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Mauritius GBC-2 Offshore Company Formation

(Mauritius Global Business Company, Category 2)

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Overview of a Mauritius GBC-2 Company

A Mauritius GBC-2, analogous to simple International Business Companies (IBC’s) elsewhere, is primarily used for trade and investment. Mauritius companies that hold a GBC-2 licence are not resident for the purpose of tax and, as a result, have no right to use Mauritius’ tax treaty network. There is a minimum paid up capital requirement of US$1, with a usual authorisation share capital of US$100,000 (with all shares having a par value).

The Mauritius company registry does not disclose beneficial ownership and allows business owners to freely express the share capital in any currency, with the only exception being the Mauritian Rupee (Rs). Companies that hold this licence are not able to trade within the Republic of Mauritius itself. The licence is governed by the principal corporate legislation of The Companies Act 2001, Financial Services Act 2007 and the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012.

All business carried out under this licence should not be detrimental to the well established reputation of Mauritius as an offshore financial centre, compromise its public interest or be carried out illegally.

Top Uses

Top Uses of a Mauritius GBC-2 Company

  • A simple and cost-effective option for Mauritius offshore holdings
  • Ready made for investors who require a discrete vehicle for holding a range of assets and investments, collecting any royalties or commissions, property acquisitions and consultancy services on an international scale
  • Large freedoms for business, monetary, investment, trade and financial markets


Advantages of a Mauritius GBC-2 Offshore Company

  • All Mauritius GBC-2 income is exempt from taxation
  • Flexible, straightforward administration and low cost
  • No reporting or accounting requirements
  • Quick and efficient Mauritian offshore company registry: turnaround time of less than 72hrs
  • No financial record audit requirement (no annual returns required to Mauritian government)

Key Corporate Features [Chart]

Corporate and Legal Features of a
Mauritius GBC-2 Offshore Company

Mauritius GBC-2 Corporate Details

Type of Entity GBC 2
Type of Law Hybrid
Governed by Companies Act 2001
Financial Services Development Act 2001
Registered Office in Mauritius Yes
Shelf company availability Yes (depends on age of co. required)
Our time to establish a new company 72 hours
Minimum government fees (excluding taxation) US$235 to FSC* and US$65 to ROC
Corporate Taxation No
Access to Double Taxation Treaties Yes
Share capital or equivalent

Standard currency US$
Permitted currencies All except Mauritian Rs.
Minimum paid-up capital investment US$1
Usual authorized amount US$100,000
Bearer shares allowed No
Non-par value shares allowed Yes

Minimum number 1
Locally-required staff No
Publicly accessible records No
Location of meetings Anywhere
Corporate directorship allowed Yes

Minimum number 1
Publicly accessible records No
Corporate shareholder allowed Yes
Location of meetings Anywhere
Company Secretary

Required Optional
Local or qualified No

Requirements to prepare Yes
Audit requirements No
Requirements to file accounts Yes
Publicly accessible accounts No
Recurring Government Costs

Minimum annual tax / License fee  US$235 to FSC*
Annual accounts filing fee US$65 to ROC

Requirement to file annual return No
Migration of domicile permitted Yes
† ROC: Mauritius Registrar of Companies
* FSC: Mauritius Financial Services Commission

Requirements for Incorporation

Requirements for Incorporation of a
Mauritius GBC-2 Offshore Company

In order to incorporate a Mauritius global business company, the following is required:

  • A submission of the Memorandum and Articles of association
  • A Certificate from the registering agent confirming that the requirements of the ordinance have been complied with
  • Named directors and shareholders must execute consent forms to be filed with the Registrar of Companies
  • Application must be supported by a local lawyer who can certify that all relevant local requirements have been met
  • The language of all legislation and Mauritian corporation documents is English
  • Documentation provided may be in any language, but must be accompanied by a certified English translation


Taxation of a Mauritius GBC-2 Offshore Company

GBC-2 is tax exempt. As such, it is also unable to benefit from double taxation relief under the Mauritius taxation treaty.

Annual Tax Return and Accounting Requirements

  • Companies holding a Mauritius GBC-2 licence must file its audited accounts, each year, within 6 months of the company’s fiscal year end, with the Financial Services Commission.
  • Annual tax returns are not required.

