Sint Maarten is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is an autonomous territory and one of the constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It takes up the southern part of the island of Saint Martin while the northern is called Saint Martin and belongs to France. Head of state is the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander, represented here by the Governor of Sint Maarten. Local currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder. Official languages are Dutch and English.
Sint Maarten used to be a part of the constituent country of the Netherlands Antilles until its dissolution in 2010. Apart from Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles consisted of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, and Sint Eustatius – and collectively comprised an offshore zone that had not applied taxation standards required by the OECD. On its own, Sint Maarten is not considered a tax haven, but still is not fully compliant with the OECD tax cooperation requirements.
Local economy is based on tourism and gambling. According to the 2016 data presented by the Gaming Technologies Association, Sint Maarten has the most gaming machines per person in the world (13 residents per machine).
The whole island and its economy were severely damaged by the Hurricane Irma in September 2017, and are currently in the recovery phase.
Business activities in Sint Maarten are regulated by the Dutch legislation with certain local adjustments.
Main types of businesses in Sint Maarten
- Naamloze Vennootschap (NV) is a joint-stock company (corporation)
- Vennootschap met Beperkte Aansprakelijkheid (VBA) is a limited liability company
- Vennootschap onder firma (VOF) is a partnership
- Сommanditaire vennootschap (CV) is a limited partnership
There are also funds, associations, individual entrepreneurs, and branches of foreign companies.
Commercial register of Sint Maarten is managed by the Sint Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI). Incorporation documents are prepared via a notary, then the Executive Council of Sint Maarten grants a business license. After that, a company gets registered by the Chamber of Commerce, and an entry about it is made in the business register.
Contents of the commercial register of Sint Maarten
Main extract available from the commercial register of Sint Maartin is a company profile. It comes in Dutch or English and contains information about a company, relevant at the moment of the request.
- Full legal name
- Registration number and date
- Legal address
- Type of business
- Registered capital
- Status (active or inactive)
- Shareholders and key management
- Branches and subsidiaries
- Registered capital
- Corporate statistics
NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.
Search in the register is not free of charge. Search results are sent to you within 7-14 days after request submission. Due to the Hurricane Irma consequences, there might be some delays.
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 Sint Maarten can be used in order to:
- Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
- Negotiate foreign trade agreements
- Register legal entities with foreign participation
- File legal claims
Sint Maarten acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents on 1 March 1967, as a part of Kingdom of Netherlands.
Therefore, the documents issued in Sint Maarten 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 Dutch or English.
We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of the Kingdom of Netherlands 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 833,00 €||from 700,00 €|