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British Overseas Territories Can Benefit From Transparency

Law360 (February 20, 2019, 12:21 PM EST) -- The U.K., which is taking a leading role globally on corporate transparency, could have a battle on its hands over a new measure requiring the 14 British overseas territories, or OTs, to create publicly accessible registers of the beneficial owners of companies incorporated in their jurisdictions.

MPs pushed the U.K. government to include a provision in the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 requiring the OTs to set up open registers by Dec. 31, 2020. If they don’t, the government has to take steps to force them to comply by 2023.

The crown dependencies, or CDs, of Jersey, Guernsey and the...

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