Seychelles: Offshore Trusts Guide
Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees
The International Trusts Act 1994 established, for the first time, a regime for international trusts in the Seychelles; it does not provide for domestic trusts. The Act was drafted after a thorough study of current practice in a number of leading offshore jurisdictions. Under the Act, the Seychelles International Business Authority (SIBA) is appointed as the regulatory body for trusts, alongside the Court.
The Seychelles is mostly a civil law jurisdiction to which the concept of the trust was unknown; thus the Trusts Act has to be sufficient unto itself, and indeed it contains some basic definitions which include the admittance of charitable, trust, purpose trusts, constructive trusts, and trusts resulting from action by the Court.