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International Banks - Formation and Annual Requirements


What are the formation requirements?


  • A prospective applicant must submit a preliminary application to the Central Bank of Barbados for approval. The application for a licence must include a brief description of the nature of the international financial service to be provided from Barbados, financial projections, the names and addresses of the directors, names and addresses of the shareholders and the number of shares to be held, together with other due diligence information.  After the submission is appraised, consent is obtained from the Minister of Finance for the incorporation or registration of company in Barbados. A final application must be made to the Director of Bank Supervision who, subject to the approval of the Minister of Finance, may issue a license to the company to carry on international financial services.
  • The company must also have a minimum assigned capital of US$2,000,000 if the bank is authorised to accept third party deposits or a minimum assigned capital of US$500,000 if the bank does not accept third party deposits. The minister may at his discretion alter the above sums.


What are the annual requirements?


  • A licence must be renewed annually by January 1, of each year
  • Annual audit required
  • Annual returns to be filed by January 31, of each year, subject to penalties
  • Annual filing of audited financial statements
  • Submission of quarterly statements of a licensee's assets and liabilities to the Central Bank
  • Annual tax returns must be filed with the Department of Inland Revenue