British Virgin Islands: British Virgin Islands Continues To Lead In Company Registrations
Last Updated: 27 June 2007

26th June 2007: Figures released by the British Virgin Islands International Finance Centre have revealed that more than 65,000 Business Companies were registered in the British Virgin Islands in 2006, representing a 12% increase on 2005’s figure and establishing a new record for annual BVI company registrations.

The total number of BVI companies on its Register – both International Business Companies and BVI Business Companies – stood at nearly 775,000 as at December 31st 2006.

Humphry Leue, Chief Operating Officer at the BVI International Finance Centre, comments: "It’s been another record year for BVI company registrations and further evidence that the transition from the hugely popular BVI International Business Companies Act to the BVI Business Companies Act has been both seamless and effective in keeping this jurisdiction at the forefront of the international business industry.

"In addition, the British Virgin Islands continues to diversify its financial services offer. We registered 57 new captive insurers last year, taking the total to over 400 captives and solidifying our position as the third largest offshore centre for captive insurance business. The territory also gained a further 282 investment businesses in the past year, with the total for that sector approximating 2,600 active mutual and hedge funds at the start of 2007, with further growth expected this year.

"More important than the bare numbers, the feedback from our private sector and Regulator is that the quality and diversity of the business coming to the BVI is also at an all-time high, meaning that our mission to be recognised as a leading jurisdiction for the conduct of legitimate and value-added business also continues to be fulfilled.

"We look forward to breaking more records in 2007."

For further information contact:

Humphry Leue
BVI International Finance Centre
Tel. +1 284 494 1509

George Farquhar
Tel. + 44 (0) 207 269 7213

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