UK Gov't Toughens Companies Register To Fight Fraud

Law360, London (September 18, 2020, 6:30 PM BST) -- The U.K. government said Friday it is tightening its rules around company listings to force businesses to provide more information about the individuals behind each firm in a bid to stamp out fraud and money laundering.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it is toughening the rules governing how companies are allowed to incorporate in the U.K. and list on the government's official registrar of businesses, Companies House.

The new rules will force companies to verify the identity of their directors before they can be appointed and will give Companies House new powers to investigate any suspicious activity,...

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