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UK Overseas Territories Hope To Derail Beneficial Ownership Plans

The British Overseas Territories have condemned a UK Government proposal to compel the jurisdictions to publicly disclose the beneficial ownership of legal entities established in their territories. Opposition amendments to the UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which were approved this week by the House of Commons, will require the…
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Malta Tables Bills To Regulate, Promote Blockchain Technology

Malta's Parliament is considering three bills that would regulate the use of distributed ledger technology (blockchain) by regulated entities. The bills - the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill, the Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Bill, and the Virtual Financial Asset Bill - were introduced into the island's legislature last week…
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Hong Kong To Offer Open-Ended Fund Company Form

Hong Kong's Government has published three bills to establish a new open-ended fund company regime. The new OFC regime is scheduled to start on July 30, 2018, and will give fund managers the option of setting up a fund in the form of a company, in addition to the existing…
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Guernsey Sets Out Stance On Public Company Ownership Registers

Guernsey's Chief Minister, Gavin St Pier, has told the island's parliament that Guernsey will make beneficial ownership information publicly accessible if it becomes an internationally adopted standard. "It must be a standard agreed by all jurisdictions – there must be a level playing field," said St Pier, highlighting that public…
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Gibraltar Says It Will Not Cede An Inch On Sovereignty

Gibraltar's Deputy Chief Minister, Joseph Garcia, has told a cross-party delegation of UK parliamentarians that Gibraltar "will not cede an inch of its sovereignty, jurisdiction, and control," discussing Spanish relations amid Brexit talks. He made the comments in response to media reports concerning Spain's continued claims to the land on…
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