Regulatory & information exchange

The Private Wealth Regulatory Team at Forsters advises trustees, other fiduciary service providers, companies and individuals on their reporting obligations under the UK's ever increasing regulatory framework, and the global reporting issues that they also need to consider, in relation to the trusts and other wealth-holding structures they create and manage.

This area is becoming increasingly complex and the penalties for non-compliance, both financial and reputational, are significant.

Relevant rules and regulations include (but are not limited to):

  • The Common Reporting Standard (CRS)
  • FATCA (the US's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act)
  • The Trust Registration Service (TRS), including the recent extension of the requirement to register under the EU's Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) to include most UK express trusts, and non-UK express trusts with a UK connection, whether taxable or otherwise.
  • Proposed legislation in relation to the beneficial ownership of foreign companies and reporting for other overseas persons/entities owning UK real estate.
  • The Requirement to Correct (and subsequent Failure to Correct) legislation
  • EU and OECD mandatory disclosure tax reporting, specifically DAC6 as it applies in the UK.
  • The Register of Persons with Significant Control (PSC register).
  • The provisions of 5AMLD as they apply to certain industries (e.g. the art industry, cryptocurrency etc.).
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders.

The team advise on all relevant issues, including the information that affected persons must collect, maintain and report, and the form that reporting should take. They also advise on how to proceed when there has been a complete or partial failure to report appropriately.

Please note that we do not advise financial services firms or institutions in relation to their own regulatory obligations as governed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

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