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Martin Kenney: Portugal enacts UBO and central company registers

Like all EU states, Portugal is seeking to manage the thorny question of managing and recording Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO) information, as part of its obligations under Chapter III of EU Directive 2015/849.

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Martin Kenney: In the BVI, there's confidentiality but not secrecy

My adopted home of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has implemented what is known as the BOSS Act (or to give it its full title, the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System Act), that received its assent in June last year.

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Martin Kenney: UK rejects open public register of beneficial owners

I have decided to don my tin hat and stick my head above the parapets again. Why? Because for once common sense has prevailed and the anti-1% brigade have lost their argument for an open Public Register of Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBOs) in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and her sister islands in the Caribbean.

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Martin Kenney on the Paradise Papers: Real news or a titillating non-story?

The recent revelations arising out of the publication of the Paradise Papers have been gleefully seized upon by anti-corruption and tax justice campaigners.

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David McLaughlin: How AI can nail a bribe paying scrap metal dealer

Last year 27 companies paid nearly $2.5 billion to resolve FCPA-related offenses. So far this year, 9 companies have paid more than $1.2 billion for FCPA-related settlements. Yet despite these staggering outcomes, existing tools deployed today by corporations are not capable of effectively mitigating FCPA risk.

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FinCEN expands beneficial owner reporting rules for real estate

The Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network added Honolulu Tuesday to a reporting program for real estate deals involving cash transactions.

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Shruti Shah on the Panama Papers: A year of gains for transparency, but gaps remain

This month is the one year anniversary of the Panama Papers, a leak of 11 million documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm that showed how easy it is for corrupt public officials, money launderers, drug traffickers and other criminals to hide behind anonymous companies and access the global financial system.

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Martin Kenney: Put your own tax havens in order, America

The United States champions itself as a nation policing the rest of the world, preventing money laundering, tax evasion and foreign corrupt practices. Yet there is hypocrisy afoot.

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FinCEN extends ‘beneficial owner’ rules for big real estate deals

The Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network renewed rules Thursday that force U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay all cash for high-end residential real estate in some parts of the country.

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Martin Kenney: ‘Snow washing’ assets is a black mark on Canada

As a Canadian practicing law and operating out of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), any mention of Mossack Fonseca and Canada in the same breath is guaranteed to capture my attention.

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Report: Anonymous companies and trusts plague Canada enforcement

A new report by Transparency International Canada says anonymous companies and trusts are easy to set up in Canada and help criminals amass and hide illicit wealth.

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Shah and Heywood: FATF report finds U.S. weak on transparency of beneficial ownership

You arrive in a new city on a rainy day and check into your top floor hotel room, only to find the roof is leaking.

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