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Our compact glossary on offshore company formation terms can be of help. The glossary containes 250 words and their definitions used in offshore business industry. You can easily find the most frequent business formation terms marked with * (asteric) in the glossary. The words' list will be updated as the new terms come into use.
  • Accrual Method of Accounting
  • Acquisition
  • Administrative dissolution
  • Adoption
  • Advisory board of directors
  • Affiliate
  • Agent
  • Aggregate Par Value
  • Amended certificate of authority
  • Amendment
  • Amortization
  • Annual Meeting of Directors
  • Annual Meeting of Shareholders
  • Annual report
  • Annual Return
  • Apostille
  • Application for certificate of authority
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Articles of Organization
  • Asset
  • Assumed Name
  • Authorized Shares
  • Bank Secrecy
  • Bearer instrument
  • Bearer Share Certificate (Bearer Shares)
  • Beneficial owner (Beneficiary)
  • Blue Sky Laws
  • Board of directors
  • Bond
  • Book Value
  • Business corporation act
  • Business Judgment Rule
  • Business Name
  • Bye-Laws or By-Laws (also Articles of Association)
  • Bylaws
  • C Corporation
  • Capital Gain
  • Capital Loss
  • Capital Stock
  • Capitalization
  • Captive (Re)insurance Company
  • Cash Method of Accounting
  • Certificate of Authority
  • Certificate of Formation
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Incumbency
  • Charter
  • Close Corporation
  • Common Law
  • Common Shareholders
  • Common Shares (Common Stock)
  • Companies Act or Ordinance
  • Company limited by guarantee
  • Company limited by shares
  • Consolidation
  • Constituent
  • Convertible security
  • Copyright
  • Corporate indicator
  • Corporate kit
  • Corporate Name
  • Corporate Records (Record book)
  • Corporate Redomiciliation
  • Corporation
  • Corporation law
  • Credit Card
  • Cumulative Dividends
  • Cumulative Voting
  • Custodian
  • De Facto Corporation
  • De Jure Corporation
  • Debenture
  • Debit Card
  • Debt financing
  • Derivative suit
  • Directors
  • Dissolution
  • Distribution
  • Dividend
  • Doing Business As (DBA)
  • Domestic Corporation
  • Domicile
  • Domiciliary
  • Dormant Company
  • Double Taxation
  • Double Taxation Agreement (or Double Tax Treaty)
  • Draft
  • Due Diligence
  • Earnings Per Share
  • Equity
  • Equity Financing
  • Exempt Company
  • Federal Tax Identification Number
  • Fictitious Name
  • Fiduciary
  • Fiduciary relationship
  • Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF)
  • Financial Stability Forum (FSF)
  • Fiscal Year (FY)
  • Foreign Corporation
  • Fractional share
  • Franchise Tax
  • Free Zones
  • GmbH
  • Going private
  • Going public
  • Guarantee
  • Hedge Funds
  • Holding Company
  • Hostile takeover
  • Incorporation
  • Incorporators
  • Indemnification
  • Interest
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • International Business Corporation (IBC)
  • Investment Bankers
  • Involuntary dissolution
  • Issued Shares
  • Joint Venture
  • Judicial dissolution
  • Jurisdiction
  • Legal Entity (Legal Person)
  • Leverage
  • Leveraged Buy-Out
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Limited liability partnership (LLP)
  • Limited personal liability
  • Majority
  • Management
  • Managers
  • Member
  • Memorandum of Association (Charter)
  • Merger
  • Minute Book
  • Minutes
  • Money Laundering
  • Mutual Fund
  • Name registration
  • Name Reservation
  • Net Worth
  • No par value shares
  • Nominee Company
  • Non-Resident Company
  • Not-For-Profit Corporation
  • Numbered Corporation
  • Officers
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Centers
  • Offshore Finance Company
  • Offshore Financial Center (OFC)
  • Offshore Fund
  • Offshore Holding Company
  • Offshore Trading Company
  • Onshore
  • Operating Agreement
  • Ordinary Shares
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Organizational Meeting
  • Paid-in capital
  • Paid-in Capital Requirements
  • Par Value
  • Parent Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Partnerships
  • Pass-through Taxation
  • Patent
  • Permanent Establishment
  • Perpetual existence
  • Piercing the Corporate Veil
  • Power of Attorney
  • Preemptive Rights
  • Preferred Shares (Stock)
  • Price-Earnings Ratio (P/E ratio)
  • Private Corporation
  • Private Foundation
  • Professional Corporation
  • Promoters
  • Proxy
  • Qualification
  • Quorum
  • Record date
  • Record date
  • Redeemable shares
  • Registered Agent
  • Registered Office
  • Registered Share
  • Registrar
  • Reinstatement
  • Resident Company
  • Resolution
  • Retained Earnings
  • Revised Model Business Corporation Act
  • Royalty
  • S Corporation
  • Scrip
  • Seal (Corporate Seal)
  • Securities
  • Securities laws
  • Settlor
  • Settlor (Creator or Grantor)
  • Share
  • Share exchange
  • Shareholder
  • Shelf Company (Ready-Made Company)
  • Societe Anonyme (SA)
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Special meeting
  • Stated Capital
  • Stated Capital
  • Stock
  • Stock Certificate
  • Stockholder
  • Subsidiary Company
  • Suffix
  • Takeover
  • Target Company
  • Tax Haven
  • Tax-exempt organization
  • The Statute of Elizabeth
  • Trademark
  • Treasury Stock
  • Trust
  • Trust Deed (Declaration of Trust)
  • Trust Protector
  • Trustee
  • Ultra Vires
  • Unanimous Written Consent
  • Underwriter
  • Voluntary dissolution
  • Voting Right
  • Watered Stock
  • Winding Up
  • Withdrawal
  • Withholding Tax