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MAURITIUS GBC CATEGORY II COMPANY

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OVERVIEW

A company holding a Category 2 Global Business License is often used for trading and investment. GBC II companies are not resident for tax purposes and do not have access to Mauritius' tax treaty network. Beneficial ownership is not disclosed to the authorities.

KEY CORPORATE FEATURES
General
Type of Company GBC II
Type of Law Hybrid
Shelf company availability Yes
Our time to establish a new company 3 days
Corporate Taxation Nil
Double Taxation Treaty Access No
Share capital or equivalent
Standard currency US$
Permitted currencies Any except Rs
Minimum paid up US$1
Usual authorised US$100,000
Directors
Minimum number One
Local required No
Publicly accessible records No
Location of meetings Anywhere
Shareholders
Minimum number One
Publicly accessible records No
Location of meetings Anywhere
Company Secretary
Required Optional
Local or qualified No
Accounts
Requirements to prepare Yes
Audit requirements No
Requirements to file accounts Yes
Publicly accessible accounts No
Recurring Government Costs
Minimum Annual Tax / Licence Fee US$235
Annual Return Filing Fee US$65
Other
Requirement to file annual return No
Change in domicile permitted Yes

GENERAL INFORMATION

Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean approximately 800 km off the East Coast of Madagascar.

Population

The population of the Island is approximately 1,200,000 made up principally by people of European, African, Indian and Chinese origin. Mauritius takes pride in the fact that these different cultures co-exist in peace and succeed in creating a cultural entity that is distinctly Mauritian.

Political Structure

The British ruled Mauritius for 158 years until 12 March 1968 when it became an independent country within the Commonwealth. The Republic of Mauritius is a Westminster style democracy. The President is the Head of State and Commander in Chief. Full executive power rests with the Prime Minister who is Head of Government. The Members of Parliament are elected every five years by popular vote and a number of political parties contest the elections, reflecting the country's firm commitment to a multi-party political system.

Economy

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low income, agriculturally based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourism sectors. For most of the period, annual growth has been of the order of 5% to 6%.

The government's development strategy centres on foreign investment. Mauritius has attracted more than 20,000 offshore entities, many aimed at commerce in India and South Africa.

Language

English is the official language. However, the Mauritian population is largely bilingual, being equally fluent in English and French. Creole is also spoken and understood by everyone.

Currency

Mauritian Rupee.

Exchange Control

None.

Type of Law

Common Law for corporate matters.

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MAURITIUS CATEGORY II COMPANY INFORMATION

Principal Corporate Legislation

The Companies Act 2001.

Financial Services Act 2007.

Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012.

Type of company for international Trade and Investment

A Company holding a Category 2 Global Business License which is similar to a British Virgin Island International Business Company and is non-resident for tax purposes.

Procedure to Incorporate

Submission of the Memorandum and Articles of Association and a Certificate from the Registered Agent confirming compliance with the requirements of the Ordinance. The application must be supported by a Legal Certificate issued by a local Lawyer certifying that local requirements have been complied with. Finally, directors and shareholders must execute consent forms and these must be filed with the Registrar of Companies.

Restrictions on Trading

Companies holding a Category 2 Global Business License cannot trade within the Republic of Mauritius.

Powers of Company

A company incorporated in the Republic of Mauritius has the same powers as a natural person.

Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents

The legislation is in English; the documentation may be expressed in any language but must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Shelf Companies Available

Yes.

Name Restrictions

Any name that is identical or similar to an existing company or any name that suggests the patronage of the President or the Government of Mauritius.

Language of Name

English or French.

Names Requiring Consent or a Licence

The following names or their derivatives: assurance, bank, building society, Chamber of Commerce, chartered, co-operative, government, imperial, insurance, municipal, royal, state or trust or any name which in the opinion of the Registrar suggests the patronage of the President or the Government of Mauritius.

Suffixes to Denote Limited Liability

Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Public Limited Company, Société Anonyme, Société Anonyme à Responsabilité Limitée, Sociedad Anónima, Berhad, Proprietary, Naamloze Vennootschap, Besloten Vennootschap, Aktiengesellschaft or the relevant abbreviations.

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities

Yes.

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MAURITIUS CATEGORY II COMPLIANCE

Usual Authorised Share Capital

The usual authorised share capital is US$ 100,000 with all of the shares having a par value.

Classes of Shares Permitted

Registered shares, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights.

Taxation

A Company holding a Category 2 Global Business License does not pay any tax on its world-wide profits to the Republic of Mauritius.

Licence Fees

A fee of US$ 100 on incorporation as license processing fees.

First Annual License Fees for the period from the date of incorporation until the following 30th June:

  • July to September = US$ 235
  • October to December = US$ 175
  • January to March = US$ 120
  • April to June = US$ 60

Thereafter an Annual License Fees of US$ 235 to the FSC payable by the 30th of June of every year together with US$65 to the Registrar of Companies.

Financial Statements Required

Companies holding a Category 2 Global Business Licence are required to maintain financial statements to reflect their financial position. Annual Accounts must be filed with the authorities within six months of the balance sheet date.

Directors

Minimum one, who may be natural person or a body corporate.

Company Secretary

Optional.

Shareholders

The minimum number of shareholders is one. Any change in the beneficial ownership/ ultimate beneficial ownership must be notified to the Financial Services Commission in Mauritius within one month.

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