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Incorporation & Change of Name

Please note: These guidance notes are not intended to be definitive legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. The interpretation of legislation is a matter on which the Guernsey Registry cannot advise and entities/individuals need to form their own independent view on compliance with the legislation. Independent legal advice is advised where there is any uncertainty.


The guidance notes on this page give information on company incorporations, changes of name and name reservation, including example resolutions and documents.

Incorporation

Guernsey companies can only be incorporated by a Corporate Service Provider (CSP) who holds a full fiduciary licence from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

The Registry has a directory of CSPs available here.

Prior to incorporating a company, a company name may be reserved for three months to prevent anyone else from using it.

Guidance NoteDescription
pdf icon Company Incorporation submission [4Mb]

Step-by-step guidance on incorporating a company using the Online Services Portal -

Only CSPs can access the Incorporation submission

pdf icon Choosing a company name [269kb]Guidance on choosing company names, including information on compulsory components of a company's name and prohibited words/phrases
pdf icon Alternative company names (in non-Roman script) [264kb]Guidance on alternative company names (in non-Roman script or alphabet)
pdf icon Reserve company name submission [2Mb]Step-by-step guidance on how to reserve a company name using the Online Services Portal
pdf icon Choosing a company classification [294kb]Flowchart to assist with choosing the correct classification for a company
pdf icon Economic Activity Codes [664kb]Guidance on Economic Activity Codes & link to list of codes
pdf icon Standard Memorandum [113kb]PDF copy of the standard Memorandum for Guernsey companies (current version)
pdf icon Standard Articles [266kb]PDF copy of the standard Articles of Incorporation for Guernsey companies (current version, introduced September 2015)

Change of company name

Companies may change their name by special resolution of the members. A change of name submission, along with a declaration of compliance and a copy of the special resolution, must be submitted to the Registry online. If the name change is accepted, a change of name certificate is issued and sent to the company.

A template resolution, template declaration of compliance and guidance on making the online submission is available below.

Guidance NoteDescription
pdf icon Change of Company Name submission [2Mb]Step-by-step guidance on how to apply to change a company name using the Online Services Portal
pdf icon Choosing a company name [269kb]Guidance on choosing company names, including information on compulsory components of a company's name and prohibited words/phrases
pdf icon Change of company name - resolution [156kb]Template special resolution to change a company name
pdf icon Change company name - declaration of compliance [15kb]Template declaration of compliance for company name changes
pdf icon Exemption from s21(1)(b) for charitable companies [138kb]

Template confirmation of exemption from section 21(1)(b) for charitable companies

 


Relevant links & information

The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008