The Bahamas is a premier international financial center and is home to over 270 licenced banks and trust companies including several leading global financial institutions.  The Bahamas serves as a gateway to the Americas due to its proximity to North  and South America making the jurisdiction ideal for the establishment of effective structures for succession planning, asset protection, investment and philanthropic purposes.  As a well-regulated jurisdiction, the Bahamas is an OECD white listed jurisdiction and enjoys Signatory A status with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).