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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Nevis, along with the island of Saint Kitts, forms the sovereign nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, a British Commonwealth state and smallest country in the Western Hemisphere. Among the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans, Saint Kitts and Nevis was formerly home to the first British and French colonies in the region, thus garnering Saint Kitts the title of “The Mother Colony of the West Indies”. Today, the country’s political structure is based on the British Parliamentary system, however, Nevis has its own unicameral legislature, is permitted to create laws via the Nevis Island Legislature, and maintains a separate budget.

Nevis offers an accommodating and stable business environment that respects the confidentiality of International Business Companies resulting in an ideal and convenient location for corporate offshore set-ups. Indeed, the island offers among the most secure IBC laws worldwide, guaranteeing client privacy with low financial risk, thus making Nevis a popular choice for establishing an offshore business.

Banking in Saint Kitts and Nevis

The only offshore banking system in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis offering an outstanding opportunity for clients to benefit from the advantage of a jurisdiction which promotes Stability and Integrity. Bank of Nevis International Limited was incorporated under the Nevis Business Corporation Ordinance Act of 1984, on April 29th 1998 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Nevis Ltd. The Bank commenced business on July 1st 1998.

Nevis banking offers regular banking facilities to customers registered as Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), International Business Corporations (IBCs) and Trusts. Online banking is provided through the B-online programme, thus allowing customers to conduct their banking from the convenience and privacy of their homes and offices.

Bank of Nevis International clients are well-positioned to benefit from the exclusive advantages of this progressive, independent jurisdiction. They have access to the highest level of expertise, reliability and service excellence, backed by a team of dedicated employees, who strive to meet the needs of their customers.

Banking Institution

Bank of Nevis International Limited offers an outstanding opportunity for clients to benefit from the advantages of a jurisdiction which promotes privacy, discretion and integrity and a bank with the specialist knowledge to operate to the highest levels of sophistication in the provision of wealth-management services

Laws and Regulations

Nevis complies with the highest international standards of regulation as acknowledged by the Financial Action Task Force following the introduction by the island of anti-money laundering regulations under The Proceeds of Crime Act of 2000 and The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 and its regulations and those of The Organised Crime (Prevention and Control) Act of 2002 and its regulations. The Nevis Financial Services Commission is charged with protection of the island's good standing and only reputable business is welcome.

Bank Secrecy

Under the Confidential Relationships Act of 1985, the unauthorised disclosure of information to any third party is strictly prohibited

Banking Facilities

SFM has a relationship with an extensive network of private and major bank in Nevis.

All the banks we refer our customers to offer a full international banking platform, with multi-currency accounts (£, € & $) as well with online banking and debit/credit cards.

Once your order has been completed, you will be assigned a dedicated account manager that will guide you through the bank account opening procedure. Then, we will carefully select with you a bank from one of our leading partners, that perfectly fits your requirements like a tailored suit.

Which documents are needed to open a bank account?

The Bank is required to confirm the identity and address of all clients opening bank accounts. The following documents are required for each signatory and beneficial owner and will be treated as confidential:

  • Notarised Passport copy
  • Certified Utility Bill (not older than 3 months)
  • Original Bank Reference Letter (not older than 3 months)
  • Original Professional reference letter (issued by an Accountant or Lawyer)
  • Bank Statements (for at least 12 months)
  • Tax Identification Number – U.S. PERSONS ONLY

In case of corporate bank accounts, the bank will also request a set of certified corporate documents consisting of:

  • The Certificate of Incorporation
  • The Memorandum and Articles of Associations
  • Register of Shareholders and Directors
  • A Certificate of Good Standing or Certificate of Incumbency if the company is older than 12 months
  • Latest Audited Account/Corporate Profile, if available

The bank can request any additional information and/or documents at its discretion such as Business plan, CV, Invoices, Agreements/Contracts of existing company and the Client must comply with the bank requirements.

Depending on the language of the documents, the bank might also ask translation of the documents as well. In that case, translation should be done after the certification of the documents

We will send you the additional bank forms necessary for opening the account by email, as an attachment, for you to sign and return to us preferably by special courier ( DHL, FedEx or Chronopost), along with the other documents mentioned above.

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