The Financial Services Regulatory Commission (the Commission), in accordance with the Corporate Management and Trust Service Providers Act, 2008, (the Act), is pleased to inform persons desirous of becoming a licensed corporate management and trust service provider to apply to the Commission for a licence to carry on this business. Suitable applicants must possess a physical office location within Antigua and Barbuda, and may be either of the following:

  1. An attorney-at-law, licensed to practice in the State of Antigua and Barbuda;
  2. A corporation form, registered or continued under the Companies Act of Antigua and Barbuda, including external companies under that Act; or
  3. An International Business Corporation (IBC).


A licence is obtained by submitting to the Commission, an application in the prescribed form along with the appropriate application fee. Upon receipt of the completed application and fee, the Commission will conduct a fit and proper assessment to determine the applicant’s suitability in accordance with the Act. A license granted under the Act authorizes the provision of the following services, under the respective classes of licence and is valid for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months from the date on which it takes effect unless sooner revoked or otherwise ceases to have effect.

Class A Licence:

    1. Entity incorporation, registration or organization;
    2. Preparing and filing statutory documents on behalf of the entity;
    3. Acting as registered agent for an entity;
      Providing registered offices in Antigua and Barbuda for an entity; and
    4. Other administrative, secretarial or clerical services for entities which do not include signatory authority or other control over accounts or assets of an entity.

Class B Licence:

      1. Services permitted under Class A Licence, and which include a signatory authority or other control over accounts or assets of an entity;
      2. Acting as director, manager, shareholder, member or officer of entities; and
      3. Acting as protector for a trust or foundation.

Class C Licence:

      1. Services permitted under Classes A and B which include signatory authority or other control over accounts or assets of an entity;
      2. The provision of financial or asset management services not otherwise regulated by the Commission or another Authority; and
      3. Acting as a trustee of a trust or member of a foundation council.

Class E Licence:

      1. Services permitted under two (2) or more classes of licence.

For more information you are welcomed to contact our friendly and knowledgeable team here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, you can proceed to our application forms below and view the complete list of requirements at the back of the application forms by a professional or corporation.

  • Type of corporate vehicle:

    IBCs include licensed and non- licensed corporations. Licensed institutions are limited to international banks, trust, insurance corporation and interactive gaming and wagering companies.

  • Incorporation time scale:

    Within 24 hours for non-licensed IBCs
  • Resident Directors required for licensed IBCs:

    No
  • Minimum number of Directors:

    One
  • Directors' meetings required:

    Yes
  • Beneficial ownership disclosure:

    No
  • Shareholder disclosure:

    No
  • Minimum number of Shareholders:

    One
  • No-par value shares allowed:

    Yes
  • Public shares registered:

    No
  • Audit required:

    Yes (for licensed institutions)
  • Foreign currency accounting allowed:

    Yes
  • Registered Office:

    Yes
  • Registered Agent:

    Yes
  • IBC Name:

    Please see section 339 and Regulation no. 10 of 2004 of the IBC Act
  • Company mobility provision / redomicility rules

    The transfer of charter of an IBC to a foreign jurisdiction, or vice versa is permitted

The formation of an IBC can be carried out by a local resident agent, such as an accountant, attorney or trust company. Formation can be achieved in as little as 24 hours and involves the following:

  1. The resident agent must submit a request for a name approval . The name should reflect the corporate purpose of the company.
  2. Once the request is approved, a copy of the approval is faxed to the resident agent .
  3. The resident agent must then submit the following documents in triplicate:
    • Articles of Incorporation which must include the following:
      1. The approved name of the proposed corporation;
      2. particulars on the registered office and resident agent;
      3. The authorized number of shares (at least 1).
      4. The number of directors (at least 1).
      5. Arestriction to corporate purpose clause, and
      6. The signatures of two incorporators one of whom must be a practicing attorney in Antigua and Barbuda .
    • Application for International Business Charter which must be consistent with the Articles of Incorporation.
    • tice of change of registered office/agent
    • Notice of Directors
    • By-laws (optional).
  4. A Certificate of Incorporation is issued.

The formation of an IBC can be carried out by a local resident agent, such as an accountant, attorney or trust company. Formation can be achieved in as little as 24 hours and involves the following:

  1. The resident agent must submit a request for a name approval . The name should reflect the corporate purpose of the company.
  2. Once the request is approved, a copy of the approval is faxed to the resident agent .
  3. The resident agent must then submit the following documents in triplicate:
    • Articles of Incorporation which must include the following:
      1. The approved name of the proposed corporation;
      2. particulars on the registered office and resident agent;
      3. The authorized number of shares (at least 1).
      4. The number of directors (at least 1).
      5. Arestriction to corporate purpose clause, and
      6. The signatures of two incorporators one of whom must be a practicing attorney in Antigua and Barbuda .
    • Application for International Business Charter which must be consistent with the Articles of Incorporation.
    • tice of change of registered office/agent
    • Notice of Directors
    • By-laws (optional).
  4. A Certificate of Incorporation is issued.