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British Virgin Islands: Types of Company

Hybrid 'Cap 285' Company

A hybrid company under the Companies Act usually has a group of shareholding members which is distinct from the group of guarantors. The shareholders can have 100% of the voting power, and can execute a trust deed in respect of their shareholdings; under the BVI's trust legislation (see Law of Offshore) a trust Protector can be appointed to oversee the trustees' actions. The result, if the company is set up correctly (specialist advice needed!), is to separate control and membership of the company from beneficial interest, which is sometimes desirable.

The fee payable on incorporation and the annual registration fees are as for companies limited by shares.



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