We are able to conduct comprehensive company searches in Mauritius, providing copies of all information held on the target company at the Registrar of Companies. We offer a company documents service which provides Registry copies of official company documents, however, commercial law in this jurisdiction only allows company documents to be obtained for domestic and public registered companies.
Mauritius Companies are governed by the Companies Act, 2001 and regulated by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission.
The Mauritius Companies Act 2001 provides confidentiality concerning all matters in relation to companies holding a Category 1 Global Business Licence or a Category 2 Global Business Licence. Therefore, the information included in a Mauritius company search is limited.
The Corporate and Business Registration Department is a government department, which comes under the Ministry Of Finance and Economic Development. It administers the Companies Act 2001, the Business Registration Act 2002, the Insolvency Act 2009,The Limited Partnerships Act 2011 and The Foundations Act 2012.
The Corporate and Business Registration Department has the following main functions:
We can provide a Company Search report with the latest filed information from the Mauritius Registrar of Companies (ROC), including the legal status of the company, company registration details and the current registered office address.
A Mauritius Company search includes:
In Mauritius details of directors and shareholdings of private companies are confidential not divulged to third parties without consent. The information is held by the Mauritius, Registrar of Companies and the Mauritius Registered Agent.
Companies holding a Category 2 Global Business License are required to maintain financial statements to reflect their financial position but, are not required to file accounts with the Mauritius Registrar of Companies. A company with a Global Business Licence conducts business outside of Mauritius. A resident Mauritius corporation which conducts business outside of Mauritius may apply to the Financial Services Commission for a Category 1 Global Business Licence.
We are able to supply registry copies of official company documents, such as the Certificate of Good Standing and the Memorandum and Articles of Association. These documents are issued by the Registrar of Companies and are often required when concluding business contracts, dealing with official governing bodies and when dealing with financial institutions. Due to commercial law in Mauritius company documents are only provided for domestic and public registered companies in this jurisdiction.
With a Global Business Category 2 company the request for copies of documents is made only to the registered agent, director or shareholder of the Mauritius company.
The Companies Division of the Mauritius Corporation and Business Registration department is responsible for the incorporation of offshore companies. Mauritius companies are regulated under the Companies Act 2001. Companies registered in Mauritius benefit from tax treaties and also their is no capital gains and dividend withholding tax.
The most common forms of incorporation in this country are the Global Business Category 1 (GBC 1) and the Global Business Category 2 (GBC 2).
GBC 1 companies are considered as resident in this jurisdiction, hence benefit from various Double Taxation Treaties that Mauritius holds.
GBC 1 companies are permitted to trade within Mauritius and with residents, on the condition that prior approval from the FSC is granted.
GBC 1 companies are required to prepare and file annual audited financial statements, in accordance with International Acceptable Accounting Standards, within 6 months following the financial year end. This is in addition to keeping company registers, accounting records, directors' reports, meeting minutes and other reporting documents at the companies registered office. This information is not available for public inspection.
Once incorporated, GBC 1 entities may be converted into GBC 2 entities.
GBC 2 entities are used for the purpose of holding assets and conducting business outside of Mauritius, they are not considered to be resident in this jurisdiction and therefore do not benefit from the countries double taxation treaties. However, all income generated (provided it is generated outside Mauritius) is completely tax exempt.
All domestic Mauritius companies must file an Annual Return together with accounts. Mauritius Companies holding a Category 2 Global Business License are required to maintain financial statements but, not required to file accounts with the authorities.