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Seychelles Offshore Company Overview

Seychelles International Business Companies are useful alternatives to offshore companies established in jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands.

In December 1994 the Seychelles enacted legislation enabling the registration of International Business Companies, International Trusts and the licensing of International (free) Trade Zone Companies. More recent legislation covers the licensing of offshore banks, offshore Insurance, mutual funds activities and the regulating of a securities industry. The new laws were a result of intensive studies of long established offshore jurisdictions and world-wide trust legislation.

Although not dissimilar to those of the well-established offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman, the laws take a most comprehensive, modern and attractive approach to the establishment and operation of offshore companies, mutual funds, offshore banking, offshore insurance and freeport activities.

The International Business Companies Act, 1994, governs the operations of offshore companies. The registration process in Seychelles is straightforward. 

Key Corporate Features

General

Type of entity:

IBC

Type of law:

Hybrid

Shelf company availability:

Yes

Our time to establish a new company:

2 weeks

Minimum government fees (excluding taxation):

US$100

Taxation on foreign income:

Nil

Double taxation treaty access:

No

Share capital or equivalent

Standard currency:

US$

Permitted currencies:

Any

Minimum paid up:

US$1

Usual authorised:

US$5,000

Directors or Managers

Minimum number:

One

Local required:

No

Publicly accessible records:

No

Location of meetings:

Anywhere

Members

Minimum number:

One

Publicly accessible records:

No

Location of meetings:

Anywhere

Company Secretary

Required:

No

Local or qualified:

No

Accounts

Requirement to prepare:

Yes

Audit requirements:

No

Requirement to file accounts:

No

Publicly accessible accounts:

No

Other

Requirement to file annual return:

No

Change in domicile permitted:

Yes

General Information

The Seychelles group of islands in the Indian Ocean comprises over one hundred named islands, most being situated between four and five degrees South of the equator. The largest island is Mah?

» Population
The Seychelles has a population of around 80,000, descended primarily from French settlers, Africans, British sailors and traders from India, China and the Middle East.

» Political Structure
Discovery of the Islands is credited to the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama. The first French settlement was established on St. Anne Island on the 27th August 1770.
In 1814 the Seychelles, along with Mauritius, were ceded to Great Britain under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. It was only in 1960 that the first gradual constitutional reforms were introduced.
The Head of State is the President and a National Assembly of directly elected Members heads the legislative side of Government. Seychelles is an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.

» Infrastructure And Economy
The Seychelles economy is primarily tourism and fishing based. Industrial fishing is on the increase.The rapidly expanding financial sector, linked to the establishment of the Seychelles International Business Authority and a suite of progressive laws facilitating the establishment of offshore structures and encouraging inward investment, is now a significant element of the economy.
An ever-increasing number of international banks and insurance companies have established either branches or subsidiaries whom, together with local management, accounting and legal firms provide clients with support.
The Port of Victoria is well equipped with modern cargo handling equipment and has more than 6,000 square metres of covered storage space.
The Seychelles International Airport is one of the finest in the Indian Ocean region. In addition to the national flag carrier, Air Seychelles, the airport is served by a number of other airlines.

» Language
The official languages are English, French and Creole. Creole is spoken widely. English is the main language of business.

» Currency
Seychelles Rupee.

» Exchange Control
Exchange controls do not apply to 'offshore' business.

» Type of Law
Based on English Common Law and French Civil Law.

» Principal Corporate Legislation
The International Business Companies Act 1994.

Company Information

» Type of Company for International Trade and Investment The Seychelles International Business Company.

» Procedure to Incorporate
Filing of Memorandum of Incorporation at the Registry. The Articles of Association can be filed either at the same time or within 30 days of incorporation.

» Restrictions on Trading
Cannot trade within the Seychelles or own real estate there. Cannot undertake the business of banking, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, asset management (other than the company's own assets) or any other activity that would suggest an association with the banking and insurance industries. A Seychelles IBC cannot provide registered office facilities in the Seychelles, or sell its shares to the public.

» Powers of Company
A Seychelles incorporated Company has the same powers as a natural person.

» Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents
English or French. If any other language is used it must be accompanied by a translation in either English or French.

» Registered Office Required
Yes, must be maintained in the Seychelles at the office of a licensed Registered Agent.

» Shelf Companies Available
Yes.

» Time to Incorporate
Two weeks.

» Name Restrictions
Anything identical or similar to a company already incorporated. Anything that implies patronage of the Seychelles, or any other government, insurance, royal, imperial or any other name that may imply that a company intends to undertake a licensable or undesirable activity.

» Language of Name
The name can be in any language, but must be accompanied by a translation in English or French. The documentation will either be in English, or it is possible to have bilingual documentation in English and Chinese or any other language accompanied by a translation in English or French.

» Suffixes to Denote Limited Liability
Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Sociètè Anonyme or their abbreviations. A wide variety of other suffixes such as BV, GmbH, and SARL may also be used.

» Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities
No.
Compliance

» Authorised and Issued Share Capital
Seychelles IBCs are normally incorporated with an authorised share capital of US$5,000 with par value. This being the maximum for the minimum licence fees. The authorised share capital may be expressed in any currency. The minimum issued capital is either one share of no par value or one share of par value.

» Classes of Shares Permitted
Registered shares, bearer shares, shares of no par value, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights.

» Taxation
An International Company is exempted from local taxation.

» Licence Fees
For an Authorised Capital of up to US$5,000 the annual licence fee is US$100.
Between US$5,001 and US$50,000 Authorised Capital the annual licence fee is US$300.
Over US$50,000 Authorised Capital the annual licence fee is US$1,000.

» Financial Statement Requirements
There is no requirement to file financial statements, but a company must keep records to reflect its financial position.

» Directors
The minimum number of directors is one, who may be a natural person or a body corporate. They may be of any nationality and need not be resident in the Seychelles.

» Company Secretary
A Seychelles IBC need not appoint a company secretary, although it is customary to do so. The secretary may be a natural person or body corporate, be of any nationality and need not be resident in the Seychelles.

» Shareholders
The minimum number of shareholders is one.

» Other Facilities Available in Seychelles
In addition to a modern suite of corporate legislation the Seychelles benefits from a range of other facilities including:

? Trust legislation.

? Efficient aircraft and shipping registration.

? Provision for the formation and domiciliation of mutual funds and captive insurance companies

? An International Trade Zone for manufacturing and service companies, benefiting from zero taxation, streamlined application procedures and the ready availability of work and resident permits.

 


 
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