Company Registration in Jersey - Business Starting & Setup

Want to set up a firm in Jersey? We can assist you in starting a business or in buying a shelf company in Jersey with a full package of necessary documents, legal advice and follow-up support. Incorporation of a firm in Jersey includes provision of a registered office (for at least 1 year in any of our service plans), an apostilled set of constitutional documents, secretarial services and assistance with compliance fee and pre-approval for opening an account in banks of Jersey. The total price of company formation in Jersey includes all necessary fees and charges for the first year of operation, as well as full one-year nominee service (package Optimum).

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Legal address per year
Secretarial services for the first year
Fees and duties for the first year
Apostilled bound set of incorporation documents
Nominee service per year
Bank Account Pre-approval
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Legal system

Jersey law has been influenced by several different legal traditions, in particular Norman customary law, English common law and modern French civil law. Jersey's legal system is therefore described as 'mixed' or 'pluralistic', and sources of law are in French and English languages, although since the 1950s the main working language of the legal system is English.

Types of entity in Jersey

The principal forms of business organization in Jersey are:

  • Private company limited by shares
  • Public company limited by shares
  • Branch of overseas company
  • General partnership
  • Limited partnership
  • Trusts
  • Foundations
  • Protected cell companies

The most common structure is the limited liability company.


Company name

There is a range of requirements to the company name in Jersey:

  • All company names must end with the following words or their abbreviated forms: Avec Responsibilité Limitée - a.r.l. or Limited – Ltd.;
  • A chosen name should only suggest a specific activity if that reflects the primary activity of the business entity;
  • It should not falsely imply a connection with another institution or governing body;
  • It should not suggest a corporate form that the company does not have. A company should not, for example, use the word ‘trust’ in its name unless such an implied status did really exist
  • It should not duplicate the name which already exists, nor should it be too similar to other names.
  • It shall not be offensive.
  • It shall not be misleading.
  • It should not contain the following words: bank or bankers, investment, corporation, international, associate, association, fund, trust, trustee, united, royal, Queen and King; currency symbols or currency abbreviations, foreign words, internet domain name, invented words, professional qualifications, etc.

Procedure of Company Registration in Jersey

The following steps are required to incorporate a Limited liability company in Jersey:

  1. Check for uniqueness of company's name and reserve it online: Check the Registry name index system to ensure no other business or company is already registered with your chosen name or with a similar name. Reserve a company name by completing the company name form and submitting it to the Jersey Financial Services Commission for approval.
  2. Prepare Memorandum of Association: The memorandum of association, which sets out the fundamental provisions of the constitution of the company, must be prepared. The memorandum of association does not set out the objects or powers of a company, although it is possible to include restrictions on the authority of the directors of the company in the memorandum or articles of association. The memorandum of association will state: the name of the company; type of entity; the full name and address of each subscriber who is a natural person and the corporate name and address of the registered or principal office of each subscriber which is a body corporate; details of share capital; details of the extent of liability of any guarantor member. The memorandum of association must be signed by or on behalf of each subscriber in the presence of at least one witness.
  3. Prepare Articles of Association: The articles of association, which govern the contract between the members and the company, must be prepared. The 1991 Law requires that the articles of association are also signed by or on behalf of each subscriber to the memorandum of association in the presence of at least one witness.
  4. Prepare Statement of particulars on incorporation: The agent of the subscribers must prepare a statement to be signed by the subscribers (or their agent), known as the Statement of Particulars on Incorporation. This statement will indicate the intended address in Jersey of the company's registered office upon incorporation, whether the company is to be a public or private company and whether the standard table of articles has been adopted.
  5. Obtain Control of borrowing consent: In order to issue shares, a Jersey company requires a regulatory consent from the Finance and Economics Committee of the States of Jersey pursuant to the Control of Borrowing (Jersey) Order, 1958, as amended. An application form, requesting such consent, is submitted to the Jersey Financial Services Commission together with the incorporation papers for the company. The application form requires information regarding the proposed activities of the company and the identity of the ultimate beneficial owner of the company. The application form also requires confirmation that the ultimate beneficial owner has not at any time been declared bankrupt or been a director of or otherwise involved in the management of a company which has been the subject of an insolvent liquidation or judicial enquiry.
  6. Apply for incorporation: The memorandum of association, articles of association, Statement of Particulars on Incorporation and control of borrowing consent application form are lodged at the Jersey Financial Services Commission, together with registration fees of, currently, £200. For a further fee of £200, the Jersey Financial Services Commission will expedite the application for incorporation and will deal with the same on a same day basis. The registrar of companies will process the application and, providing satisfactory information has been provided, will issue a certificate of incorporation of the company and control of borrowing consent permitting issuance of the authorised share capital.

