British Virgin Islands (BVI) Investment Guide

British Virgin Islands (BVI) Investment Guide

The British Virgin Islands legislation was introduced in 1984 but was developing and subsequently amended taking into consideration the changes required by the persons providing BVI offshore services.

Efficient Incorporation/Registration

Under normal circumstances, BVI Corporations can be incorporated/Registered within 3 working days.

Flexibility in company structure of an offshore British Virgin Islands Company.

  • Only one director or shareholder required for the company formation.
  • Shareholder(s) and director(s) may be the same person.
  • The shareholder(s) and director(s) can be a natural person or a corporate body.
  • There is no requirement of appointing local shareholder(s) and director(s) for British Virgin Island Companies.
  • There is no requirement of resident secretary.

Privacy for identity of principals

The BVI incorporation documents do not carry the name or identity of any shareholder of director. The names or identities of these persons do not appear in any public record.


Shareholder(s) and director(s) nominee services are allowed to ensure confidentiality of beneficiaries.

Shares and capital requirements For British Virgin Islands Corporations.

  • Shares can be issued with or without par value;
  • Shares may be issued in any recognizable currency or in more than one recognizable currency;
  • Shares may be paid up in cash or through the transfer of other assets or for other consideration;
  • The standard share capital is USD $50,000 or an equivalent in another recognizable currency.

Minimum capitalization

The minimum paid in and issued capital may be one share which is fully paid.

Taxation of the BVI  on Profits

According to the BVI IBC Act of 1984, the offshore companies are exempted from all the taxes for the period of 20 years.

Maintain company books and records in BVI

BVI Companies records and accounts do not have to be held or filed with the authorities. If the shareholders, directors or officers decide to maintain such records or accounts, these may be held anywhere in the world.

Annual financial statements and other records

  • There is no requirement for any financial statements accounts or records to be kept for a BVI Company;
  • If it is found to be desirable or necessary by the director(s) or shareholder(s) these records may be held anywhere in the world.

Meetings of shareholder(s) and director(s)

  • There is no requirement for meetings of shareholder(s) and/or director(s)
  • If meetings of shareholder(s) and/or director(s) are desirable these meetings can be held by telephone or any other electronic means of communication providing that all participants can clearly hear each other.
  • Meetings if thought necessary can be held anywhere in the world.

Restrictions on BVI  on carrying on any business activities outside the BVI.

There are no restrictions on doing business outside of the BVI by IBCs except illegal activities or such activities that require additional licensing such as: provision of the banking services, services of the insurance and trusts.

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