MFSA takes important step towards register of ultimate beneficial owners
Advert

MFSA takes important step towards register of ultimate beneficial owners

Online platform set up for declarations

The Malta Financial Services Authority has developed an online platform for the Trusts Ultimate Beneficial Ownership Register, to facilitate the electronic submission of information on trusts as well as provide online access to entitled parties.

Malta has implemented a number of regulations on beneficial ownership information as part of a series of efforts aimed at enhancing the financial jurisdiction and strengthen the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

The regulations set out the parties who have access to beneficial ownership information, the extent of such access, as well as the provision for a register of beneficial owners for trusts and trustees.

All licensed trustees who are appointed as such for any trust which generates tax consequences in Malta are required to submit to the MFSA a declaration of beneficial ownership for every such trust. Through this declaration trustees provide details about the trustee, settlor, protector, and all beneficiaries or persons exercising control over a trust.

As per the above-mentioned regulations, various national competent authorities such as the FIAU and national tax authorities, the Police, the Asset Recovery Bureau, the Comptroller of Customs and the Sanctions Monitoring Board are entitled to unrestricted access to this register.

The MFSA this week organised a number of information sessions to  brief the relevant stakeholders. Over 200 representatives from national competent authorities and trustees, as well as subject persons attended the sessions.

These were held as a follow-up to the publishing of FAQs on the MFSA’s website last June, which were intended to assist trustees in completing and submitting the relevant declarations of beneficial ownership.

In the coming weeks, the MFSA will also be uploading explanatory videos on its website www.mfsa.com.mt, to further assist relevant parties with the use of the online platform.

Comments not loading? We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox with javascript turned on.
Comments powered by Disqus  
Advert
Advert