Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Company Formation

Who chooses the name of the company?

On our application form you are free to input three names for your offshore company, in order of your preference. We will then check with the Company Registry of the offshore jurisdiction if those names are available for incorporation.

Are there any additional costs besides the renewal fees?

If you use nominee director and/or shareholder service, you will be asked to pay renewal fee

for these services too. If your company has been set up in a jurisdiction where bookkeeping is

required, you will also have to pay for the preparation and filing of the accounts.

What is the difference between a director and a shareholder?

Director: The Director is the person responsible for signing all corporate documents, as well as determining and executing corporate policy. The functions of directors involve a fiduciary duty to the corporation. Directors are in control of others’ property and their powers are derived primarily from statute.

Shareholder: Any person, company or other institution that owns at least one share of a company’s stock. Shareholders are the owners of the company. They have the potential to profit if the company does well, but that comes with the potential for losses if the company does poorly. A shareholder may also be referred to as a “stockholder”.

Will I be able to set up a European Company as a non-EU resident?


Who appears in the statutes?

If you are using the Nominee services, the names who will appear in the statutes will be Nominee director’s and Nominee Shareholder’s.

Why do companies in Europe have such high share capital?

Not all of the companies in Europe are obliged to register high share capital. For example, in

order to set up a company in the UK, the minimum paid up share capital is 1 £.

Can a person be a director and a shareholder?

Yes, a beneficial owner can be a director or a shareholder.

Can I use the company share capital once the company has been incorporated?

There isn’t any requirement to prove that you have the cash in order to have the shares issued.

The shares are a representation of what the shareholder “owes” the company. In the event of the

company being wound up then the creditors could pursue the shareholders for that money as it is

the debt that they owe to the company.

When and how do I appear?

You appear on the Declaration of Trust and Power of Attorney. These documents are signed between Beneficial Owner and Nominee Director/Nominee Shareholder.

What are the benefits of an offshore company?

Low or no taxation, anonymity, ease of reporting, asset protection, low maintenance and operating


Bank Account Opening

Are there annual fees for maintaining the bank account?

To maintain the bank account, each bank has their own fees table, which will be considered as account management fees.

There are no annual charges payable to World Offshore to renew your bank account. It is very important to renew your company, because if the company is not in good standing, the bank account will be closed.

See the renewal fees for your company under Prices and choose your Jurisdiction.

Is opening a bank account included in company incorporation price?

No, there is an additional price for opening a bank account. You can find this in our price list. However, a company without a bank account is useless.

What is an Anonymous Card?

An Anonymous Card is a debit or credit card which does not feature the card holder’s name. It ensures that purchases made with the card remain anonymous.

In which currency will the bank account be?

Once the bank account has been opened, you can choose a multi-currency account. This will allow you to keep several currencies in the same account. Also, the bank will automatically open a sub-account when a new currency is used.

Do international banks issue debit or credit cards?

Yes, by ordering a bank account with World Offshore you will also have a card. Each bank has their own conditions regarding the cards.

Who has access to bank accounts?

Only the beneficial owner/-s of the company will have access to the bank account. Beneficial owners can also instruct us to add another account holder.

Do I need to visit the bank in person to open a bank account?

We work with banks where the bank account can be opened remotely, without visiting the bank.

Can you cash checks in the account and, if so, with in what time frame?

We can provide this service, which takes about 3-4 weeks.

Is there a dedicated contact at the bank?

We have dedicated bankers in our partner banks.

Is it possible to do my banking online?

Yes, online banking is available after bank account opening.

Additional services

Can you provide nominee services?

Yes, we provide professional nominee director and shareholder services.

See the description under Nominee services.

What is a nominee director?

The nominee director service is used to ensure a higher level of security and confidentiality of the real beneficial owner. The director’s name will appear in the official corporate legal documents, in contracts and agreements issued and signed on behalf of the company and in the Company Register of the jurisdiction. When appointing a nominee director, a Power of Attorney is issued that serves as a guarantee for the real owner of the company.

What is a nominee shareholder?

The nominee shareholder is appointed in the legal corporate documents to prevent the true beneficial owner of the company from being publicly disclosed. In appointing the nominee shareholder, a Declaration of Trust between the real owner of the company and the nominee shareholder is issued and signed.

How to make payment for your services?

You can pay by bank transfer, PayPal or cash at our office.


Can you arrange accounting for my company?

Yes, we provide annual accounting services.

Please see the description under Accounting and Auditing.

Is it possible to have a telephone line or fax for my company?

Yes, World Offshore offers Virtual Office packages which include a local telephone number in London or Hong Kong. The calls received will be forwarded to any chosen telephone number – mobile or landline. In such cases, you will receive the calls wherever you are located. This gives your partners and clients the impression that you are located in London.

By ordering a fax number, you will be provided with a local fax number of your chosen city and all received faxes will be forwarded to your email address in PDF format.

What is a template of an invoice with letter head and how can I order one?

Templates for invoices and quotations are included in the Virtual Office Premium package. You will receive a template with your company and bank account details that you will then be able to modify by adding a description of the services or products you provide before sending it to your clients.