Company Formation

Mauritius & Offshore Company Services

Offshore Company Services

Besides Mauritius Global Business Companies, we set up International Business Companies in the Seychelles, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Belize. These are flexible business entities operating exclusively offshore requiring an acceptable level of compliance.

Additionally we regularly supply USA LLC’s, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other companies in various jurisdictions around the world.

Our end-to-end service is designed to ensure a robust and comprehensive solution to meet your international tax planning requirements.

  • Advice on the selection, establishment and maintenance of company, both ‘offshore’ and onshore.
  • Advice to clients seeking to establish or restructure international or offshore operation
  • Advise on market entry into China, Asia and Europe
  • Advice on matters relating to outsourcing and procurement in China
  • Corporate structuring, financial engineering and tax and VAT planning
  • Assistance with the implementation of trading, investment and other structures
  • Advice on domestic and overseas property ownership
  • Contractual matters, billing and other day-to-day affairs of corporate structures
  • Advice on utilising structures domiciled in high tax areas for international tax planning
  • Advice and implementation of business start-ups
  • Advice and implementation of cubicle/physical presence operations
  • Expertise in utilising double tax treaties
  • Bank introductions and account management services. Learn more about our Offshore Banking services.
  • Visit Jurisdictions to learn more about the jurisdictions we offer.

    For more information read the guide below or contact us to see how we can assist you.

A Guide to the Use of Offshore Companies

There is no magic or mystery surrounding offshore companies. This may sound simplistic, but an offshore company is essentially the same as any other company. Thus an offshore company can carry out the same types of business as companies incorporated in onshore areas and like other companies the liability of its shareholders is generally limited to the amount of capital they have put in to the company.

The major difference between an onshore company and an offshore company is that the rate of tax applied by the government in the jurisdiction in which an offshore company is incorporated is either very low or zero. Additionally some offshore companies are easier to administer and more confidential than onshore companies.

Of course the rules and regulations surrounding the establishment and management of offshore companies are slightly different in every offshore jurisdiction.

  • Save tax
  • Protect assets and reduce risk
  • Reduce Costs
  • Maintain privacy
  • To avoid unwarranted bureaucracy

Uses of Offshore Companies

  • Investment Holding
  • Trading
  • Property Investment
  • Financing
  • Patent, Royalty and Copyright Holding
  • Entertainment, Consultancy and Professional Services
  • Ship Management and Yacht Owning
  • International e-commerce Operations

In general the formation of an offshore company is simple – we do this for you! What really requires thought is management and administration, thus we strongly encourage our clients to consider the administration and management of an offshore company from the inception of their plans.

A common misconception is that a company must be administered in its place of incorporation. This is not the case and it is often beneficial to have, for example, a company incorporated in the Seychelles administered in Mauritius.

Pursuant to international regulations concerning the prevention of drug trafficking and money laundering OCRA Mauritius strictly implements Anti Money Laundering Procedures which comply with the laws, rules and guidelines issued by the Mauritius Government.

Whilst we respect and honour your privacy and respect any need you may have for confidentiality, we are committed to undertaking a full and thorough due diligence of both our clients’ identities and the nature of their businesses. To this end, we need to be fully appraised of both the rationale behind the establishment of any corporate or trust structure and its modus operandi. This formal approach to due diligence benefits both OCRA Mauritius and our clients.

OCRA Mauritius will not divulge to any third party any information concerning its clients, without their prior written consent. OCRA Mauritius reserves the right to treat this obligation of confidentiality as not applicable when it is obliged by law to divulge such information or when OCRA Mauritius has been unable to obtain instructions from clients and it appears to OCRA Mauritius to be in the best interests of our clients to provide information.

To assist clients to keep their affairs private and to prevent unwarranted intrusion we provide the following core services:

  • Professional Directors
  • Nominee Shareholders
  • Bank account signatories
  • Administrative assistance
  • Communication services, such as telephone and facsimile handling


We are able to provide professional directors to act on the instructions of clients. It is important to understand that our directors’ liabilities are exactly the same as those of any other director. Therefore when we are asked to provide directors we need to know exactly what sort of business the company is undertaking and to monitor and control its activities on a day to day basis. In many countries directors have to be real people – individuals like you. However, in many offshore centres corporate directors are permitted. These are companies that act as directors of other companies. We have formed special companies to act as directors in many different jurisdictions. In some jurisdictions a majority of directors must be resident in the country of incorporation.

Powers of Attorney

This power to bind a company can be delegated to other persons through a legal document known as a “Power of Attorney”.

Nominee Shareholders

For these clients seeking privacy in their affairs we provide a “nominee shareholders service”. We have formed nominee companies in many jurisdictions around the world and their sole purpose is to hold shares on behalf of clients. To protect our clients interest the nominee companies enter in to a contract known as a “declaration of trust” with the owners of the company that prevents the nominee company from acting without instructions from the owners.

