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On 8 February 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) released the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners) Amendment Rules, 2019 (New SBO Rules) to revise and amend the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners), 2018 (Old SBO Rules). The New SBO Rules have once again kick-started the process of requiring significant beneficial owners to start the reporting procedures. […]

Bermuda’s beneficial ownership registers and privacy: status update and further observations

Bermuda companies, limited liability companies and partnerships have until 30 April 2019 to update or verify beneficial ownership information under Bermuda’s ‘beneficial ownership legislation’. Bermuda’s central register of beneficial ownership information is held on the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) “Integra portal”, a secure online registration and filing system. Currently, under Bermuda law, the information on […]

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Trusts have been around for a long time. Their use in the context of succession and wealth planning as well as philanthropy is well established. Foundations, on the other hand, are relatively new (certainly to common law jurisdictions such as Jersey) and as a result there are fewer of them. However, they are being increasingly […]

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