Corporate Details

Corporate Details of a Mauritius
GBC-1 Offshore Company

Anonymity, Confidentiality and Disclosure

GBC-2 companies must disclose, to the Mauritius Registrar of Companies, the names of its directors, shareholders and accounts. However, such details are not made publicly available.

You may use nominee directors and shareholders to ensure complete anonymity.

All information that is declared to the Financial Services Commission (FSC) is for the sole use of the FSC only. Any information that is unlawfully disclosed regarding GBC-2 companies is an offence punishable by fine and imprisonment under S83 of the FSA Act (2007).

Details of the account will only be disclosed if proof of illegal activity (drug trafficking, money laundering, arms dealing, terrorist financing) is presented to authorities. These offences are covered by Financial Intelligence and Anti Money Laundering and the Prevention of Corruption Act (2002). 

Company Shares

Shareholders are able to invest in any currency with the exception of the Mauritian Rupee (Rs). Shareholders can retain anonymity at all times, with a minimum investment of US$1. Standard approved amounts are US$100,000. The stated capital total is comprised of the total amount received and receivable by the company in respect to shares or calls.

Required Capital

Mauritius GBC-2 companies require a minimum investment of US$1.

Financial Statements Required

Mauritius GBC-2 companies must file audited financial statements annually with the Financial Services Commission.


 Mauritius GBC-2 companies must have a minimum of one Director. There are no restrictions in regards to where the Director is based, and no further restrictions in regards to the hire of Mauritian nationals.

Company Secretary

The appointment of a company secretary is optional but not mandatory. Again, no local restrictions are in place regarding the hire of Mauritian nationals.


Mauritius companies with a GBC-2 licence require a minimum of one shareholder who can be either an individual or corporate body. The FSC in Mauritius must be notified within one month of any change in beneficial ownership or ultimate beneficial ownership.

Trading Restrictions

Companies holding a GBC-2 licence cannot trade within Mauritius itself.

Powers of the Company

Companies incorporated in Mauritius have equal power as that of a natural person.

Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents

Though documentation may be written in any language, it must be supplemented with a certified English translation. The legislation is written in English and French.

Registered Office Required

There are no mandatory offices requirements associated with the GBC-2.

Local Presence

There are no mandatory local presence requirements associated with the GBC-2.

Management and Annual Meeting (AM) of shareholders

Corporate Directors and Shareholders are allowed. Meetings can take place anywhere in the world and there are no obligations to hold such meetings in Mauritius.

Availability of Shelf Companies

Shelf companies may be available depending on the age of company required.

Time Required to Form Offshore Company

Under four weeks, as long as there is no delay in receiving all relevant documentation.

Name Restrictions / Names Requiring Consent or a Licence or Permission

Any GBC-2 or Mauritian company formation name that is similar to an existing company name, or name that suggests the patronage of the President or the Mauritian Government, is not allowed. The following names, or derivatives thereof, require approval: assurance, bank, building society, Chamber of Commerce, chartered, cooperative, government, imperial, insurance, municipal, royal, state or trust or any name which in the opinion of the Registrar suggests patronage of the President or the Mauritian Government.

Language of Name

The name of the company may be in either English or French.

Permitted Limited Liability Suffixes

The following international terms (or related abbreviations) may be used to indicate limited liability: Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Public Limited Company, Société Anonyme, Société Anonyme à Responsabilité Limitée, Sociedad Anónima, Berhad, Proprietary, Naamloze Vennootschap, Besloten Vennootschap and Aktiengesellschaft.

Licence Fee

US$100 on incorporation as licence processing fee. First annual licence fees for the period from the date of incorporation until the following June are US$235. Thereafter, annual licence fees of US$235 payable to the FSC every year by the 30th June, together with an additional US$65 to the Registrar of Companies.

Mauritius GBC-2 Company Formation
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Basic Mauritius GBC-2 Company | USD $1,950


  1. Certificate of Incorporation
  2. Certified copy of the Memorandum & Articles of Association
  3. Registered office & agent fee for the first year
  4. Government fees for the first year
  5. Company Secretarial Maintenance for the first year
  6. Certificate of Endorsement
  7. Articles of Incorporation
  8. Transfer of Subscription Rights
  9. Share Certificate(s)
  10. Initial corporate minutes resolution
  11. Apostille
  12. Register of Directors
  13. Register of Members
  14. Appointment of First Directors
  15. Consent Actions of the Board of Directors
  16. Company Seal

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