Updates to the Cayman Islands Beneficial Ownership Regime

The Cayman Islands beneficial ownership regime (“Regime”), which came into force on 1 July 2017, has been revised by amendments to the laws which came into force on 29 June 2020, with amendments to the associated regulations on 31 July 2020 (together, the “Amendments”).

The Regime requires Cayman Islands companies and limited liability companies (together “Companies”) to establish and maintain beneficial ownership registers unless they are exempt. Please see our previous advisory for further details in relation to the Regime.

Key changes introduced by the amendments include a shift of responsibility for issuing restrictions notices, a more detailed administrative fines regime, and an evidential assumption of breach where a beneficial ownership register remains in ‘enquiries pending’ status for three or more calendar months. 

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