12.05.07

Amendments in Seychelles offshore legislation published by SIBA

Posted in Seychelles CSL, Seychelles IBC, Seychelles legislation, Seychelles offshore jurisdiction at 1:27 pm by Robert Klien

Recently the Seychelles International Business Authority (SIBA) has informed about proposed amendments in Seychelles offshore legislation. It is expected that Seychelles IBC Act and CSL Act will be amended, but Seychelles Mutual Fund Act 1997 will be replaced by new Mutual Fund Act.

The SIBA has stated that Seychelles is experiencing a surge in its international business level, and, according to it, in 2006 Seychelles recorded another important increase in its International Business Companies (IBCs) registration. The jurisdiction registered a record number of new companies being formed in 2006 – 8237 companies. This number represents a 16% increase  over the year 2005. The total amount of companies on SIBA register as at December 2006 was 33161 companies. The SIBA noted that the above-mentioned results make Seychelles, perhaps one of the most favoured offshore jurisdictions in the world.

In order to maintain the continuous growth and to adopt the country in the competitive environment, Seychelles has proposed amendments to the existing legislation. According to the SIBA, the amendments will align the jurisdiction with such well-regulated jurisdictions as the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Jersey.

The proposed amendments published by the Seychelles International Business Authority are proposed amendments to the IBC Act, proposed amendments to the Seychelles Special Licences Companies Act, and proposed new Mutual Fund Act.

The proposed amendments rare expected to improve the existing legislation as to allow Seychelles to remain at the forefront of the developing offshore industry. And, as far as Seychelles’ offshore industry growth is going on, we should expect to hear a lot more about Seychelles as an offshore centre in the near future.

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