Curaçao Company Formations

We can register Curacao companies with the Commercial Registry of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Curaçao Company Type

In Curacao there are several types of companies:

  • N.V - The Naamloze Vennootschap is a private limited liability company which is a flexible and highly modern form of corporation in Curaçao
  • B.V. - The Besloten Vennootschap is similar to the N.V,
  • V.O.F. - The Vennootschap Onder Firma (“VOF”) is a general partnership in which the individual partners are jointly and severally liable for the debts of the partnership
  • C.V. - The Commanditaire Vennootschap (“CV”) is a limited partnership in which there is a distinction drawn between the limited partners and the general or managing partners

The Curaçao Naamloze Vennootschap (NV

One of the most common ways of doing business in Curaçao used to be through the formation of a N.V Limited Liability company, whether for domestic trading or for offshore purposes, the key features are:

  • The N.V. is incorporated by notarial deed executed by one or more incorporators before a civil law notary in Curacao
  • No minimum capital requirements - from a company law perspective, there is no minimum share capital but, based on regulatory requirements, there are, however, minimum capital requirements for finance companies
  • A management board/ Raad van Bestuur consisting of one or more managing directors/ bestuurders
  • The Ministerial Declaration of no objection is not required and the company can be incorporated quickly
  • The Articles of Incorporation can be in any language.
  • Shares of a N.V. can only be issued in registered form
  • Not required to publish or audit annual accounts
  • here is no requirement to disclose the identity of shareholders
  • Unless the articles of association determine otherwise, shareholders meetings must be held in Curacao

The Curaçao Besloten Vennootschap (BV)

The Besloten Vennootschap company is similar to the Naamloze Vennootschap, the key features are:

  • The Ministerial Declaration of no objection is not required.
  • No minimum capital requirements
  • The Articles of Incorporation can be in any language
  • A BV can be converted into an NV and vise versa, or they can be merged
  • A BV can qualify for tax exempt status, depending on the company activities - exemption can be applied for if the activities are investing in debt instruments, securities and deposits
  • The company should prepare annual accounts and have them audited by an independent expert
  • Only the BV has the possibility of company managed by shareholders -  this form of the private limited liability company does not have a Board of Managing Directors as a separate corporate body. The joint shareholders act as management, which simplifies the taking of corporate action and the management of this type of company 

Company Registration

The BV is incorporated before a civil law notary in Curaçao.The Articles of Incorporation are submitted to the Ministry of Justice before the BV can be incorporated. The Articles of Association (which we draft for you) may be in any language, with a Dutch or English translated copy.

Once the company has been incorporated it will be registered with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Commercial Register, details required for this registration include:

  • Proposed business activities
  • Share Capital
  • Details of Directors and Shareholders
  • Curacao Registered Office Address - we can provide a registered office in Curacao

Curacao Economical Zone

The government of Curacao introduced a law (National Ordinance Agreements by Electronic Means) to stimulate economic activities. Companies that register themselves within the E-zone and whose activities are directed to markets outside the Dutch Antilles are, till 2026, guaranteed to pay only 2% corporate tax.

General Meetings

All companies are obliged to hold an annual general meeting at least once a year within 8 months following the end of the company's financial year. Unless state otherwise in the Articles of Association this meeting must be held in Curacao but attendance by proxy is permitted and written resolutions may be adopted outside of a meeting providing all shareholders have voted.

Annual Return

There are no requirements to file annual returns for Curaçao BV companies.

Share Capital

There is no minimum share capital requirement for a BV company. A BV company can only issue registered shares, and the company must keep a register of the shares and the capital may be expressed in any currency.

Company Shareholders

Only one shareholder is required with no restrictions placed on their nationality or residency, and can be an individual or corporate shareholder. The identity of shareholders is not disclosed and the shareholder register is not open for public inspection.

Company Directors

Only one director is required for your Curacao company and at least one director must be resident in Curacao - The resident director fee is around $3,000.

Curacao Company Name

We check that your Curacao company name is acceptable and is not already incorporated, certain company names are prohibited, such as names suggesting the patronage of any government or country. Prior approval by the Curacao authorities is required.

Company Incorporation Documents

Once incorporated we provide a set of corporate documents for your Curaçao company which, includes the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association the Articles of Association and Share Certificates. Copies of the company incorporation documents are sent via email and the originals from the companies registry are sent to you in a corporate folder.

Registered Office

A BV company must have a registered office in Curacao where documents may be legally served and must be maintained at the address of a licenses management company. We can provide a registered office in Curacao.

Curacao Gambling License

Curacao can provide e-gaming license's for the activity of online gambling. Curaçao has been providing Curaçao e-gaming licenses since 1996.

Incorporation process for gaming company in Curacao

A company looking to obtain a gaming license from Curacao is not required to be registered in the jurisdiction. For example a company registered in Belize can successfully apply for a Curaçao e-gaming license as long as it fulfils the criteria

Gambling License

When getting a e-gaming license through Curacao, you have 2 options a full license or a sub-license both of which allow you to operate as a provider, as an operator/supplier. The only difference between a full license and a sub-license is the fact that with a full license in hand, you will be able to offer sub-licenses to others. If you have opted for a sub-license, then you cannot offer more licenses to others. Of course, if you are setting up a Casino and not feeling sure it will fully work, there is no need to go for a full-license.

The requirements to qualify for e-gaming license:

  • Original Certificate of no criminal record of the owners of the company to ensure that there are no criminal records about these owners, not older than 3 months;
  • Notarised / Certified Copy(ies) of passport(s)
  • Original Bank references of the owners; not older than 3 months
  • Original or Notarised / Certified Copies of utility bills not older than 3 months
  • Description of the games offered
  • Confirmation of the RNG application and its fairness (3rd party certification)
  • Details about the software utilized including TST (or similar) report if available,
  • Geographic/target market;
  • Declaration of owners that they have blocked access to the services for minors and information of problem gambling on the website;
  • Hosting of a minimum of a backup of the customer & transaction database in Curaçao

The Gaming Company can be used to:

  • Offer any online gaming and betting product including but not limited to a casino, sports book, lottery or bingo establishment world wide with no restrictions on target markets with the exception of the USA and any other restricted countries
  • Enter into agreements with multiple merchant services providers, software providers etc. which we will gladly assist you with.
  • Open and operate bank accounts anywhere in the world where gaming businesses are accepted. We can assist with bank account introduction in Belize and St Vincent

Advantages over other jurisdiction

Curacao has one advantage over other jurisdictions for online gambling or casino companies - One license covers full range of activities such as casino, betting and poker.

Curaçao Ready Made Company

Unfortunately, ready made companies are not available in Curaçao.

Curaçao Company Incorporation

We can incorporate your Curaçao company, according to your specifications, please complete our enquiry form below:

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Curacao fees to Incorporate
  • Time - 7 - 10 days to incorporate your Curacao company
  • Company Formation - £3200
  • Registered Office - $2,800 : £2,150
Curacao Advantages
  • Directors - only 1 director of any nationality, is necessary for your company
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder of any nationality, is required
  • Share Capital - there are no minimum share capital requirements
  • Registered Office - your company requires a registered office in Curacao, which we can provide
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process