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DEFINITION: If your primary goal is not legal tax efficiency but simply access to a low cost way of sheltering assets and providing privacy, a standalone Nevis Limited Liability Company may be ideal. A Limited Liability Company (or LLC) is a form of company or corporation that enjoys some distinctions from "normal" companies. At the most simple level, think of an LLC as a sleek cross between a company and a partnership, with all of
the benefits of both.
The general advantages of LLCs are enhanced by the jurisdictional advantage of Nevis, the first offshore financial centre anywhere to enact a Limited Liability Ordinance.
* Since the beneficial owners and/or managers are not registered anywhere an LLC provides complete
* Nevis has strict privacy oriented laws that forbid any registering, recording, or disclosure of directors and shareholders of exempt companies incorporated there. This means that no annual or other reports by members need to be filed in the public records of Nevis; therefore, there is complete anonymity and their identities are not
accessible by any outside party.
* The company's records may be located anywhere in the world
EXCELLENT ASSET PROTECTION FEATURES:
* A Nevis LLC enables you to protect your assets and funds from government agencies, creditors, and lawsuits.
* As an owner, you are not exposed to personal liability.
* As an owner, you can participate in management without becoming personally liable for the company's debts.
* A Nevis LLC is particularly advantageous for asset protection purposes since there are no shares that can be attached by a court of law.
* Members are not liable for obligations of the company.
OTHER LLC BENEFITS: LLCs provide these additional advantages:
* LLCs provide a mechanism by which managers can limit the authority of non-managing members.
* LLCs have no limitation on the number of members.
* There are no limitations on ownership of an LLC.
* No corporate tax, income tax, withholding tax, stamp tax, asset tax, exchange controls or other fees or taxes
are levied in Nevis on assets or income originating outside of Nevis.
* Members of Nevis LLCs may be individuals or business entities of any nationality or domicile.
* Nevis LLCs may amend their Articles of Organisation, merge, or consolidate with other domestic or foreign
LLCs or other business entities.
* Members of Nevis LLCs may assign their interests to other parties unless restricted otherwise.
* Nevis permits sole member LLCs.
* Management of LLCs may be accomplished by the members or by managers designated by the members.
* Nevis LLCs face no stock limitations and can issue preferred interests analogous to preferred stock of
* A Nevis LLC is an excellent vehicle if used by a group of investors for a joint venture investment. In this respect it functions as if it were a Limited Partnership, but with all the added features and advantages mentioned
above of an LLC that Limited Partnerships for the most part do not have.
* A Nevis LLC can be set up within 24 hours and has low initial cost and low annual fees.
Deeper Understanding on the useage of LLC’s
LLC vs. a "Normal" Corporation:
The primary distinction between an LLC and a "normal" company such as a "C" corporation (USA) or a PLC (United Kingdom), is that the LLC is a tax-neutral vehicle because it is taxed as a partnership, rather than as a corporation. Thus, using an LLC eliminates tax at the corporate level. In this regard, it is somewhat like a U.S.
"S" corporation or a German GmbH but without all the restrictions and disadvantages. So if the LLC itself has no tax payment obligation - then who does? The obligation for any taxes that would otherwise be owed by the LLC
bypasses the LLC itself and attaches directly to the members of the LLC. Members are to LLCs what shareholders are to normal companies. Other companies, as well as individuals and trusts, can be members of an LLC. There are no limits on the number of members or the classes of members that an LLC may have. The important thing to remember is that each member is responsible for his, her or its own pro-rata part of any overall tax obligation
of the LLC and that the LLC itself has no tax obligations.
LLC as Trust Alternative:
Because of the flexibility available in LLC management structuring and because of the favorable way in which the laws of Nevis are drafted, LLCs can also be used as alternatives to a trust. The manager of the LLC is akin to the
trustee of a trust and the members are akin to the beneficiaries of a trust. Grileck International S.A.
act as a manager of an LLC on behalf of a client who desires to take advantage of our corporate management services. Substituting an LLC for a trust can change the reporting requirements of taxpayers in onshore jurisdictions. Many providers have abandoned the trust as an offshore planning vehicle because trusts have
become a target on onshore legislation and unfavourable court decisions (especially in the U.S.). Hence many are instead recommending either an LLC or a Foundation depending on what the client requirements are. The income or capital gain of an LLC is not reportable as trust income or gain or as corporate income or gain but is treated as
personal income or gain.
Multi-National Joint Ventures:
LLCs are excellent vehicles for structuring joint venture arrangements between project participants from different countries. This is so because the venture can enjoy all of the benefits of incorporation, but each member is liable
for his own taxation in his own country. Moreover, the membership flexibility allows different joint ventures to have different levels of ownership and reward based upon the value that each constituent member brings to the project. The only drawback is that prior to forming LLCs for multi-national joint ventures, the parties must check
to see that this hybrid entity is granted the requisite corporate and pass through (partnership) status in the jurisdictions in which the joint ventures are located. Advice from a local onshore lawyer should be sought.
All LLCs are free from all forms of Nevisian taxation. There are no Nevisian taxes on dividends, income, capital distribution, or wages whatsoever. Moreover, unlike many onshore jurisdictions, Nevis does not tax an LLC for
accumulated (but undistributed) earnings
All of the affairs of the LLC are private and cannot be disclosed except under truly exceptional circumstances such as links to international terrorism. The only document that needs to be filed with the government is the annual corporate license and this contains minimal information. There is no annual report or annual financial
return that needs to be made to the government. There is no public inspection of your LLCs' records.
Confidentiality is further enhanced if the LLC appoints our company as manager and we perform the minimal corporate duties required under Nevisian law.
Nevisian LLC laws contain many requirements related to confidentiality including strict financial secrecy laws.
Strict legal requirements, known as fiduciary duties, would also govern Grileck International S.A.'s behavior as a manager of an LLC. These fiduciary duties are imposed on managers by both the equivalent of the LLCs bylaws and by the proper law of the LLC (usually the law of the country where the manager is located, i.e. Panama).
Many of these fiduciary requirements relate to secrecy and accounting obligations by which the manager must abide. Nevisian LLC and Panamanian law prevent our company from discussing your LLC business with anyone you have not instructed us to talk to.
Other governments' agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service in the United States, Revenue Canada, or the Inland Revenue in the United Kingdom cannot force us to discuss your business with them unless they obtain a court order against you or us or both ordering us to make disclosure. But a court order from their respective
jurisdiction is useless in Nevis or Panama. In accordance with strong Nevisian law, a judgement from outside of Nevis will not be recognised by Nevisian courts. This means an onshore judgement creditor who won a lawsuitagainst you or your LLC in, for example, the U.S. or Germany cannot take that U.S. or German judgement and require a Nevisian court to enforce it.
In addition to not recognizing the judgements of other countries, Nevisian law and Nevisian courts do not favor the granting of court orders against LLCs except under truly exceptional circumstances. Nevisian law favors upholding the independence and application of its own law over the enforcement of foreign, onshore laws.