CYPRUS FORMATION OF COMPANY – PRACTICAL STEPS
The approval of the name can take up to five working days. The general principle of the name should be such that a similar name does not exist; the name is not too general and does not contain words such as international, group etc. Please let us have a choice of two or three names.
We suggest that the minimum share capital of a Cyprus company is €1.000 for the type of the company you require.
Each Cyprus company must have as a minimum one shareholder. If the shareholders are more than one, you have to decide in which portion you wish to divide the shares. We need full names, address, nationality and the proportion of holding as well as the documents referred to in paragraph 5 below. For nominee shareholders please refer to paragraph 6 below.
Each Cyprus company must have at least one director. For each registered director we need his full name, address and nationality as well as the documents referred to in paragraph 5 below. For nominee directors please refer to paragraph 6 below.
5.1. Bank reference
For each shareholder and registered director, we require a bank reference the text of which should approximately read:
We confirm that Mr. or Mrs. ……………………… has been our client for more than a year and that he/she carried out his bank account transactions in a very satisfactory manner.
Mr. or Mrs. ……………………… has proved to be creditworthy, respectable and of good financial standing.
This reference must be in original form and will remain confidential.
5.2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
C.V. of all beneficial owners and registered directors and their respective address.
Copies of the passports of all beneficial owners and registered directors.
5.4. Proof of Residential Address – Utility Bills
Copy of the most recent electricity, or water, or gas, or telephone bill, both from beneficial owners and registered directors.
5.5. Companies, Investment Funds as beneficial owner
In case where the beneficial owner is a company, then we require the following:
Full set of registration documents.
Bank reference and proof of residential address (see 5.1 and 5.4 above) for the company and its ultimate beneficial owner.
Latest available audited financial statements.
5.6 Trusts as beneficial owners
In case where the beneficial owner is a Trust, then we require the following:
Full set of registration documents. (ie Trust Settlement etc)
Bank reference and proof of residential address (see 5.1 and 5.4 above) for the Trust, the Settlor, the Trustee and all of the beneficiaries of the Trust.
Latest available audited financial statements of the Trust (if any)
Our management company provides full nominee services such as shareholders, directors (minimum one, however, the director can not be the same as the secretary in case the company chooses to have only one director), company secretary and registered office.
By using nominees, you will keep your identity secret, as it will not be a public record.
In order to safeguard ownership, the nominee shareholder, director and company secretary, will provide you with the following:
Undated letter of resignation with no claim on the company.
Undated resolution for appointment of new directors and company secretary leaving the name of the new appointee blank.
Undated instruments of transfer of shares.
Undated resolutions approving the above transfer.
Deeds of trust by the nominees to the beneficial shareholders declaring that they hold the shares in trust.
Cyprus company documents
All the documents of the company are in Greek and English.
International and Cyprus bank accounts
You may open in any currency a Cyprus bank account or an International bank account. The Directors of the Cyprus company will appoint the authorized signatories. Interest received from Cyprus bank accounts is free from taxes. Cyprus banks include, Bank of Cyprus Ltd., Alpha Bank Ltd, Hellenic Bank Ltd.
The Cyprus company’s net profit after all expenses is subject to 12.5% Cyprus income tax. Subsequent dividend paid to non-resident shareholders is free from any further Cyprus taxes.
It will take approximately fifteen to twenty working days to form a Cyprus company.
For Cyprus company formation or to receive a quotation please download and complete the ” Cyprus company formation form” above and send by email
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