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The most flexible company for non-residents of the Cayman Islands where the proposed activities of the company are offshore, is a Cayman Islands Exempted Company, which is not authorised to trade within or own property within the Cayman Islands but, is completely tax exempt for 20 years on all income generated abroad.

An application to incorporate a company is effected by the delivery of signed copies of the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association to the Registrar of Companies.

Once the company has been incorporated, a first meeting of directors deals with administrative matters, including:

  • Appointing directors and officers
  • Approving the transfer of shares held by the subscriber to the memorandum to the proposed shareholders
  • Approving the financial year end of the company
  • Approving the application for a tax undertaking pursuant to the Tax Concession Law of the Cayman Islands – if applicable
Cayman Islands Fees to IncorporateCayman Islands Annual Maintenance Fees
Company Formation Exempt company incorporation – £1600 +due Jan each year
Provision of Registered Office and Resident Agent – US$1500Company Management Fee – £300 +
Government Fee – US$850Provision of Registered Office and Resident Agent – US$1500
Filing Fee & Stamp Duty – US$225Annual Government Fee – US$735
Economic Substance Administration and Compliance – US$250Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Fee (CIMA) – US$185
Economic Substance Filing Fee – US$150Economic Substance Annual Filing Fee – US$150
UBO Register Submission – US$175Shareholder & Directors Register Maintenance –  £175
Company Secretary  if required – US$600Company Secretary  if required – US$600

Cayman Islands Exempted Companies

Where the proposed activities of a company are to be carried out mainly outside of the Cayman Islands, an Exempted Company may be registered.

  • Exempted Company need not hold an annual general meeting in the islands.
  • An Exempted Company may alter its Memorandum and Articles of Association without restriction
  • It may issue shares with nominal or no par value
  • The annual return to the Registrar requires a declaration that: no changes, other than those notified to the Registrar, have been made in the Memorandum of Association; the provisions of the Companies Law have been observed; and the company’s operations have been outside the Cayman Islands
  • An Exempted Company may express its capital in any currency or in multiple currencies

Cayman Islands Company Directors & Shareholders

Only one director is required for your company and the director may be of any nationality. The initial directors details are filed as part of the Memorandum and Articles of the company with the Registrar, subsequent appointments are not on public record.

Only one shareholder is required for your company and there are no nationality or residence restrictions.

Share Capital

  • There is no minimum share capital
  • Exempt companies can issue shares at no par value
  • Non-Resident companies need to put a par value on shares
  • Additional Government fees will apply for a company incorporated with a share capital greater than US$50,000

Companies incorporated in the Cayman Islands must file an annual return in January of each year.

Registered Office and Registered Agent

Your Cayman Islands company must have a registered office, which must be a physical address in Cayman Islands.

The registered office is where documents may be legally served on the company.

Company Secretary

The Cayman Islands Companies Ordinance does not make any specific reference to a requirement for a company secretary.

Company Incorporation Documents

Once incorporated we provide a set of corporate documents for your Cayman Islands company which, includes the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association the Articles of Association, first minutes 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.


Companies in the Cayman Islands are not subject to any form of direct taxation in Cayman Islands. An exempt company provides the additional benefit of a tax exemption certificate granted for a period of up to 20 years.