Appleby Reports Offshore Incorporation Activity For The Second Half Of 2013

18 Aug, 2014

New company registrations increased in most offshore jurisdictions in the second half of 2013, according to Appleby, one of the world’s largest providers of offshore legal, fiduciary and administration services.

In total, there were 44,615 new offshore company incorporations in the second half of 2013, and the total number of active companies rose to 671,000, according to the firm’s latest On the Register report, which provides insight and data on company incorporations in offshore financial centres and is focused primarily on the second half of 2013.

“As the global economy follows a path to recovery, offshore company registration data reveals that levels of new company registrations are up in most jurisdictions during the second half of 2013, with increases of between 5% and 10%,” said Farah Ballands, Partner and Global Head of Fiduciary & Administration Services at Appleby.

Overall, the combined total of new offshore incorporations in the second half of 2013 represents a slow-down compared to the preceding six months, the report found. Appleby attributed much of the pull-back to a decline in incorporations in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) — which is the offshore jurisdiction that attracts the most company registrations. Though it maintained a two-fold lead over its nearest comparator, the Seychelles, the number of new companies joining the BVI register shrank by 17% when compared to the first half of the year.

The story of company incorporations is largely positive with the Cayman Islands being the only other offshore jurisdiction to report a decrease in new registrations in the second half of 2013 when compared to the first half of the year. However, the report attributed the decrease to a seasonal decline in company registrations and, when looking at 2013 as a whole, Cayman experienced a healthy 5% growth.

During the second half of 2013, the Crown Dependency jurisdictions of the Isle of Man and Guernsey revealed the largest increases in new companies joining the registers at 10% and 9%, respectively, over the previous half. The number of new companies added to the register in Mauritius, meanwhile, was up 8% on the previous period.

The largest year-on-year increase was seen in the Seychelles (29%), followed by Bermuda (16%), which saw a recent high in new incorporations — more than 1,000 annually for the first time since 2008.

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