Introduction

On 10 January 2022, the Parliament passed the Corporate Registers (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act that amends the Companies Act ("CA") and the Limited Liability Partnerships Act ("LLP Act") to improve the transparency and beneficial ownership of companies and limited liability partnerships ("LLPs").

The changes align our corporate governance requirements closer with international standards by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to make it harder for illicit actors to engage in money laundering, terrorism financing and other actions that abuse the system.

This follows an earlier consultation in July 2021 conducted by the Ministry of Finance ("MOF") and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority ("ACRA"). We covered the key changes proposed in the Bill and the responses by MOF and ACRA in our earlier Client Update, accessible here

The changes have not come into force,[1] but companies and LLPs should be familiar with the changes and prepared when they do. Key legislative changes are highlighted below.

Registration of Individuals with Executive Control as Registrable Controllers under Prescribed Circumstances

Local and Foreign Companies Must Keep Register of Nominee Shareholders and Nominators

Timelines for Updating Various Registers

In addition to the above, ACRA is currently consulting on other changes that will, among other things, further enhance transparency of beneficial ownership. For more details, please refer to our Client Update on "ACRA Consults on Legislative Changes for Enhancing Transparency of Beneficial Ownership, Addressing Data Privacy & Digitalisation", available here.

Further Information

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