Anguilla is situated in the Caribbean near Puerto Rico. As an offshore jurisdiction Anguilla provides excellent offshore services to its clients. The Government offers zero taxation for all companies incorporated in Anguilla. As an island with the status of British Overseas Territory, Anguilla is very stable politically and economically, and has its own judicial system structured on that of Great Britain. The backbone of Anguilla’s economy is tourism and the offshore sector. The country’s financial services sector is managed by the Anguilla Financial Services Commission (FSC).

The different legislations in Anguilla provide for the formation of Anguilla companies or the incorporation of International Business Companies (IBC), Anguilla Business Companies (Local Companies or ABC) and Anguilla Limited Liability Company (LLC). The Anguilla company formation and incorporation process has no delays. The Anguilla Commercial Online Registration Network (ACORN) allows persons to register companies using modern technology mainly the internet. The system can be used to register International Business Companies, Local or Ordinary Companies, Trust Companies, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Partnerships. Using the ACORN system, Anguilla company formation and company incorporation takes as little as one day.

To incorporate an International Business Company and a Local or Ordinary Company in Anguilla the owners of the proposed companies have to submit to the Registrar of Companies a complete Articles of Incorporation. The Articles of Incorporation for the above mentioned companies includes the following:

  • The name of the proposed Anguilla offshore company
  • The address of the registered office of the Anguilla company
  • The name and address of the registered agent
  • Classes of shares and the number of share the Anguilla company is authorized to issue
  • The document must include the fixed number of shares for those shares that are issued in series
  • The document must state if the Anguilla company has the right to transfer shares and if it is opened to share transfers. If the Anguilla company is not opened to share transfers the restrictions must be stated
  • The documents must state the type of business the Anguilla company can transact and the restrictions or prohibitions in regards to business that cannot be carried out
  • To incorporate Anguilla companies there may also be includes a copy of a company’s by- laws or provisions which are allowed by the International Business Companies in the case of an IBC and the Companies Act in case of an Ordinary Company.

In addition to the above mentioned documents an Ordinary or Local Company must also include the following in its Article of Incorporation:

  • The number of directors
  • If the director is and individual, the name, nationality, address and mailing address.
  • The name, country of registration and mailing address for a director who is a corporation
  • If the company is limited by shares the liability of each member must be clearly stated.

The information provided in the Articles Incorporation must be submitted to the Registrar of Companies. Once the Registrar is contented that the relevant information has been presented a Certificate of Incorporation will be granted making the company a legal body in Anguilla.

For the incorporation of an Anguilla Limited Liability Company (LLC) a complete Article of Formation must be completed. The document can be signed by the members of the LLC. The Articles of Formation should include the following:

  • The proposed name of the Limited Liability Company
  • The address of the registered office
  • The name and address of the registered agent
  • The proposed date the LLC will be formed
  • If the company intends to dissolve the proposed date dissolution

Like the Ordinary and the International Business Companies the Limited Liability Company must submit the Article of Formation to the Registrar who will issue a Certificate of Formation to the company.

To incorporate Anguilla companies it takes a minimum amount time. The financial services sector provides professional service to clients worldwide and tax