Tagged: beneficial ownership

Beneficial Ownership: Identification and Mitigation (Part IV of IV)

We are finally reaching the end of the road on the beneficial ownership path.  In this last posting on the issue (for now), let’s start with a third-party population (third parties, vendors, suppliers) which have been classified into three categories, the first two of which fall into high-risk (foreign government interaction/representation and government ownership).  The bulk of the population, usually around 80 to 85 percent...

Practical Risk-Based Ranking Strategies to Beneficial Ownership Issues (Part III of IV)

At the outset, if you have a headache after reading my first two posts on the beneficial ownership issue, I apologize.  The issues twist and turn depending on whether the situation involves OFAC sanctions or corruption risks, and reflects the variety of ownership situations that occur. Given the overwhelming nature of the burden of a beneficial ownership risk mitigation strategy, we have to return to...

Unraveling Beneficial Ownership Risks (Part II of IV)

When discussing the importance of beneficial ownership with compliance professionals, there is often a disconnect between the theory and reality.  Everyone understands the legal and compliance risks and how they apply to third-parties, vendors and suppliers.  But when a compliance officer considers the burden of uncovering beneficial ownership interests, they quickly resist the need for such an analyses across the population.  And for good reason....

Addressing Beneficial Ownership Requirements in Your Compliance Program (Part I of IV)

We repeatedly hear about the importance of beneficial ownership, and the requirement that companies confirm beneficial ownership of its third-parties, vendors and suppliers.  At the same time, there is increasing pressure from regulators and law enforcement to identify and unravel beneficial ownership when dealing with business partners. There is no question that beneficial ownership is a critical issue.  I have frequently stated (i.e. repeated myself)...

Episode 140 — Addressing Beneficial Ownership Interest Risks in Your Compliance Program (Part I of II)

In a two-part series, Michael Volkov examines the continuing problem of identifying and mitigating beneficial ownership risks.  Money launderers and corrupt individuals continue to rely on corporate structures to disguise their ownership interests to further illicit schemes.  Companies have to develop strategies that practically address the risks without dedicating disproportionate resources to the problem. In the first episode, Michael Volkov discusses beneficial ownership risks and...

Join Us for a May 16, 2019 BVD Webinar: “Is “Power and Control” the New Beneficial Ownership?

What are the new best practices for third-party risk management? Join Michael Volkov, CEO of The Volkov Law Group; Bill Hauserman, Senior Director, Compliance Solutions, Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics Company; and Ted Datta, Director, Governance, Risk and Compliance Solutions, Bureau van Dijk, for a live webinar on Thursday May 16, 2019, at 11 am EST/4 pm BST. Please sign up HERE.  New anti-corruption...

Webinar: A Review of FinCEN’s New Beneficial Ownership Regulations

Webinar: A Review of FinCEN’s New Beneficial Ownership Regulations Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 12 Noon EST Sign Up Here After a lengthy implementation period, FinCEN’s new beneficial ownership regulations are about to become effective. Financial institutions are scrambling to meet a May 11, 2018 deadline. FinCEN’s new regulations require financial institutions to implement important new beneficial ownership requirements as part of their customer due diligence...

Making the Case for Requiring Beneficial Ownership Information

In this era of aggressive enforcement, global companies have to integrate beneficial ownership requirements when conducting due diligence of business associates and when engaging customers. For most businesses, beneficial ownership is critical in two main legal contexts: sanctions compliance and FCPA risk. Both of these areas present significant risks to any US company conducting business overseas, regardless of what industry. Of course financial institutions face...

Episode 8 — The Critical Importance of Beneficial Ownership to Compliance

In the aftermath of the Panama Papers scandal and increased focus on shell companies and hidden ownership interests, US enforcement and regulatory agencies are increasing focus on beneficial ownership of related entities.  In this era of aggressive enforcement, global companies have to integrate beneficial ownership requirements when conducting due diligence of business associates and when engaging customers in order to ensure full compliance with anti-corruption,...

Michael Volkov Interview with BvD’s Alistair King

I had the good fortune to spend time recently with Bureau van Dijk’s Alistair King for an interview. BvD recently posted the interview Here. BvD is a sponsor of this blog and a terrific compliance partner I have been impressed with BvD’s product offering – key tools in your third-party screening process that offer difficult to find information. BvD specializes in information on private companies,...