How To Set Up Offshore Company in 2024


The tax burden and insurance premiums are steadily increasing. With that, the idea of offshore company formation is becoming more relevant. Tax havens are now forced to adapt to the requirements of international financial structures, diligently fighting ‘unscrupulous’ businessmen. But even in such conditions, offshore zones do not lose their appeal. Why? The answer is simple. Offshore jurisdictions leave the blacklist, and the moods towards enterprises registered there improve. Thinking about offshore incorporation? Let’s talk in detail.

Must Know Before Offshore Company Registration

Offshore companies are popular in the world. A plethora of agencies provide services to set up an offshore company in Curaçao, Bahamas, Gibraltar, etc. and open current accounts in well-known banks around the world. An extensive supply stems from the demand for such a company formation. Here is why.

What Is An Offshore Company?

An offshore company is a legal entity registered in a jurisdiction with preferential taxation, in the absence of currency control. This company does not conduct business in the country of its registration, and the owners of such companies are non-residents of these countries.

Such enterprises emerge because of the favorable legislative framework of offshore locations. They partially or fully relieve from taxation those companies that do not carry out business activities in the country of registration. For the decent international businesses of an offshore company, it needs an inter-country agreement on the avoidance of double taxation. Otherwise, the offshore company must pay taxes in each country of operation.

What Are The Functions Of Offshore?

Business owners, unwilling to agree to the conditions of their state, register offshore companies. Their goals vary from avoiding high taxes to ensuring maximum confidentiality of commercial information. Other functions of offshore territories are:

  • Asset protection. International businesses choose to protect their money in economically and politically stable locations;
  • International trade. Minimal taxation creates favorable conditions for attracting large cash flows and cheap loans;
  • Aircraft and ship registration. The most popular countries are Panama, Seychelles, Bermuda, and the Bahamas;
  • Offshore banking. Many offshore zones, such as the Cayman Islands or the Bahamas, provide banking licensing services;
  • Insurance. Bermuda is a leader in this field. Insurance companies enjoy a significant reduction in the tax burden here.

Firms should be registered in areas with more favorable conditions. Take into account that in some cases, offshore companies can harm a joint business if a particular registrar is blacklisted.

Offshore Company Types

The most common types of business organizations in the international tax planning system are:

  • Private Company Limited by Shares, LTD

There is a small number of stable members. The transfer of shares is limited. The share capital is formed by placing shares between the founders. In other jurisdictions, Private Company Limited can be abbreviated BC, IBC, Corp, Inc, Pte Ltd, Pvt Ltd, AG, SA, etc.

  • Limited Liability Company,  LLC

The LLC company is a hybrid organizational and legal form of business. It has signs of an LTD and a Limited Liability Partnership. As with the shareholders of the LTD company, the responsibility of the LLC participants is limited by their contribution to the authorized capital. However, unlike LTD, LLC does not issue shares. Instead of shares, LLC participants own Certificates of Ownership or Certificates of LLC Interest, which indicate the size of their stake in the company.

  • Limited Partnership, LP or Limited Liability Partnership, LLP

In this type, two or more entrepreneurs pool their capital to do business. LLP partners can be legal entities. That is, any company, offshore too, can act as an LLP partner. All partners have the right to directly manage the company. It is advisable to establish an LP in cases when all partners plan to take an active part in management. 

  • Private Company Limited by Guarantee, CLG or LBG

This is a private company that does not have shareholders and authorized capital. It has guarantor participants who commit to contribute a certain amount of money if the company goes bankrupt. As a rule, such a company does not pay dividends. Most CLGs operate as non-profits. They are used in complex tax minimization schemes and the distribution of inheritance.

  • Unlimited Company, Unltd or Ultd

Unltd is a company whose members’ responsibilities are unlimited. In the event of bankruptcy, the participants are liable for their obligations with all their property. Therefore, such companies are rarely used, only when the risk of bankruptcy is minimal, for example, as a holding company for the ownership of corporate rights, land, or other assets.

  • Protected Cell Company, PCC or Segregated Portfolio Company, SPC

In a Segregated Portfolio Company, there are two asset groups: common assets and assets divided into portfolios. The portfolio assets are not related to the assets of other portfolios and the common assets of the company. PCCs are most frequently used for collective investment schemes, umbrella funds, captive insurance companies, and holding companies.

Some offshore jurisdictions allow the formation of special companies:

  • Private Trust Company, PTC
  • Limited Duration Company, LDC
  • Special Purpose Vehicle, SPV.

How To Set Up An Offshore Company?

1. Select an offshore jurisdiction

For offshore company incorporation, you must choose a jurisdiction that best fits your business and strategy. Other criteria for choosing an offshore zone:

  • Tax benefits,
  • Complexity of application
  • Registration fees, 
  • Fees for business maintenance,
  • Asset protection,
  • Banking confidentiality,
  • Safety of offshore accounts,
  • Currency fluctuations,
  • Political stability, 
  • Economic stability, 
  • Legal protection, 
  • Infrastructure.

Before picking an offshore zone, consider your business conditions. Do your customers care that their service provider is registered offshore? Will your partners/investors/service providers keep on doing business with an offshore company? Perhaps your business partners already have registered offshore companies. If so, in which jurisdiction?

2. Prepare For Registration

At this stage, you should:

  • Choose a company name following the norms of the jurisdiction; 
  • Rent an office, which may be virtual in many offshore zones;
  • Find a registration agent, a must to establish a business;
  • Prepare documents and send them to the registrar;
  • Set up a business, including accounting and reporting, if these rules apply.

It is necessary to calculate all expenses, taking into account the type of business and the initial expenses for the company registration. You may need money to renew your license. Businessmen often choose remote registration. To do this, they determine the goals and objectives of opening an offshore company, collect documents, and contact specialists.

Offshore Companies: Pros and Cons


Establishing an offshore company, you can: 

  • Optimize taxes, meaning reducing the company’s fiscal payments;
  • Create international holdings or groups of commercial companies abroad;
  • Simplify financial and tax reporting of the company;
  • Access large foreign banks;
  • Improve settlements with foreign partners;
  • Get access to cheap borrowed funds;
  • Cut risks by distributing business assets across different jurisdictions;
  • Restrict access to information about the owners and beneficiaries;
  • Protect businesses from raider attacks and other illegal actions by authorities and competitors.


Nothing is perfect. Offshore is no exception:

  • Offshore companies are not allowed to operate in the country of registration. Otherwise, they will lose all their advantages and cease to be offshore;
  • Some countries have anti-offshore legislation, which may prevent individuals from these countries from working with offshore companies;
  • There may be unwanted checks by the inspection authorities, wary of cooperation with offshore companies;
  • There is no single offshore zone that will meet all your needs. All offshore jurisdictions have drawbacks and benefits.

Register Your Offshore Company With Allyant Group

No matter what offshore you choose—Curaçao, Antigua, or Singapore—you need to understand all the intricacies of local laws governing tax collection and commercial activities for a maximum result.

If you trust professionals, contact Allyant Group for competent legal support. Our experienced specialists provide offshore company formation services. We can help you choose the most suitable jurisdiction and assist in company registration.

Our company’s lawyers have profound experience in registering offshore companies. We also help set up foreign businesses in regions with preferential taxation. In addition to opening and registering companies, we open bank accounts and provide other accompanying services, for you to spend more time on core business activities. 

Contact us now!

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