|Incorporating an International Company in the Cook Islands|
The Cook Islands International Companies Act 1981-82 ("ICA") governs the formation and activities of international companies. The structure of the ICA allows companies to be formed and operated with both flexibility and administrative ease. International Companies must be incorporated through a licensed trustee company, which will handle the registration process and administrative duties.
The Incorporation Process
Once all required information, and the initial fees have been received the trustee company can complete incorporation within 24 hours.There are two levels of information required:
Upon incorporation the Registrar issues a Certificate which is valid for a period of 12 months and which may be renewed upon payment of the prescribed fee.
Professional and International Trustee Companies
The intended shareholder or beneficial owner of the company to be incorporated must complete a request to incorporate form along with a New Company information form. Every Director and Shareholder (or beneficial owner) of the company must complete a client information form and provide information such as full name, residential address, place of birth, nationality etc. They must all also provide a copy of their passport certified as a true copy by a lawyer, banker, or court official, and an original utility bill or bankers reference including the individual's name and address.
2. A certified copy of its charter, statute or Memorandum and Articles of Association or similar constitution documents; and
3. A certificate of incumbency or similar showing the list of its directors and officers.