Yet this rough division of labour did not address which issues lay within each category and how interconnections would be addressed to create comprehensive, coherent global governance for a complex world.
The FATF recommended that countries should take measures to prevent the use of companies and other legal entities for money laundering or the financing of terrorist activities and, at the G8 Summit in Junethe UK committed to introduce new rules requiring UK companies to obtain and hold information on who owns and controls them and to implement a central registry of company beneficial ownership information.
UK-incorporated companies with voting shares admitted to trading on another EEA regulated market or on specified markets in Switzerland, the USA, Japan and Israel will also be exempt since they already have to disclose detailed ownership information under the EU Transparency Directive or similar transparency rules.
The BIS Non-Statutory Guidance considers issues such as nominee arrangements, joint interests and arrangements and indirect ownership. If a person can ensure that the company, trust or firm generally adopts the activities which that person desires, this will be indicative of significant influence.
Situations which would be indicative of a person actually exercising significant influence or control over a company and so should therefore be listed on its PSC register include the following: Where the cumulative effect of the relationships a person has with the company or those who manage it place that person in a position where they actually exercise significant influence or control.
Where a person is significantly involved in the management and direction of the company, for example, a person who is not on the board but who regularly or consistently directs or influences a significant section of the board or is regularly consulted about board decisions and whose views influence those decisions.
This would include, but not be limited to, a shadow director. The example given is of company founder who no longer has a significant shareholding but who makes recommendations to other shareholders on how to vote and whose recommendations are always, or almost always followed.
Examples given of situations where it is likely somebody would be considered to have the right to exercise significant influence or control over a company and so should be listed on its PSC register include the following: The BIS Statutory Guidance also provides a non-exhaustive list of examples of where an individual could be considered to be exercising significant influence or control over a trust, relevant to the fifth condition in Part 1 of Schedule 1A CA Roles that may not constitute significant influence or control The BIS Statutory Guidance specifies certain roles and relationships which a person may have with a company that would not, on their own, result in that person being considered to be exercising significant influence or control over the company.
However, the BIS Statutory Guidance points out that such a person could still be a person with significant influence over the company if that role or relationship differs in material respects or contains significantly different features from how the role or relationship is generally understood or exercised, or is one of several opportunities which that person has to exercise significant influence or control.
The excepted roles in the context of companies include the following: Whether such an entity is an RRLE will depend on two factors: It will be relevant if: For example, where a UK-incorporated company, A, is wholly owned by another UK-incorporated company, B, it is not necessary for A to trace ownership up the corporate chain beyond B.
In those circumstances, A will need to determine whether any individuals or RLEs hold a majority stake in C i. Individuals or RLEs will be considered to hold a majority stake for these purposes if they: Failure to do so constitutes a criminal offence which can be committed both by the company and any officer who is in default.
If that is not the case, the company should send a notice to anyone it knows or has reasonable cause to believe is a PSC or RRLE, asking them to confirm whether or not they are a PSC or RRLE as appropriateto confirm or correct any particulars included in the notice and to supply any that are missing.
The company can also serve notice on anyone it knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, can identify a PSC or RRLE or knows the identity of someone else likely to have that knowledge.
This covers advisers known to act for the individual or RRLE, as well as other contacts such as family members, business partners and known associates.
Notices of this nature served by the company should state that the notice must be complied with within one month of the date of the notice. The consequences of non-compliance are considered further below.
To assist with the process of identifying individual PSCs and RRLEs, the BIS Non-Statutory Guidance suggests steps a company should typically take to identify them for example, reviewing its shareholder register, articles of association and statement of capital although they are not definitive or exhaustive steps and further actions might be necessary, depending on the circumstances.
Regulations 10 to 17 of the Regulations and Annex 2 of the BIS Non-Statutory Guidance set out the precise wording to be included, depending on the circumstances. In relation to an RRLE, the information to be entered comprises: However, where one of the first three conditions is met through a shareholding, voting rights or rights to appoint or remove a majority of the boardthe company will not also have to record in its PSC register if and how the person or RRLE meets the fourth condition relating to significant influence or control over the company.
As a result, if the company becomes aware that circumstances have changed and information on the PSC register is incorrect, the company must unless, in the case of an individual PSC, information about the change has already been provided to the company by the individual or with his or her knowledge serve notice as soon as reasonably practicable after it learns of the change or first has reasonable cause to believe the change has occurred, requiring the individual or RRLE to provide certain information about the change.
If no response to that notice is received within one month, a note to that effect must be entered in the PSC register.
Similarly, if the company becomes aware that an individual or legal entity has ceased to be a PSC for example, as they have disposed of their shares in the companythe date they stopped being a PSC must be recorded in the PSC register as soon as reasonably practicable and it will need to be updated with information about the new individual PSC or RRLE if applicable.
A person with a relevant interest is a person who holds any shares or voting rights in the company or has the right to appoint or remove any board member.
The warning notice informs that person that the company is proposing to issue them with a restrictions notice in relation to their interest.
If within one month of a warning notice being sent, the initial notice requesting information is not complied with and no valid reason for the non-compliance is provided, the company can then decide whether to serve a restrictions notice.
In addition, while the restrictions are in place no shares can be issued in respect of the interest or pursuant to an offer made to the holder of the interest and no payment can be made in respect of the interest unless the company is liquidated.
As a result the BIS Non-Statutory Guidance points out that, before imposing restrictions, companies need to consider the relevant interest and decide whether it can be restricted, consider if the restrictions would have an unfair effect on third parties and consider the impact on joint holders, nominees and other similar arrangements, if relevant.The upcoming G8 and G20 conferences mark a shift to a "multipolar age," particularly if the G20 is able to agree on a continuing path to a stable global recovery, says CFR’s Stewart Patrick.
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