Beneficial Ownership

The beneficial owner of a company is the person who ultimately owns a company. All banks will require the identity of the beneficial owner of an offshore company to be disclosed before opening any accounts.

Company Secretary

In most common law jurisdictions a company secretary is required. This person is responsible for maintaining the statutory books of a company and filing annual returns. In some jurisdictions corporate company secretaries may be corporate bodies whilst in other jurisdictions company secretaries must possess qualifications and be resident in the country of incorporation.


The capital of the company is the funding provided by the shareholders. In some jurisdictions the capital of the company must be held in a particular currency. The authorised capital is the maximum amount of capital that may be injected in to a company and the issued capital is the amount that has been paid up by the shareholders. Shareholders liability is generally limited to the amount of paid up capital.

In most offshore jurisdictions the minimum issued capital is low. Increase in authorised capital beyond a certain level is often subject to capital taxes. We generally form offshore companies with the maximum amount of authorised capital allowed for the minimum capital taxes.

Registered Office and Registered Agent

The registered office is the place where the company’s books must be maintained and often these books must be available for public inspection at the registered office. The registered office is the place where official and legal documents should be delivered.

In some jurisdictions, a qualified resident agent must be appointed. In these cases the resident agent maintains certain information about the company We provide registered office and resident agent for all of our clients.

OCRA Mauritius maintains a stock of ready made companies on a “shelf list”. These shelf companies will never have traded, have a range of attractive names and are available for use within a few days. Alternatively, if you require a company with a particular name or a company from a jurisdiction that does not allow for shelf companies we will obtain name approval and specially incorporate a company for you.

Follow the links below to learn more about each jurisdiction offered.

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands



Hong Kong


United States

How to proceed

We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with more information:

Contact us for a FREE consultation if you would like to discuss your requirements with one of our consultants in person.
Alternatively, complete our Online Questionnaire and a consultant will contact you directly.
For professional intermediaries and repeat orders, download the relevant Application Form and return by fax or email.

OCRA Worldwide announces strategic merger with Acclime

17th November 2022, Hong Kong - OCRA Worldwide (OCRA), announces today that it has completed the strategic merger with Asia Pacific’s premier corporate services provider Acclime ( This is the latest step in Acclime’s active expansion as the Asia specialist in compliance and corporate services throughout the region.

Established in 1975 and led by Bart Dekker and Dharmesh Naik, OCRA is one of the industry pioneers in the corporate services sector with a full suite of corporate services from company formation, company secretarial support, accounting, and HR services. Over the past 40 years, OCRA has become a truly global business by providing very personalised services to their clients, most of whom are private investors or companies investing abroad.

From its founding base in Europe, OCRA has morphed over the past decade to focus on the faster growing markets of Asia and the Indian Ocean, and currently has teams in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Mauritius and the Seychelles with around 80 staff. Additionally, OCRA is licensed in Samoa and the UAE to provide incorporation services to clients and referral partners.

"The high quality of the team, the interesting gateway jurisdictions of Mauritius and UAE which are important investment hubs for Africa and India, and the synergy of offering OCRA clients more services and Asian locations for expanding their business were the strategic logic for Acclime's interest in acquiring OCRA," said Martin Crawford, CEO and Co-Founder of Acclime. "We look forward to introducing OCRA’s corporate clients to our regional experts in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam," he added.

The sale of the business was managed by the corporate advisory team of Mazars in London (Paul Joyce & Fred Dearden), acting for the ultimate shareholder of OCRA, and was opened for bids. "Acclime was chosen as the preferred bidder as the team recognised the cultural similarities, with high quality, personalised services at the core," said Bart Dekker, OCRA’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific. Dharmesh Naik, OCRA's Managing Director, Middle East and Indian Ocean, added, "We are excited and delighted to become an integral part of a large international team with the established resources across Acclime's network, and to execute the transaction in line with OCRA's long term succession plan in the interest of all of our stakeholders."

OCRA will operate as an independent business unit within Acclime, supported by funding, IT and marketing initiatives that will grow the business further. Bart Dekker and Dharmesh Naik will remain running the business post-acquisition.

The transaction is subjected to regulatory approvals in several locations and Acclime is expected to complete the acquisition by the end of 2022.

About OCRA
Established in 1975, OCRA is one of the industry pioneers in the corporate services sector with a full suite of corporate services from company formation, company secretarial support, accounting and HR services. For over 40 years, OCRA has been providing personalised services to its clients, most of whom are private investors or companies investing abroad.

About Acclime
Acclime, the premier corporate services provider in Asia, helps corporate and private clients to advance their businesses and interests in difficult-to-navigate markets in emerging Asia. The company’s vision is to reinvent the corporate services sector with innovative solutions that are seamlessly delivered to the highest global standards.