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Hanover Company Services, Ground Floor, One George Yard, London, EC3V 9DF, UK

Company Formation Specialists

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Apostille

If you intend to open a bank account for your company overseas or a branch of your company in another country, you may be asked to provide ‘notarised copies’ of your incorporation documents. This is also know as ‘Legalised Documents’ or an ‘apostille’.

An apostille is a form of authentication accepted in countries that have signed the 1961 Hague Convention. This abolished the requirement for paperwork issued by one country for intended use in another to be legalised by the consulate of the country of intended use, provided the two countries have signed the Hague Convention.

We offer three types of service -

Certified Copy of the Certificate Incorporation with Apostille /
Certificate of Good Standing with Apostille

This is a copy of your Certificate of Incorporation that is signed by a representative at Companies House to confirm it is a legitimate copy. We are also able to obtain a ‘Certificate of Good Standing’, which is again signed by a representative at Companies House and confirms that at the time of signature, the company had filed all necessary documents. On each of these certificates, it is possible to stipulate the details for the Director, Secretary, Registered Office Address, authorised & issued Share Capital and Shareholder(s) where applicable.

The certificate is then passed to the notary who arranges for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to issue an apostille. The whole process takes approximately 10-14 days and is charged at £250.00.

Notarised Copies of the Company’s Incorporation Documents

This is a copy of your original Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and First Minutes for the company. It is possible to include further documents if necessary (for example second minutes or the Combined Register). The country where the bank account or branch is to be opened usually dictates the documents to be included, it is therefore recommended to contact them to confirm their requirements before requesting the service.

The documents are passed to the notary who issues a certificate to confirm that the documents are legitimate copies of the original documents. The notary then sends the paperwork, including their certificate to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to arrange an apostille. This service takes approximately 7-10 working days and is charged at £180.00.

Legalisation

If the country where you intend to use the documents has not signed the Hague Convention, your documents will need to be legalised by that countries embassy in the UK. The paperwork is notarised as per the above and sent to the relevant embassy, who issue a further certificate to legalise the paperwork. The charges for legalisation vary depending on the country required therefore quotation is provided upon request.

Power of Attorney

This is a document giving an individual power to act on behalf of the limited company. This gives the individual the power to authorise transactions and co-ordinate the affairs of the company and is charged at £65.00


The following countries are party to the Hague Convention 1961

Andorra
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
Brunei
Darussalam
Croatia
Cyprus
Dominica
Fiji
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guyana
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kiribati
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Malawi
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Netherlands (& Netherlands Antilles)
Norway
Panama
Portugal (& Madeira)
Russia
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent & The Grenadines
San Marino
Seychelles
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Spain (& The Canary Islands)
Surinam
Swaziland
Switzerland
Tonga
Turkey
Tuvalu
USA (& Puerto Rico)
United Kingdom
Former Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro)
Zimbabwe
Anguilla
Bermuda
British Antarctic Territory
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands
Gibraltar
Guernsey
Hong Kong
Isle Of Man
Jersey
Montserrat
St Helena & Dependencies
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
Turks & Caicos Islands

 

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