Portugal: Legal Regime on the Beneficial Ownership Central Register – Implementation Ministerial Order
In Portugal, the Ministerial Order 233/2018, which regulates the Legal Regime on the Beneficial Ownership Central Register, was issued.
New Ecuadorean resolutions establish mandatory compliance programs for financial institutions and insurance companies
The Ecuadorean authorities have issued mandatory resolutions for compliance matters to establish anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism compliance programs.
The EU Commission proposed the revised AMLD in July 2016 as part of its Action Plan against terrorism announced in February 2016, after the attacks in Paris and Brussels, and as a reaction to the Panama Papers published in April 2016.
The Spanish Ministry of Justice issued Ministerial Order 319/2018 which requires Spanish non-listed companies to disclose their ultimate beneficial owners to the Companies Registry and keep said information updated.
The Brazilian Control Council for Financial Activities published a new resolution on Politically Exposed Persons which will expand the list of people defined as Politically Exposed Persons.
According the Government’s press release on the Bill “ensures that when the UK leaves the EU, we can continue to impose, update, and lift sanctions and AML regimes”.
Preventive and repressive measures against money laundering and terrorist funding entered in force last September, 17 by means of Law no. 83/2017, of August 18. Some of the measures within a pack of prevention and repression were forecast for regulation.
The FCA has announced that there has been a 75% increase in the number of enforcement cases over the last year. At the same time, in an effort to disarm concerns about the enforcement of the new Senior Mangers Regime, the FCA has said that it wants to move away from a fear based culture of regulation.
In addition to the establishment of the Beneficial Ownership Central Register, the Law requires legal entities to maintain an updated record of the shareholders and persons controlling the company.
On August 23, 2017, a new law regulating the use of cash as mean of payment came into force in Portugal and significantly lowered the amount of cash payments.