For or against the registration of trusts — why it matters
The EU Parliament has voted to introduce a trust registry as part of new anti-money laundering provisions. This feature explains why the registry idea misses the point and why it has wider implications for EU citizens, whether or not they use trusts.
For decades, the EU has been at the forefront of fighting money laundering. Ordinary citizens may not be aware of the exact content of the rules, but there is no doubt that everyone’s life is affected by them. Anyone who has opened a bank account or retained a solicitor or accountant in the last 10 years will be able to tell you of the need to produce the original or certified copy of a passport and a proof of address. These so-called ‘know your client’ rules are generally perceived as mild inconveniences that are needed to protect the integrity of the financial system against fraudsters and money launderers. In general, these rules are seen as necessary and proportional to the objective they are trying to achieve.
So why would the proposed introduction of trust registers be any different? …
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