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Brunei: Country and Foreign Investment

International Financial Centre

This page was last updated on 22 May 2019.

In 2000, Brunei instituted a tax-privileged international financial centre (IFC). Before this, Brunei was already a busy commercial centre, as witnessed by the existing active presences in the banking sector of HSBC, Standard Chartered, Citibank, Overseas Union Bank, RHB, Maybank, Baiduri Bank, Islamic Bank of Brunei Berhad, Islamic Development Bank of Brunei and the Brunei Islamic Trust Fund.

The leadership of Brunei intends to deploy its sovereignty, wealth and human resources in a conservative but assertive manner. Brunei IFC offers a range of international legislation carefully crafted to permit flexible, cost effective capabilities which are right up-to-date.

Accordingly, it was announced, Brunei would be a ‘dual jurisdiction’, whereby the international legislation offered ‘offshore’ facilities, alongside the usual range of ‘domestic’ legislation drawn based English law.  The jurisdictional distinction is thus jurisprudential rather than physical and the judicial system will be common to both domestic and international law.

See other sections for descriptions of the commercial basis of the IFC, its regulatory structure and its corporate forms.



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