Basic documentation

There are certain documents that will always be required when opening an account with any bank and with us which are explained below:

􀁹 International Account Agreement (IAA) — This forms the terms and conditions governing your accounts in 21 countries in the region. The IAA is completed on your behalf by our Documentation Team with as much information as we have gathered during discussions with you. The document is sent electronically.

􀁹 Evidence of authority of signatories of the IAA — This will be in the form of Board Resolutions, Powers of Attorney or extracts from Trade Registers, depending on the country of incorporation of the legal entity.

􀁹 Specimen Signature Document — Forming the mandate, this list of authorised signatories on each account is used for cheques and manual payments in contingency scenarios. Depending on the domicile of the account and ownership of the company, we may need to verify the identity of signatories.

Corporate identity

In line with Anti Money Laundering requirements, we will request additional documentation as follows:

􀁹 Constitutional documents — Such as Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum and Articles of Association, Byelaws, Limited Liability Operating Agreement, Certificate of Registration, or other similar documents relating to the constitution of the legal entity.

􀁹 Evidence of your registered office and business address

􀁹 Information relating to your shareholders and management — In certain circumstances we will need to identify major beneficial owners, shareholders and directors or managers, with documentary evidence. This will vary according to the ownership structure and domicile of the account


Ownership determines the extent to which we have to verify the identity of shareholders and managers. These things are a matter of public record for companies listed on certain Stock Exchanges, and so some documentary requirements may not be required in certain jurisdictions.

Country of Incorporation

This mainly impacts the types and amount of constitutional documents required to verify the corporate identity, and what evidence is required to verify the authority of those who sign the International Account Agreement.

Domicile of account(s)

This affects matters relating to local regulations. The most obvious is Anti-Money Laundering, however, this varies little in Europe. Certain jurisdictions require declarations in relation to tax status.


This acts as the official request to open an account. This form is signed by an authorised representative of your company. It provides the important information required for us to open the account, such as the registered name of the company, the registered address and the ownership structure.

Also included in the form IAA are the general terms and conditions that will govern the account, and any local conditions that apply for the country or countries where you are opening accounts.

A Specimen Signature Document is required for all those authorised to sign cheques and manual payment instructions within an organisation. It specifies who has signing authority on an account and provides sample signatures for verification purposes. The Specimen Signature Document does not state who is authorised to open or close bank accounts.

Passports are a form of identification widely used across the banking industry. Anti-Money Laundering laws and regulations require that banks verify the identities of beneficial owners and senior managers, and in some cases signatories.

This is a process whereby a document is certified so that it will be recognized by the legal system of a foreign country.

Apostille means certification and is commonly referenced to the legalisation of document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents. Documents that have been notarised and then certified with a conformant apostille are accepted by all nations that have signed the Hague Convention. In short, it is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine.

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A typical Business Plan quality will include:

Executive Summary
Company History
Business Objective
Industry Survey
Detailed Business Description
Opportunity & Challenges
Sustainable Competitive Advantage Presentation
Business Plan Timetable
Management Team Detail
Market Differentiation Data
Professional Advisors (Solicitor, CPA, etc.)
Marketing Plan
Financial Plan (P&L, Balance Sheet, Statement Indicating Current Cash Position)
Support Documentation (Copies of Patents, Contracts, etc.)
All Marketing Collateral

Please be advised: With every closing, there will be a $2500 fee charged for administration of the file.

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