Antigua and Barbuda Forex License

Antigua and Barbuda Forex License As of January 6, 2023, with the tightening of regulations by the Financial Services Authority in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua has emerged as a favourable jurisdiction for companies seeking swift entry into the forex market. Our legal firm recognizes Antigua as an ideal alternative, offering favourable conditions, minimal costs, and a streamlined setup process with no stringent restrictions.

Notably, for entities operating outside Antigua, there are no compulsory licensing requirements, simplifying the registration process. Our services facilitate the acquisition of a Forex license in Antigua and Barbuda, involving straightforward steps such as securing a local legal office, appointing a director, and fulfilling requisite fees. Moreover, our expertise ensures seamless compliance, allowing businesses to operate legally without the need for a physical presence in the country. Leveraging English as the official language further expedites the licensing procedure.


11,900 EUR


  • All applicable Registration and Government Fees (Financial Services Regulatory Commission)
  • Acting as the Incorporator of the International Business Company
  • Preparing the Application for International Business Charter with the relevant Addendums, Form 5(a) Notice of Directors and Form 2(a) Notice of Registered Office
  • Preparing the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws
  • Providing Certificate of Incorporation issued by the FSRC
  • Preparing the Directors’ Resolution resolving the appointment of directors, allotment of shares, adoption of company bylaws and other related corporate matters
  • Preparing the Register of Shareholders and Register of Directors
  • Preparing the Share Certificates
  • Preparing and Executing a Certificate of Incumbency
  • Providing Registered Office Services for one year

Regulation of Forex license in Antigua and Barbuda

Since 1983, Antigua and Barbuda have stood as steadfast members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, joining forces with seven other sovereign nations in the Caribbean region. Initially, the intricate web of financial regulations and oversight within these interconnected jurisdictions fell under the careful stewardship of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. However, a pivotal moment arrived in 2001 when the reins of authority for regulating the dynamic retail foreign exchange market shifted to the capable hands of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ESCRC), marking a significant evolution in the regulatory landscape.

Guided by a set of fundamental objectives, the ESCRC has emerged as a pivotal guardian of financial integrity and investor protection within the region:

  • Licensing and Supervision: The ESCRC undertakes the pivotal task of licensing securities firms while maintaining a vigilant watch over their activities through comprehensive monitoring and supervision.
  • Investor Safeguards: Central to its mission is the elevation of investor protection by championing the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct across all facets of securities market activities.
  • Compliance and Enforcement: Effecting robust compliance and enforcement mechanisms through judicious legislative frameworks ensures the integrity and transparency of the securities market, bolstering investor confidence.
  • Market Development: Actively fostering the growth and evolution of capital markets remains a cornerstone objective, nurturing an environment ripe for innovation, investment, and economic prosperity.

In the realm of brokerage activities within the Eastern Basin, entities find themselves subject to the watchful gaze of the ESCRC. Mandated to navigate the regulatory maze, such entities are required to secure the prestigious Antigua and Barbuda Forex license, signifying a commitment to operating within the boundaries of regulatory compliance and transparency under the auspices of the ECSRC.

The ECSRC Forex license, beyond being a symbol of regulatory compliance, serves as a gateway to a realm of boundless opportunities. It empowers licensed entities to execute orders pertaining to a diverse array of financial instruments, manage client portfolios, provide investment advice, and undertake the underwriting and management of financial instruments. Moreover, it extends its reach to encompass a broad spectrum of investment services and advisory roles, facilitating seamless currency exchange operations.

For entities venturing beyond the confines of the Eastern Basin, the exigency of company licensing dissipates. However, to traverse the legal landscape with confidence, the registration of an International Business Corporation (IBC) with the vigilant Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) becomes imperative.

Period for consideration
2-3 weeks Annual fee for supervision from 300 USD
State fee for application
None Local staff member None
Required share capital None Physical office None
Corporate income tax 0% Accounting audit None


Enshrined within the robust framework of the International Business Corporations Act lies a roadmap for remote incorporation, offering a pathway for brokers to establish their presence with ease. By appointing a local agent, whether a legal entity or an individual, the process of establishing a corporate foothold is streamlined, granting access to a realm of possibilities.

Crucially, the registration of an IBC transcends mere legal compliance, offering a tapestry of benefits. From a favourable tax environment to the preservation of corporate confidentiality and the flexibility of corporate structuring, businesses are empowered to optimize their operational efficiencies and financial strategies, unlocking a world of opportunities.

Effectively navigating the regulatory labyrinth of Antigua and Barbuda necessitates a nuanced understanding of local laws and compliance procedures. With seasoned legal advisors by your side, the journey towards regulatory compliance and operational excellence becomes not only achievable but also transformative, paving the way for sustained success within the jurisdiction and beyond.

Process of obtaining a Forex license in Antigua and Barbuda

Securing a Forex license in Antigua and Barbuda is a strategic endeavour, requiring meticulous planning and adherence to regulatory procedures. Here’s an overview of the comprehensive process:

Begin by establishing your company within the jurisdiction, selecting from options such as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Non-Profit Company, or International Business Company (IBC). This involves assembling essential documentation, setting up a registered office, appointing directors and shareholders, and paying the requisite government fee.

Next, determine the scope of your operations. If your business activities extend beyond the region, direct registration of your International Business Company (IBC) with the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) is sufficient. Alternatively, if you intend to operate within Antigua and Barbuda, you must apply to the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC). Prepare a comprehensive application package including forms, financial analyses, a detailed business plan, and various supporting documents.

Promptly fulfil all government fee obligations, encompassing registration fees, taxes, and other statutory payments.

Select a suitable banking partner and account type to facilitate financial transactions and commercial activities. Establishing both a bank account and a merchant account is essential for seamless business operations.

Undergo an eligibility test to assess your proficiency, experience, financial stability, and ethical character within the forex industry.

Finally, solidify your commitment to regulatory compliance by entering into an agreement with the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC), thereby affirming your dedication to upholding industry standards and fulfilling all regulatory obligations.

By diligently navigating each step of this regulatory journey, you can position your enterprise for success within the global forex market while ensuring compliance with Antigua and Barbuda’s regulatory framework.


“I am here to assist you in the process of securing a Forex License in Antigua and Barbuda. Trust in my expertise to navigate the legal landscape, ensuring strict adherence to regulations and laying a robust foundation for your forex activities within the jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda.”

Sheyla Shamilli

MANAGing associate

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If the company has no intentions of conducting business within the country's borders, acquiring a license is unnecessary. Simply registering the company as an IBC suffices to commence operations.

However, if the company aims to offer services within Antigua and Barbuda or the wider Caribbean region, procuring a Forex license from the local regulatory authority, ECSRC, is imperative. To initiate this process, the company must first register itself and then proceed to apply for licensing directly with the ECSRC.

The Financial Services Regulatory Commission is responsible for regulating forex brokers within this jurisdiction. This regulatory body is tasked with issuing licenses and overseeing the operations of brokers.

To secure a forex license from the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC), you must first register a company, lease a local office, compile a comprehensive set of documents, and submit an application for licensing to the regulatory body.

The process typically spans up to 4 weeks to secure an Antigua and Barbuda Forex license.

For companies operating outside the Caribbean, licensing is unnecessary. However, if your company intends to conduct forex activities within the jurisdiction, obtaining a Forex license in Antigua and Barbuda is mandatory for all brokers.

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