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Panama companies, also known as Panama Corporations are created under the General Corporation Law, Law 32 of February 26, 1927. Law 32 has been used as a model for many other jurisdictions and offers a flexible corporate structure, provides investor privacy and ensures the legal framework to conduct legitimate business activities in the international arena.
Some guidelines to follow for the Panama company formation:
Panama Company Organizers, Directors and Officers
- Two local persons are usually appointed to act as the organizers and subscribers for formation purposes.
- A minimum of three directors is required. The names and addresses of these directors is part of the public record and therefore nominee directors are usually appointed at incorporation and we provide this service. If the client wishes to be a Director, we can provide two Nominees. If the client does not wish to be a Director, we provide three Nominees and issue a Power of Attorney to the client. This service is provided to the client at no extra cost.
- Panama offshore companies require officers for the position of President, Treasurer and Secretary. These may be natural persons, Panama Corp. or foreign corporations or other entity. An officer may hold more than one position, but the President and Secretary should not be the same person. There is no maximum to the amount of officers appointed. The Director can be an officer of the Panama IBC.
Meetings of Shareholders and Directors of Panama Corporation
- Meeting of Shareholders and/or Directors if found necessary, may hold these meetings by telephone or any other electronic means available and convenient.
- If Shareholders and/or Directors think it is advisable to hold meetings, this may be held anywhere in the world.
- There is no requirement for Annual General Meetings of the Shareholders and/or Directors.
Panama Company Share Capital
- Panama IBC do no require paid-in capital.
- There is no time limit in which Authorized Capital must be fully paid.
- The standard capitalization for a Panama Corporation is USD 10,000.
- Par and Non-par Value Shares, voting and non-voting shares, as well as various other categories and classes of shares are allowed.
- The legal tender of Panama is the US dollar.
- There are no exchange controls or restrictions on the free movement of currency.
Panama Companies Reporting Requirements
There are no reporting requirements for offshore Panama companies.
Panama IBC Taxation
- Non-resident Panama Corp. is 100% tax-free on its activities outside of Panama.
- An annual corporate franchise fee of USD 250 is charged to maintain the Panama IBC in good standing.
- You should have a local Registered Agent in Panama for your Panama IBC. This service is included in our start-up package and Annual Service Fee, starting from the second and each subsequent year of Panama Incorporation.
Panama Offshore Company Records and Accounts
- The documents for Panama offshore incorporation are filed with the Mercantile Registry and the names and addresses of the directors are a matter of public record. (Nominee directors are customary).
- No books or records have to be kept by a Panama offshore company. If such books or records are kept, this may be done anywhere in the world.
- There is no requirement to prepare, maintain or file financial statements. If the directors decide to maintain such accounts, they may be done anywhere in the world.
- A Stock Register must be kept by law. The register contains the names in alphabetical order, place of domicile and date of acquisition of shareholders, other than the holders of Bearer Shares. This register may be held anywhere in the world.
- A Book of Minutes should be kept, but may be kept anywhere the director chooses.
Incorporation in Panama of a Panama corporation may take between four to six days. Two natural persons acting as organizers or subscribers appear before a Notary Public, to constitute the corporation. Panama offshore services is provided by a local practicing lawyer or law firm, trust company or a professional management services firm, and must be used as the Registered Agent for Incorporation purposes.
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For purposes of this document, the term "Panama International Business Company" has the same meaning as "Panama IBC", "Panamanian IBC", "Panama Offshore Company", "Panama Offshore Corporation", "Panamanian Corporation", "Panama International Business Corporation", "Panama Company", "Panama Corp.", "Panamanian Company", "Panama Offshore IBC", "Panama Corporation", "Non-Resident Panama Company", "Panama Co.", "Panama Incorporation", "Non-Resident Panama Corporation".