Company (Special Licence) in Seychelles

The Company (Special Licence), commonly referred to as CSL, is a Seychelles domestic company (incorporated under the Companies Ordinance, 1972) which is granted a special licence under the Companies (Special Licence) Act, 2003.


The CSL may carry on permitted business both internationally and within the Seychelles. CSLs are permitted to engage in a range of activities including international holdings, intellectual property licencing, services and any other activities approved by the Authority (FSA).


Similar to IBCs, CSLs are not subject to any Seychelles’ tax or duty on income or profits if it does not derive assessable income (i.e. Seychelles’ sourced income) in Seychelles. A CSL is required to have a minimum of two directors, which must be natural persons and a Seychelles resident company secretary.


A foreign company may continue as a CSL. Licencing must be handled through a locally licenced International Corporate Service Provider.


Key Features:

  • Legal Framework: Companies Ordinance, 1972 and Companies

(Special Licence) Act, 2003.

  • 10 percent of authorised share capital must be subscribed to upon incorporation.
  • Required to prepare and file annual returns and audited accounts to the Authority (FSA).
  • Annual returns and audited accounts are not public unless the CSL derives Seychelles’ sourced income.


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