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Statement of the three Crown Dependencies concerning access to Registers of beneficial ownership of companies

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Thursday 22 December 2022

In 2019, the Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey) ('we')  made a public commitment concerning Registers of beneficial ownership of companies (the "public commitment"). We have a longstanding, and independently assessed, track record of meeting international standards.  We are proud of our global leadership in tax cooperation, combatting money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism and in providing appropriate and effective transparency. 

The recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union impacts considerations in the Crown Dependencies around implementing the public commitment in line with consideration of factors around data protection and human rights. We have all committed to provide access to obliged entities for the purpose of conducting customer due diligence by the end of 2022 and have therefore consulted on the position and produced policy positions. However, in light of this CJEU judgment, implementation of this legislation will be delayed for a short period to enable consideration of its impact and obtain specialist legal advice, this is expected to be completed in early 2023. Subject to that advice, our intention to adopt legislation in our respective jurisdictions as soon as possible after this time.

In respect of extending access beyond obliged entities, we intend to obtain expert legal advice on all relevant issues and, in due course, intend to review the public commitment in line with that advice and any recent development of international best practice.

Anti-money-laundering directive: the provision whereby the information on the beneficial ownership of companies incorporated within the territory of the Member States is accessible in all cases to any member of the general public is invalid (europa.eu)

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