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BVI Company Registry

The BVI Companies Act 2004 requires the Registrar of Corporate Affairs to maintain the following:

  • Register of Companies incorporated under the Act
  • Register of Foreign Companies registered under Part XI
  • Register of Charges registered under part VIII

The BVI Financial Services Commission is the territory's sole financial services regulator.

They are the agency responsible for authorising and licensing companies or persons to conduct financial services business and for monitoring regulated financial services operating in or from within the BVI.

We file all applications for new companies, allowing for companies to be incorporated and registered with the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs within 2-3 days.

Registrar of Corporate Affairs

The Registry of Corporate Affairs administers the BVI Business Companies Act and is responsible for ensuring that companies doing business in and from within the Territory are registered and that the Register of Companies is properly maintained.

The BVI Financial Services Commission is the Territory's single financial services Regulator, they are responsible for authorising and licensing companies or persons to conduct financial services business and for monitoring the perimeter of regulated financial services activity to safeguard the public against any illegal and or unauthorised financial services business operating in or from within the BVI.

Through the Registry of Corporate Affairs, the Commission is also responsible for the registration of all companies formed in the Territory and for the formation of Limited Partnerships and registration of Trade Marks and Patents.

The BVI is the world’s pre-eminent corporate domicile. Since the adoption of its pioneering Companies Act in 2004, total number of companies registered 730,000 of which 480,000 are active and 60,000 were incorporated in 2010.

Other jurisdictions have introduced legislation similar to the BVI, in an effort to compete for company formation business. However, the BVI has maintained its leadership position thanks to the flexibility of its legislation, the quality of its financial services, the efficiency of its Registry of Corporate Affairs, its commitment to privacy, and its integrity and stability as a jurisdiction. The BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs is the equivalent of the UK’s Companies House.

The BVI has VIRRGIN, a state of the art electronic filing system. Company Incorporations and post incorporation filings are made electronically, which leads to fast, efficient and accurate turnaround of documents by the Registry of Corporate Affairs.

We can obtain company information and documents on companies formed in the British Virgin Islands through the Registry of Corporate Affairs.

Registry of Corporate Affairs
P.O. Box 418
Road Town
Tortola
British Virgin Islands

The Government of the BVI is committed to providing cutting edge legislation which, means the BVI is recognised as one of the best regulated international financial centres.

BVI Financial Services Commission

The BVI Financial Services Commission is the Territory's financial services regulator, they are responsible for authorising and licensing companies in the financial services.

Through the Registry of Corporate Affairs, the BVI Financial Services Commission is also responsible for the registration of all companies formed in the Territory and for the formation of Limited Partnerships and registration of Trade Marks and Patents.

BVI Company names

Companies regulated by the Act are required to use a corporate suffix. Limited companies must end their name with either Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Societe Anonyme, Sociedad Anonima, and their respective abbreviations such as Ltd, Corp, Inc and S.A.

BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 - BVI BC Act

The BVI BC Act replaced the hugely successful International Business Companies Act of 1984 and maintains the benefits of the previous Act, while introducing a number of innovative additional provisions to make the BVI business company a more effective, transactional vehicle.