Guernsey Company Formations

Guernsey is a leading UK financial centre and is a popular location for offshore incorporations and is a highly respected jurisdiction and its sophisticated financial industry infrastructure also contributes hugely its success together with its exceptionally low tax rates and quick incorporation times.

The Guernsey agent would usually supply full administration services to our clients, including provision of the Directors who operate the company and exercise mind, management and control in Guernsey. This includes operating all bank accounts.

Generally agents do not provide Registered Office only services except in exceptional circumstances.  Even then they would be looking at a minimum of £6,000 per annum Registered Office Fee and would require six monthly accounts together with copies of all minutes and details of any changes to the Officers / Shareholders / activity.

They do not usually offer a simple incorporation, registered office, resident agent service, and I believe you may find it difficult to locate a provider for such a service.

Benefits of a Guernsey Company

  • We offer our clients a reliable company formation service in Guernsey
  • It is not necessary to visit Guernsey to complete your incorporation
  • Our companies incorporation system comply with the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008
  • Time to incorporate is short, with the possibility of incorporation being completed in one day
  • Any currencies permitted
  • No minimum authorised capital
  • Minimum share issue: one
  • Only one shareholder is required
  • Annual Meetings are not required provided a resolution has been passed that they can be waived

Registration Information Required

To incorporate a Guernsey company the following is required for the Guernsey Registry:

  • Proposed Company Name
  • Description of Company Activities
  • Shareholders Details
  • Company Directors Details
  • Guernsey Registered Office Address
  • Amount of Share Capital
  • Passport/identity card of the directors
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association - which we draft

Guernsey Company Type

There are four types of company offered in Guernsey, however, a limited liability limited by shares is the usual structure chosen. A limited liability company is a separate legal entity which has the power to own assets in its own name.

Share Capital

There is no minimum capital requirements for a company incorporated in Guernsey and the capital may be expressed in any currency.

Company Shareholders

A minimum of one shareholders is required, with no restrictions on nationality or residency. Shareholders may be an individual or company and the shares are issued as registered shares.

Details of shareholders must be kept on a share register at the registered office or registered agent, these details are protected. The information is also maintained at the Companies Registry, the information on shareholders will only be seen if requested by the relevant authorities for use in a criminal investigation.

Company Directors

Only one director is required, of any nationality and residency. Company directors must complete a registration form in order to be provided with a unique company director number, we complete this during the registration process.

Company directors are legally obliged to file certain types of information with the Guernsey Registry.

Guernsey Company Name

The name of a company may be in any language that uses the Latin alphabet and when choosing a name certain rules must be followed, these include:

  • Cannot use a name that is, in the opinion of the Registrar, similar to and/or likely to be confused with another company in Guernsey
  • Company names implying royal or government connections, patronage or support require permission
  • Geographic locations are permitted but not misleading in suggesting business activities are carried out in locations where it does not
  • Words that donate professions are permitted only if the professions stated in the name represent the professional experience and qualifications of the company and its employees: doctor, lawyers, accountants

We are able to check your Guernsey company name is acceptable with the Guernsey Registry.

Company Incorporation Documents

Once incorporated we provide a set of corporate documents for your Guernsey company which, includes the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Incorporation 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

It is mandatory to have a registered office in Guernsey, this is a physical address where documents may be legally served - we can provide a registered office in Guernsey. It is a requirement for a Guernsey incorporated company to have a registered agent.

The register of directors and register of shareholders must been maintained at the registered office of your company in accordance with section 143 of the Law.

Shareholder and Director Meetings

Guernsey companies must hold annual general meetings within 18 months of incorporation and once every calendar year after that. Subject to certain conditions, there is the ability to waive the requirement to hold annual general meetings which may be valid for a particular year or for an indefinite period.

Company Registration Renewal

Companies are obliged to pay an annual validation fee to the authorities accompanied by the annual return. This fee is variable on the type of company,

General Meetings

Companies are obliged to hold an annual general meeting once every calendar year and within 18 months following the incorporation. These meetings may be held anywhere in the world. It is possible to waiver the requirement to hold an annual general meeting if certain conditions are met.

Guernsey Ready Made Companies

Ready Made companies are not available through the Guernsey Registry, but company names can be reserved.

With impressively fast incorporation times in Guernsey we recommend incorporating a new company.

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Guernsey Advantages
  • Time - 1 - 2 weeks to incorporate
  • Directors - only 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your company
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder is required
  • Share Capital - there is no minimum share capital requirement
  • Registered Office - your company requires a registered office in Guernsey, which we can provide
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process
Required to Proceed
  • Company Name - We can check your company name is available
  • Passport - colour scan of your passport
  • Documents - copy of a utility bill, credit card or bank statement showing your private address
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  • Upload - proof of address & copy passport can be uploaded here