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Offshore Company Incorporation: What To Consider

Apr 8, 2008
When deciding on what type of offshore business you would like to open, one of the first decisions you will have to make is what type of business you are going to open. There are two main types of offshore IBCs you can open including Limited Liability Companies and International Business Corporations. Many jurisdictions are also adopting new legislation which allow people to replace the Multi-National Business Corporation with a simple Corporation Corporation.

The question becomes are you interested in creating a basic company or a complete one. Basic companies do not have as many of the benefits that their larger brother's do. Basic companies are geared more towards individuals or small business owners where only one person will be in charge of the company and it's holdings. The trade off is this type of company does not have as many benefits as a complete company does.

There are more requirements involved in setting up a complete offshore company and also, in general, many more people involved in the process. A well executed plan to incorporate your company is required in order to ensure your company assets are protected and the services of a lawyer in the jurisdiction you are incorporating in is highly suggested.

If you have an existing business that you would like to transfer to an offshore business, there are many offshore jurisdictions that will allow you to merge businesses or relocate them. When merging one business with another, you will most definitely have to hire a third party firm to help assist you, as there are often contractual difficulties that these firms can help you to overcome, however some offshore jurisdictions do not have this problem because they now allow companies to form a complete new entity during the merger, rather than one company simply taking over another company.

Before setting up your offshore corporation you will need to identify all of the uses for your company. One of the top ways to determine which type of company you should incorporate is to consult with a legal firm that specializes in offshore company incorporations in the country you are investigating. There are service resellers and actual law firms so be careful who you are working with.

Using an lawyer to set up your offshore company has many benefits such as; attorney client privilege , connections in the industry and company incorporation experience. Watch out for scams where websites will purport to be law firms but are in actual fact nothing more than shell websites that will sell your personal details to anyone who will pay. These types of sites are rampant in every industry, not just offshore company formation, so watch out.

Those with no experience incorporating an offshore company should definitely utilize these services. The initial cost may be higher than you will find in other places on the internet but does cheaper mean better? Personally I like the piece of mind knowing that my company has been registered properly and not resold to countless others.
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To learn more information about forming a company offshore please visit the Offshore Legal website.
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