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Martin Everson

Offshore Retiree
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Panama introduced Law 47-2013 so bearer shares are pointless. They have to held by a custodian with all owners details kept otherwise the bearer shares should be replaced by registered shares.

Marshall Islands did have bearer shares. But from November 9, 2018 all bearer share holders details are required to be disclosed to the Registrar. Those bearer shares not disclosed must be canceled by latest May 8, 2019.

Basically all other remaining islands or atolls that still offer bearer are being forced to abolish it. So don't waste your time digging. Bearer share corporations are as dead as the dodo.
 

blizz

Mentor Group Gold
Bearer shares are over for years! In the past it was a perfect tool to avoid your privacy to be revealed and of course to avoid taxes, it's less than 6 years since the banks started with asking to hold the bearer shares and finally refused to accept corporations with bearer shares.
 

Cetme308win

Entrepreneur
Bearer shares are over for years! In the past it was a perfect tool to avoid your privacy to be revealed and of course to avoid taxes, it's less than 6 years since the banks started with asking to hold the bearer shares and finally refused to accept corporations with bearer shares.
Hope we will be able to see in a future bearer shares again,specially with the Brexit!!
 

Admin

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Hope we will be able to see in a future bearer shares again,specially with the Brexit!!
I don't believe this to happen, however should it come back anywhere and the banks will accept it I'm definitely game!
 

aceshigh

New member
Bearer shares are unlikely to have any sort of future given the ongoing move towards transparency in offshore jurisdictions. The fact is it has become almost impossible to open a bank account with bearer shares involved unless they are held by the physical agent and a register kept which basically defeats their purpose. Banks are way to gun shy over changes to the UBO's now. You would be better off investigating the use of a trust attached to an IBC somewhere for privacy purposes and even that is getting hard to shield the beneficiaries now.
 

khan

Corporate Services
Nevis still offers shares to bearer. But you have to keep them with a licensed custodian.
They have really good laws protecting investors and entrepreneurs.
interesting, but what if someone go an request UBO info from this licensed custodian?

Bearer shares in Switzerland are now fading into the past, according to the latest news. The attorney in England made an official proposition on that matter.
Until this change you say it was possible to form a Swiss AG with bearer shares?
 

lory

Mentor Group Gold
Nevis still offers shares to bearer. But you have to keep them with a licensed custodian.
They have really good laws protecting investors and entrepreneurs.
do you know if this is still the case? it's 2 years since it was posted so I would like to know please?
 

Martin Everson

Offshore Retiree
Mentor Group Gold
Elite Member
do you know if this is still the case? it's 2 years since it was posted so I would like to know please?

  • With respect to bearer shares, they have been restricted. Bearer shares are only permitted with the approval of the Registrar of Corporations or the Regulator. The Registered Agent must maintain custody of the bearer share certificate on behalf of the beneficial owner and must maintain a register of each bearer share. AML/CFT On-site Examinations are conducted by the FSRC – Nevis Branch to ensure that Registered Agents comply with these stipulations.
 

lory

Mentor Group Gold
that means I need to find a other way if I want to avoid my name to appear anywhere.

Will be upgrading to mentor group gold to see if I can find a better solution. Thank you @Martin Everson
 

ITOFFSHORE

New member
The bearer shares can be issued in Turkey for the moment. If you registered the company in Turkey you are allowed to use bearer shares inside Turkey for sure, but as for the bank in other countries it should be checked additionally.
 

lory

Mentor Group Gold
how is banking in Turkey it does not look like the rest of Europe's banks is satisfied with their money laundering controls and some may even refuse transfers for them?
 

ITOFFSHORE

New member
Again it depends on the nature of transfer and the EU bank, but Turkey can be used as an option for those who needs bearer share issuing. Also it is possible to open additional account for Turkish company in the EU payment instituation
 

sonato

Offshore Agent
Mentor Group Gold
Turkish company in the EU payment instituation
what bank would accept a Turkish company with Bearer shares. If this shall make sense you will need banking in Turkey where the bank will accept the company with bearer shares.

You want a bank in Turkey which transfers don't get rejected by EU banks.
 

Xerkki

New member
Curacao, Marshall Islands, Nevis, Uruguay, Panama...allows bearer shares but they are immobilized (needs to hold in custody) exept in Marshall Islands. But even in Marshall Islands the names of the bearer share owners need to report today. And yes, opening and using an bank account with bearer shares can be challenging. There is also all the time possibility that your jurisdiction abolish bearer shares one day.
 
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