How can I make sure that my corporate documents are universally recognized by customers, suppliers, banks and merchant services?
You need to form your company within a respected jurisdiction.
And beyond that, you need the right documents. Your company documents should have certifications that are internationally recognized. In many cases this will mean that they need an Apostille.
This is certification provided by countries which are signers of the Convention of the Hague. Before the Apostille became a standard certification, documents could only have standing through a chain of notarizations. Now the Apostille may often be used as the sole legitimation and certification of a notarization. In countries that are not participants in the Convention multiple authentications are still required, starting with a Gold Seal, a local government certification, a national certification and a final certification supplied by the company where the documents will be used.
For more Information please visit our page for International Clients.
I live in Belgium, but most of my clients are overseas. What is the most practical banking solution?
There are several elements to consider when making such an important decision:
Customer comfort: most clients feel more secure dealing with an institution that is part of the United States or Great Britain systems. These are universally respected and trusted banking systems.
Country risk. Even banking havens that used to be considered desirable and secure now are much less reliable places to bank. The British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Bermuda, Montserrat, the Turks and Caicos Islands and other such tax havens have agreed to automatically share information with France, Germany, Spain and Italy. In the spring of 2013, Cyprus actually considered a measure that would allow if to seize a portion of the assets of major depositors.
A United States or Great Britain account will allow you to be in a trusted climate without the risk of overzealous regulation posed by banks within the European Union banking system, or banks that have agreed to shed their clients’ privacy rights.
Learn more about US Corporate Bank Accounts.