Antigua Offshore Bank License

Antigua and Barbuda is a small island nation located in the West Indies. It has been attracting more discerning tourists with its natural assets, but it’s also emerging as an attractive business center for offshore companies looking to do work offshore. The government has made great strides in improving Antigua’s offshore company and banking environment through the introduction of new foreign residency, trust, partnership legislation.

For many years, international commercial banking has taken place on Antigua. However, it was not until 1983 that offshore banks began operating in this country and since then their numbers have increased rapidly as well. Antigua’s economy is one of the strongest in this region. The country has an largely on tourism and offshore financial services, which make up for about two thirds or more its overall gross domestic product (GDP).

Antigua and Barbuda is an ideal location for the formation of an offshore bank. Antigua offers an International Bank License which covers all related banking activities, including accepting deposits and issuing debit cards. The licensure is recognized world-wide and is both cost effective and can be accomplished quickly.

Advantages of a Antigua Banking License

In recent years, increasingly complex regulation and an erosion of financial privacy rights in major financial centers such as the United States and European Union have continued to drive the offshore banking industry. Billions of dollars are kept on deposit in offshore banks, even as certain jurisdiction have increased their focus on Anti-Money Laundering controls – which has only enhanced the legitimacy of offshore banking. However, with this industry push towards great transparency has come a tremendous market opportunity to start an offshore bank as the majority of banks have stopped accepting international and/or traditional high-risk banking clients.

Antigua Offshore Banking License at a Glance

License International Bank License
Time to License Approx. 6 Months
Capital Requirement $1,500,000
Tax Structure Zero (0%) Percent Tax on Offshore Profits
Economic Substance Yes
Local Director Yes
Audit Yes


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Antigua International Bank – Licensee List
Antigua – IBC Request Form.
Antigua – Articles of Incorporation.

The Antigua Banking License Package

  • Formation of Antigua international business corporation.

  • Preparation and drafting of shareholder & officer agreements.

  • Preparation and drafting of narrative business plan.

  • Prepare five year financial projections.

  • Preparation and drafting of current financial statements

  • Preparation and drafting of personal financial statements for owners

  • Identification and draft letters naming principal representative and auditor.

  • Draft and prepare required bank charter and prospectus

  • Preparation and drafting application with Antigua Financial Services Regulatory Commission

  • Respond and draft responses to AFSA application inquiries.

  • Facilitate and consummate bankcard relationship with Visa & Mastercard

  • Preparation and drafting of policy agreements and related documents.

  • Facilitate and consummate IBAN/SWIFT and correspondent bank relationship.

  • Provide for required physical presence and local director

  • Preparation and review of bank deposit, loan and related agreement.

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