BVI International, private & offshore banks


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Banks and Trust Companies Act, 1990 (As ammended in 2010)

About British Virgin Islands

The economy of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is one of the most stable in the Caribbean; in fact, islanders enjoy one of the highest GDP per capita incomes in the entire region. This is due in part to their close ties to the U.S. Virgin Islands and thus the United States, and its use of the US dollar, despite being an overseas territory of Great Britain. Still, BVI has not been immune to the effects of the decline of the global economy, and as such has had to make some adjustments in the way money is generated...more

Setting up BVI offshore banking is quite complex in today's market with today's laws. There is bilateral lending, debt restructuring, structured finance, property and acquisition finance that must be handled professionally. All offshore corporation formations and banking should be professional handled by a law firm.


Banks

Banco Popular
Offers personal and commercial and international banking services.

FirstBank Puerto Rico
Personal, corporate and investment banking services.


FirstCaribbean International Bank
Offers private and corporatebanking as well as wealth management services.

Scotiabank British Virgin Islands
Offers international banking services.


VP Bank (BVI) Limited
VP Bank (BVI) Limited offers comprehensive, premium-quality Private Banking and asset management services.

List of British Virgin Islands Offshore company service providers
List of British Virgin Islands Offshore trust service providers

Background Facts
British Virgin Islands (BVI), is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico.

Population: 31,148 (2012 est.)
Capital: Road Town
Dialing code: 284
Currency: US dollar
Exchange control:
The British Virgin Islands have no exchange controls.
Government:
Overseas territory of the UK. Internal self-governing
Official language: English Language
Legal System:
English Common law

Corporate Legislation Acts: (.PDF Downloads)
Banks and Trust Companies (Amendment) Act 2010
Banks and Trust Companies (Amendment) Act, 2006
Banks and Trust Companies (Amendment) Act, 1995
Banks and Trust Companies Act, 1990


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The three industries that have the largest impact on BVI’s economy are tourism, offshore banking, and agriculture. In 2005, more than 820,000 tourists visited BVI on holiday, and although that number had dropped enough by 2008 to cause a significant amount of lay-offs in the hospitality industry, the territory continues to work towards improvements that will draw in tourism, such as upgraded cruise ports.

The off-shore banking industry came to BVI in the 1980s, due to the interest of foreign businesses registering with BVI in order to incorporate. Incorporating in BVI is less expensive for many companies, and a blanket of regulatory laws protects their confidentiality in a way that they may not have been otherwise protected in their home country. By 2000, there were over 400,000 incorporated companies on the BVI registry.

In order to maintain this industry in a way that both appeals to companies searching for affordability as well as autonomy, yet remain on good terms internationally, BVI takes extra care to make sure it is not associated with any practices that may be considered illegal, such as money laundering and drug trade. As such, BVI remains as transparent as possible when it comes to international regulators such as the Financial Action Task Force, and is very compliant with all international rules and regulations regarding off-shore banking.

Though not as significant as tourism and finance, agriculture does play a role in boosting BVI’s economy.
Unlike other Caribbean islands, which are often fertile and known for producing a wide variety of exotic fruits and spices, the soil is quite poor in BVI. For this reason, it is livestock that brings in the bulk of the revenues in the agricultural sector. Real estate, property rental, and business make up a decent portion of the economy as well.

For more information about the economy of the British Virgin Islands, click here

 


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