The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services

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Syllabus - Stage I

  1. General Introduction to the Bahamian Legal System and Bahamian Company Law, Legislation, and Regulation
  2. Basic Company Law Principles
  3. Different Types and Characteristics of Companies
  4. Client Due Diligence and Prevention of Money Laundering and Countering Terrorist Financing
  5. Formation of Companies –Practice and Procedure
  6. Memorandum and Articles of Association
  7. Shares, Share Capital, and Shareholders
  8. Preparation and Maintenance of Company Records
  9. Management of Companies –Directors and Officers
  10. Management of Companies-Capitalization, Dividends, Loans
  11. Winding-up and Dissolution of Companies
  12. Company Compliance
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Stage I - $1,395 members | $1,695 non members
Stage II - $1,695 members | $1,995 non members

Syllabus - Stage II

  1. Companies Limited by Shares, Guarantee, Shares and Guarantee, Hybrid Companies
  2. Companies Act Companies and IBCs: a refresher session
  3. Investment Funds & the Securities Industry Act 2011 & Securities Regulations 2012
  4. Segregated Accounts Companies, Executive Entities, Private Trust Companies, Family Offices
  5. Non-Profit Companies
  6. Trusts & Foundations
  7. Company and Trust Accounting, Board Meetings / Company Secretarial Practice
  8. Investment Management
  9. General Taxation Concepts for Client Service Delivery
  10. Compliance and Risk Management (including FATCA Compliance, Company Annual Reviews & Audits, and Financial & Corporate Service Providers' Inspections)
  11. E-Commerce, Client Confidentiality, and Data Protection
  12. Modern Company Law Issues (Company Liquidations, Shareholder Issues, Directors' Duties, Corporate Governance, Company Law Case Studies)
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