BVI Company Formation
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Business Company’s, BC´s, are companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, BVI, under the International Business Companies Act, 2004 (All companies previously incorporated under the International Business Companies Act, 1984, automatically became subject to the BVIBC Act from 1st January 2007).
BVI Business Company are a very popular and widely used offshore companies because of their administrative ease, flexibility, taxation exempt status and the fact that they are widely accepted and understood by the international financial community. BVI BC’s may not own real property in the BVI, other than the lease of an office, and may not carry on banking or trust business (unless licensed under the Banks and Trust Companies Act, 1990) or insurance or re-insurance business (unless licensed in the BVI to carry on that business). Otherwise, BVI BC’s may engage in any activity that is not illegal under the laws of the BVI subject to any restrictions in their Memorandum of Association. You can check all BVI company formation advantages here.
The British Virgin Islands is an archipelago of over 40 islands, 16 of which are inhabited. Discovered by Columbus who is said to have been so impressed by their large number that he named them “Las Virgenes” in honour of St. Ursula and her 11,000 attendant virgins they lie to the north west of the United States Virgin Islands. The neighbour with the largest land area is Puerto Rico, 96 km to the west. Except for Anegada, which is a flat reef surrounded island of coral limestone, the Islands are hilly and enoy a subtropical climate. Their greatest tourist attraction is their superb beaches.
The population is approximately 31,912, the largest and most heavily populated Island is Tortola which has approximately 18,000 inhabitants. 90% of the inhabitants are of African descent, the balance being made up of European, Indian or mixed race.
The capital, Road Town, is on the southern shore near Sir Francis Drake Channel. Tortola is connected by a road bridge to Beef Island and the local airport.
In 1672, Britain claimed Tortola. Simultaneously, Denmark asserted her sovereignty over St. Thomas and St. John; then in 1773 Denmark purchased St. Croix from France. The sale of Danish Islands to United States occurred in 1917 for US$25 Million.
The British Virgin Islands are a UK overseas territory with self-government in most internal matters. Under the 1977 constitution, HM Queen Elizabeth II is represented by a governor responsible for external affairs, defence, internal security and the public service, with reserved legislative powers as necessary for the exercise of special responsibilities. On all other matters, the executive council has authority.
The executive council consists of the governor, the chief minister, the attorney-general and three other ministers appointed by the governor from the legislative council on the advice of the chief minister. The legislative council has a four year term and consists of a speaker, 13 directly elected members and the attorney-general.
Infrastructure and Economy
There is an excellent daily air service between the Islands and the USA. Cruise ships call in weekly to the Islands and there are freight carriers.
The economy, one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean area, is highly dependent on the tourist industry, which generates about 21% of the national income.
In 1984, the Government offered offshore registration to companies wishing to incorporate in the Islands, by 2006 the number incorporated had exceed 750,000, incorporation in the first three quarters of 2006 exceeded 51,000 making the British Virgin Islands the leading offshore jurisdiction. The BVI is the only Caribbean jurisdiction to boast the presence of all five of the largest offshore law firms in the region and the legal profession presence in the territory continues to expand. The Finance Sector and Ship Registration now generate approximately 50% of government revenue.
The official and spoken language is English.
Type of Law
Common Law, based on English Common Law with local modifications and local statutes.
Principal Corporate Legislation
The Companies Act (Cap. 285), BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 “The BVIBC Act”. (All companies previously incorporated under the International Business Companies Act, 1984, automatically became subject to the BVI BC Act from 1st January 2007.)
BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2012.