The formation of a new company in Jersey takes 2 days.

Local registered office

A Jersey company must have a registered office in Jersey and must include its company name and registered office in all business letters, correspondence, notices, negotiable instruments and letters of credit.

Every company must maintain a register of members at the registered office of the company, or such other place in Jersey as the company may specify. The register should be open to inspection by the members of the company, without charge, during normal business hours.

Minutes of all directors' and shareholders' meetings and a register of directors and secretaries must also be maintained by a company. In each case, records held by a Jersey company may be kept in any form (whether electronic or hard copy) provided that such information can be reproduced in an intelligible manner and steps are taken to safeguard the information.


There are no statutory requirements for a company in Jersey to have a seal.


The redomiciliation of companies to or from Jersey is permitted.

Company Structure


A private company must have at least one director. Directors must be over 18 years of age. There is no requirement under the Law for directors appointed to Jersey companies to be resident in Jersey or to hold shares in the company. A Jersey company may appoint a corporate director, providing that such corporate director is regulated to conduct financial services business under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 and does not itself have a corporate director.

Meetings of directors of a Jersey company are not required to take place in Jersey and may be held by telephone or other means of communication, providing that those present are able to hear what is said by the other participants. It is also possible for directors to pass resolutions in writing.

Particulars of the directors must be maintained in a register kept by each company and open to inspection by members of the company and by the Registrar. The Registrar may not disclose information on the register except for the purpose of enforcing any provisions of the Law or any obligation owed to the company by a director or secretary.


All companies must appoint a secretary. In the case of a public company, the secretary must have certain prescribed qualifications, as set out in the Law. A sole director cannot also be the company secretary.

Particulars of the secretary must be maintained in a register kept by each company and open to inspection by members of the company and by the Registrar. The Registrar may not disclose information on the register except for the purpose of enforcing any provisions of the Law or any obligation owed to the company by secretary.


Each Jersey company must have at least one shareholder. There is no restriction on the nationality or residency of the shareholders. The shareholders can be individuals and/or legal persons.

Unless the Articles of Association provide otherwise, or all members of the company agree in writing, every company is required to hold an annual general meeting in each year, the first of which should take place within 18 months of incorporation. Where annual general meetings are to take place, they must be held no more than 22 months apart in the case of private companies.

There is no requirement for shareholders' meetings to be held in Jersey.

Where membership in a company is held by a body corporate, the body corporate may appoint any person to attend any meeting and vote on its behalf.


The Government of Jersey has passed a law establishing a central registry of beneficiaries and controlling persons in 2020.

The opening date of the Beneficiary Registry was scheduled for May 31, 2021. For now, however, the Registry is not public.

The Beneficiary Registry will not contain data on minors, company secretaries, etc. In addition, for the time being, limited liability partnerships are exempt from the obligation to submit information about their beneficiaries to the Registry.

A beneficiary is any natural person who ultimately owns (directly or indirectly) a sufficient percentage of the shares or voting rights or ownership interest (generally 25% or more, but the exact amount is determined by the laws of the country individually) or controls the company or the natural person on whose behalf the transaction or activity of the company takes place.

