Licensing

Forex License
Vanuatu is a great place for launching forex brokerage company due to its low capital requirements and variety of tax benefits.
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Incorporation & obtaining license: within 1 month

Minimum paid up capital: No minimum capital requirement.  Instead, government bond of approx. USD 50 000 is used.

License application fee: 190 USD

License renewal: VUV 20000 that is approximately USD 200

Representative’s license VUV 10 000 that is approximately USD 100


Overview

Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu, is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia west of Fiji and North of New Zealand, consisting of a chain of 13 principals and many smaller islands.

To obtain a license it is required to incorporate a company. This process is comparatively fast.
Vanuatu offers high level of confidentiality for beneficiary owners, shareholders and officers. Furthermore, the company is exempted from capital gains, tax on profits and stamp duty after incorporation for 20 years.

Financial services in Vanuatu are regulated by Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC). Vanuatu is a great location for forex brokers with limited amount of resources because capital (or bond) requirements are relatively small.

Application for a Principal’s license or a Representative’s license is not expensive and basically requires to provide a set of basic information for the applicant. Also, it requires to confirm and to provide information of previous or existing activities related to financial services and additional information regarding any negative experience or records linked to the applicant. It enables to hold the applicant liable in case of any submitted false information or for activities that will be performed and overall, it regulates the issuance of Vanuatu forex license.

The forex brokerage license can be obtained based on Dealer's in Securities (Licensing) Act [CAP 70] by natural or legal persons. Moreover, the clients can benefit from this license because it permits the holder to manage the portfolio of investments and to operate with securities (sell and buy) for the client or even on his behalf.

The legal regulations of Vanuatu give a broad definition of Securities, hence allowing to operate with:

  • shares in the share capital of a corporation; or
  • an instrument that creates and acknowledges the indebt securities that is issued by a corporation or a public office including:
  • debentures; or
  • debenture stock; or
  • loan stock; or
  • bonds; or
  • certifications of deposit; or
  • a right, despite whether or not conferred by warrant, to subscribe for shares or debt securities; or
  • a right under a depositary receipt; or
  • an option to acquire or dispose of any security falling within any other provision of this Act; or
  • a right under a contract for the acquisition or disposal of the relevant securities under which the delivery is to be made at a future date and at a price agreed when the contract is made in accordance with the terms of that contract; or
  • the proceeds of Foreign Exchange or FOREX; or
  • the proceeds of precious metals; or
  • the proceeds of commodities.
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Facts & Info for Vanuatu Dealer's in Securities License

Notable features
Procedure
Documents Required

General information

Company structure

  • Only one shareholder (can also be a legal person, no nationality restriction or residency restrictions)
  • Only one director (can also be a legal person, no nationality or residency restrictions)
  • AML Officer
  • Alternative AML officer

Confidentiality

  • Beneficial owners' details – Not part of public record
  • Shareholders' details – Not part of public record
  • Directors' details –Not part of public record

Taxation

  • 0% - For 20 years Vanuatu Forex brokerage companies are exempt from the Vanuatu local taxes on income derived outside of Vanuatu

Other benefits

There is no legal requirement for Annual General Meetings to be held. Directors and Shareholders can vote by Proxy. Meetings can be held anyway in the world thus do not have to be in Vanuatu. If held outside Vanuatu, meeting can be made through telephone, or other means. 

Accounting requirements - Audit is required to be filed with the authorities at least one month before an anniversary day of the license. Each quarter the company will have to provide a basic financial overview of the business to the VFSC in a free form.

Registered Agent - Required

Registered office - Not Required

Local employees - Not Required

Company name

  • Language: Any
  • Letters: Any
  • Company name must end with such sufixes or their abbreviations: Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Societe Anonyme, Sociedad Anonima, Sendirian Berhad, Societe a Responsabilite Limitee, Besloten Vennootschap, Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung. An International Company may utilise a broad range of internationally accepted abbreviated words as suffixes to denote their limited liability
  • Names Requiring Consent or a Licence: Bank, buildings society, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, investment fund, trust, trustees, finance

N.B.

  • Restricted connections for company name: name of state, national or local government
  • Any name that implies illegal activity or implies royal or government patronage is restricted
  • Registrar may reject any name which it considers undesirable or contrary to the public interest
  • Company name is restricted to be identical or similar that of an existing company
  • In case when foreign language is used for company name the translation must be provided to Registrar which will ensure conformity to above listed restrictions

In order to obtain a license, the following steps will be carried out:

  • Registration of a Vanuatu company
  • Preparation of all necessary documents for VFSC and submission of the documents
  • Drafting of Anti-money laundering procedures and Business Plan for the Company
  • Finalizing the steps with the VFSC for the receipt of license
  • Account opening for operational purposes

In order to obtain forex license, we will fill all necessary application forms and also acquire apostilled corporate documents.
For that reason, please provide us with the following documents.

For bank

(Each beneficial owner, shareholder, director, authorised signatory and secretary must provide)

  • A notarized copy of valid passport
  • A copy of proof of residential address (ex. utility bill that is not older than 3 months)
  • A notarized copy of Letter of Reference form Bank, Attorney or Accountant

For local regulatory authority

(Each beneficial owner, shareholder, director, authorised signatory and secretary must provide)

  • CV

  •  A notarized copy of valid passport

  •  2nd ID for shareholder/ director

  • Criminal record of no conviction for the Shareholder/ director

  •  A copy of proof of residential address (ex. utility bill that is not older than 3 months)

  • Professional letter/bank reference

  • Recent Bank Statement showing 50 000 USD on the account

  • Copies of Diplomas of a Higher Education

N.B.

  • If documents are not in English language or language of particular country, then they must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
  • Please ensure that notarization is in English language if not then please provide with notarized English translation.

Additional documents may be requested by the regulatory authority or local Bank at any point to certify specific information.