Main objectives to obtain an offshore bank license:
- optimal payments
- Improving tax planning opportunities
- Avoiding excess regulations of banking activities from National or Central Banks of different countries
- Providing 100% funds safety and enhance the performance of the investment through your own bank
- Providing asset protection through the use of offshore bank accounts
- banking regulations
There are two basic type of Offshore Banking Licenses:
- General licenses which allow the bank to conduct all types of related services, known as “Class A”.
- Restricted licenses which allow the bank to perform the related services listed on the license.
The first step to acquire a banking license is to develop a complete business plan. It should include short and long term objectives of the bank, financial analysis projections from 3 to 5 years, background of the principals, market analysis, money laundering prevention guidelines, etc. The business plan is filed with the Central Bank of the jurisdiction where the license has been requested. The jurisdictions which are still issuing offshore banking licenses are: Antigua, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Panama, St. Vincent, Samoa and Vanuatu. Where the license is issued will be determined by the business´ needs and long term plans.