are no tax requirements for foreign companies incorporated in BVI. BVI is one of the fourteen British Overseas Territoriesand so just as BVI residents enjoy all of the benefits of British and EU citizens, so, too, as part of BVI company formation services, do International Business Companies incorporated in the BVI.

Advantages of BVI Company

  • Exemption from all local taxes and stamp duty
  • Maximum confidentiality and anonymity
  • Ease of operation, maintenance and control
  • Asset security
  • No disclosure or minimum capital requirements
  • The minimum number of shareholders is one
  • The minimum number of directors is one
  • Corporate directors and shareholders are permitted
  • Incorporations within one or two days
  • Excellent and flexible post-incorporation follow-up services
  • No statutory requirement to hold annual general meetings
  • Highly competitive fees and costs


Principal Corporate Legislation: The BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 (“the Act”) as amended.
Type of Law: Common
Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents: English
Type of Company for International Trade, Investment & Tax Planning: BVI BC (Business Company).


British Virgin Islands - Business Company

Share CapitShare Capital al
There is no concept of authorised share capital in the Act. Standard authorised share capital is US$50,000. Minimum paid up share capital is US$1.
Classes of Share Available
Registered shares, shares of no par value, bearer shares, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights. Bearer shares will be subject to anti-money laundering and due diligence obligations and a company which is authorised to issue bearer shares pays higher incorporation and annual fees.
Bearer Shares
Restrictions on Trading
Cannot trade within the BVI. Banking, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, collective investment schemes, trust management, trusteeship business provision are not permitted.
Registered Office Required
Yes, must be maintained in the BVI.
The minimum number of directors is one. Director can be of any nationality and need not be resident in the BVI. Corporate directors are permitted.
The minimum number of shareholders is one.
Publicly Accessible Records
Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors
Location of Meetings of Directors and Shareholders
Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities
Personal Presence Required
Double Taxation Treaty Access
Requirements to File Accounts
Requirement to File Annual Return
Audit Requirements
US Dollar.
Exchange Control
Language of Name
Restricted Words
Words such as "Assurance", "Bank", "Building Society", "Royal", "Trust Company", "Trustee Company" etc. will require justification.
Name of a BVI Company
The words "Limited", "Corporation", "Incorporated", "SocieteAnonyme", "SociedadAnonima" or Ltd, Corp., Inc., S.A. must be part of the name of every BVI Company.
Time to Incorporate
Two days.
Shelf Companies
BVI Shelf companies are available.


Cost of Formation: Request a quotation



Card PMT provides the following services in the BVI:

  • BVI Company Formation
  • Registered Office and Agent Services
  • Company Secretarial Services
  • Nominee Shareholder/Nominee Director
  • Opening of Bank Accounts
  • Full Company Administration Services
  • Mailing Address
  • Trademark Registration
  • Yacht Registration



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