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Jurisdictions

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The below comparison table will provide you with basic information about each jurisdiction where we offer incorporation services,and will let you apply different filters. For more information about each jurisdiction, please click on the “Details” button or simply contact us.

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Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
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Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
0
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Common
2-3 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
0
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Yes1
0
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Common
10 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Yes1
0
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
0
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Common
2-3 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
0
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Yes1
0
No minimum capital requirement
None6
0 %7
Common
2 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Yes1
0
No minimum capital requirement
None6
0 %7
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
0
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Common
4-5 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
0
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Yes1
0
EUR 1,000
Yes
12.5 %
Common
10 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Yes1
0
EUR 1,000
Yes
12.5 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
0
No minimum capital requirement
None
0 %
Common
2 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
0
No minimum capital requirement
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Only Directors, not Shareholders
0
No minimum capital requirement
None
0 %
US law5
3-4 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Only Directors, not Shareholders
0
No minimum capital requirement
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Yes1
1 HK$
No minimum capital requirement
Yes
0 %2
Common
1-2 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Yes1
1 HK$
No minimum capital requirement
Yes
0 %2
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
0
USD 50,000
Yes
0 %
Civil and Common
1-3 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
0
USD 50,000
Yes
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
1 USD
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Common
1-2 days
1
Yes
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
1 USD
USD 50,000
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Yes
Yes
No minimum capital requirement
Yes
19 %
Civil Law
2 Weeks
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Yes
Yes
No minimum capital requirement
Yes
19 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Yes1
0
USD 10,000
None
0 %
Civil
3-4 days
1 / 3
Yes
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Yes1
0
USD 10,000
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
0
AED 10,000
None
0 %
U.A.E law 3
1-2 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
0
AED 10,000
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
0
USD 1,000,000
None
0 %
Common
1-2 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
0
USD 1,000,000
None
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
No
0
USD 100,000
None4
0 %
Common
1-2 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
No
0
USD 100,000
None4
0 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Yes1
1 SGD
No minimum capital requirement
Yes
8.5-17 %
Common
1-5 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Yes1
1 SGD
No minimum capital requirement
Yes
8.5-17 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
Only Directors, not Shareholders
CHF 50,000-S.A.
CHF 20,000-S.A.R.L.
CHF 100,000-S.A
CHF 20,000-S.A.R.L.
Yes
13.99 %
Civil
10 days
1
Yes
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Only Directors, not Shareholders
CHF 50,000-S.A.
CHF 20,000-S.A.R.L.
CHF 100,000-S.A
CHF 20,000-S.A.R.L.
Yes
13.99 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required
UK
Yes1
1 GBP
No minimum capital requirement
Yes
21 %
Common
2-3 days
1
No
Paid Up Capital Requirement
Standard Share Capital
Accounting Requirement
Jurisdiction Taxation (on profits)
Yes1
1 GBP
No minimum capital requirement
Yes
21 %
Basis of legal System
Time to form
Minimum Shareholders/ Directors
Bearer Shares Permitted
Documents Required

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.
6 When a company is resident and acts for itself, the accounts and tax fillings are obviously required. When a company is not resident, we don't need to provide accounts, but we need to file a tax declaration at the end of the year stating the company is non-resident in Canada.
7 There is 2 ways for a company in Canada to not be taxable in Canada:
  • A non-resident company is not taxable in Canada (in such case we may refer to the government website speaking about it, more exactly the section named "Common Law").
  • If a company in Canada has a trust, an agency or a services agreement with a person or a company, and such agreement states the company in Canada is only acting on the behalf of the said person or the said company. In clear, if the company is only acting as mandatory. In such case, we need to refer to the civil code. If it's the case, as for the non-resident company, at the end of the year, we do a tax declaration stating the company is only a mandatory company and no accounts need to be filled.

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
What is the world's best offshore jurisdiction? (3 min 55 sec)

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.

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