International Financial Services Commission (Licensing) Regulations 2007 list these activities for whose performance the Special License is required:
The Belize Advantage
Tax exemption. There is no tax payable on any income or capital gains of a company incorporated in Belize as well as on all the payments that such company makes to persons who are not residents in Belize, like, dividends, interests, royalties, compensations or any other distributions. There is also no stamp duty payable on any transfer of property, any transaction regarding shares or other securities of the company or any other instruments or activities of the company.
Reliability of your company. Being licensed and under Government control has several great benefits especially regarding customer attraction. Licensed companies are always seen as more reliable and serious than no-licensed underground firms. Only serious business providers are willing and capable of going through the time and money-consuming licensing procedure and fulfil the capitalization requirements. While “being under Government control” in the case of company licensed in Belize does not mean strict Government supervision and financial control, the company is still licensed, complies with certain basic regulations and therefore is more reliable and capable to attract greater number of serious clients and investors than no-licensed company.
Any Belize-registered IBC can apply for the Special License to carry on above mentioned services. However, it is very important that the management team of the applicant company (directors, shareholders and other officers of the company) have proper knowledge and expertise in the business that the company is planning to carry on. This will be one of the main points that IFSC will evaluate when deciding whether to grant the license to the applicant or not. The applicant will have to prepare a detailed biographical Affidavit about each person involved in the company management giving details about their education, previous working experience and any other qualifications that may be relevant.
The IFSC Licensing Regulations also state specific capital requirements that the company will have to comply with. Each business activity mentioned above has its own requirements of minimum paid-up capital which range from USD 25,000 for brokerage, accounting, safe custody and asset protection services to USD 100,000 for trading in Foreign Exchange (Forex) and other financial instruments like derivatives, futures, options, shares, stocks etc. The capital will have to be deposited in a bank in Belize and maintained unimpaired at all times during the operation of the company.
The minimum paid-up capital requirements for the other financial services are as follows:
If you are considering starting a Forex trading, payment processing or any other financial service company, you will have to go through two steps:
If you are seriously interested to start up a company for trading in Forex, derivatives, money processing or other financial services, Valsen can help you to make it possible.
We will provide continuous assistance throughout the whole process of company registration and application for the license. We as Registered Agent will incorporate your company, prepare all the corporate documents for it and provide all the services necessary for your IBC. We will also provide you with the local presence in Belize (Belize business address, local director etc.).
When the company is incorporated, we will guide you through the application process to the IFSC for obtaining the Special License. We will give you preliminary evaluation, before we proceed to submit your application for the Commission.
Nevertheless, please note that the potential success of the licensing mainly depends on the character, professional experience and business background of the applicant. Considerable amount of work will have to be done by yourself (filling the forms, preparing necessary documents, elaborating the Business plan etc.). You will also be required to present the credentials of yourself and your team (directors, shareholders and officers of your company).