The 29th volume of ‘Quarterly Statistical Bulletin’ was issued by the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission, providing statistics and information on the financial service industry activities in the territory for the fourth quarter of 2012.

According to the statistics of the Registry of Corporate Affairs; 14,783 new offshore companies were incorporated in BVI during this period, as compared to 16,251 companies in the third quarter of 2012, and 12,974 in the fourth quarter of 2011. The cumulative number of companies newly registered in the BVI was 459,005 as of 31 December 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2012, 36 Limited Partnerships and 21 Private Trust Companies were registered.

According to Banking and Fiduciary services statistics, the total assets of BVI-registered commercial banks in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $2,472,3mln; deposits were $1,827mln; total shareholders’ equity $400,7mln; net interest income was $44,3 mln.

In the Investment Business sector, 6 new Investment Business Licences were granted in the reported period. In the Mutual Funds sector, 27 new licences were issued, of which 19 were professional and 8 were private licences. The Bulletin includes year-by-year statistics, from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2012, showing the dynamics of how the cumulative number of Active Mutual Funds was changing in this period. From Q4 2009 to Q4 2012, the number of Active Public Funds decreased from 216 to 151; the number of private funds decreased from 816 to 577; and the number of professional funds fell from 1,905 to 1,590.

There were 23 Insolvency Practitioners in the British Virgin Islands by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012.
Furthermore, in the fourth quarter of 2012 there were 55 Enforcement Matters in the sector of Legal and Enforcement and International Co-operation. Ongoing Supervision Matters

Referred to LSC included 103 matters in Banking and Fiduciary Services, 259 in Investment Business, 139 in Insurance and 10 in Insolvency Services.

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