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Seychelles IBC



Seychelles International Business Companies (IBCs) are incorporated under the International

Business Companies Act 2016, as amended. Seychelles IBCs are very useful and more cost-efficient substitute to offshore companies established in other jurisdictions. The registration process in Seychelles is one of the most flexible and fastest.


Fiscal advantages

  • No taxation on foreign income

  • No stamp duty on transfer of IBC shares

  • Minimum annual Seychelles Government License fee: US$100+7.5% Tax irrespective of Authorised capital




  • Minimum number of directors is one

  • Corporate directors are permissible

  • No Seychelles director requirement 

  • No public filing of director details

  • No public access to director details

  • Location of Directors meetings can be anywhere

  • Directors may attend meetings via telephone or other electronic means


Shareholders (members)


  • Minimum number of shareholders is one

  • Corporate shareholders are permissible

  • No Seychelles shareholder requirement

  • No public filing of shareholder details

  • No public access to shareholder details

  • Location of shareholders meetings can be anywhere

  • Shareholders may attend meetings via telephonic or other electronic means


Beneficial owners


  • Details of beneficial owner(s) are not publicly accessible, as beneficial owner details are not required to be filed with any Government office in Seychelles

  • Shares may be held by a nominee on behalf of the beneficial owner(s)


Share capital


  • Standard authorised share capital is US$1,000,000 (though any amount is acceptable, subject to client requirements)

  • Standard minimum issued capital is US$1

  • The standard currency is the United States Dollar, but any other convertible currencies are permitted

  • The International Business Companies Act 2016, as amended, (the “IBC Act”) allows for a Seychelles IBC to issue registered shares

  • The IBC Act requires that all issued shares be paid-up – i.e. issued in exchange for payment to the Company in cash or other valuable consideration, of such amount as the directors may determine but cannot be less than the par value per share


Accounts and returns


  • Accounts are prepared but no requirements for filing with Authorities

  • Annual declaration as to accounting records and registers to be submitted

  • Confirmation of location of accounting records to be submitted


Registered office


  • A Seychelles IBC is required by law to have a licensed Agent in Seychelles. All documents relating to the IBC must be filed with the Registry by its Registered Agent

  • Subject to a company’s Memo & Arts, the Registered Agent can be changed by passing a directors’ resolution


Statutory registers


  • A Seychelles IBC must maintain: 

    • A Register of Shares (including required particulars of shares, shareholders and share transfers); and

    • A Register of Directors and other company officers

  • An IBC shall keep either the original or a copy of such Registers at its Registered Office. If only a copy is kept at the Registered Office, the IBC shall inform the registered Agent in writing of the address of the place where the original Registers are kept and of any charge in the content of such Registers.


Minutes and resolutions


  • All minutes and resolutions must be kept at the Registered Office or at such place as the directors determine, provided they inform (in writing) the Registered Agent of the address of such other place.




  • A Seychelles IBC has the same powers as a natural person, including the right to sue and be sued. It is a separate legal entity with limited liability and has perpetual existence.

  • Continuation and migration of IBC’s to or from Seychelles is possible.

  • A Seychelles IBC is not a Seychelles resident for taxation purposes. A Seychelles IBC may not access a Seychelles Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement.

  • A Seychelles IBC name must end in an approved suffix to denote limited liability: including “Limited”, “LTD.”, “Corporation”, “Corp.”, “Incorporated”, “Inc.”, “Société Anonyme”, “S.A.”, “Namloze Vennootschap”, “Berhad” or their abbreviations. The full list of approved suffixes is available (part 3 Schedule to the IBC Act).


IBC name restrictions


  • It is prohibited for a Seychelles IBC name to contain words such as “Assurance”, “Bank”, “Trust”, “Building Society”, “Cooperative”, “Chamber of Commerce”, “Chartered”, “Insurance”, “Imperial”, “Municipal” or “Foundation” or which suggests the patronage of any Government. It is prohibited to use a name already in use or any names deemed by the Registrar to be indecent, offensive or misleading. The following words are prohibited as IBC names unless evidence of the appropriate licence or permission is provided: “Casino”, “Fund”, “Securities” and “University”.


IBC trading restrictions


  • A Seychelles IBC cannot carry on business in Seychelles (limited statutory exceptions include maintaining records and a bank account in Seychelles, holding company meetings, and engaging local advisors, etc).

  • An IBC is prohibited from carrying on the business of banking, insurance or reinsurance, and cannot provide registered office facilities in Seychelles for other companies. A Seychelles IBC cannot own Seychelles real estate.


Language of IBC name


  • While normally in English, an IBC name can also be registered in any language; this requires a translator’s certificate (English or French translation and transliteration). It is also possible to have bilingual Memo & Arts documentation in English or French and any other language.


Premier Global Fiduciary Services DMCC is here to advise you how best to set up a Seychelles IBC and discuss all support services required. Know more about our Seychelles Office and our Services.

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