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Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
2-3 days
1
1
Yes
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
2-3 days
1
1
Yes
 
Yes1
0 €
None
0 %
Common
10 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
0 €
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
10 days
1
1
No
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
2-3 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
2-3 days
1
1
No
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
2-3 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
2-3 days
1
1
No
 
Yes1
0 €
Yes
12.5 %
Common
10 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
0 €
Yes
12.5 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
10 days
1
1
No
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
2 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
2 days
1
1
No
 
Only Directors, not Shareholders
0 €
None
0 %
US law5
3-4 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Only Directors, not Shareholders
0 €
None
0 %
US law5
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
3-4 days
1
1
No
 
Yes1
0 €
Yes
10 %
Common
1 week
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
0 €
Yes
10 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1 week
1
1
No
 
Yes1
1 HK$
Yes
0 %2
Common
1-2 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
1 HK$
Yes
0 %2
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1-2 days
1
1
No
 
Yes1
0 €
Yes
15 %
Common
3 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
0 €
Yes
15 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
3 days
1
1
No
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
Civil and Common
1-3 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
Civil and Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1-3 days
1
1
No
 
Yes1
240 €
Yes
5 %
Common
3 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
240 €
Yes
5 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
3 days
1
1
No
 
No
1 USD
None
0 %
Common
1-2 days
1
1
Yes
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
1 USD
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1-2 days
1
1
Yes
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
1-2 days
1
1
Yes
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1-2 days
1
1
Yes
 
No
0 €
Yes
0 %
Common
1 week
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
Yes
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1 week
1
1
No
 
Yes1
0 €
None
0 %
Civil
3-4 days
1
3
Yes
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
0 €
None
0 %
Civil
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
3-4 days
1
3
Yes
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
U.A.E law 3
1-2 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
U.A.E law 3
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1-2 days
1
1
No
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
1-2 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1-2 days
1
1
No
 
No
0 €
None4
0 %
Common
1-2 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None4
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1-2 days
1
1
No
 
Yes1
1 SGD
Yes
8.5-17 %
Common
1-5 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
1 SGD
Yes
8.5-17 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
1-5 days
1
1
No
 
Only Directors, not Shareholders
100 000 CHF
Yes
8-35 %
Civil
10 days
1
1
Yes
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Only Directors, not Shareholders
100 000 CHF
Yes
8-35 %
Civil
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
10 days
1
1
Yes
 
Yes1
1 GBP
Yes
21 %
Common
10 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
Yes1
1 GBP
Yes
21 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
10 days
1
1
No
 
No
1 USD
None
0 %
Common
3-4 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
1 USD
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
3-4 days
1
1
No
 
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
2-3 days
1
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Basis of legal System
No
0 €
None
0 %
Common
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders
Minimum Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
 
2-3 days
1
1
No
 
1 Nominee Services are available.
2 No taxes are levied on incomes earned outside Hong Kong.
3 U.A.E law (United Arab Emirates)
4 Section 65 of the IBC Act, 1994 (Amended) requires the company to keep such documents (receipts, invoices etc.) as to enable it for accounts to be prepared; there is NO accounting requirement per se.
5 Under US Legal System.

Where is the best place to register your company?

We often get the question, “where should I register my company?” or what is the “best offshore jurisdiction?”.

Our answer is simple: every client, every situation is unique, there is therefore no straight answer to that question.
A lot of factors have to be taken in consideration, namely :

  • Your company activity
  • Your place of residence
  • Your nationality
  • Where your clients and providers are located
  • Your affinity with certain regions of the globe
  • Your willingness to provide audited accounts or no
  • The kind of banking facilities that you need

All these factors have an influence on which jurisdiction you should opt for. If you need guidance, the SFM team will gladly help you reviewing the options and deciding which jurisdiction would fit you best.

For clients who would like a rapid incorporation process, a bank account, keep the fees to the minimum and no accounting requirement, offshore jurisdictions such as Seychelles, Belize, or the BVI are often a favorite pick. You may also find that some of your clients do not wish to pay you on an offshore company account, and would require you to select a more established jurisdiction. In that case you could look at jurisdictions such as Hong Kong or Cyprus, which are considered to be Onshore Jurisdictions (even if tax rate is low or nil, there is a need to submit accounts on a yearly basis to the jurisdiction’s tax authorities).
In other instances, some of our clients may need to provide services in the Middle East, in such case a RAK (Ras Al Khaimah) offshore company may be best suited, as it is internationally well recognized.

In summary, every client has a different situation, and every jurisdiction that we offer (above 20) could fit in one or the other of these situations

Also, an important factor in choosing a jurisdiction is to be sure that your company will be incorporated in a country that has a:

  • 1. reliable means of communication;
  • 2. political and economical stability;
  • 3. good reputation;
  • 4. sophisticated corporate laws;
All the jurisdictions we work with enjoy the above-mentioned advantages.

Disclaimer : SFM does not provide tax or legal advice of any sort and may only recommend a jurisdiction on a general basis, without giving any advice about your personal tax/legal framework.

Please contact us for further information.