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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Hear me out, please. Public UBO registers won’t work in 2019

I have been considering the events of the past 12 months from an anti-money laundering (AML) regulatory perspective, and with what we may be faced with in the year ahead.

For me, the main issue arising from 2018 is the ongoing debate I have been having with a variety of NGOs and pressure groups who would see public UBO (ultimate beneficial owner) company register systems implemented across the board, including the Caribbean islands that provide offshore company services to the globe.… Continue Reading

Martin Kenney: An open register of beneficial owners is a bad idea

Last year UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised to rip aside the “cloak of secrecy” and set new standards for transparency of company ownership.

What came out of the Joint Communiqué issued by political leaders and representatives of the UK and Overseas Territories last month (following reportedly “robust discussions”) was an agreement to hold the information on the people who ultimately own and control companies — so-called beneficial owners — in their jurisdiction, either in centralized registries “or similarly effective systems.”… Continue Reading