• Cyprus
    No Bank Accounts for Shell and Letter Box Companies

    By B2B Lateral Thinking Solutions


    The Central Bank of Cyprus has communicated its intention to incorporate the definition of shell/letter box company in the forthcoming revision of the Directive for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.

    The term "shell company" shall refer to a non-publicly traded, limited liability company or any other business entity that fulfils any one of the following criteria:

    1. has no physical presence ίn its country of domicile (other than a mailing address);
    2. has no established economic activity, little to no independent economic value and no documentary proof to the contrary;
    3. ίs registered in a jurisdiction where companies are not required to submit to the authorities independently audited financial statements;
    4. has a tax residence ίn a jurisdiction recognised as a 'tax haven' or no tax residence whatsoever.

    Exemption for true holding companies, asset holding companies (e.g. real estate and ships) as well as companies with a demonstrable purpose of existence e.g. facilitating currency trades, asset transfers, corporate mergers, etc shall also be included in the definition.

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