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Types of entities

Business Company (BC)

Language of name

Any, as long as it is in standard Latin alphabet characters; Chinese

Name restrictions


Any name identical or similar to a company already incorporated


Any name that implies patronage of the BVI, or any other government


Any name that implies patronage of the British Royal family


Use of words such as Assurance, Bank, Broker, Brokerage, Building Society, Chamber of Commerce, Chartered, Cooperative, Foundation, Fund management, Government, Imperial, Insurance, Investment Fund, Municipal, Reinsurance, Republic, Royal, Savings, Trust, Trustee, Trustees, University, as well as their variations and equivalents in other languages


Any name that may imply that a company intends to undertake an undesirable activity, or any name that is indecent, offensive or, in the opinion of the Registrar objectionable

Restrictions in activities


Cannot undertake the business of banking, insurance, reinsurance, assurance, fund management, asset management (other than managing the company’s own assets)


Cannot provide registered office facilities in the BVI


Cannot advertise/promote sale of its shares to the general public

Currency of par value shares






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