Saint Vincent Company IncorporationSaint Vincent Company Documents

We can provide company searches and certified copies of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines company documents held at the Commerce and Intellectual Property Office.

Commerce and Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

The Commerce and Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a statutory agency of the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, established under the Commerce and Intellectual Property Office Act, No. 43 of 2003. The CIPO currently administers the Companies Act, 1994.

Saint Vincent Company Search

We can supply a Company Search Report on company's registered in Saint Vincent.

The contents of a company search report will include:

  • Company Name
  • Company name if registered in additional language - where applicable
  • Company Registration Number - International Business Company Number
  • Date of Incorporation
  • Company Status - Active, Not Active, Struck-off
  • Company Type - Domestic Company, External Company
  • Authorised Share Capital - where available
  • Resident Agent
  • Resident Agent Address
  • Registered Agent Contact Information
  • Registered Office Address
  • Company Details - not from the registry - if available

Saint Vincent Company Search Report - Timescale

The search report will be ordered from the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Companies Registry and delivered by email in 4 - 9 days.

Saint Vincent Certificate of Good Standing

We can supply a Certificate of Good Standing from the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Companies Registry certifying that the company is in Good Standing. We need to supply details of why the document is required and once the Financial Services Authority is satisfied with your request we would then proceed. The Certificate of Good Standing is issued under the International Business Companies Amended and Consolidation Act, Chapter 149 of the Revised Laws of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The certificate is provided from the Companies Registry with an official stamp, seal and signature of the registrar.

The Certificate of Good Standing certifies that on the date issued the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines company:

  • Is still on the Register of International Business Companies
  • Has paid all fees and penalties payable under the act to the Registrar of Companies
  • Is not in breach of the provisions of the Act
  • Has not yet submitted articles of merger or consolidation that have not yet become effective
  • Is not in the process of being wound up and dissolved
  • Is not subject to any proceedings to be Struck of the Register
  • Is as far as evidenced by the documents filed with the Registrar, in Good Standing under the laws of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

If the company is not in Good Standing and a Good Standing Certificate cannot be issued by the Saint Vincent registry they will instead provide a company search extract showing the current company status.

Saint Vincent Certificate of Incorporation

The Saint Vincent Certificate of Incorporation is issued by the Saint Vincent Financial Services Authority when a Saint Vincent company is incorporated. We can provide a registry copy of a Saint Vincent company incorporation certificate which includes the company name, company number, date of incorporation and states that a company is registered. The Articles of Incorporation filed by the company contain the Company Name, the Registered Agent, the currency of the share capital and authorised capital and type of shares

Saint Vincent Certificate of Incorporation

Apostilled Saint Vincent Company Documents

We can supply a Certificate of Good Standing for a Saint Vincent and the Grenadines International Business Company, the document is Certified and Stamped at the registry and then Apostilled at the Financial Services Authority.

Public Information - Company Registers

The Financial Services Authority regulates and supervises the international financial services in Saint Vincent. Information on the owners and directors of companies is not available to the public. Saint Vincent enforces a strict confidentiality act following the Preservation of Confidential Relationships International Finance Act 1996. Disclosure of information, including abroad, is only permitted when criminal proceedings have begun and there is a legal request for information.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a very confidential environment and as such there are no requirements for companies to file shareholder or director details with the Registry but, this information must be kept with the Registered Agent and they must maintain the registers.

Accounting & Financial Statements

There are no requirements to file financial statements or any other form of accounting records with the Registry. A change to the Companies Amendment Act means that each year International Business Companies and Limited Liability Companies must send their Registered Agent a declaration that the company is keeping annual financial statements and accounting records in accordance with the Act, and that such records can be made available if requested by the Financial Services Authority.

Annual Return

Saint Vincent companies are not required to file an annual return.

Memorandum and Articles of Association

The Memorandum and Articles of Association are not available if the company is an International Business Company incorporated under the IBC Act and such these documents are not required in the Incorporation of IBC's in Saint Vincent.

Features of an International Business Company

  • One director is required, there are no requirements for a local director or any domicile requirements
  • Only one shareholder is required, the beneficial owners of shares are not made public
  • An IBC may own land in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as long as it obtains an Alien Land Holding Licence.
  • An IBC is exempt from paying taxes in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • The filed Articles of Incorporation contain the Company Name, the Registered Agent, the currency of the share capital and authorised capital and type of shares
  • A certificate of compliance by the Registered Agent that the requirements of the act have been complied with will accompany the articles. This is the only information on public record.
  • The IBC Act has wide company objects
  • There are no mandatory annual returns to be filed with the registry
  • Foreign denotations such as Aktiengesellschaft, Anonima, Societe Anonyme or the abbreviations such as A/S, SA, AG, GmbH, NV and BV are allowed

Saint Vincent Company Formation

  • Shares can be issued in any currency.
  • Any word can be used to imply limited liability - SA, Sàrl, Limited, GmbH etc.
  • Statutes need not be filed.
  • No disclosure of directors or shareholders to the registry.
  • No corporate taxes, withholding taxes, capital gains taxes in St Vincent for 25 years.
  • Exemption from Stamp Duty on property transactions or share transactions for 25 years.
  • No inheritance duties on the bequeathing of shares.
  • Can transfer domicile out of the jurisdiction or re domicile into St. Vincent.
  • Information filed with the Offshore Finance Authority is protected by Confidentiality Acts.

Directors and Shareholders

An IBC in Saint Vincent can have only one director and one shareholder.

Shareholders, directors and officers may reside anywhere in the world and their meetings may be held wherever they decide. There is no residency or nationality requirement for shareholders, directors and/or officers of a Saint Vincent and the Grenadines IBC.

Confidentiality in Saint Vincent

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the worlds most confidential jurisdictions. There are no taxes for 25 years, no company registers and no need to file financial statements.

  • No requirement to publicly disclose the names of shareholders or directors

There is strict confidentiality following the Preservation of Confidential Relationships International Finance Act 1996 - The Confidentiality Act states that the public policy of the State is to protect and preserve the confidentiality and to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of all confidential information with respect to business of a professional nature.

Taxation

There are no corporate, withholding or capital gains taxes in Saint Vincent for 25 years after the incorporation date. Companies are also exempt from Stamp Duty on property transaction or share transactions for the same 25 year period.

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Saint Vincent Document Fees
  • Company Search Report - by email £188
  • Certificate of Good Standing - £220
  • Express Documents - an additional £75 per document