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Bill No.169: Beneficial Ownership Register in Panama Approved

The National Assembly of Panama have officially passed Bill No.169, which means that a private register of beneficial owners of Panamanian legal entities will be established imminently, accessible by authorised agents and designated officers.


Cayman Islands New Bill Targets Previously Exempted Mutual Funds

In order to comply with the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force's (CFATF’s) proposals for harsher AML (anti-money laundering) legislation, the Cayman Islands government has announced that a further five Bills are to be presented to the legislative assembly by next month (Feb 21st 2020).


EU 5th AML Directive Make a Harsh Environment for Cryptocurrency Companies

Several cryptocurrency companies announced last financial year that they will be unable to continue trading and will be stopping their operations as a result of the EU Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD), which is scheduled to come into effect in all EU Member States on 10 January 2020.


Denmark: Defiant EU Member States Should be Blacklisted

The Danish government has prepared an initiative, encouraging EU finance ministers across the bloc to consider extending the criteria for its blacklist of 'non-cooperative' jurisdictions, in order for faulting EU Member States to be included on the list.


The Payment Services Act 2019 & Singapore Digital Companies in 2020

The Singapore Payment Services Act 2019 (PSA) was published earlier last month as a draft, which will be effective in Singapore later this month from the 28th of January 2020. MAS also released a statement that sections relating to consequential amendments to other legislation (111, 113 & 114) have not come into force yet.


Cyprus Shipping License & its Current Tax Levels Renewed for 10 More Years

The European Commission has granted Cyprus’ Shipping request by to prolong the Cyprus Shipping Taxation System for another 10 years. The extension request was submitted to the Commission for official approval earlier towards the end of 2019, according to reports.


The EU Code of Conduct Group - Business Taxation has published new guidance on sanctions to be applied by EU Member States against blacklisted 'non-cooperative' jurisdictions by the end of 2020.


Crown Territories: Collective Investment Vehicles are Out of Economic Substance Scope

Under new guidance issued last week by several crown dependencies, namely Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey have regulated public and private fund companies and have verified fall out of scope of the economic substance legislation based in these destinations, which was introduced at the start of the year on January 1st.


Anti-Bartlett Clause Upholds its Protection of Hong Kong Trustees

A landmark ruling from the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal founds that the anti-Bartlett clauses in the trust deed of a Jersey family trust discharged the trustees from any liability for losses incurred in transactions by the trust's underlying investment company (as per Zhang Hong Li v DBS Bank).