INDUSTRY NOTICE - Economic Substance Regime

Notice Type:

Government Notice

Notice Sub Type:

Industry Notice
Notice ID:
Public Authorities / Department:
Registrar of Companies
Publication date:
24 December 2018


21 December 2018

To: Service Providers, Companies, Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships

Economic Substance Regime - Registration Filing Requirement

The Economic Substance Act 2018 came into effect on 21 December 2018 (“ESA”).

Section 3(1) of the ESA requires every company, limited liability company and partnership (“Registered Entity”) that is engaged in a relevant activity to maintain a substantial economic presence in Bermuda and comply with the economic substance requirements prescribed by the ESA.

Relevant activity means carrying on business in:

  1. banking
  2. insurance
  3. fund management
  4. financing
  5. leasing
  6. headquarters
  7. shipping
  8. distribution and service centre
  9. intellectual property; and
  10. holding entity  


Filing requirements

Effective 1 January 2019, every Registered Entity that submits an application to the Registrar of Companies seeking to register is required to provide a completed Form Declaring Type of Activity (“Form”) to the Registrar of Companies. Entities will not be registered unless the Form is submitted.

For companies, the Form is requested under the authority of the Minister of Finance pursuant to section 6(1) of the Companies Act 1981.

For limited liability companies and partnerships, the Form is requested by the Bermuda Monetary Authority pursuant to section30(2) of the Limited Liability Company Act 2016 and section 4(2) of the Limited Partnership Act 1883 and section 7(2) of the Exempted Partnerships Act 1992 respectively. The Bermuda Monetary Authority requests that the Form be submitted directly to the Registrar of Companies. The Form can be obtained from the Registrar of Companies website on the government portal under the ‘Resources Section’ at

Gladwina O’Mara

Acting Registrar of Companies