The Nevis Multiform Foundation Ordinance is a very unique and cutting-edge legislation which was designed to remedy some of the problems seen in other foundation products.
The Nevis Multiform Foundations Ordinance provides that each Nevis Foundation will have a stated ‘multiform’. This means that the constitution of the foundation will state how it is to be treated whether as a trust, a company, a partnership or an ordinary foundation. Through the ‘multiform’ concept the stated identity of the Foundation can be changed during its lifetime, thus allowing for there to be greater flexibility in its use and application. Generally, the Nevis Multiform Foundation product can be used for estate planning, charity, financing and special investment holding arrangements.
There are five basic requirements for establishing a Nevis Multiform Foundation:
- It must have a Nevis based registered agent
- It must have a Nevis registered office
- It must have an acceptable name
- It must have a management board and secretary and
- It must have a memorandum of establishment
The Nevis Multiform Foundation Ordinance also provides for entities to be converted or transformed, continued or consolidated and merged into a Nevis Multiform Foundations. Through the process of Continuance, a foundation in another jurisdiction can be continued in Nevis as Multiform Foundation. Through the process of Transformation, any entity outside of Nevis can be transformed into a foundation in Nevis. Therefore, a trust in Jersey can become a multiform foundation in Nevis.
Through the process of Conversion, an existing Nevis entity like an IBC can be converted to a multiform foundation. Through the process of Consolidation or Merger, any two or more entities can merge into a multiform foundation and alternatively, through the process of Discontinuance, a multiform foundation can move to another jurisdiction. These provisions allow for the mobility of the foundations as an entity into and out of Nevis and give the founder an extremely valuable estate planning tool.
Part II of the Multiform Foundations Ordinance, Cap 7.08 sets out the establishment procedure for a foundation.
Like the formation of a company, one must first engage the services of a registered agent who is authorized to act as agent of the foundation. That registered agent must have an office to which all communications and notices may be addressed. The promoter of the foundation, through its registered agent may reserve a name prior to establishment of the foundation.
If the foundation is a trust foundation, then the name must accord with that multiform so that the trust foundation has the word “trust” in it. The name must not be prohibited by law: schedule 5 of the Nevis Multiform Foundation Regulation has a list of restricted names. Irrespective of the prohibited word list, the Registrar of Foundations will not reserve a name that is misleading, undesirable, confusing or similar to another name of an entity registered in Nevis.
Once the Registrar confirms that a name is available and valid for use, that name can be reserved for a period of one month. The Registrar has discretion to permit a name to be reserved for a longer period. Once a name has been reserved, the following establishment documents must be submitted to the Registrar in order to establish the Multiform Foundation:
- Application Form
- Consent Schedule
- Memorandum of establishment setting out the following:
- The foundation’s name and address of its registered office in Nevis;
- The particulars of the initial subscription transferred, or to be transferred, to the foundation;
- The particulars prescribed by the Registrar with respect to the registered agent;
- The particulars prescribed by the Registrar with respect to any person or persons who are to be the first management board;
- The particulars prescribed by the Registrar with respect to any person or persons who are to be the first supervisory board;
- The particulars prescribed by the Registrar with respect to any person who is to be the first secretary;
- An undertaking, in the case of a tax resident foundation, that the management board shall forthwith notify the Minister, by notice in writing, if the multiform foundation ceases to be a tax resident foundation;
- A statement as to its initial multiform and which, in the absence of any such statement, shall presumed to be an ordinary foundation;
- A statement as to whether the by-laws are to be made available for public inspection; and
- Any other particulars required by the Registrar to be provided for under or in accordance with this Ordinance.
- By laws (if standard by-laws are not adopted)
- The relevant fees must accompany the documentation for establishment of a foundation.
|The Matter in Respect of which Prescribed Fee Shall be Payable||USD||XCD|
|Filing Annual Return||250.00||675.00|
|Issuing any Certificate (including Certificate of Filing)||30.00||80.00|
|For undertaking an Apostille||25.00||68.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Correction||100.00||270.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Discontinuance||345.00||932.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Establishment||287.00||775.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Establishment by Consolidation||345.00||932.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Establishment by Continuance||345.00||932.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Establishment by Conversion||345.00||932.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Establishment by Merger||345.00||932.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Establishment by Transformation||345.00||932.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Establishment for Change in Proper Law||176.00||475.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Good Standing||35.00||95.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Filing of Amended By-laws||176.00||475.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Establishment of Change in Multiform||287.00||775.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Registration on Change of Name||176.00||475.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Revival||287.00||775.00|
|Issuing a Certificate of Tax Residency||1157.00||3125.00|
|Issuing a certified true copy of filed documents:|
|-First three pages||10.00||27.00|
|-Each additional page||0.75||2.00|
|For conducting searches||20.00||55.00|
|For late penalties for filing documents:|
|– for first six (6) months||115.00||311.00|
|– after six (6) months||250.00||675.00|
|For undertaking a name reservation||30.00||80.00|
|For Undertaking a Renewal of Name Reservation||30.00||80.00|
|For filing a notice of change of or by the registered agent or situation of the registered office||30.00||80.00|
|For filing a notice of change of the particulars of the secretary, management board or supervisory board||30.00||80.00|
|For filing a notice of dissolution||150.00||405.00|
|For filing a withdrawal of a notice requesting by-laws are made available for public inspection on the Register||30.00||80.00|
|For filing a withdrawal of notice requesting that particulars of members of management board are available for public inspection on the Register||30.00||80.00|
|For filing a withdrawal of a notice requesting particulars of members of the supervisory board are available for public inspection on the Register||30.00||80.00|
|For filing a notice requesting by-laws are made available for public inspection on the register||30.00||80.00|
|For filing a notice requesting particulars of members of management board are made available for public inspection on the Register||30.00||80.00|
|For filing a notice requesting particulars of members of supervisory board are made available for public inspection on the Register||30.00||80.00|
|For undertaking a renewal of name reservation||30.00||80.00|
|For receiving voluntary filings||40.00||108.00|
|Administrative Fee (rush requests,re-application of Fees requests etc.)||30.00||80.00|
|For late filing of Annual Returns (foreach day the offence continues)||50.00||135.00|