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Popular Jurisdictions

Whilst our Head Office is based in Gibraltar, we can provide company formation offshore and onshore services in many jurisdictions and have information sheets readily available on both the more popular offshore jurisdictions as well as on some of the more complex and lesser-known jurisdictions.

We have made every effort to ensure that the details contained herein are up to date and correct but this information does not constitute legal or professional advice and we do not accept any responsibility, legal or otherwise, for any errors or omissions.

GIBRALTAR

Gibraltar has an excellent reputation and is a cost effective bilingual (English and Spanish) jurisdiction within the EU but with special status.

BAHAMAS

Well-established financial centre with highly flexible legislation. The Bahamas IBC can be used as a holding company or an investment company. The Bahamas has a well-developed banking sector.

BELIZE

Highly flexible legislation, competitive costs, and quick and efficient services. Belize is also the only country in Central America whose official language is English.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

A BVI company provides a cost effective, flexible alternative. This type of company can be used as a holding company or an investment company holding a bank account.

CAYMAN ISLANDS

Well-established Caribbean jurisdiction with sophisticated legal and banking infrastructure. Can be expensive for non-trading companies. Very strict bank secrecy laws.

CYPRUS

Due to the numerous double taxation treaties and as an EU member state, Cyprus may be a suitable choice for trading companies. Particularly beneficial for trade with certain Eastern European countries and Russia.

DELAWARE LLC

Not usually recognised as a tax free status jurisdiction but a reputable US jurisdiction nonetheless.

GUERNSEY

Guernsey is somewhat overshadowed by its neighbour Jersey. Guernsey, however, provides a base for many of the world's respected financial institutions. A Guernsey company can be used for all types of purposes including investment and holding. Disclosure of the beneficial owners is required to the Guernsey authorities.

ISLE OF MAN

A popular choice for trading companies with good infrastructure and respectability. There is no corporation tax in the IOM. An Isle of Man company can register for VAT. There is no requirement to disclose the name of the beneficial owner to the Isle of Man authorities.

MALTA

Malta became a member of the EU on 1st May 2004 and is therefore an attractive jurisdiction with low taxation. Malta can also give access to a number of double taxation treaties including those with Spain and Portugal.

NEW YORK LLC

New York is the centre of world commerce and New York city, matched only by London, is the most important financial centre in the world. It is therefore considered a prestigious location with a very good reputation.

OKLAHOMA

A US jurisdiction with an quick and efficient companies registry.

PANAMA

Well-established finance centre with US$ denominated currency. Provides many flexible offshore vehicles together with the Panama foundation. An efficient and cost-effective alternative.

UK LLP

A popular jurisdiction due to its Common Law base and relative low cost compared to other European trading nations. A UK company where trading outside the UK can be sheltered from UK taxation when acting in an agency or broker capacity.

The UK also provides the Limited Liability Partnership, the UK LLP, and whilst having corporate characteristics and legal capacity in its own right, trading income is taxed like a partnership. Therefore if owned by non-UK tax payers and has no UK source income it is not chargeable to tax in the UK. The UK LLP is therefore suitable for trading operations outside the UK.

WYOMING

Not usually recognised as a no tax jurisdiction, it is deal for holding companies or trading companies. The most common type of company is the LLC (Limited Liability Company), since this can be structured to avoid charge to US taxation.

Other Jurisdictions:

ANGUILLA

Caribbean offshore jurisdiction providing the International Business Company (IBC). Legislation is similar to the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

JERSEY

A highly respected offshore jurisdiction suitable for all types of companies such as high profile trading companies or investment companies. Can be expensive and disclosure of the beneficial owner to the Jersey authorities is required. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us. 

LABUAN 

Labuan is a region in Malaysia which has special tax status. It is a suitable, credible location in Asia with less bureaucracy than Hong Kong. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

LIECHTENSTEIN

A highly-respected jurisdiction, normally used for holding purposes and most popular for companies limited by shares. Can, however, be inflexible and expensive. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

LUXEMBOURG

A highly respected offshore jurisdiction with full European Union Membership. Usually used for holding companies wishing to make use of absence of withholding taxes. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

MARSHALL ISLANDS

A Marshall Island company provides a very cost-effective, flexible alternative. This type of company can be used as a holding company or an investment company but is not particularly recommended for high profile trading companies. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

MAURITIUS

Ideal jurisdiction for trading in the Far East, Africa and India. Has preferential double taxation treaty agreement with India. There are two types of companies available: those paying a low level of tax but which can take advantage of the double taxation treaties, and the offshore company which cannot. A company may also register a name using Chinese symbols. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

NEVIS

This type of offshore company can be used as a holding company or as an investment company but is not particularly recommended for trading companies. Closely follows Delaware law and useful to those familiar with this legislation. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

NEW ZEALAND

English speaking common law jurisdiction with well developed professional infrastructure. A New Zealand company when acting as nominee and bare trustee with no New Zealand source income it is not chargeable to tax in New Zealand. It is therefore effective as a property or investment holding company but not suitable for trading activities. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

SEYCHELLES

One of the more recent jurisdictions to enact offshore legislation. This legislation is modelled on that used in the Bahamas. Annual government franchise tax is fixed for the life of the company at the amount payable at the date of incorporation; therefore there will be no increase for existing companies should the government increase fees for new incorporations. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

SINGAPORE

As long as no revenue arises from within Singapore or is remitted to the republic, a company can avoid taxation in Singapore. This is a well-regulated jurisdiction and therefore running costs are higher than they would be in a traditional offshore jurisdiction. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

TURKS CAICOS ISLANDS

One of the first Caribbean jurisdictions to offer offshore companies. No longer as popular due to the lack of marketing but suitable for a holding company or an investment company. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.

VANUATU

Small offshore territory near Australia. For a copy of our datasheet please do not hesitate to contact us on telephone number +350 200 76651 or simply click here to email us.