Tag Archives: beneficial ownership
FATF has: reported to the G20 on its current work: highlights of the report include its work on crypto-currencies and assets, improving transparency of beneficial ownership, de-risking, and fintech/regtech and digital identity; published its objectives during its US presidency: it will prioritise work on virtual currencies, as well as the now standard work on CFT […]
The NCA and Transparency International have warned of the risks Brexit presents of the UK being used as a vehicle for money launderers and corruption. Responding to the NCA’s identification of the risks, TI said: the UK should speed up plans to introduce a public register of the real owners of overseas companies that buy […]
The European Parliament adopted in plenary session on 19 April the proposals for MLD5. In an EP press release prior to the vote: the proposals to require public access to beneficial ownership information, to introduce registers for beneficial ownership of trusts and for banks accounts and safe deposit boxes were highlighted as important measures; EP […]
The Department for International Development and the Home Office have published the UK’s anti-corruption strategy for 2017- 2022. It is predicated on six priorities, which include strengthening the integrity of the UK as an international financial centre and reducing corruption in public procurement and grants. Initiatives will include: greater transparency over ownership and control of […]
FATF has taken the opportunity of a new president (from Argentina), to update on its objectives. Key objectives will include: deepening knowledge and understanding of terrorist methodology and encouraging information sharing; promoting financial inclusion, including looking closely at de-risking and de-marketing; enhancing transparency and integrity of financial flows, with particular focus on beneficial ownership information; […]
Transparency International has welcomed the changes the Government has made to implement the MLD4 beneficial ownership requirements in respect of Scottish Limited Partnerships. It had previously expressed significant concerns that the unique features of SLPs enabled them to be used as shell companies and present a “respectable” UK front to illicit activity. Surveys by TI […]
The Presidency of the Council of the EU has published the negotiating mandate it hopes will progress MLD 5 negotiations. It wants the incoming Presidency to start talks with the European Parliament on key changes to MLD 4, including changes to address risks linked to pre-paid cards and virtual currencies, improving co-operation between investigating agencies, […]
The Presidency of the EU has published a further compromise text on MLD5. Its proposed changes include abolishing the minimum threshold for remote payment transactions using general prepaid cards, strengthening cooperation between financial intelligence units, and requiring Member States to apply proportionality when deciding whether to make beneficial ownership registers public.
The LMA has responded to HM Treasury’s consultation on the transposition of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) into national law. The LMA has said that there are certain instances where the obligation to disclose the beneficial ownership of legal entities needs to be clarified to avoid disruption to legitimate corporate activities which use beneficial […]
FATF has reported to G20 finance ministers on how it is progressing its aims on availability and exchange of beneficial ownership information. It plans to focus on progress in its upcoming peer reviews.