Foreign companies and accounts

Opening accounts in banks and payment systems

Opening an account in a foreign bank is now one of the most pressing issues. Foreign banks offer a wide range of services and privileges.

Opening an account in a foreign bank requires knowledge of all the features of passing KYC and compliance in the bank. Each bank, depending on country specifics, has its own requirements, which we work with every day. To open an account in a foreign bank without problems and in the shortest possible time, contact the professionals of Antwort Law.

Antwort company works with the most respectable banks around the world: Cimbank, OCBC, Mirabaud, ENBD, UOB, Citibank and others. In modern realities, most virtual IT business companies work through payment systems. It is fast, inexpensive and effective, especially when you have not yet reached large turnovers.

Antwort guarantees you the opening of an account and accompanies you at all stages, starting with choosing a bank and ending with obtaining tokens and access to the account.

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For whom is it easier to open a bank account abroad: a startup or an existing business?
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How long does it take to open a corporate account abroad?
Opening a foreign corporate account takes from 2 weeks to 3 months. This is due to the requirements of financial regulators for banks and payment systems to conduct thorough and multi-stage checks of their clients. The final account opening time depends on various factors, such as the country, the type of business, the choice of the bank, the nationality of the founder and director, public information about them and the company, the availability of a complete set of documents, and other factors.
Why does the bank refuse to open an account?
The reasons can be diverse, but the four most common ones are: 1. Errors in document preparation. 2. Incomplete data, brief and unconvincing answers, lack of logic and structure in responses, and the absence of a well-thought-out company history. 3. The nationality of the founders and/or directors. 4. The company's activities or insufficient turnover. For example, it can be challenging for cryptocurrency companies to open an account due to the nature of their business, and many banks evaluate the potential turnover of the company during the selection process.
What to do if the bank requests a source of funds?
Provide documents that confirm the source of funds with which you will be depositing money into your account and conducting business. The most reliable sources are those that are officially documented and have had taxes paid on them. If you received funds from the sale of cryptocurrencies, which are not regulated at the legislative level in many countries, provide a statement from the exchange. In some cases, you may also need a lawyer's opinion or a certificate from government organizations.
Can a loan agreement be used as proof of the source of funds?
We do not recommend using loan agreements as proof of the source of funds. The common practice is that most banks do not accept such documents as adequate justification for the source of funds or they may ask numerous additional questions that would require gathering even more information. For example, documents about the lender, confirmation of their source of funds, as well as how and when you intend to repay this loan.
In what cases do banks request proof of the source of funds?
The source of funds is one of the most common requests from a bank, and the response to this request influences the decision to open an account and its subsequent operation. Typically, banks make this request in two scenarios. Firstly, when opening an account: the bank wants to know the sources from which you intend to make your initial deposit. Secondly, in the case of significant transfers between personal and corporate accounts: even if it's your company, you will need to specify the source of funds in your personal account.
Is it normal for a bank to send questions about your payments?
Yes, don't worry, this is a common practice for banks. They have the right to request any information regarding your payments. We recommend responding to all questions as accurately and promptly as possible.
How detailed should the responses to bank inquiries be?
It's best to respond directly to the specific question asked, without delving into unrelated areas. This way, you won't provide unnecessary information or arouse additional interest, while still addressing the banker's inquiry.
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