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Extracts from the commercial register of the British Virgin Islands

Schmidt & Schmidt provides extracts from the commercial register of the British Virgin Islands with a translation and an apostille.

The British Virgin Islands (BVI, known officially as simply Virgin Islands) are a British Overseas Territory, located in the Lesser Antilles in the Atlantic Ocean to the east of Puerto Rico. This is a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom; local population are British citizens, and subsequently the citizens of the European Union, even though this territory is not a part of the EU nor directly subject to the EU law. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state, represented here by the Governor of the Virgin Islands. Local currency is the United States dollar. Official language is English.

The British Virgin Islands are one of the oldest tax havens in the world and one of the most prominent players in the global offshore services sector. According to Transparency International, the BVI hosted 430000 offshore companies as for June 2016, which means 15 companies per person in the territory with the population of 28 000 people.

Transparency of business activities on the BVI is very low: businesses are exempted from audit, submission of financial statements, disclosure of information about director and shareholders. G20 describes local banking system as “opaque”.

There are four major “pillars” of economy on the BVI – financial services, tourism, agriculture, and fishing. Financial services made the BVI one of the most prosperous territories in the Caribbean with one of the highest incomes per capita. According to the Government of the BVI, 52% of Government’s revenue come directly from license fees for offshore businesses. BVI authorities have been offering offshore registration to companies from mid-1980’s, and by unofficial statistics, there are almost 1 million companies registered here today. This number is approximate, since there is no public source that would contain up-to-date information about companies, including dissolved and liquidated. A search in the company register of the British Virgin Islands is only possible by written request and for a fee.

Business activities on the BVI are regulated by the 2004 BVI Business Companies Act. This is a consolidated version of International Companies Act, 1984, known as “the most important piece of legislation in the history of the BVI since the emancipation” as it played a core role in economic development of the Islands.
The commercial register of the British Virgin Islands is administered by the BVI Financial Services Commission.

Company Search Report from the commercial register of the British Virgin Islands

Company Search Report Company is a profile, compiled by the registrar of the Financial Services Commission. This statement is provided in English and contains basic information about the company

Extract from commercial register of the British Virgin Islands:
  • Name of the company
  • Type of business
  • Registration date and number
  • Main activity
  • Legal address
  • Registrar’s details
  • Board members
  • Registered capital
  • Shares
  • Current status (active or inactive)
  • Bankruptcy

NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable.

Search in the register is not free of charge

Inquiries are processed from 30 minutes.

Certificate of Incorporation from commercial register of the British Virgin Islands

Certificate of Incorporation confirms company’s registration on the BVI.

Certificate of Incorporation from commercial register of the BVI contains following information:
  • Name of the company
  • Legal form
  • Registration number
  • Registration date

NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable.

Inquiries are processed from 30 minutes.

Certificate of Good Standingfrom commercial register of the British Virgin Islands

Certificate of Good Standing is an official document that confirms a company’s solvency, reliability, and right to do business on the BVI. This certificate is only issued to companies that fully comply with the requirements in terms of taxation and financial reports submission

Certificate of Good Standing from the commercial register of the BVI:
  • Name of the company
  • Registration number
  • Current status (active or inactive)

Inquiries are processed from 5 days.

Other documents from the commercial register of the British Virgin Islands

From the commercial register of the British Virgin Islands, the following documents may be obtained:

  • Special Worded Certificate
  • Certificate of Name Change

Inquiries are processed from 5 days.

To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:

  • Full legal name
  • Registration number

Main types of businesses on the BVI

  • Company Limited by Shares
  • Company Limited by Guarantee
  • Company limited by guarantee authorised to issue shares
  • Unlimited company with or without shares
  • Restricted purposes company
  • Segregated portfolio company

The most common type of business on the BVI is Company Limited by Shares, also known as Business Companies Act company (BC or BCA). This is one of the most common types of offshore companies in the world.

An extract from the business register of the BVI can be used in order to:

  • Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
  • Negotiate foreign trade agreements
  • File legal claims

Apostille for extracts from the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents on 24 February 1965, as a part of the United Kingdom.

Therefore, the documents issued on the BVI are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.

Apostilling usually takes about three weeks.

In addition, you can order notarised translation from English.

Apostille from the BVI

We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of the British Virgin Islands, the United Kingdom, 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 71,40 from 60,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 523,60 from 440,00

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In our video we explain the definition and function of a commercial register and how you can verify the reliability and solvency of your foreign business partner.

Should you wish to check the sincerity of your foreign business partner’s request, Schmidt&Schmidt will gladly assist you.

We offer extracts from the commercial registers of more than 100 different registers in countries spread all around the globe. Additionally, we offer annual statements for a variety of companies. The original extract from any commercial register can be sent to you by mail or as a pdf-file via e-mail. Besides that, commercial register extracts can be authenticated with an apostille.

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