Share capital and shares

Jersey companies may be incorporated with a share capital denominated in any currency, may allot shares at different prices, convert par value shares into no par value shares (and vice versa) and accept a member with wholly or partly paid up shares.

The usual authorized share capital is £10,000 or its foreign currency equivalent, although issued capital may be nominal e.g. £1. Stamp duty is payable on higher amounts of capital. All issued shares must be paid in full in cash.

Frequently Asked Questions about Company Registration in Jersey

How much does it cost to register a company in Jersey?
The cost of opening a company in Jersey depends on the type of company to be registered and the type of activity you will be engaged in. The minimum package of services costs USD 3750 and includes: registration of the company on a turnkey basis, lease of the registered office for a year and secretarial services, payment of all necessary duties and fees, as well as apostilled translation of the constituent documents.
Can a non resident set up a company in Jersey?
Yes, a non-resident can set up a company in Jersey. The process is similar to setting up a company in any other jurisdiction and typically involves choosing a company name, registering the company with the Jersey Registrar of Companies, and obtaining any necessary licenses and permits. However, specific requirements and procedures may vary, so it's advisable to seek the assistance of a professional, such as a lawyer or accountant, familiar with Jersey's laws and regulations.
Is Jersey an offshore?
Jersey is often considered an offshore financial center. Offshore financial centers are jurisdictions with low tax rates, relaxed regulations, and confidential banking laws, which attract foreign investment and international business. Jersey has a well-developed financial services sector, offering a range of services including banking, investment management, and trust and corporate services. It is known for its strong regulatory framework, political stability, and highly skilled workforce, which make it an attractive location for offshore businesses. However, it is important to note that Jersey is not a tax haven, and it complies with international tax transparency and information exchange standards.
Do Jersey companies pay VAT?
Companies in Jersey are subject to value added tax (VAT), which is similar to VAT in other European Union (EU) countries. The standard VAT rate in Jersey is 5%. However, certain goods and services may be exempted from VAT or taxed at a reduced rate. It is important to note that Jersey is not part of the EU and does not participate in the EU VAT system. However, it does have a reciprocal agreement with the EU to collect and remit VAT on certain goods and services sold to customers in the EU. Companies in Jersey are required to register for VAT if they exceed the turnover, which is currently set at £110,000 per year. Registered companies must charge VAT on taxable supplies and regularly submit VAT returns to the Jersey Revenue Department.
How long does it take to set up a company in Jersey?
The process of setting up a new company in Jersey, from applying for registration to receiving a set of documents, is 2 days.

Core Services and fees for the formation of a company in Jersey

— Incorporation

Price3 750 USD

including incorporation tax, state registry fee, NOT including Compliance fee

— Annual government fees


Stamp Duty and Companies Registry incorporation fee

— Corporate legal services

Price6 500 USD

including registered address and registered agent, NOT including Compliance fee

—Delivery of documents by courier mail

Price250 USD

DHL or TNT, at cost of a Courier Service

— Apostilled set of Statutory documents

Pricefrom 550 USD

Basic set of documents for setup of a company in Jersey

Certificate of Incorporation

Memorandum and Articles of Association

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    Price640 USD

    Paid-up “nominee director” set includes the following documents

    Nominee Shareholder

    Price480 USD

    Paid-up “nominee shareholder” set includes the following documents

    Compliance fee in Jersey

    Compliance fee is payable in the cases of: incorporation of a company, renewal of a company, liquidation of a company, transfer out of a company, issue of a power of attorney to a new attorney, change of director / shareholder / BO (except the change to a nominee director / shareholder), signing of documents


    Price250 USD

    simple company structure with only 1 physical person

    For legal entity in structure under GSL administration

    Price150 USD

    additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

    For legal entity in structure not under GSL administration

    Price200 USD

    additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure NOT under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

    For client with high risk Status

    Price350 USD

    Signing of documents

    Price100 USD

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