Working across a number of jurisdictions, we strive to give our clients the best service possible when they are looking to form an offshore company. We have designed our company incorporation services to reflect the skills and abilities of our professional consultants.

Our offshore services include formation and administration of offshore companies, preparation of corporate and business documentation, establishment of bank accounts, and the provision of directors, company secretary and nominee shareholders.

With more than 18 years’ experience in offshore company formation and incorporation, we provide our clients with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Setting up an offshore company – A step by step guide

Setting up an offshore company can seem like a daunting prospect – and that’s where we come in.

We’ll guide you through the stages of company formation. We’re also happy to liaise with the necessary authorities and organisations on your behalf, to ensure the entire process is as smooth and seamless as possible.

If you try to incorporate a word that suggests government involvement, chances are that your company name will be rejected. We have got in-depth knowledge of which words are acceptable and which aren’t, and can guide you towards an appropriate title for your business. You’ll also need to add the right suffix to establish the fact that you’re operating with limited liability.

Other documents may also be required; this depends on the nature of your operations, and where your company is based.

  1. Selecting the right jurisdiction. Most business-owners start at this point – identifying the right jurisdiction for their company. This will depend on a number of different factors, and we can offer support and advice throughout. Please see our section below for further details.
  2. Choosing a name. Selecting a company name isn’t always as straightforward as you might think. For example, some countries won’t accept certain words in the title, such as ‘Bank’ or ‘Chartered’, and the words on the ‘forbidden’ list aren’t always obvious.  
  3. Gathering the correct documents. To form an offshore company, you’ll need to provide the relevant due diligence documents. These include:
    • A certified copy of your passport
    • An original utility bill, less than three months old showing your current residential address or depending on your location, tenancy contract
    • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae
    • Signed Company application form which we will send to you
    • Certain Jurisdictions also require a Bank Reference Letter
  4. Submitting an order form. At this point, you’ll be ready to submit your order form. This will cover a range of information, such as: details of the shares you’ll be issuing, the names of the company director or directors, the names of the shareholders, the company secretary (if you’re planning to have one), and what services you’ll require, such as virtual offices, banking etc.

The final part of the process is making a payment – and there are a variety of ways to do this. Our team will present you with the full range of options, on request.

Choosing the right jurisdiction

When selecting the right jurisdiction, a number of factors should be considered. These include current political situations, specific compliance requirements, plus the laws and regulations of the country or state.

You’ll also need to take into account the following (among other things):

  • The nature of your business
  • Where you live
  • What assets you’ll be holding

Our team are on hand to assist with:

  • Ensuring compliance when forming your company
  • Understanding the local regulations and laws
  • Banking
  • Communicating with the necessary organisations and services
  • Company administration
  • Annual renewal fees associated with formation

We’ll help with every aspect of the company formation process, regardless of the jurisdiction you’re operating within. Charterhouse has developed roots in the most popular jurisdictions. Below are just a few of the locations we can deliver offshore company formations for our clients:

  • Ras Al Khaimah (RAK UAE)
  • Dubai (UAE)
  • Isle of Man
  • British Virgin Islands (BVI)
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Gibraltar
  • Panama
  • Seychelles
  • Cayman Islands

For more information about our offshore company formation and incorporation services, contact a member of our team.