Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign state in the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the Lesser Antilles, consists of two major islands (Antigua and Barbuda) and a number of small islands. Antigua is the centre of all activities in the country, after Hurricane Irma destroyed 95% of buildings and infrastructure in Barbuda, leaving it uninhabited for the first time in history.
Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Head of State is Elizabeth II, represented here by the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. Local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar. Official language is English.
Main sphere of economy in Antigua and Barbuda is tourism – it makes up more than 50% of GDP. The other major sector is financial services: the country is advertised as an attractive offshore centre. Offshore activities have been developing here since 1982. What makes it especially attractive to clients seeking financial services, is that it offers its citizenship in return for investment in economy.
OECD puts Antigua and Barbuda in the category of “Jurisdictions Committed to Improving Transparency and Establishing Effective Exchange of Information in Tax Matters” – sort of a “grey area” of territories that have expressed their commitment to make amendments to their taxation systems. The same applies to the European Union: Antigua and Barbuda has promised to adapt to the EU requirements, and the EU claimed it would monitor the progress carefully.
Business activities in Antigua and Barbuda are regulated by, inter alia, the 1995 Companies Act, 1982 International Business Corporations Act, etc. Legislation in Antigua and Barbuda is largely based on English law.
Main types of businesses in Antigua and Barbuda
- International Business Corporations
- Holding Companies
- Import and Export Companies
- Shipping Companies
- Finance Companies
The commercial register of Antigua and Barbuda is called National Companies and Intellectual Property Registry for Antigua and Barbuda (ABIPCO). Information from the Registry is available as an online database. It is managed by the Intellectual Property and Commerce Office, a division of the Ministry of Legal Affairs. It registers companies, as well as trademarks, patents, and other property rights. To be registered here, businesses need to have an address in Antigua and Barbuda.
Extract from the commercial register of Antigua and Barbuda contains following information
Main extract available from the ABIPCO is a company profile. It comes in the English language and contains information about a company, relevant at the moment of the request.
- Full legal name
- Company representatives
- Directors and shareholders
- Current status (active or inactive)
- Type of business
- Financial information
- Other available information
NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.
Other available documents
Certificate of Good Standing – an official document that confirms a company’s solvency, reliability, and right to do business in Antigua and Barbuda. This certificate is only issued to companies that fully comply with the requirements in terms of taxation and financial reports submission.
Search in the register is not free of charge. Search results are sent to you within 3-5 days after request submission.
To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:
- Full legal name
- Registration number
An extract from the business register of Antigua and Barbuda can be used in order to:
- Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
- Negotiate foreign trade agreements
- File legal claims
Extracts from the commerical register of Antigua and Barbuda comes in the English language.
Antigua and Barbuda acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents on 24 February 1965, as a part of the British Commonwealth.
Therefore, the documents issued in Antigua and Barbuda are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.
In addition, you can order notarised translation from English.
We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of Antigua and Barbuda, and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Inquiries are processed within one working day. Courier delivery of apostilled documents is paid separately by courier service tariffs.
You can order free preliminary availability check of required information on our website.
|Service||Price incl. German VAT 19%||Price excl. VAT|
|Price for an Electronic Extract||from 119,00 €||from 100,00 €|
|Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping||from 595,00 €||from 500,00 €|