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 amending legislation which partially came into force on 19 February 2020.

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

The amending legislation introduces an obligation for corporate services providers (“CSPs”), enhances the powers of the competent authority and refines the ownership percentage thresholds.

The Companies (Amendment) Law, 2020 (the “Amendment”) amends the Companies Law (2020 Revision) (the “Companies Law”) with the intention of improving the effectiveness of the Regime and facilitating compliance.

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