Account for an existing offshore company
Many existing offshore companies are faced with the problem of opening corporate accounts in selected jurisdictions.
Banks’ requirements for opening accounts are constantly changing:
- Accounting audited reporting.
- Transparent structure of company ownership.
- Real presence in the country of registration (substance), etc.
For a classic offshore company, it is quite problematic to ensure a real economic presence and hire employees in a small and distant offshore state.
There are four main ways out of this situation:
- Close offshore.
- Choose another jurisdiction for the company (Gibraltar).
- Try to open a corporate account in other banks, payment systems. However, there is no guarantee of a positive result.
- Use branches and open accounts for them.
The following development of events is possible: opening a branch to an existing offshore company, then opening an account with a local bank.
The advantage of this structure is that the branch is part of the parent company, but at the same time has its own registration number and a kind of “autonomy”. It is able to create a relatively cheap real presence in the country of registration (substance). This allows the branch to open a corporate bank account. It is easier for a local company to do this.
This method has several other advantages:
- Fast branch registration procedure.
- Predictable account opening times.
- The reputation of the business is improved (respected jurisdiction).
Disadvantages of this method:
- At least part of the profit is taxed – depending on the country of registration.
- Additional costs for creation / maintenance.
- If an offshore is owned by an offshore company with denominations and you don’t want to change anything, then it is impossible to open a corporate bank account, even a branch.
- Some states will not open a bank account if the business is not associated with a specific country, for example, Portugal, Estonia.
- The branch will not help you maintain complete anonymity and avoid paying taxes.
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