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Doing Business in Barbados

Incorporation & Registration with the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office

Barbados has simple establishment requirements and procedures which combine due diligence with ease of doing business.

Information required to complete this:

• proposed names of company – a minimum of two corporate names (in order of preference);
• the official address in Barbados where the share registers, minute books and other statutory information will be kept;
• the minimum and maximum number of directors (a company can have a minimum of one director);
• the full name (including the middle name) and residential address of each of the proposed directors of the company;
• details of the particular business that the company proposes to carry on;
• the classes of shares (if more than 1) that the company is authorised to issue; and
• the full name (including the middle name) and residential address of each shareholder of the company.

It is strongly suggested that legal advice be sought to inform on the legal implications of company formation and external registration.

Information required to complete the registration process:

• name of the company;
• jurisdiction within which the company was incorporated;
• date of its incorporation;
• manner in which it was incorporated;
• period, if any, fixed by its corporate instruments for the duration of the company;
• extent, if any, to which the liability of the shareholders or members of the company is limited;
• undertaking that the company will carry on in Barbados;
• date on which the company intends to commence any of its undertakings in Barbados;
• authorised, subscribed and paid-up or stated capital of the company, any number of shares that the company is authorised to issue and their nominal or par value, if any;
• full address of the registered or head office of the company outside of Barbados;
• complete address of the principal office of the company in Barbados; and
• full names, residential addresses and occupations of the directors of the company.

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